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So Who Will Villa Sign? Pt 5

The fifth instalment of our summer long gossip column!

We've already had 1420 rumours, arguments and links! So Who Will Villa Sign Pt 4 - Click Here

Tis the end of the season - you might well have noticed, what with the league being won, the fixtures ending and the players packing their bags to go on their holidays.

So here comes the speculation and rumour season, with loads of players about to be linked to Aston Villa and hopefully a good few actually coming to Villa Park in time for the 2007/2008 season.

So back, by popular demand, is the rumours thread on the front page. See a story linking us with a player? Share it with us all. Heard a tenuous link, or seen a player around Villa Park? Let us know! Oh, and although I'll do my best to announce incoming players as soon as possible, if you hear of a signing before I do, wang it on this thread as well.

The January thread ended up with nearly 2000 article comments, spaced over several articles (the limit per article is now 400 after I got it raised, anymore than that and it slows things down too much so I'll change the threads over each time we hit the limit!)

So Far.

Out:

Jlloyd Samuel
Gavin McCann
Lee Hendrie
Robert Olejnik
Stephen Henderson
Aaron Hughes

In:

Nigel Reo-Coker..........




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The Journalist

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Date:Monday July 2 2007

Time: 2:25PM

Your Comments

Ha first post here - erm we are linked with Nigel Reo-Coker!!
deano.avfc
Damn beat me too it!!!!
Bearvill
OK - I did cheat a little on Eidur Gudjohnsen - but I couldnt think of anyone starting with E!!
deano.avfc
Its just hit me - I know what the WE START TODAY means - they are the initial letter for our summer signings!! This theory is fool-proof!! Some good signings - I am particulalry looking forward to our Tevez and Gudjohnson front-line. Now if only we could get a keeper!! Wright-Phillips Eidur Gudjohnson Sneijder Tainio Anelka Reo-Coker Taylor Tevez Odonkor Defoe Alves Young
deano.avfc
Essien?? That would be a right touch.
melski
It's always frustrating being a Villa fan. Loads of talk and loads of chat amongst us on here but no concrete news still !! But here's my two-penneth anyway: Can we have Gordon, Jagielka (he still ain't gone anywhere), Reo-Coker (at last), SWP and either Defoe or Nugent, I rate them both. Mepham said we wanted signings in by return to training. Isn't that this Wednesday? Put us out of our misery then !!!
PENFOLD17
Interesting listening to Talk Sport this evening and in particular Ian Wright. Firstly he spoke very highly of MON when it was suggested he could be sacked early into the season. Wrighty thought Villa were top 6. Then a Villa fan come and asked him outright about SWP. Was very diplomatic but Wrighty spoke very highly of the Villa.
Gazvilla
MON to be sacked!? Give the bloke a chance for god sake, this is his first full pre-season and people already want him out the door?
son_of_cher
Likelihood of him getting sacked was probably suggested by the Ginger Tosser Durham. I mean what are the odds in the bookies? Now should MON completely lose the plot and buy 2 players prior to seasons start and we have a nightmare and are bottom at Christmas maybe those odds will shorten dramatically
fatloser
Yep heard it Gaz,sounded very promising indeed,imagine ashley on left and SWP on right and gabby or defoe and carew up front.certainly got me excited anyway. UTV
Belfast Villain
surely if wright has been going on and on about villa on radio,it would be a good bet his son has heard it too. Happy days!
Belfast Villain
does is dad not want a few games, jesus if swp is worth 12mill god only knows how much is dad would be worth!
eltoro
anyhow is Sutton leaving! if he does we could have Robbie Fowler for free! he could be our solskjaer
eltoro
what? allways injury prone? we got delaney and lausen for that!
Eaton_thevillafan
joke
Eaton_thevillafan
According to Villa site - Holtenders.com, Daniel Braaten a young striker is due to leave Rosenborg at the end of next season on a Bosman, he is Norweigan and may fancy linking up with Carew.
Gazvilla
By all accounts the NRC medical didn`t happen according to his agent and we haven`t even agreed a fee with West Ham so i can see us getting gazumped.
ASPINALL
It seems Sky, Beeb and the rest did pick this story up from the genius of Lisa Smith and her article in the Bham Post. Why does she talk utter drivel!! She was the one who told us we were in talks with Matty Taylor.
PBAVFC
The Dutch striker Ridgers has gone to Blackburn and Geremi has signed for Newcastle. Now I don't know if we were after these players but they're gone! The problem with all the links is that it frustrates you because you think you've missed out. Have we? Is MON taking too long? Or are they players MON didn't want. the latter I hope and which I think is true. However, COME ON MON!
Gazvilla
Lots of talk that SWP in West Ham bound.
PBAVFC
at this rate I'll have to get the 'bring Doug and o'leary back' banner ready for 11th aug (joke) I can't see Mr Lerner geting here till at least the 5th july thurs, not sure if he's going to stay in the U.S. for independence day, might be Friday when we unveil new players, if we don't then god only knows, I can't help remembering what the celtic fans said, that MON only buys in the last 10 mins, lets hope not
eltoro
I'm not sure on SWP - I mean ok in Jan he decided to stick at Chelsea as he had just got back in the team and why not. Now though towards the end of the season I can't see him featuring in the 1st team with the likes of Cole,Ballack,Lampard,Essien, Robben and Shevchenko. The way Chelsea play he is behind Robben and Shevchenko in that advanced Right Wing Forward position. Would be a great signing for us. One thing though is I bet Man City would love to have him back but would he want to go back. I doubt he would want to play under Sven with the World Cup and the fact he went for Walcott over him.
Still-Ian
Okay getting worried,De Ridder is at the blues for talks and Rigters has been sold for half a million,did we not watch the tournament? These are 2 quality players going for peanuts and we`re deadly silent.
ASPINALL
It looks like we are gonna sign Noone Atall
mackaavfc
Not sure on SWP? which planet are people living on here? he would be a massive step forward for us he scores amazing goals and is fast and exciting. He would get bums on seats and be a holte favourite no doubt. And the transfers will happen and they will be good, there are still a lot of good transfers out there to be had....later this week brothers.
bigdiondubs
July is here and if things don't start to move soon I will get very frustrated. This is not what I had in mind when thinking about an exciting summer of signings. Even that lot over there are signing players. What is going on?
myleftfoot
Arsenal signed that striker straight away....
tarzan
chill people lets give it to the end of this week before we get shirty
bigdiondubs
son0of-cher last season was MONs first full season.Are you guys sreiously worried about us not signing anyone yet? are you the same people who were questioning martin over the cost of Ash Young.Have faith guys.Do you think the kit delay is due to them redesigning the whole range of training gear etc oh and if the pre season starts for the team on the 4th then we should get a glimps of that at least. maybe give us an idea ofwot is to come!
sk1nner80
Maybe MON is busy watchin the COPA DE AMERICA and luking at a few brazilains and chillians :) just a thought!
Newman
its only the start of of july and hopefully reo coker will sign soon. if this was going on with no signings towards august.....then panic
Eaton_thevillafan
U21 tournaments are notoriously bad for judging players - let them go. We want proven quality, not a punt. If you think you are all miserable check out the Celtic site - they are slitting their wrists at losing Rigters to Blackburn!!! Time to panic is if we have noone by 31st August.
CLVilla
The signing of players and the release of the kit are mutually exclusive. The fact of the matter is the press are recurgetating old news and there is no response from Villa Park. EG - the post's story is a load of crock - one reports earlier on states MON wouldn't be taking a holiday this summer, another one read he was due back the week b4 last, yet another said he was back last week, and Lisa Smith reports he is due back this week. In the mean time he has been in London speaking to West Ham. Better than a daytime soap. What chance have we got then? What will be will be and so on and so forth.
myleftfoot
Reo-Coker will be in NIKE claret & blue this season 100%, POSSIBLES - SWP, Robinson, Luke Young, Bellamy, Defoe,this is genuine inside info.
chasrack
yer right chasrack - anything is possible - the next president of the US of A might be a woman - you might be one 2. Anything is possible. Lets wait and see.
myleftfoot
Links in the Daily Star with £30m raid on Premiership by signing - Jaaskelinan, Defoe, Wrigh-Phillips and Reo-Coker. That would be awesome - just then need a centre-back and right-back and I will be in the bookies putting money on us finishing 5th!
deano.avfc
Any one fancy us signing Saviola (free) & Riquelme (£4m)?
Quania
You dipstick chasrack - you don't need inside info to say SWP, Young, Bellamy, Defoe ect are possibles, these names have been banded about in the national press for months. Go back to sleep!
Saurat
We may be having a frustrating time but at least nothing like this has happened to us, its taken from BBC, how wounded......Everton's official website had the club's fans in raptures after announcing the signature of Argentine superstar Juan Roman Riquelme, ony for disappointment to hammer home when it was revealed the story was untrue and had been part of some test data which had been displayed in error.
PBAVFC
Defoe to Sunderland, Nugent to Portsmouth, Geremi to Newcastle, Koumas to Wigan!!! WHO EXACTLY ARE WE SIGNING???
deano.avfc
i'll have a stab in the dark and say reo coker...:)
villain76
Defoe to Sunderland my ARSE! Nugent to Pompey my ARSE! Koumas to Wigan...you know the rest. Plonker.
Saurat
Well Saurat what makes you think that we are going to sign those players. I will admit I thought that those links were 'ARSE' but they had all came up at arounf 11am on teamtalk.com! I was just a bit annoyed that they were no longer saying XXXX to Villa that they previously had been doing!!!
deano.avfc
Shame to see davis go, thats if its true but if it gets us SWP i'd go along with it.
villain76
Must admit, was relatively relaxed until this morning, but seeing that West Spam are understandably pulling NRC's string & Newcastle signing Geremi has worked me up into a small frenzy. We have to be signing a right back, midfielder and goalkeeper as we have no cover now.
tarzan
Quania - good point, I hope we get a surprise or three!
tarzan
I have to be honest I am getting really annoyed by all the speculation and lack of action. I do appreciate that MON and Mr Lerner are doing all their work behind the scenes but it would be nice for the club to respond to some of the speculation even if it is just to deny these rumours. MON did state he was not interested in Nakamora but there have been countless other rumours that remain unanswered. I'm not expecting the club to comment upon every thread but the rumours that are completely wide of the mark should be dismissed.
notthedougellisstand
I totally agree NOTTHEDOUGELLISSTAND, even if the Reo deal is taking longer than expected, why have no other deals been finalised, we need more than just him! the blue noses have sealed 5 new signings, this is quickly becoming a nightmare, Randy has just arrived in the u.k to finalise the deals, why! surely he should have been here at the end of the season and all that should be left to do now is the sky sports interview, we still need at least 6-8 players and we aint got one, it needs sorting ASAP
eltoro
come on JP throw us a bone!
eltoro
Thanks for the comment Eltoro but I'm not interested in what the Blues are doing and would not even compare us with them. They have made a good signing in de Ridder but we aren't shopping in the same league.
notthedougellisstand
According to Express&Star Jaaskelinan is interested in talking to us. Please Martin - call him NOW!!! He is arguably the best keeper in the Premiership (other than Cech) and would undoubtably interest many teams - lets do it quick and wrap it up asap before anyone else gets a look in!! If he were to sign it would make me think that the rumoured £30m swoop for NRC, SWP, Defoe and Jaaskelinan would be on!!! Come on Randy and Martin do it!!
deano.avfc
Got him!!!!! NRC on the way 4-year deal!! As soon as I typed the above comment. Come on lets get SWP, Jaaskelinan and Defoe and really send a message out!!
deano.avfc
where did you hear this? it says he'll sign a 4 year deal when he signs on clubcall.Key word being when.
Pking
teamtalk.com has it confirmed bar the medical - I would imagine it will be wrapped up today. Player, agent and club have all said yes at the end of the day!!
deano.avfc
Im not believing anything yet.
Pking
Teamtalk is a load of rubbish, I'll believe it when the club officially say so.
weller77
Still nothing on BBC Sky Sports news or Official Site regarding a four year deal. Will not believe it until then
notthedougellisstand
I get the feeling Teamtalk are reporting yesterdays stories.''Tomorrow it will say Cokers agent denies medical''
Pking
BBC site has it now! I think its done and they are taking the lids of the pens now to sign the deal!! Now can we please hold on to Davis!!! Then go and spend more on Defoe, SWP and Jaaskelinan and a top class RB??
deano.avfc
it's now on the BBC website with those famous last words 'set to sign'. I am positive that there's good news around the corner, but what is it about Villa and transfer hold-ups? Transers were always slow in the Ellis era.....here's hoping the comparison ends there!
doctorvilla
BBC site doesn't actually confirm that the transfer has happened, just that he is set to sign. It has been saying that for days about Torres and Liverpool.
notthedougellisstand
Never mind the rumours - what about that name - notthedougellisstand - excellent!!! Is there a medal we can give this member?
CLVilla
Guys - I have gone from being 29 to 30 and from being healthy to having a cold since this saga begun and am now feeling proper down about the lack of signings....I hope we secure some top buys soon. SWP, NRC, Jaaska', Defoe, C Davies and a central defender, is that too much to ask....
koolbill
Eltoro, you seem to be panicking. There's no point us rushing at these things; as long as we get who we want, on the right terms. The press (not Sky Sports or the BBC I might add) are recycling stories, we can't expect the club to deny links as we've been linked with absolutely everyone! MON has said signings will come, he'll look silly if they don't and we all know that there's issues tying up the simplest of deals. I'm only concerned (as I've said on this thread before) if we buy what I consider 2nd rate players (e.g. Harewood, Koumas). If we are in for that type of player we should stick with Moore, Davis, Cahill and Osbourne because they have more potential.
tarzan
we leave to tour the u.s and canada in a couple of weeks I believe, so all transfers should be dealt with before that I would hope, there's been plenty of time to sort all this out, I don't see the point of this tour if it dosen't involve the new signings, I've moved on from panic, I'm at just p!ssed off mode right now!
eltoro
So am I in a way. But the last thing we want is to get mediocre players in, when we need players to take us to the next level. Just a couple of biggish names will be fine. It's obvious we need a right back and goalie as we have no cover at all. Where does Drenthe play? Bloody weather is rubbish isn't it?
tarzan
Thanks CLVilla
notthedougellisstand
your right there tarzan, weather is ****e m8, I can't help wondering why its taken so long to sort out the Reo deal, and others, seems they do business like my missus shops, 'I'm not paying that for those boots, I won't be happy till I've taken you to every shoe shop in town then go back to the 1st shop and buy them anyway'
eltoro
to be quite honest half the papers have no idea whos going where, I was good friends with Gareth Southgate when he played for palace and we knew 8 months before the press found out that he was on his way to the Villa, same goes when Ian wright went to Arsenal ( won £50 of wrighty ) he's better at football than he was at snooker, anyhow name dropping over, hope thats whats happening now, fingers crossed
eltoro
Only set to sign? It's about time we got in there. Our so-named "Media Officer" Mr Mepham said 2 weeks ago that MON wanted all signings in place by the time we "report back on July 4th". That's tomorrow. Do we stay tuned avidly until midnight !! lol.
PENFOLD17
Now Portsmouth given permission to speak to Nugent? (BBC) We ain't half having a long holiday in B6.
PENFOLD17
oh dear... we have got onto women shopping....the reo-coker story is that boring.....were going to start signing people a n y t i m e n o w, i t ' s s o c l o s e I c a n a l m o s t t o u c h i t.
bigdiondubs
Tarzan, Drenthes a left back / winger. I would kill to get this guy in.
MOGVILLA
A lot of the problem and frustration seems to come fromthe fact thatwe don't Know who the targets are the only player the club have officially been linked with or commented on I believe is Reo-Coker, the rest is speculation.... Does MON want Nugent, did he want Geremi, does he want Smith we do not know. Journo on talksport today said at least 70% of the business will be completed in the next 4 weeks and he envisages the more prudent clubs holding out seeing what attitude certain players have on their returns, what injuries occur in pre season and getting in late bids when selling clubs are desperate to unload right at the very end of the window...when the prices will be more realistic. prepare yourselves for a bumpy ride
fatloser
When I look back on what I said about my wifes shopping BIGDIONDUBS, I feel embarassed maybe saddened, I don't know what came over me, I can only apologies! it seems funny now after the event, but I know I shouldn't have done it, I only hope all you guys can forgive me, it won't happen again!
eltoro
little Billy and johnny came down for breakfast, their mum said what do you want for breakfast billy, I'll have the **** cornflakes, his mum said get upstairs your grounded for a month, she looks at johnny and asks him what he wants for breakfast, definately not the **** cornflakes! ---- nothing to with transfers I know, but better than all this Reo cr4p
eltoro
Whats green and smells like white paint?
bigdiondubs
green paint ...... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Vive la revolution, it starts now or maybe next week or the week after......
bigdiondubs
We need to sign someone quickly because if this carries on I will get the sack at work for looking at Newsnow all day
notthedougellisstand
Anything more hapened in the last 6 six hours?
tarzan
This inactivity is driving me mad. Went to the shrinks today and said, 'Doc, I think I'm a dog'. He said, 'Get on the couch and we'll talk about it'. I said, 'Sorry, I'm not allowed'. UTV
Gazvilla
I don't understand why people are getting excited about SWP, Davies or Reo - If we end up signing theses guys then I'll be dissappointed. We already have players that are as good if not better than these guys. Yes, I'm annoyed at the percieved lack of activity. It is possible though, that the club are conducting business on several fronts whilst the reo saga carries on. It is not as important to get all the transfers in by the time Villa go to the US. What concerns me is the amount of players we actually need. If Davis goes, then we'll about 6 players just to have the same amount of players as last years roster. We all agree that the squad was not big enough (or good enough) last season. I we are to avoid scenes like last Dec/Jan/Feb then surely Mon needs to sign at least 8 players od equal or greater ability. Certainly can't see this happening anytime soon (based on the perceived lack of activity). I'm impatient - thats all folks.
myleftfoot
Ever herd of a dutch guy Huntelar been seen this evening at Brum airport.Not sure who he is my self
sk1nner80
Errrr.WHAT !!!
ASPINALL
myleftfoot don't be so one eyed, "We already have players that are as good if not better than these guys" - no way. SWP & Reo are class.
tarzan
So Davis to Fulham within 48 hours for 4m. It' squeaky bum time. He MUST sign a better replacement. Our squad is looking rather threadbare.
tarzan
Huntelaar - Dutch international - 23 years old - 60 goals in 76 appearances for Ajax...127 goals in 181 career games....Can't see him coming to Villa somehow!!! Be quality signing tho!! UTV SOTC
Rickymeister
Hey Tarzan - you just hold your horses partner - "So Davis to Fulham within 48 hours for 4m. It' squeaky bum time. He MUST sign a better replacement. Our squad is looking rather threadbare" - thats what I just said - we should get together and we'd have 2 eyes between us! Why not keep Davis? Sure, he had a hard time last season but so did a certain Reo CoCO?!@# Davis must be worth at least 6 Mill in todays market?
myleftfoot
Ben Foster from Manchester United? What with Van der Saar, and the guy they've now signed permanently from West Brom (whose name escapes me right now), maybe young Foster will be surplus to requirements at O.T.?
glensider
Foster is crocked for next season,we`re selling Davis on the cheap as MON doesn`t rate him so he won`t keep him for the sake of it.
ASPINALL
Davis has lower value because he did not play for last half of the season
Gordonsleftboot
SWP is a quality player, i don't really get the gist of people who don't think he is. My only worry now is the more it goes on the more the expectation builds and the more fantastical rumours continue until whoever MON does buy will not meet the hype. Imagine REO, KOUMAS, HAREWOOD and JUSSI revealed. I would be most underwhelmed.
villain76
I'm only going on the morsels of info on the net and they were talking 4m for Davis, 2m for Ridge - I agree with what you say about keeping him. But he wants to leave for the cash rather than fight for his place. Fulham is a step down no mistake. You only have to look at Bouma to see how you can turn things round under MON.
tarzan
It's been said a million times before on this thread Koumas, Harewood and possibly Bellamy are no better than what we currently have. So I'd be gutted.
tarzan
Perhaps O'Neill has got his eye on players who were busy over the summer who need an extra week off. Does this suggest more Euro U21s like Reo-Coker? Or Spanish players? Im clutching at straws here but may that have something to do with the fact the 4th July return to training is shall we say 'understaffed'
deano.avfc
This transfer is soon going to be the longest protracted transfer of the summer. Its now been happening for the last four weeks and still no sound coming from VP. I get the impression that the Lerner era is going to be one of no noise until we actually have everything signed and sealed. Although I respect this it is very frustrating for us fans. Particularly when we have Fitzgerald and Mepham saying taht we are going to do this and that before certain dates. BTW this is not a criticism of Mr Lerner because generally I have been extremely pleased with the direction the club has taken since his involvement.
notthedougellisstand
I think there should be more communication from the club now. It must be clear to see that the fans are frustrated by the lack of activity even if it is all building upto something big behind the scenes. This would at least stop our desperate recycling of if and whether we should sign defoe/bellamy/young/koumas/SWP. So if our targets are being priced out the market why not come out and tell us and then at least we would understand the lack of news and would also respect it. The silent reatment just gets us nervous or frustrated.
bigdiondubs
Mikaël Silvestre from Manure anyone?
Quania
wtf is going on, getting seriously peed off with the lack of activity now.
Stig
lets be honest the REO deal is turning into a nightmare, this should have been cleared up weeks ago, 1st day back and NO players in and plenty out, hardly the start to the new era we expected, it stinks of bad buissness accumen
eltoro
I have heard of all the links to Reo-Coker, Defoe, Nugent, Koumas, SWP and Bellamy. I have never heard us linked to Luke Young other than this message board. Is it a solid link?? Surely he could be a player we could tie up in an hour or two??? Whats holding that up (if anything??)
deano.avfc
just read, that after we sell Davies MON WILL HAVE 25 MILL TO SPEND, the amount keeps going down, I can't believe that with 5 weeks to go till kick-off, we still haven't bought a single player and to top that we need at least 6-8 players! how much more time are they going to need, like i said earlier we're off to the states in a couple of weeks for our pre-season tour I can't believe that all the time we've had and knowning that we need players we're going to jet off without the squad that we'd start with on 11th aug
eltoro
Eltoro, I totally agree. I think most fans are now beginning to worry about the state of our squad. Although most fans would be glad to see the back of Samuel, McCann, Hendrie and Hughes. We would also have expected to have seen them replaced virtually as soon as they have been sold or released. I am disappointed with the possible sale of Davis, although he rarely played last season I think he has a tremendous amount of potential and played very well in 2005/06. I do trust in MON but am beginning to worry that all deals will occur towards the close of the transfer window, which is four or five matches into the season. This will result in a similar situation to last season when players took time to settle into the club and style of play. Please Mr Lerner and MON prove me worng and get the targets in before the start of the season.
notthedougellisstand
MON & the management have publicly stated the signings will come. The NRC transfer has been protracted as they wanted 9-10m for him and wanted to pull his chain after his "attitude". Eltoro you said you weren't panicking ,but you are. We now have no cover at RB, goalie and midfield (if Davis leaves). So there must be players arriving the question is who and what quality. I'll be disappointed if it's the likes of Koumas and Harewood as they're no bettter than our youngsters. I heard earlier in the month that Luke Young was a done deal, that's probably why we've heard nothing. But the fans want SWP.
tarzan
Deano - words of wisdom about the 4th of July. Coker's about to go on his hols (Skegness I bet!). What STRIKER would people want and why?
tarzan
I would like to see us sign Yakubu, I know Middlesvilla have said that he isn't for sale but I think if we offered £10-12 million they would sell him. I think he is only 24 and has been a regular goalscorer for both Pompey and Boro. I think in a team with genuine width (Young and Barry) he would excel.
notthedougellisstand
tarzan - of the strikers that have been linked to Villa I think we are talking about BELLAMY, DEFOE, NUGENT (if he isnt a Pompy player by this evening), SMITH, DOYLE and HAREWOOD Of these I hate Bellamy as a person and doesnt score enough, it could be argued that we already have two small pacy strikers to similar to Defoe in Gabby and Moore - albeit Defoe scores a lot but who is to say Moore and Gabby couldnt given a run of games up front in a front two, Nugent would be something different but unproven at Premiership (but then again so was D.Bent), Alan Smith looks to be off to Everton but he would be my choice as he is very different from our other 3 strikers and he has that 'fire in his belly', get annoyed with bad decisions and able to get stuck in without acting like a plonker (ie. Bellamy!!). Can he score the 20+ goals a season though??? Doyle would be very good but will he leave Reading? Harewood isnt good enough at all. To be honest if it is any of these players I would think it is most likely DEFOE but I still think it will be someone else from a European side - Alves or Kone??? Perhaps even someone who hasnt been linked yet.
deano.avfc
Just saw that post notthedougellisstand as soon as I posted mine - yeah Yakubu is a great shout and is better than my above suggestions!! Also, I was thinking that if Pompy get Nugent who would that free up?? - how about Lua-Lua as an addition. He has played left-wing for them as well and could learn a lot from Berger. Granted he wouldnt be first team but he could be back up as LW or ST if Young or Gabby need a break of games!! Im sure we could get him for £2-3m
deano.avfc
Deano.avfc, I like Lua-Lua but he is very hit and miss. He can be absolutely fantastic or shockingly bad. Here is one for everyone. WHICH SQUAD PLAYERS DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD SIGN ?
notthedougellisstand
Do we need many squad players??? We have the likes of Cahill, Ridgewell, O'Halleron, Osbourne, Gardner, Davis, Berger, Maloney and Steibler. I would rather have the youngsters come in as squad players and make some first team players 'squad players' due to superstars coming in. How about Scott Carson as a squad player and get Jaaskelinan in. Similarly make Luke Young or Paul MacShane a squad player and get that guy from Porto in Bosingwa?? I like Tainio from Spurs as a squad player as well.
deano.avfc
tarzen m8 I'm not panicking anymore, if you we're sat here with me now having a beer you'd see I'm way beyond panic, I'm completely bemused by the lack of activity, you could almost say at this moment in time I don't give a toss, we've spent the last 6 weeks of our lives on this and countless other sites trying to get some info on the VILLA, and what have we been given, 4kall, if sky sports is to be belived we haven't even agreed a fee for REO, I have no idea which way our club is going, have u!
eltoro
Yeah I agree eltoro - I feel like ignoring the media for weeks and going to the official site just before the season starts and have a look at the squad list!!!! However, our club is going onwards and upwards I am sure of that!!
deano.avfc
I hope so deano, good call that about the official site, what about getting some decent headphones sticking on the mp3 player turn it up full whack, and walk to the ground on 11th aug sit in the upper holte and see who comes out, now that would be quailty
eltoro
Yeah good thinking eltoro - but at the rate we are going and the players leaving we may be playing 5-a-side! Otherwise bring your boots as you might get a game!!!
deano.avfc
deano and eltoro, you both know that just isn't going to happen. You will continue to search the net just hoping for that piece of news that the Villa have signed someone. We're all suckers for news about our club particularly when it comes to new players.
notthedougellisstand
New players and new kit!! I have been looking ALLDAY at various sites and we are in exactly the same position as we were at 5.30 last night when I left work!!! Not even another player linked!!! And NRC is still 'on his way'!!! We will have to chip in and get the players who are linked with us a Sat Nav!!! I think Nugent is lost - hes heading down to the south coast!!
deano.avfc
The media are attempting to force MO'Ns hand in the transfer market, by 1. Naming so-called targets and 2. estimating the transfer budget when really they have no clue. Randy will have seen today that Liverpool have signed 1 player for £25m, so for a club that is playing catch-up he'll be able to appreciate that a budget of £25m is simply not enough. Also, for the past few months we have heard the club say that Ian Story-Moore has been scouring the whole of Europe for potential signings, yet the press link us to the regular drib drab and jump on the speculative conveyer belt. Baggie Bill doesn't know his football, his relationship with the club is damaged and I feel that with his journalism, he tends to write in spite. OK he needs column inches filling, so I can understand his frustration, but we're the frustrated fans! However ladies/gentlemen, do not despair - I firmly believe MO'N has identified targets, maybe some of whom have already signed via pre-contract agreements, so in a way if more players (i.e.) Davis are/is sold, we shouldn't get ourselves worried, we've got to have complete confidence in what MO'N does, MO'N know who he wants and will not settle for 2nd best (and nor will Randy - he got Martin on board in the 1st place!). But still it's the lazy journalism that riles me - there can be so much to analyse regarding the beautiful game and our beautiful football club - all we ask for is something interesting and creative to read and not that the NRC deal may/may not go through before close of play today! ****RANT OVER**** In Martin We Trust....
bazzah
Good call Bazzah
notthedougellisstand
West Ham web site just announced £8.5m deal agred for NRC. At last !!!
PENFOLD17
still nothing on our OS about it ...!
deemz
Now popping up all over the place. Consider it done. Now who's next?
PENFOLD17
At last things appear to be moving
notthedougellisstand
now on the OS site
deemz
god I can't believe I have a go at the missus for 4kin moaning! just listen to us, I'm worse than her
eltoro
Excellent! Finally we can move on. NIGEL - Enjoy the signing, enjoy your holiday and welcome on board! Wear that shirt with pride, make that lion roar. Command that midfield, smash your opponents - put everything you've got into it. MO'N will show you the way - listen and learn, you'll soon be in the full England squad if you do - repay MONs faith he has put into you and shown in these past 4 weeks. Compete and hold your head up high - you are now out of a proud history, a bright future....
bazzah
there we go, one down seven to go, I just can't keep up with the pace its all happening so fast;)
eltoro
god bazzah that made me cry that speech, tremendous
eltoro
Let's hope that's the floodgates opened. Is the arrival of Randy the catalyst for getting it all moving? I'd love to see them all make the Us tour. Nothing like a bit of bonding and MON stated already that he would have liked more of a pre-season last year with the players.
PENFOLD17
At long last Villa have made a summer signing!!! What do you lot think, is he a good signing at £8.5 million or not? He reminds me of Zokora, can't shoot or pass but can do pretty much everything else.
OneAaronLennon
Eltoro - funny as I was thinking that you lot have been moaning more than my missus lately.
Hoss The Villain
OAL I'm hoping he'll be a great signing. As for 'can't shoot or pass', I think there's only one defensive midfielder who can shoot, and that's Stephen Gerrard. And as for the passing, I'm sure he'll improvenow he's at the mighty Villa
eltoro
Yakubu is a great call. We've bought the Hammers best player! I really believe that. I'm a massive NRC fan, as he's got a majestic engine and an eye for goal (the new Tayls). Not only that he's got a bit of character, unlike the usual boring personalities you can get with modern football players. Enjoy your holiday in Skeggy NRC and welcome to the Villa.
tarzan
Steven, not Stephen - that's what hapens when you get your missus to type
eltoro
can we see the new kit at the press conference. not just a bit of it!
bobbyfett
He is ours at last 8.5mill a lot of dough but better than anything we had at the club.Welcome to the revolution rio
sk1nner80
OneAaronLennon hello m8. I really think Reo Coker is good player. He was great in West Ham's cup run and was a major part of the reason in keeping them up (why play a disaffected player if he's rubbish). What about Bent for all that cash? Looks like its top four or bust for Jol.
tarzan
Good buy does reek of a compromise on both clubs but we all knew he was coming anyway. Who is gonna be our next 3-4 buys is more interesting. Come on the MON! and welcome to aston villa REO!
villain76
I see Defoe wants to stay at Spurs? And Jagielka's going to Everton. SWP anyone?
Gazvilla
NRC = 8.5m, Ugly Earnie =3.5m, Fatty Parker = 7.5m, Bent = 18.5m we've got good value in the British market. I hope we don'y buy Koumas now!
tarzan
Defoe is apparently overrated. He's stated he wants to stay so he can get a big fat juicy loayalty bonus for not asking for a transfer!
tarzan
Actually, Bent cost Spurs £16.5 million, LOL. If truth be told the price was inflated for Bent but that's the price you have got to pay for players that are proven in the Premiership. IMO Bent will prove to be a fantastic signing, that money is going to look like nothing come 2 years. Just look at Ashley Young, you paid over the odds for him, you took a risk, but now that risk has paid off and he is worth the £9.65 million you paid.
OneAaronLennon
What happened to the battle between Villa and Spurs for Wesley Sneijder? Seems to have died down.
OneAaronLennon
Sorry Reo.Are we getting a new sponsor?just wondering OS has now got the nike swoosh but still has the 32Red on it too.Is the delay in kit launch cause we are closing that deal and buying off 32Red? Any of you locals able to get down to the training grounds to see wot the training gear loks like?
sk1nner80
I think we are "taking a stroll down Cadbury avenue" for sponsorship. OAL what's your opinion of Defoe? He'll not get a look in now?
tarzan
NRC will have some majestic chants
tarzan
Sweet! sorry. Ithink he would work well off Carew(Kanute at west spam) and is always good for shots from outside the box.Just like of hight in the team in gen is a concern
sk1nner80
lack of hight sorry.
sk1nner80
Sheff utd need to just let it go they are still tryin to fight relegation.
sk1nner80
Are you being heightist? I heard we are are after a midget, ewok and a pigmy
tarzan
I get blasted for this on Vital Spurs by a few people, I think Defoe is a fantastic STRIKER. He is often known to be selfish but that is what a striker is supposed to be, just look at Owen, V.Nistelrooy etc. He doesn't have the intelligence and overall play of Berbatov, Keane and Bent but aslong as he is scoring goals playing for Spurs then I am happy. IMO he is the most instinctive finisher that Spurs have, a fox in the box if you like. If there is a rebound, Defoe is on hand to slot the ball in to the empty net. Defoe is a confidence player, when he consistently starts he scores goals. I remember over the Christmas period when Keane got injured, he scored like 8 goals in 10 games. I would be very disappointed to see Defoe leave White Hart Lane. However, there is no need for him to leave. With the amount of games Spurs are going to play next year he will have substantial playing time to prove his worth to the team. Should a bid of £10+ million come in for him then the Spurs board should seriously consider it as he only has 2 and a half years left on his current contract and he doesn't look like signing a new one.
OneAaronLennon
Lyon have denied rumours Baros will be sold!! Shame it's not going well for him.
Gazvilla
OAL's right about Defoe but quite simply considering he's a pure striker his goal scoring record isn't good enough when being compared to his more selfless counterparts
Phartman87
Davis to sign for fulham £5m, SWP to sign for £10m, inside info
chasrack
If thats true then its a bit odd seeing as chelsea knocked wet spam back after offering 11 million. Bring it on anyway! still gutted davis is going TBH
villain76
chasrack, reading other websites is not inside info you plonker.
Saurat
Phartman,Defoes goals per games started is phenomenal ? Don`t think i could face how long that transfer would take so please can we just go and buy Foreigners!!!!
ASPINALL
Got the striker,Dirk Kuyt ?
ASPINALL
wish we could loan davo out instead rather than flog him because he had a poor season. still think the fella is class. besides if we sold players because of 1 poor season then petrov should be well out the door! still if we do sell him then i hope we put a big sell on clause on him. hate it when our youth products leave and become huge. another poll. Out of all the "recent" links who would we like to see in a villa shirt most now that the NRC deal is nearly done?
Eaton_thevillafan
Jakeilka off to Everton according to the BBC.
CLVilla
jussi, can't see beter than him, that would be a steal at 3.5m
eltoro
Petrov didn`t have a poor season - and you hate it when our youth products leave and become huge ? Please give me that monster list of yours ?
ASPINALL
k fair enough on the youth bit but davo ill be a very good mid in years to come. sorry but its my opinon that petrov did not have a good 1st season but saying that in not knocking him. He is a very good player and hopefully he will be a major playor for us.
Eaton_thevillafan
Ok,amen to that x
ASPINALL
Defoe dosen't want to come to the Villa, and to be honest I don't want him purely on that basis, anyway in my opinion Yakubu would be the better striker, Carew and Yakubu up front, imagine the power of those 2 leading the line, with young and SWP on the wings, playing behind them Barry, Reo, Petrov, in midfield, mellberg and laursen in the centre bouma on the left and alves on the right, and jussi in goal, MON on the bench,and me in the upper Holte, sweet! THATS SEXY FOOTBALL
eltoro
anyone else got a dream team in mind?
eltoro
Jussi,Richards,Barry,Laursen,Mellberg,SWP,Young,NRC,Petrov,Gabby,Carew....subs Maloney,Gardner,Bouma,Sorenson,Moore
ASPINALL
Must be adream team Eltoro you've got a starting line-up of 12 you dipstick :-)
Gazvilla
you are right gaz, clever sod! ;0
eltoro
saurat you are a DICKHEAD
chasrack
eltoro - Yakubu wouldn't be able to keep up with swp and young - he's tooooooooooo fat! Good player though, hasn't exactly lived up to his potential at the borosVilla
myleftfoot
If we did sign swp - what would be Villa's starting midfield? Presumably we'd have two strikers and 4 defenders or would we play a 3-5-2 formation?
myleftfoot
Carson/Sorry Young Lahm Mellberg Laursen SWP Young Barry NRC Carew Defoe Also ill like to see Sneijder Babel Richards Davies De-Jong and a couple of others, like the links for porto players i forget there names... But the likes of babel and Sneijder richards are just a little out of our reach, Maybe in Jan and Next summer when we have shoon what we can do and hopefully made europe or th champs league.
Newman
haha chasrack well said
Its All Over FC
lahm haha we'd be very lucky! babel no chance either. were not at that level just yet - give it a year or two. im gonna say it again just incase MON is reading (i would if i was the gaffer!), buy vagner love! mmm cant you smell the sweet smell of success...mmm yeah. mmmm...ok im done.
ric112
mmmm
ric112
Why isn't anyone trying to get Obafemi Martins? He wants to leave, and he's AWESOME. Imagine the two bouncers up front - Carew and Martins. We'd bully our way to the title.
evoflash
Talk in the Mirror that Porto want to sign Carew - what a lot of to$$
deano.avfc
nugent to pompey, defoe stopping put (good) jags to everton, CAREW to porto (yeah righto) how long will the next tranfer be? and who next to villa park? the great transfer race continues... Come on MON, SWP please.
villain76
Chris Sutton has retired - good luck and happy retirement, he did well for us and added that experience to our front line. He did his job in a very professional manner and if he was 5-10 years younger I would be on this board trying to state how we should go for him!! Ill remember his goal in the 1-0 win away to Everton as the moment I saw 'MON's Villa side'!! After an early goal there is no way DOLs team would have held on to win 1-0 under pressure. PS. he was never really a bluenose!!
deano.avfc
Well I suppose the squad has shrunk again. I almost fell over laughing at the daily mirrors' story on porto after carew. He made a huge impact fo us last 3 months. Okay, he didn't score a that often but the assists are there for all to see except for those knowledgable plonkers that work for the capitals press!
myleftfoot
Daily Mail says that he did not make an impact. Pathetic!! Our numbers are way down - even if we got Jussi, Young and SWP we still need a lot more players!! It will cost a fortune!!
deano.avfc
This deano is a concern, but surely after what MON said about last jan/feb, he has something lined up????
myleftfoot
I know I've said this b4 but I really don't mind if we by no name players sol long as they are better than what we already have.
myleftfoot
your right myleft foot yakubu is ssoooooooooo fat BUT (big but)sooooooooooo was bouma, if MON got him on the same diet he could be awesome, lets be honest I think I would put on wieght if I played for BORO, just to stop me from playing! why are they in the premiership anyway they've always seem like a nonentity to me, does anyone support them!
eltoro
Porto to test Villa with bid for Carew...? probably just rubbish again from NewsNow site.
deemz
That's rubbish. I think we have had some "done deals" from July 1st. NRC was one obviously, I think Bellamy may be another. There must a right back and a goalie too.
tarzan
Wouldn't be interested with Bellamy myself, our fair play record would be out the window. Rafa has said if anyone goes it'll be bellamy first, if we do go for him no more than £3 mill maximum. SWP next.
villain76
6 pm press confrence to announce Reo according to SSN
Pking
Davis has been sold to Fulham its on the OS but does not state a fee..?
deemz
Steve Davis has joined Fulham - confirmed on OS. I am gutted by this - I have been a life-long Villa and N.Ireland fan and by far my best game I have ever been to was seeing Villa beat England 1-0. The Vision of Davis to play the chipped through-ball to Healy, just as he became on-side, to score the winner was outstanding. Aaron Hughes captained that night and I wore my Villa shirt (with Davis 12 on the back)in the Kop stand. I was so proud to be a Villa fan then (always am!!) and having O'Neill, an Ulsterman, as manager I was delighted. Now we have lost both players for around £5m I imagine. This is peanuts and I am quite annoyed by these transfers. I know we needed to progress but to say NRC is worth more than double what Davis is - now way. All being equal I would still pick Davis over NRC. Maybe it is blind N.I. patriotism but I am gonna miss seeing him in the claret and blue. He has so much potential - we better have add-ons for future transfers. All the best Steve.
deano.avfc
Good luck to him. Shame he has gone but he was overtaken by Gardener last season.
weller77
Now, with Defoe saying he wants to stay at Spurzzzzz, you can bet your 4rse that Bellend is coming here after Rafa BLANKED him big style on SSN. 4king hell. I say we force spurs hand with a mega bid. Let's get SWP quick and a few defenders....my bum is squeaking now!!! Goodbye Steven Davis - all the best.
koolbill
To be fair though, Davis, when he played was poor last season.
weller77
Davis was poor because he was played mostly out on the wing which is not his best position..! also he wasnt any worse than Petrov..!
deemz
cannot believe we have sold steve davis.absolutely gutted and dejected by this move.what a player he will become in a few years time and also he will not be at fulham for long as certainly the big boys will come in for him.we should defo be trying to create a squad not dismantle one.with us signing reo i believe its only one step forward and two back. and deano it aint blind NI patriotism mate,any villa supporter should be disappointed by this move i believe not just people from here.1st major mistake from martin this will become in time believe me.
Belfast Villain
Two theories here if the 6pm press conference is true. 1 That O'Neill is at Dougans funeral this afternoon so it has to be early evening or 2 Chelsea are having talks with Malouda which may mean SWP move is imminent and the press conference will announce the arrival of both players???
deano.avfc
1st one mate.
Jon.H
I agree Belfast Villain - but is it still NI patriotism??? It couldnt be - he was cleaned up as player and young player of the year season before last. Would Villa fans be happy is MON sold Barry or Agbonlahor next summer if they have a poor season. Actually let me rephrase that - if they have as good (or slightly better) season than others in their position (Berger or Moore) - I have said this because he was no worse than the player keeping him out of the team i.e. Petrov. One so-so season when your opportunities are limited doesnt make you a bad player. Gardner or Osbourne coming in and playing well in half a dozen games does not make them better than Davis who has 20+ international caps for a team which has jumped 100 places in the rankings and beat Spain, Sweden and England in recent years. Is anyone else thinking along the same lines or is it just us Ulstermen!!!???!!! The stuff about him kicking up a fuss I find hard to believe - I am mates with his old schoolmate who catches up with him when Davis is back in Co. Antrim (genuine - this isnt the usual bull with my sisters cousins mate etc) and he has spoken of how he doesnt want to leave Villa and gets on great with MON.
deano.avfc
I wish Deano,I wish..still totally gutted about Davis.I love O Neill but WTF is he playing at we needed about 5 players before we sold anyone now we need about 10 players we must have 90 mil to spend to replace them all.
Pking
He was the player I was most looking foward to seeing at the start of last season,Petrov should have been dropped.
Pking
There must be something coming in that is better. O'Neill is not an idiot. Martin will not stand in the way of a player who is unhappy. Petrov was disappointing last season but he was getting better towards the end of the season. If you look at it we have Petrov, Barry, Gardener, and now Reo-Coker playing for two positions.
weller77
If NRC is being paraded at the a press confrence at 6 pm will the new kit also be on show.. and maybe another player or two ?
deemz
Davis never got a chance last season if I was him Id have wanted to leave aswell.He's made a big mistake.
Pking
It would be nice, where is it said that we have press conference at 6?
weller77
Weller77 it is on SSN.
deemz
Cheers Deemz, reliable source. You can never be sure with the news now links.
weller77
my god i am unhappy with the sale of davis...i need to vent my fury...AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ric112
bit better now
ric112
We finally sign someone and I feel like Ive been punched in the stomach.
Pking
So what do you lot think about the reported £10 million offer for Jermain Defoe?
OneAaronLennon
I know what you think Pking - you here the rest of the players linked with moves (Djemba, Hendrie, Hughes, McCann) and you say yeah fine no problem, they werent good enough. Then you hear the likes of Carew, Berger and Davis linked with moves away and you say no definitley not - too good and can only get better next season, trying to buid a team not dismantle it. Then they are sold!!! And not for a lot of money!!! Dont know about you but if he can be sold anyone can - is Carew going to be allowed to talk to Porto?? Cant believe he wont now!!
deano.avfc
I really think a loan move for Davis would have been ideal.As for Carew,I dont believe it for one second and if we were to let him go we'd be talking 12 mil min which would be ridiculous of course, MON plays Carew unlike Davis.Im from Dublin myself so maybe all Irish Villa fans have a more romantic view of Davis than most 4 mil is a steal especially when everyone is paying through the nose for players.
Pking
I think we're all getting a bit carried away here. I'm disappointed Davo has gone, will be a great player one day. Reo-Coker has been bought to replace McCann and is a better player so therefore improves the team/squad. Davis didn't play much last year due to Petrov and Gardner, and the same scenario would probably have unfolded this year had he stayed, so he went for first team football and good luck to him. As somebody has already posted, we have four players vying for two central midfield berths, assuming we play 4-4-2, as well as Osbourne. I think there's still the possibility of Koumas as well, which may explain Davo being allowed to go. The Carew thing is nonsense and I'm sure that Porto are just chancing their arm. If anything were to come of it i.e. an official approach, I'm sure MON will answer them in two words. I can't believe we've landed our first target and people are still moaning. Chill out and get some perspective..........
Jon.H
To put all of this in perspective. I think most Villa fans are disappointed with losing Davis because he came through the youth ranks and consequently is viewed as one of our own. However, if he wasn't going to pay next season and I don't think he would then it is the best move for both him and Villa. As it stands Davis would have been a squad player and if we had sold him next summer we would have got £2 million. Therefore it has to be viewed as good business, even though I do think he will go on and play well for Fulham. So Steven go with the best wishes of every Villa fan and we look forward to seeing you come back next season, having a good game but being on the losing team. Good luck.
notthedougellisstand
Think back two seasons ago........ £8.5 m was £2.5 m more than the entire budget provision for the window. We have spent this on one player, the captain of the national U21 team, with the promise of more to come.
Jon.H
went to the docters this morning (honest this not the begining of a joke) and was told I was suffering with depression! see what the 4kin Villa have done to me!
eltoro
Let's be honest folks, Davis was very poor last season. When he was unknown the year before he got stuck in. BUT last year he was figured out and muscled out. Good business in my eye. Feels wrong, but Mr O'Neill sees him day in, day out. And he knows good players. Look at who he's gotten rid of : Hendrie (not good enough), Samuel (Not good enough), McCann (Not good enough), Hughes (Not good enough). He knows what he's doing.
evoflash
I think the depression come's from the diet I'm on, its called the Villa diet it only involves hand work, what u do is sit on a leather chair in front of the lap top for 20 hours a day drinking cans of miller, then you move from the leather chair to porcelain chair were you proceed to S hit yourself thin - it's not in any of the medical books so it isn't proven, but it seems to work for me!
eltoro
BBC has West Ham favourites to sign Bellamy so at least thats some good news......unless that frees Harewood up to sign for us. A bit of one good one bad - like NRC and Davis today!!!
deano.avfc
bit off subject but concerning new shirt,there looks to be a half decent believable one on villa talk NOW.people on there are believing it is the real thing. have a look,go onto newsnow and go down 2 or 3 hours and click onto villa talk.I for one really like it if it is it. UTV
Belfast Villain
The away kit is a beaut, I've seen some pictures of both kits on a kit discussion forum. Bellamy won't go to West Ham, Redscouse want him to though - as they'll pay twice everyone else is offering! I believe he wants to go to Celtic.
tarzan
Harewood, Koumas a big no
tarzan
Im not seeing the pics of the kits - is there any way you guys can e-mail it or post it here??
deano.avfc
Hopefully bellend will go elsewhere together with koumas and harewood. But still doesnt get away from the fact we need 5-6 more players at least. Where are we getting them from and when is the eternal question. Good luck davis.
villain76
oh and ten million for defoe is a joke right? hes staying at spurs *fingers crossed*
villain76
deano mate,just go onto newsnow.co.uk then onto villa news,scroll down 2 or 3 hours and there it will say'is this the new kit?'looks nike quality 2 me anyway.UTV
Belfast Villain
Jermaine Defoe or Craig Bellamy - take your pic, who would you rather? Hard one, but id have to go with Defoe, just cos he can score goals without the controversy. And you gotta give it up for him wanting to fight for his place in the Tottenham side. If Bellamy came, he is a good player, but hed be a big liability
AussieVilla
aussie would have to go for defoe myself there,i see him as when given a run in a team he as good as guarantees goals although bellamy would do me too although there must be a big question mark over his attitude but im sure martin would deal with it.deano alternatively just go onto villatalk.com mate.
Belfast Villain
I'd go for Yakubu!
tarzan
the pics of kit are now on vital villa forum lads. UTV
Belfast Villain
Does Defoe want to stay? If Spurs wanna sell him won't he get a big wad of cash? With Gabby and Luke do we want another little speedy striker. What we need is cover for Carew. Someone who would be happy waiting on the bench. Harewood perhaps could do that job? Otherwise Gabby and Luke will wanna do a Davis.
Gazvilla
Not impressed wit the pics of the kit will reserve my judgement on that one.Wit spurs splashing out 8mill on that french bloke do you think its an indiction that they have lost out on curtis davis and would that mean there is a chance he will wear Claret and Blue this season? meaning for us and not west ham.oh yea and still reading between the lines if Chelsea get Malouda we get SWP or do Madrid get Robben?
sk1nner80
Defoe can finish, our strikers can't
tarzan
even the press conference is late...
villain76
exactly - if they're not happy with us sitting here for a month waiting for this, they keep us sitting here for an hour wating to tell us they've got him. There better be something else in this press conference than just Reo
eltoro
if i hear once more that defoe dosen't want to come I'll go mad! I for one don't want him, if he's not interested then 4k him
eltoro
10 past 7,what a shambles! enoughs enough I've given more than my fare share to the Villa, I'm going in the bath, goodnight
eltoro
BOUT TIME!!!! nigels now a villa player! thank fu%k that sagas over!!!!!! now whos next?
Eaton_thevillafan
1945 and still no conference, i been waiting since 1800...
villain76
its 2007 i'm 207 years old and still nothing...not even another transfer.
villain76
Bring on SWP tomazz : ) JKJK- i wish!
Newman
Was that the new away Kit?
HuntysVilla
didn't give much away on the next players coming in, hope theres more!
eltoro
HuntysVilla, I would assume that is a Training top
notthedougellisstand
notthedougellisstand, could be but had heard the new away was blue, just need to see a few more new faces wearing the top over the next few weeks, it sounds like west ham protracted this move loads of animosity there.
HuntysVilla
I heard the new away shirt was white, throwback to the 82 shirt
notthedougellisstand
SWP will sign by the end of next week, we are still trying to get wesley sneijder, inside info.
chasrack
Chasrack, Who gives you this supposed inside info ?
notthedougellisstand
chasrack - you talk a load of s-h-i-t-e but would love your info to be true... In the future though try backing it up with concrete facts, or at least a relativly decend arguement, and then possibly we may believe you.....???!!?
bazzah
Fiorentina are looking at Sneijder (Newsnow is my source) - in footballing terms they have far less to offer him than what we do. It'll be interesting to see if Spurs send more dosh without selling? Spurs have already spent £30m odd, so are they still in the supposed race for Sneijder?
bazzah
I hope so bazzah!!! Spurs should break the bank to sign this guy, he is a class act.
OneAaronLennon
http://www.avfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/HeadlinesDetail/0,,10265~1068602,00.html It's just a shame we are still burdened with 32Red.
joerothuk
i have never seen so many comments against one article. potential villa signings must be quite a hot topic.
Dales_Dad
Sneijder would be the ideal replacement for davis. now it time to make a signing over 10 mil. its just wierd thinking it! lol im not use to all of this. Fantastic if we could also get SWP but its imperitve that w sign a RB. we will be s.h.a.g.g.e.d else
Eaton_thevillafan
Ive seen a picture of a different shirt on Heroes and Villans website.Im confused.
Pking
shagged
myleftfoot
There you go - shagged ...not censored!
myleftfoot
Would be more excited if we signed Sneijder. Somehow I'm feeling rather deflated at the mo. I'd like to think we are going to unvail some more signings in the very near future. Can't believe the spuds.. thats the way you really excite your supporters in the summertime.
myleftfoot
I wouldn't say it like that myleftfoot, I call it stengthening in positions we need, ie CF cover, CB cover and LB. Now all we need is a LM/LW. How much is Barry worth in today's market? We will give you Defoe and a couple million, sound good?
OneAaronLennon
mmmm....let me think......erm NO CHANCE hehe. man there's a lot of irish villa fans on here!
ric112
BAZZAH I couldn't give a ***** who you believe, we have held talks with Sneijders agent but he has a lot of top clubs after him also the fee is very high they want £14m, SWP wants to come but again chelsea want £15m, I cant tell you how I get this info cus someone would be in big trouble.
chasrack
Peter kenyon has said chelsea have receivend no offers for any of their players, not one. KOUMAS, BELLEND, HAREWOOD, NUGENT, HEALY all linked with other premier clubs this morning which is a relief. Its abroad next then...
villain76
just read that Davies said ' I don't want to stay and not play' ( if thats true the rest of this post is based on that) nothing about wanting to stay and fight for his place! if that was true and thats his attitude then I think we've done quite well on the transfer, by all accounts MON was gutted to see him leave ( belfast tellegraph) seems some people think they're bigger than the club, it also says alot that he's ended up at Fulham, and no other offers where made for him! I think every club needs a few ole gunnar solskjaer's, now there's a true professional, for him it was all about the club he played for and not himself!
eltoro
to just to add to the above, I've always said, whoever wants out of the Villa for whatever reason, then I'm happy for them to leave. no question
eltoro
sorry it's me again, last night on sky, is that the only place to show of our new signings, on a small table with a claret table cloth in someones 4kin kitchen, the delay was probably due to someone finishing their dinner after work, get it sorted for the next signing please!
eltoro
We need a couple of experienced heads? Can you think of any? Llundberg?
tarzan
Eltoro - u lost me with the 3rd comment.....help
myleftfoot
Eltoro the press conferemce was quite amusing. I hope NRC enjoys his well deserved 9 day break.
tarzan
I really dont think £15m is too much for SWP. To us he is worth that because he is the best option in a position we need players for. RW and RB is our priority. Also Man City linked with Elmander of Sweden for £9m - he would be a good signing. In the Sweden games Ive seen him in he has been as good as Ibrahimovic!!! (He scored v N.I. as well if noone remembers him) Also Ljungberg is a non-started because of the hatred of Mellberg and their constant brawls!!
deano.avfc
Deano I forgot about those scraps. But Martin will be gettinga couple of experienced heads, I can't think of many though. I'll be much happier if we make another signing. I think we'll sign Curtis Davies, Luke Young and maybe a striker. Bellamy wants to join Celtic, but they won't pay more than 5m. A goalie is also a priority.
tarzan
Hi again MYLEFTFOOT, it just seemed a bit yeovil townish and not the mighty Villa, you know, little table shoved in a room 2 little chairs, I expected a proper press room the new Villa badge proudly displayed above their heads microphones already in place, it just seemed amateurish, all that said I'm happy with the purchase, what about you? and if we sign players in our shed thats o.k as long as we get the right ones .it was more of joke really, and have u seen the back page of the Mirrior, £25 million contract for Bellamy from west ham! have they gone 4kin mad that lot!
eltoro
Bellamy won't be going to West Ham, they've got bog Tevez problems no Man U want him. Bellamy wants to go to Celtic and maybe us.
tarzan
I'm not saying he's going m8, just the contract they're offering!
eltoro
Sorry M8ty, I agree it's ridiculous. In the same article they say they're not will to pay 9m though.
tarzan
Quote from Mr. Potato-head: "Even in the 12 months we've been out of the Premiership we've noticed a change. Our closest rivals (Aston Villa) have spent £8.5million on one player (Nigel Reo-Coker). That's our entire budget. "I'm green with envy but that's not possible for me. I'd love to be in a different market but, although we are not, I still think we can be competitive" What a prat - he is covering his back for relegation already. Im also not happy with the use of the word 'closest', we are the 'nearest' rivals but closest suggests in terms of ability. We are nearest to Birmingham City F.C. But their 'closest' rivals are Sunderland and Derby. Our 'closest' rivals are Newcastle, Spurs and Everton!!!
deano.avfc
cockney's eh!
eltoro
I thought there closest rivals were knave, playboy, escort, etc, its all fun at the pornodrome!
eltoro
Any new links today chaps?
tarzan
Looks like Bellend is off to the Hammers, 7.5m, 75k per week: for a 28 year old injury prone striker!
tarzan
soooooooo, who is next, someone must know something !!!!!!!
Stig
Eggert magnusson, he's one custard cream short of a packet!
eltoro
Just found the prolific goal scorer that we crying out for its JPA. Ángel has scored in every one of his MLS games except on his debut game. As of June 17th, Angel has scored nine goals in just seven games.
Quania
The press conference was in the players lounge at the training ground. The delay was because the deal nearly fell through. NRC had a clause that he would get half a mill if he kept them up and left. The contract didn't mention this and so Villa were trying to get it amended at the last hour. In the end NRC had to forfeit the money to allow the deal to go through. Shows you the mentality and character of the Wham board. Bu then again nothing surprises you from Wham these days does it.
Gazvilla
thanks for the info Gazvilla, they're juankers he's rid of them now thats all that matters
eltoro
westh ham have made an approach for cisse, benetez confirmed it on ssn, does that mean bellers has rejected them?????
Stig
Daily Express are saying that this is our 2nd highest transfer fee behind Angel. Have they forgot about our Ashley? How can you beleive anything they say when they get the basic facts wrong? Anybody going to change the "IN" section in the article?
CLVilla
Youngs is still lower will increase through add ons apperances (for villa and England)up to 9.5mil.Right then guys are we of the opinion that SWP and Defoe are the next two deals still need cover for center half right back and Nets. Think young is a strong possibility for that seniority factor along with maybe davis and cudichini
sk1nner80
The way MON sounded on sky - we could be in for another wait.
myleftfoot
Was that Mr Fear I just heard on Talksport?
DoLpHiNaToR
missed that myleftfoot m8, what did he say!
eltoro
Initial reports said £7.5 rising to £8.5m but now WH are saying £8.5. C'est la vie!!! Who knows exactly how much these deals get done for.
CLVilla
on OS now about that french keeper,he is coming next week for a trial.also on the OS martin rubbishing rumours about that loan swap for koumas,he is really saying its complete BOLLOX then!
Belfast Villain
Right, I have it....Glen Johnson for RB, Curtis Davies for LB. Hopefully SWP for winger. Possibly Defoe or Nugent for striker and that should be us just about sorted. Cheeky bid for Heinze wouldn't go amiss......!
koolbill
Apparently Bellamy has signed for West Ham for 7.5 mil rising to 8mil. question its genuity but i dunno, WH seem to be linked with whoever were linked with, including SWP and Defoe. Were all a bunch of impatient c*unts but i hope MON's divine plan comes to fruition.
AussieVilla
eltoro - he said he wants to sign some more players, however Villa have made no offers as of yet.
myleftfoot
I honestly have no idea who we are interested in and who we are going to sign other than Wright-Phillips
notthedougellisstand
sounds like you need some wingers to supply carew. wright phillips perhaps?
Dales_Dad
Bellend has signed for West Ham according to SSN. Thank God for that, don't want that idiot
notthedougellisstand
£8million and £75,000 per week according to BBC. This for a player Liverpool paid £6million for last summer and who did very little last season. It appears to me that West Ham are willing to spend stupid amounts of cash. They would have got him for £50,000 a week.
notthedougellisstand
Bellamy wanted to come to us but he is going to get 75k a week at west ham, no way we was gona pay that, SWP to sign by the end of next week.
chasrack
Just be grateful that the idiots bought Bellamy
Gordonsleftboot
chasrack you plonker, bellend never said he wanted to come to Villa. SWP by next week - inside info or have you just been reading websites again?
Saurat
Saurat / chasrack Whats with u 2? R u inlove or something?
myleftfoot
SAURAT THE PRAT, you just come on here to insult people, why dont you go play with yourself in some dark corner.
chasrack
pleased we didn't get bellamy MYLEFTFOOT, not to sure about swp either don't want to see gabby pushed out, not to sure who's left over here, any ideas?
eltoro
Saurat has left the building - inside info!
Saurat
Chaps, football talk not personal abuse, any further stuff will just be deleted, many thanks.
The Fear
inside info; SWP to be linked with villa next week...and other players too, word from the street.
villain76
JP you said 2(TWO) signings would be in place by now, so come on give us some inside info,who's next!
eltoro
I'm not so sure that Villa will be in for SWP, however if we did then I would think he'd be played wide mid rather than a forward. Can't see why we don't have a punt on Nugent as cover for carew or offer 10 mill for Robbie Keane or Wessely Sneijder whoops getting a bit west hammish there --- control is what is needed.
myleftfoot
I have news from a very good source that SWP and Defoe were at the training ground today. This obviously doesnt mean they are signing but exciting that they are looking none the less. This is honest truth so just hope they both come through.
bigdiondubs
what is this source/
Pking
a friends Dads mates wifes brothers cousins boss
evoflash
Keane has recently signed a new five year contract!!! Defoe hasn't though, you can have him for £12 million.
OneAaronLennon
wow 12 mil what a bargain!
Pking
cant reveal the source for obvious reasons! My source has no idea about whether bids have been accepted etc but definately saw them both their today. Thats all their is to tell so I thought id share it with you.
bigdiondubs
I reckon the under 13's will be a more physical outfit the way we are going
myleftfoot
Hi all, just wanted to say how great it was on reflection to see just MON & REO at the unveiling, we got so used to seeing deadly there talking b4ll4cks, I forgot all about it, so a big THANK YOU to Mr Lerner for letting the manager take care of things, and keep up the good work
eltoro
I reckon we need to get in quick to seal a deal for SWP before Man City go in for him now Sven is installed with cheque book in hand. Also whilst we're at it - why not test the water for Micah Richards....now i'm sure Man City don't want to sell, but maybe now is the time to try and make a move for him before they begin to show the kind of ambition and positive vibes that we're just starting to put out there. He fits the MON mould to a tee....although he's actually got a bit of height and weight behind him! Now that is another England regular to be that i'd love to see as a week in week out fixture at VP.....and why not?
YatesyVillain
Maybe it's because Man City will demanding a fee around £20 million for Micah Richards.
OneAaronLennon
Do-able. We've still got the best part of 30mil burning a hole in Randy's pocket! :)
YatesyVillain
That is meant to read but* I doubt......
OneAaronLennon
That's true. But would you want to spend £20 million on one player when you need around 5 players to be able to compete for a place in Europe? It would leave you with £10 million for 4+ players. Good for a team like Wigan buy I doubt that O'Neill wants average players in his squad.
OneAaronLennon
bigdiondubs; SWP was in vegas with lampard this weekend and they are joining up with the rest of the squad in L.A making their own way there. Photographed in the news of the world yesterday. So we know you are talking poop.
Stig
bookmark (oh, I think its about #999 now)
myleftfoot
Looking like luke young for the next villa signing. Good little buy that would be if MON can pull it off.
villain76
If Quaresma from Porto is thinking of going to Atletico Madrid then this shows that not all World class players will only join a club that can offer European football. Atletico are only in the intertoto. So we should be able to attract some big names even though we cant offer European football this season..!
deemz
Interesting development - the Baggies have accepted Wigans £5.3m bid for Koumas...
bazzah
Oh well, perhaps we will have to go for SWP instead then ???
spit-fire
we are being linked with a £3million move for Brede Hangeland of FC Copenhagen, a Norwegian international who plays in defence but dont know if it is at R/B. perhaps someone could shed some light on him.
deemz
apparently he's the norwegian international centre back
The Usual Suspect
Just a quickie on Koumas again : I think we would have lodged a bid by now if we were interested in bringing him in as a replacement for Davis. Whether we are/were interested is anyone's guess, although Koumas did come out and state to the media the he was on MONs radar. I felt at the time that he was attempting to talk ourselves / other interested parties into making a move for him..?! Anyway, all this leads me to believe that we have bigger fish to fry when it comes to replacing Davis....?
bazzah
I'd love Davis' replacement to be sneijder. that really would be swapping good players with better...
The Usual Suspect
On the Brede Hangeland link - We currently have 4 central defenders and our wing backs have played in the middle before - wide areas are a priority with no right side bar crocks and kids. Again, it's the agent doing all the talking, looking for a lucrative move for his client no doubt!
bazzah
Usual - Wouldn't it just!
bazzah
Liverpool make £10m bid for Babel.......... Are we stood still - what's happening!!?
bazzah
If MON knows who he wants why are we not putting any bids in..? unless we are and they are not being made public but if that were the case i find it hard to believe that it wouldnt get leaked out as they always do.
deemz
hello all! any more signings yet. sorry been in london for the metallica gig ;)
Eaton_thevillafan
What is it? Am I banned now? Thought police or what. BIG Brother is back from Portugal.. I only said NO!
myleftfoot
I an still very concerned with the size of our squad. We need at least 5 more players
notthedougellisstand
stig...I am only passing on what the source told me. He was convinced. . . by the way dont read everything you read in the papers. I think its strange that there is more transfer activity today but nothing on those two players so I would still not rule it out. If it wasnt him it must have been that guy from different strokes as he is the only person I can think you could mistake him with.
bigdiondubs
notthedougellisstand - don't worry. It's in the 5 - 10 year to eventually replace the guys that have gone. We may even sign someone b4 August 31st because MON doesn't want to get caught short again. Don't forget he said you wouldn't believe who he has lined up to sign (this may also cause concern - so all those with heart problems - stop NOW the excitement may just KILL you).
myleftfoot
5 - 10 plan - that is
myleftfoot
Why so negative? Plenty of time left.
Dannygav
exactly....if we were going for average to good players, we would have gone for them and gotten them by now to beat off the likes of Sunderland and Wigan....and this is what we would have done in the past. Negotiating for quality takes time and patience....be strong my friends! (having said that, ManU did move exceptionally quickly for Nani and Anderson...LOL)
YatesyVillain
I think you have to move the quickest if you want quality and slowest if you want the dreggs.IMO
myleftfoot
At the minute i would say the Villa and Man City have the most under prepared squads for the new season,we need a GK,1 or 2 RB`s and a Midfielder at least,and arguably to really challenge the top 8 next season then a Centre half and CF would be needed so i really think a lot of work needs doing but we seem to be stagnant,if MON has seen a few players in reserve/youth teams who can do a job then fair enough.Nugent,Young,Jussi,SWP are all affordable and available?
ASPINALL
myleftfoot. What quality players have we missed out on?
Dannygav
Luke Young from Charlton will be our next signing. A right full back is desperately needed, and Young is one of the very few out there, capable, and available, who could do the job for us, solving a problem that has plagued us for a while now.
glensider
putting things into perspective, 7wks & 3 days left of the transfer window.
Stig
Dear MON if we have put a bid in for defoe, can we move on it and not drag it out for three weeks please! ps and get a bigger table for the press conference this time
HuntysVilla
Dear MON, 8.5 million? for defoe? i hope you have the good sense to ignore this silly amount and if it rises to 12 million treat it with the respect it deserves and bin it. Cheers.
villain76
defoe, 18 goals last season, £8.5m or even £10m is a steal for a player of that calibre, and he is only 24. When you think the spuds just paid 17.5m for bent aswell??????? He would be awesome for us and I hope I get the chance to see him in a villa shirt next season.
Stig
I agree Villain 76.
Pking
More interested in BB than football, to me hes like a bad andy cole misses ***** easy chances and has the same 'score one miss 5' opportunities that afflicted the cole. Anyway hes stopping at spurs and has said so, its just an old regurgitation of a previous story.
villain76
At times he can be very good but he is very greedy in front of goal.I s Defoe the only striker out there?He also said he wanted to stay at Spurs,Spurs are relying on someone coming in and paying about 12 mil for him after all the money they have spent.I base that comment on no facts whatsoever.
Pking
And if this is true, which I highly doubt, what speaks volumes is the lack of any spurs fans showing objection to it. It seems the mood is '8.5 mill and we'll be glad to hand him over, its no loss to us'. I just think there's better ways to spend 8.5 mill+ than on spurs cast offs.
villain76
When Man U payed 16/17 mil whatever it was for Carrick surley mr Levy couldn't believe his luck if we payed 10-12 mil for Defoe it would be the same.
Pking
I hope MON has a few surprises up his sleave because I cannot see Defoe joining Villa. We definitely need a striker, at least one right back, a goalkeeper and a winger. Particularly if Barry is going to play in the middle with Reo-Coker. I would like to see us sign Luke Young, Wright-Phillips, Jussi and Yakubu. I feel that these additions would result in us becoming a real force next season. Young isn't spectacular but he is solid, a confident Wright-Phillips is as good a winger as there is, Jussi is one of the best keepers in the league and Yakubu would score bags of goals with the service from our wide players.
notthedougellisstand
Pking, i would love to see someone up front a bit selfish for us, last season i thought we lacked that, we would peg team back and then it sometimes looked like we were waiting for someone to have the bottle to have a go on their own. i think selfishness and a player having bottle in front of goal go hand in hand alot of the time, defoe has both......and lets face it we didnt score enough goals last season and if he could score 18 for us we would be laughing all the way to europe!
Stig
I completley agree with notthedougellisstand. Those four and a nice additional surprise signing we may not have heard of would be an excellent addition. Perhaps another CB??
deano.avfc
Defoe said he wants to stop at Spuds, so if they sell him, he gets a big fat wedge of cash for not asking for a transfer!!
DoLpHiNaToR
Defoe doesn't want to move from London and would only consider doing so if ManU or Liverpool wanted him.
notthedougellisstand
new aston villa kit http://soccerlens.com/aston-villa-20072008-home-kit/2325/
VillaMalta
Most Londoners (London press) can't believe that any decent player would want to move from London. AY & NRC disprove that theory. Charlton want 5m for Luke Young, is he worth that?
tarzan
Tarzan it isn't just Londoners, it is a fact that players prefer to play/live in London. How often do you hear a player state that he is coming to England because he wants to live in Birmingham or Manchester. Most players who come to England state they want to play in London because it is cosmopolitan city. I know I am referring to foreign players and Defoe is English but he would prefer to stay in London. He is from London and has played for Charlton, West Ham and Spurs. Now let me think what they have all got in common !
notthedougellisstand
All pants?
sk1nner80
What about Carrick, Beckham, Geremi etc I don't buy this London arugument at all. Soon clubs will have thier own personal jets to transport the players. Everyone's different. We need a new thread, this one takes ages to scroll down and it's not up to date with the ins and outs. What do people reckon to Luke Young?
tarzan
Luke young is a good right back got good pace in going forward perfect for us MONs been given a price 4.5m and he wants him as long as we dont drag our feet, i reckon he will be in claret and blue by the weekend.
HuntysVilla
Not a big name is he? Is 4.5m good value?
tarzan
4.5m for luke young, please tell me I'm seeing things
eltoro
tarzan, cost charltom £3m in 2001 from the spuds, still only 22, i think there may be a bit of value in him for the future even at 4.5m, i think the main problem is unless we go abroad we aint gonna get a great deal on anyone we are always gonna have to pay top wack especially from them southern shandy drinkers
HuntysVilla
tarzan what do you mean it takes ages to scroll down, do u mean your b/bands slow
eltoro
Must admit, this stage of the summer I thought we'd be talking about some great signings, not still asking who we might/ might not sign. Oh well, there is always tomorrow!
The Fear
I'm not saying we have missed out on anyone becuase I haven't a clue who we have inquired about. I'm just speaking generally.
myleftfoot
does make you wonder though myleftfoot, surely bids or enquries have been going in, so we must have missed some with the lack of incoming?
The Fear
 

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