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Babel £11.5m what price Defoe?

Babel £11.5m what price Defoe?

I saw Babel in the U21 championship and although he didn't overly impress, he most certainly is a talent.

Fans have whinged at the £8 million paid for the best young captain in England and most pundits best player of the tournament what would they have said about a young kid who has yet to play in the Premiership.

Today the Express and Star suggested O'Neill was prevaricating over paying for the French U21 keeper and an England full back, not many on this site saw it as a failing, yet Liverpool spend so much on Babel.

I've always thought the price paid for Young far too high as do many pundits, I now gather, was it? Maybe in January, now I'd doubt it.

Has that decision, that implied criticism from within football on the price affected O'Neill's present day thinking. I believe not, I just can't see O'Neill not having the belief in his own convictions to worry that much about others criticisms.

As I said when the height of the prevarication was there over Reo Coker's price, if he's going to cost 12 million so what? But O'Neill knows the limitations within the club, he alone knows how far he can go maybe its not as high as some of us want.

Thing is of course we don't have too many tried and tested strikers to start with unlike Liverpool. If we had maybe we could blast 11 million for a star of the future too, not that we need another, we must have more than most already.

Not that many outside of the big 3 have spent that big, Spurs of course, have spent both big and often, W Ham have promised much and bought much but spent little they got 8.5 off us, and that's it.
The majority of spends so far aren't as big as the excess of money supposedly available would have suggested and certainly not of the level of most expectations, surely.

When you look we haven't bought many and most everyone else has, but few have spent the big bucks even on tried and tested talent let alone U21 stars of the future, but I've a feeling some will and I still can't see why we won't be one of them.

I just wish it would be sooner than later mind, but then again historically the seasons biggest transfers often happen on August the 31st or thereabouts so there's till hope.

Date:Saturday July 14 2007
Time: 10:12AM


I live in South Manchester. I drink in the pubs where people connected with United and City drink. Last nights topic which might interest you was of Alan Smith moving to Villa. Beer talk but from those who have an ear to the ground.

The word was also that he is not the same player. Caveat Emptor Premiership managers...
14/07/2007 10:22:00
That is the problem, never that prolific a goalscorer and now has a major injury or two on his record. He is a determined and aggressive player though, and we need one of them!
The Fear
14/07/2007 10:25:00
Whilst I am on, United look to top £70million this summer and City have paid £9million for a striker and have another £15-£20 worth of players (2-3) lined up. Whats happened to Villa's money? Think people thought you would be up there with the big spenders? Not another Douglas at the helm I hope?
14/07/2007 10:25:00
cropped,plus we have slashed a third off the wage bill/season tickets through the roof and about to launch new kit to expected commercial success,on top of the Satellite money in the kitty we are as you would expect slightly worried (some of us)
14/07/2007 11:20:00
Is this about MON not wanting to be ripped off or cause problems with the wage structure. Most players we may have been interested in have attracted the attention of other clubs so a bidding war starts. I just hope isn't too old fashioned that our targets pass us by. This morning 2 possible targets in Young & Gardner are linked by Sky to other clubs.
14/07/2007 11:53:00
I think Smudger would be a good asset to The Villa.He is a grafter and holds the ball up very well.He may not be a 20 goals a season man, but if his hold up play helps midfield score an extra 10 goals plus his contribution it all adds up.
14/07/2007 12:44:00
PLEASE take Gardner..!!He"s from Stafford so i think there"s some mileage in this story,i know he"s a Villa fan as well...........Exceptionally quick but error prone & dreadful on the ball.For one sooooo tall he"s weak in the air.
14/07/2007 13:56:00
I'd welcome Smithy, no doubt about that. Right now I guess I'd welcome just about anybody, simply to bolster our very depleted looking squad (we've heard that old chestnut before). Another striker, a quality, proven, premiership finisher is a must, as is a right full back.
15/07/2007 16:12:00
Oh god........ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
16/07/2007 03:34:00
I believe that if we were genuinely in there for Defoe, then we'd have him onboard at Villa Park right now. A tempting offer to Tottenham, an offer pretty much too good to turn down (not that Tottenham need the cash), Jol's acceptance confirming to Defoe that his future is not really at WHL, MON dishing out the magic and charm upon meeting the player, and Hey Presto! We've got our man. Simple really.
17/07/2007 17:59:00
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