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Ok, not so much in the press today and what is mostly suggests links aren't coming rather than they are!

The Express and Star today say that Spurs would want in the region of 18million for England striker Jermain Defoe, mostly because they are being forced to sell and the player has two years left on his contract. Villa and Portsmouth were both linked at around 8million. I believe Pompey actually put a bid in and were rejected, although there is the slight (90%?!!) possibility that I'm wrong. (Never I hear you cry).

This could well be paper talk, Darren Bent only cost 16.5million (ONLY!!!) so why would their now 4th choice striker be worth more?


Another link that isn't coming, and I think you will all share me in being totally 'gutted' is Marlon Harewood from West Ham. Apparently Wigan Athletic are buying him. Ok, 1, 2, 3 collective sigh of relief NOW.


According to the Sun Villa are 'weighing up' a 3million bid for Norweigan international defender Brede Hangeland. If I was Villa I'd stop weighing and start wading in, pre-season has started, the tour isn't far off and the season will soon be upon us!

Hangeland, who has 30 caps (and if he is going to boast about that, then I've got 10 pairs of trainers) is a central defender currently at FC Copenhagen. He has also been linked to Manchester City, another sleeping giant with a new big money owner, seems to be a lot of us about!


Some sites are saying that Villa have signed 15-year-old Watford midfielder Harry Forrester on a three-year deal. I can't see confirmation on the official site as yet though. However academy director Bryan Jones has said: 'We heard last week he had turned Watford down, were given permission to speak to him and he has agreed a deal with Villa. As always at this age, there is a long way to go with a player, but we believe he has a great talent.'

-----Oh, and the Birmingham Mail say that Villa have offered Mark Delaney a two month contract extension as he fights to regain his fitness following knee surgery.

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Date:Wednesday July 11 2007

Time: 2:02PM

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Hangle and Laursen as back two would be formidable. Mellberg could then play right back and Boume Left!
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11/07/2007 14:16:00

I'm usually very patient but now I'm getting bored of the talk. Role on the new season!
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11/07/2007 14:24:00

Not at all enthusiastic at the thought/prospect of Olof Mellberg filling in at right back for us leelindsay. We need a quality right full back brought in, a specialist. In my humble opinion Luke Young fits the bill admirably. I know he's not everyone's choice, but he's a very good defender, and would fill nicely a position that has been a weak point for us in recent campaigns. Agree that we now need to see some serious action on the incoming transfer front. I applaud the signing of NRC, but now we need to get busy and start wrapping up some of the deals we have no doubt been working on. Like many supporters, I had hoped, expected, and believed that most of our dealings would have been concluded by the time the lads reported back to Bodymoor Heath, so yes, I am somewhat disappointed at our lack of activity.
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11/07/2007 16:33:00

Need a right back and cover for Freddy at left, even though the great GB might slot in if required as central midfield will be well catered for. NRC a far better option than Gav who gave away too much possession. No need to panic yet. Afonso Alves up front to replace JPA? Luke Young? SWP? Sjneider? Plenty of good ones out there, MON right, Defoe not worth 18m.
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11/07/2007 18:43:00

oh, i nearly forgot Jussi the man mountain keeper!
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11/07/2007 18:45:00

nothing happening tho.
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11/07/2007 20:59:00

I can see MON`s excuses already,we should have sorted players out long time ago and if not DON`T SELL ??????
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11/07/2007 22:22:00

i really don't see barry playing at left back next season,barring injuries to bouma and an anticipated new LB. he will be part of what i think will be an excellent midfield next season. i still wish davis was a part of it but one more attacking midfielder of genuine class is just what we need - goddamn i hope there is something in the sneijder rumours!
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12/07/2007 00:03:00

Harewood is going to Small Heath according to the Daily Express. 3.5m - a double bonus for us then !
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12/07/2007 08:40:00

ASPINALL, please don't take this as a personal attack. I've read a fair few of your comments lately, and I must say, I can't remember too many positive statements from your post's. What I would say is, we need to be patient as we don't know what is going on behind the scene. I know it may appear that MON is lagging behind, but we must not judge him until he has failed because that would be our failure as supporters! Let's give him until the deadline before we say he has failed. What we do need do is stay positive. Whilst I do understand your frustration at the lack of activity (and your not on your own there,) I don't want us Villa fans to be known as fickle, hence justify O'leary's previous comments. We are in this together, along with MON and the board!
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12/07/2007 09:18:00

I for one would love to see Defoe move to Villa Park, at 24 an established Premiership striker! Only his fittness could be a concern after he missed large parts of last season.
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12/07/2007 09:22:00

The above comment i made does sound far too negative but i get annoyed with the " it will be ok in the end " brigade,that type of attitude in any walk of life isn`t acceptable and doesn`t acheive results,we are still behind many,many teams in many,many ways,OK i`ll take your comment on board and post back when deadline over.
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12/07/2007 09:26:00

The point is no one knows, we need to keep talking about this and the club in general because it is our club, and if we do not think things are right we should say, but also point out the good and there is loads to be positive about. Expectations are to high for the club and our manager and board. We have got a long way to go, yes it is frustrating and it depends on the spin you want to put on the club. We can not just say it will be allright and we can not start having a go at MON and the board, well not just yet, lets be honest though we are miserable and love a good moan!!
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12/07/2007 09:34:00

Yep,plus i bust a bone in me foot last night so guess i`m extra miserable!!! Ok,how about this Messi fella ?looks half-decent in the Copa-America!! Castillo for Mexico looks immense but seems like Valencia have nabbed him,lots of bargains in South America but good old British work-permit would delay past the season start now.
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12/07/2007 09:39:00

Aspinall I think we have tried to bring in players but for whatever reason, wages, London thing, euro football have not been able to. South American players well I think we are still hurting from the last one! I just can not see that we will not buy any more it does not make sense. Chin up old boy I will buy a pint.
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12/07/2007 09:44:00

Ok,can i have a pint of wine please? Can`t we get into this "third-party ownership" thing? Sounds kinda fun!!! If we can get a GK,RB,CH by start of August then i`ll be a happy man and anything else would be a bonus.
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12/07/2007 09:51:00

Well I can see a RB and CH coming maybe a GK but Dudek going to Man City? we wont get Jussi, red or white dont say rosie I will drop my expectations of you, sounds like were going on a date are you matty upson in disguise??
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12/07/2007 10:05:00

That's the spirit ASPINALL! By the way I was not suggesting we as supporters should just sit back and be passive, I was saying that we should keep the faith. For those that don't understand the definition of faith, (not intending to appear condescending) it is 'being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see' We don't see what's happening behind the scene's, but that's no excuse for being nagative!
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12/07/2007 10:10:00

Oh by the way...sorry about the foot, hope heals up soon.
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12/07/2007 10:12:00

Nah,just if i get a free pint ideally it will get me as drunk as possible!! Jussi,L.Young have big chance of coming as long as we get cracking ( we can`t afford to play poker when people know we are desperate ) Why didn`t we refuse to sell McCann unless they swapped the Flying Finnish??
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12/07/2007 10:15:00

Bolton do not want Jussi to go that deal would never have happened we all know that. Would we sell TS if we didnt have a keeper to replace him, well I hope we wouldnt! Sometimes things going on behind the scenes stop stuff happening, Chelsea get new winger SWP can leave if not they are not going to let him go
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12/07/2007 10:21:00

Bless ya NnR
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12/07/2007 10:54:00

The signings will come jus need to keep the faith. Some of you are forgetting that martin o'neil had to work very hard jus to agree a fee with west ham for NRC never mind the contract issues. In this day and age the transfers aren't as simple as they used to be. MON wants get the players in that are perfect for villa, he doesn't want to just sign a player to keep the fans posting on these forums. And we should all be patient and respect that. Like roy keane said in an interview the other day, 'some managers just sign players to grab a few headlines'.
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12/07/2007 11:28:00

We`ve signed Harry Forrester from Watford !!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12/07/2007 12:39:00

And if he turns out to be worth 20 million and the saviour of the Villa??????
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12/07/2007 12:58:00

Yes, lets not dismiss the fact that we are bringing on board some some supposedly very talented youngsters. O.K., some may fall by the wayside, but its good to know that this area of the clubs development is not being ignored. Far from it. The good news that Marlon Harwood could well be on his way to Small Heath, is counter balanced by reports that Newcastle are leading the chase to land Luke Young. That concerns me a little. There aren't too many decent right full backs out there and available.
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12/07/2007 13:56:00

Doesn't SWP play at right back?
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12/07/2007 16:01:00

Yep,i`m only playing as our Academy set-up is pretty excellent and he could well develop into the new " Joe Cole " by all accounts,Gabby/L.Moore/Cahill/Davis/Gardner=fantastic work.
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12/07/2007 16:19:00


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