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Manchester City defender Micah Richards will be the biggest name in Mark Hughes' summer clear-out, with Joe Hart, Darius Vassell and Benjani also included. (News of the World)

The Sunday Mirror say that Villa will bid for Man City defender Micah Richards. Richards has already earnt 11 caps and was born in Birmingham and has been linked to Villa for what seems like the last 50 years!

Perhaps paving the way (!?!) is an article in the News of the World claiming that cash rich Man City will offload several players including Micah Richards, Joe Hart - so maybe we'll go for him as well? Oh and several others who we'd not be wanting like Darius Vassell and Benjani! Maybe we could .... no, doubt it... was just thinking how good Stephen Ireland would look in claret and blue!

The News of the World claim that Martin O'Neill will try to replace the irreplaceable (well, you know what I mean, the guy is world class) Martin Laursen with Fulham defender Drede Hangeland who is said to be rated at around £10million. The 27-year-old Norwegian is also wanted by Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.

The Villa boss is also quoted in the News of the World admitting he is on the look out. O'Neill said: 'I've been checking out players all over the place. We're looking at players to try and improve the team. That is the important thing. There is a lot of competition out there though.'

Ha, the Mail On Sunday are a bit late on this story, I said this last week... I'm so very clever...! They claim that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will sell Xabi Alonso who is wanted by Juventus in order to buy ... yup, the saga continues... Villa skipper Gareth Barry. Then again, the quotes from Rafa doesn't look like he is trying to sell Alonso do they? 'Alonso was not on the market last summer but Juventus came to us, so we had to talk. I think it will be the same situation this year. I don't want to sell him but when there is a window you have to talk to see what price is being considered.'

The Mirror claimed this weekend that Villa are after Valencia defender Raul Albiol. There appears to be little substance and no quotes but hey ho, the 23-year-old Spanish international is said to be available for around £6million. Liverpool are also interested in the player who can also fill the holding role in midfield.

All well and good being linked to defenders all the time, what about a made up article or two on strikers incoming eh?! Michael Owen on a pay as you play contract might be nice!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday May 3 2009
Time: 11:46AM

Comments

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Hangeland is Luke Young all over again. We could have got him for 4m last summer! Richards in theory is a good siging but he has been pretty poor at times this season.
son_of_cher
03/05/2009 12:48:00
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Hangeland is Luke Young all over again. We could have got him for 4m last summer! Richards in theory is a good siging but he has been pretty poor at times this season.
son_of_cher
03/05/2009 12:48:00
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I like micah richards but some reports say he's a bit of a champagne charlie, so o'neil wont touch him.
johnmurphy3112
03/05/2009 15:29:00
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I like micah richards but some reports say he's a bit of a champagne charlie, so o'neil wont touch him.
johnmurphy3112
03/05/2009 15:29:00
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Exactly right Son_of_cher, although I think there would be an even bigger premium to pay for O'Neill's ineptitiude if we were to sign Hangeland. My suspicion is that either Hangeland will stay at Fulham, be sold to a CL team for a reasonable price, or sign for us for a massively inflated price. The lack of foresight on O'Neill's part is quite remarkable. He doesn't want to pay over the odds for players, but because we're in the footballing twilight zone of the Europa League, over the odds for players is exactly what he'll have to pay. We don't stand a chance.
Albarnista
03/05/2009 16:59:00
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Exactly right Son_of_cher, although I think there would be an even bigger premium to pay for O'Neill's ineptitiude if we were to sign Hangeland. My suspicion is that either Hangeland will stay at Fulham, be sold to a CL team for a reasonable price, or sign for us for a massively inflated price. The lack of foresight on O'Neill's part is quite remarkable. He doesn't want to pay over the odds for players, but because we're in the footballing twilight zone of the Europa League, over the odds for players is exactly what he'll have to pay. We don't stand a chance.
Albarnista
03/05/2009 16:59:00
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By the way Mr Fear, I too read the Benitez quotes, and my take was that he is really quite keen to move Alonso along. Of course you don't *have* to talk if someone puts a bid in for your player. But if you think you can upgrade to a better model (and for all Alonso's undoubted quality, Barry is a better model), then, assuming you are fairly recompensed, you'll do business. However, never to worry, because Luke Young is absolutely right when he says Villa won't fall apart should Barry leave. We're not getting relegated next season. Rather, we'll maintain our Premiership status for about the 20th consecutive season. Expect O'Neill to be claiming that as the basis for progress having been made again this time next year...
Albarnista
03/05/2009 17:04:00
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By the way Mr Fear, I too read the Benitez quotes, and my take was that he is really quite keen to move Alonso along. Of course you don't *have* to talk if someone puts a bid in for your player. But if you think you can upgrade to a better model (and for all Alonso's undoubted quality, Barry is a better model), then, assuming you are fairly recompensed, you'll do business. However, never to worry, because Luke Young is absolutely right when he says Villa won't fall apart should Barry leave. We're not getting relegated next season. Rather, we'll maintain our Premiership status for about the 20th consecutive season. Expect O'Neill to be claiming that as the basis for progress having been made again this time next year...
Albarnista
03/05/2009 17:04:00
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I think we need someone like Hangeland in the middle. 10M is a fair price when you consider whats available. Richards or lescott would also be good buys. Cisse or Bent get my vote over Owen. You just cant rely on the bloke. Cisse and Bent are more than capable of getting 20 a season. As for centre mid, i rekon Defour for a gamble or perhaps Jenus who seems to be scoring a few. Everton are 5th now :(
medzy
03/05/2009 18:01:00
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I think we need someone like Hangeland in the middle. 10M is a fair price when you consider whats available. Richards or lescott would also be good buys. Cisse or Bent get my vote over Owen. You just cant rely on the bloke. Cisse and Bent are more than capable of getting 20 a season. As for centre mid, i rekon Defour for a gamble or perhaps Jenus who seems to be scoring a few. Everton are 5th now :(
medzy
03/05/2009 18:01:00
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