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Thursday's Transfer Talk + Randy Will Spend!

The Mirror today claim that Aston Villa have approached Spurs to find out the availability of former Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal midfielder David Bentley. They go on to say a swap deal involving Gareth Barry might be possible. Hogwash I'd say...!

Sheffield United's Kyle Naughton is also mentioned again in an otherwise quiet gossip day.

The only other bit I can find is Curtis Davies telling The Birmingham Mail that he expects an influx of players to Villa Park this summer.

The Villa defender says he expects lots of players coming inward but doesn't know about the outward bound players implying we can't afford to lose any because we have one of the smallest squads in the league.

'I am sure the gaffer wants to build the squad rather than be breaking it apart. It will be an interesting summer. Last summer I think we signed something like six players so I can imagine something along similar lines. If people see the progression we have made as a team, and we get the right names here, they could help push us into the top four.'

Some are implying after Randy Lerner took the time to talk to the press that the Villa supremo won't be spending as much money as last season. I think you can take quotes are read into them what you want, personally I don't think quotes like being willing to let Gareth Barry run down his contract and leave on a free instead of grabbing 10million this summer OR the quotes telling clubs to forget bidding for Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young sound like they are coming from a Chairman not willing to put the money into the club?

He says he knows like all clubs that money will need to be made available for the summer and says he is also conscious 'of managing the players leaving and trying to generate funds from that. It is a balancing act but, yes, there will be funds. Will the credit crunch impact on funds available this summer? I don't really view the credit crunch as a big issue in terms of the funding for the summer. But, if anything, what has gone on in the economy makes you very conscious of building a sustainable business because, in the end, that is what you are responsible for doing.'

He does also warn, 'To the extent that you are deficit spending, maybe you should think very hard about how you are ultimately going to pay it off and the consequences of not being able to pay it off.'

So he isn't prepared to say how much they are going to spend. Seems sensible to me? And he isn't willing to pile debt onto Villa, again that sounds sensible? However he doesn't say that he won't be spending the tv money and placement prize OR some of his own money. So people can put 2+2 and come up with whatever they want, as far as I can see, Randy hasn't let any of us down yet and I can't see he wants to start now?

Full quotes: Randy Happy For Villa To Spend Again




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Date:Thursday May 28 2009

Time: 11:39AM

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come on give us barry and we'll throw in chimbonda aswell !
lillywhites101
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28/05/2009 12:01:00

come on give us barry and we'll throw in chimbonda aswell !
lillywhites101
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28/05/2009 12:01:00

How about Bently + Bent for Barry. that would be a fair swap.
Yid_from_India
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28/05/2009 12:17:00

How about Bently + Bent for Barry. that would be a fair swap.
Yid_from_India
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28/05/2009 12:17:00

If you throw in Bale - maybe
Mat777
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28/05/2009 12:29:00

If you throw in Bale - maybe
Mat777
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28/05/2009 12:29:00

Barry for Bentley might be worth considering if Spurs threw in Modric as well. However, I would think that at this point in his career Barry would only move to a team in the Champions League- why swap the potential of success at Villa for the guaranty of mediocrity at Spurs?
elbondo
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28/05/2009 12:47:00

Barry for Bentley might be worth considering if Spurs threw in Modric as well. However, I would think that at this point in his career Barry would only move to a team in the Champions League- why swap the potential of success at Villa for the guaranty of mediocrity at Spurs?
elbondo
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28/05/2009 12:47:00

mediocrity at spurs?.....if anyone wanted to watch mediocre football all they had to do was watch villa the last couple of months!
lillywhites101
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28/05/2009 12:59:00

mediocrity at spurs?.....if anyone wanted to watch mediocre football all they had to do was watch villa the last couple of months!
lillywhites101
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28/05/2009 12:59:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:19:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:19:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:22:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:22:00

Why In gods name would any club be interested in rat faced bently? He deserves spurs, they deserve each other! If ANY of the big four come in for gabby, young or barry, you'll lose them.
Trennon
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28/05/2009 13:23:00

Why In gods name would any club be interested in rat faced bently? He deserves spurs, they deserve each other! If ANY of the big four come in for gabby, young or barry, you'll lose them.
Trennon
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28/05/2009 13:23:00

Hi Trennon. And that insight is based on what? I thought Barry played last season at Villa Park after Liverpoo had come in for him.
Rawlie
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28/05/2009 13:30:00

Hi Trennon. And that insight is based on what? I thought Barry played last season at Villa Park after Liverpoo had come in for him.
Rawlie
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28/05/2009 13:30:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:35:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:35:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:40:00

i cant see Barry going unless a team in the CL put a bid in. It wont be chelsea or Man Utd. That leaves Liverpool and Arsenal, I dont think he will be going to Liverpool unless they sell Alonso who had a great season. And im not sure Arsenal are that interested so he may end up staying another year. We wouldn't swap him for Bently, Bently had a crap season and play in a different position would make no sense at all.
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:40:00

sorry for multiple posts the internet connection at work is playing up
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:43:00

sorry for multiple posts the internet connection at work is playing up
smirnoffshox
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28/05/2009 13:43:00

David Bentley?Michael Owen?I thought you guys wanted to improve on last season?
CoxintheBox
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28/05/2009 13:44:00

David Bentley?Michael Owen?I thought you guys wanted to improve on last season?
CoxintheBox
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28/05/2009 13:44:00

throw in palyuvchenko and you can have Heskey
leelindsay
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28/05/2009 14:07:00

throw in palyuvchenko and you can have Heskey
leelindsay
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28/05/2009 14:07:00

Trennon - are you on another planet?! Did u not see the biggest transfer Saga last summer and at Christmas where Martin Oneill and Villa ignored bids from Liverpool!"
leelindsay
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28/05/2009 14:08:00

Trennon - are you on another planet?! Did u not see the biggest transfer Saga last summer and at Christmas where Martin Oneill and Villa ignored bids from Liverpool!"
leelindsay
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28/05/2009 14:08:00

gabby and young trennon had a good start to the season but come the end they was just as bad as your home and way from...the bigest mistake you made was getting heskey that put gabby off his game .but it just goes to show that we all watch football with blue and white and claret and blue specs on..
gary stevens
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28/05/2009 14:24:00

gabby and young trennon had a good start to the season but come the end they was just as bad as your home and way from...the bigest mistake you made was getting heskey that put gabby off his game .but it just goes to show that we all watch football with blue and white and claret and blue specs on..
gary stevens
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28/05/2009 14:24:00

Gabby has had a terrible dip of form in the last third of the season, but to blame anyone but Gabby is crazy. Bentley? I think MON is interested as we tried to sign him from Blackburn. But Barry to Spurs..? That has to be one of the worst rumors about at the minute. Barry has stated his ambition at playing at the highest club level. i.e. CL. Are Spurs even in Europe next season?
Hitman
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28/05/2009 15:19:00

Gabby has had a terrible dip of form in the last third of the season, but to blame anyone but Gabby is crazy. Bentley? I think MON is interested as we tried to sign him from Blackburn. But Barry to Spurs..? That has to be one of the worst rumors about at the minute. Barry has stated his ambition at playing at the highest club level. i.e. CL. Are Spurs even in Europe next season?
Hitman
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28/05/2009 15:19:00

If you believe what you read in the mirror you will think Labour are good for the country...LOL
4everaspur
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28/05/2009 15:48:00

If you believe what you read in the mirror you will think Labour are good for the country...LOL
4everaspur
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28/05/2009 15:48:00

no chance tottenham would even get near barry but we all know that anyway would welcome bently to villa hoped we would get him last year but as it turns out this will be cheaper and he will have a point to prove im not so sure barry will go now either knowing that his england place is obviously not certain if he moves. mixed messages from the media on what randy lerner has said about funds myself i think as usual the media have read far to much into a few sentances from the guy and are jus calling it how they want the investment will be there and i look forward to seeing a bunch of very talented new faces at villa park for the coming season starting probaly with sturridge and owen
clarkamus
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28/05/2009 20:31:00

no chance tottenham would even get near barry but we all know that anyway would welcome bently to villa hoped we would get him last year but as it turns out this will be cheaper and he will have a point to prove im not so sure barry will go now either knowing that his england place is obviously not certain if he moves. mixed messages from the media on what randy lerner has said about funds myself i think as usual the media have read far to much into a few sentances from the guy and are jus calling it how they want the investment will be there and i look forward to seeing a bunch of very talented new faces at villa park for the coming season starting probaly with sturridge and owen
clarkamus
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28/05/2009 20:31:00

can i say something slightly controversial, gabbys really not very good. and YES, before you ask, i was saying this 2 months ago, ive been saying this for two years. what he makes up for with outrageous pace he lacks in intelligence, movement, touch & any sort of ability to actually finish. while he's improved a lot since he broke into the 1st team it is quite clear to me that he is not going to improve to the level he needs to, simply because the things he lacks are the things that are, in the top players, natural. he's a decent player (and i really hate saying all this 'cos id love him to be class, i really would) and dont get me wrong im not getting ahead of myself, we're not a top club (yet) so he'll do for us for now, but frankly as far as im concerned anyone that wants to actually pay good money to buy him is welcome to him. and the first person to say "but he supports villa" will get a smack. I support villa and i wouldnt play me up front
lurman
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28/05/2009 21:10:00

can i say something slightly controversial, gabbys really not very good. and YES, before you ask, i was saying this 2 months ago, ive been saying this for two years. what he makes up for with outrageous pace he lacks in intelligence, movement, touch & any sort of ability to actually finish. while he's improved a lot since he broke into the 1st team it is quite clear to me that he is not going to improve to the level he needs to, simply because the things he lacks are the things that are, in the top players, natural. he's a decent player (and i really hate saying all this 'cos id love him to be class, i really would) and dont get me wrong im not getting ahead of myself, we're not a top club (yet) so he'll do for us for now, but frankly as far as im concerned anyone that wants to actually pay good money to buy him is welcome to him. and the first person to say "but he supports villa" will get a smack. I support villa and i wouldnt play me up front
lurman
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28/05/2009 21:10:00

(or anywhere else for that matter)
lurman
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28/05/2009 21:11:00

(or anywhere else for that matter)
lurman
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28/05/2009 21:11:00

oh and, back to the point, no, barry wont be going to spurs. he has quite clearly said a trillion times he wants champs league football. he wont be going to a team further away from it than us. and stop gettin arsey spurs fans. you ARE further away from it than us. if u think not, check the final league table. i think ull find u finished below the mighty mighty fulham
lurman
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28/05/2009 21:13:00

oh and, back to the point, no, barry wont be going to spurs. he has quite clearly said a trillion times he wants champs league football. he wont be going to a team further away from it than us. and stop gettin arsey spurs fans. you ARE further away from it than us. if u think not, check the final league table. i think ull find u finished below the mighty mighty fulham
lurman
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28/05/2009 21:13:00

That's quite disrespectful to Fulham considering Villa accomplished exactly the same as them this season. Despite being hopeful (or blindly optamistic) few spurs fans give serious weight to the Barry to spurs story. Though keep getting worked up about it if you like, it's quite entertaining. You're helping get me through the closed season...
Phartman87
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28/05/2009 23:11:00

That's quite disrespectful to Fulham considering Villa accomplished exactly the same as them this season. Despite being hopeful (or blindly optamistic) few spurs fans give serious weight to the Barry to spurs story. Though keep getting worked up about it if you like, it's quite entertaining. You're helping get me through the closed season...
Phartman87
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28/05/2009 23:11:00

couldn't agree with you more lurman, re: Gabby and Barry, and i think a top class striker is what we need most this summer i.e. Vagnor Love, plus another center mid with a bit of running Fellaini would have been perfect. and a centre back i.e Hangeland. a couple to make up the numbers, Naughton and Bently and we are set, hello Champions League
liamo1981
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28/05/2009 23:26:00

couldn't agree with you more lurman, re: Gabby and Barry, and i think a top class striker is what we need most this summer i.e. Vagnor Love, plus another center mid with a bit of running Fellaini would have been perfect. and a centre back i.e Hangeland. a couple to make up the numbers, Naughton and Bently and we are set, hello Champions League
liamo1981
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28/05/2009 23:26:00

lurman, nobody is saying Barry will come to Spurs. Thats the most Stupid Rumour ever. but just for fun how would you feel if there was a offer of Bent + Bently for Barry. I think it will be a fair swap.
Yid_from_India
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29/05/2009 06:56:00

lurman, nobody is saying Barry will come to Spurs. Thats the most Stupid Rumour ever. but just for fun how would you feel if there was a offer of Bent + Bently for Barry. I think it will be a fair swap.
Yid_from_India
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29/05/2009 06:56:00

Looks like Arsenal want him now according to Beeb - think they'll do a swap for Fabregas ?
Mat777
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29/05/2009 09:56:00

Looks like Arsenal want him now according to Beeb - think they'll do a swap for Fabregas ?
Mat777
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29/05/2009 09:56:00

Bentley is bad news, all he thinks about is himself and MON only likes players that have hunger and are willing to play where ever told and do their bit for the team etc. Bent would be welcome because he seems like a humble hard worker. Even if he does lack the overconfidence of Bentley, MON will soon sort that out!!
Villan444
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29/05/2009 13:25:00

Bentley is bad news, all he thinks about is himself and MON only likes players that have hunger and are willing to play where ever told and do their bit for the team etc. Bent would be welcome because he seems like a humble hard worker. Even if he does lack the overconfidence of Bentley, MON will soon sort that out!!
Villan444
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29/05/2009 13:25:00

 

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