Writer: J P Fear
Date:Saturday June 20 2009
Well, to be honest, I could have just re-published Friday's Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk, it might be different papers but the rumours are for the same links today!
Danny Fullbrook of the Daily Star is repeating the link for Ashley Young to Barcelona who will apparently bid around £25million for our winger who we bought for £12million from Watford. They apparently tracked him last season and are now going to put in a bid.
Danny also says that they might use former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliaksandr_Hleb who has been linked with Villa already this summer... I say summer ... I mean dull grey wet season obviously.
They have a Spanish source (goes with the tapas I guess?) who says Young impressed last year and is 'a player that Guardiola likes. ‘He has been following him for a while and we hope that he will want to come to a club as big as Barca and move to Spain.' He also confirms there has been no contact yet but they are looking at following up their plans.
I had it from a top source yesterday that Ash IS NOT FOR SALE. I suppose every player has a price and players do hold the balance of power but Villa did show last year with Gareth Barry and the summer long saga with Liverpool that they don't capitulate under pressure.
Once again there is a report saying that Wigan defender / midfielder Paul Scharner has rejected a move to Villa because the 29-year-old wants to play in midfield and Villa wanted him in defence. His agent Valenin Hobel told the Birmingham Mail that Fulham are winning the race adding, 'Aston Villa wanted him as a defender and that is why they are no longer an option.'
The Daily Mail have details of the brochure that Michael Owen sent out to selected clubs. The battle rages on in our forum as to whether he should be brought to Villa Park or not with 34 pages already filled... have a look! Click Here
Ian Murtagh of the Daily Star returns to the David Wheater link and the red top ... that is the paper not the reporter you understand... says Villa are set to bid £8million for the Boro and England U21 defender. The report also repeats the claim that we are prepared to use Marlon Harewood as part of the deal but Boro don't want him!
Meanwhile the Northern Echo says Villa will bid £7million for Wheater... now that is what I call deflation!
NOOOOOoooooooooooo... takes a deep breath.... NOOooooooooooo! The Daily Express claim that Villa are keeping a watching brief on the Sol Campbell situation as reports claim the 34-year-old might be forced out of Portsmouth due to his high wages. I don't believe this one for a minute...gulp!
There was a rumour about Reading striker Kevin Doyle yesterday: Click Here but the link has had a bit of cold water poured on it today from a very good source who has contacts at Reading and Villa.
There is also an internet rumour from facebook of all places linking us to Kyle Naughton but come on, we've got to draw the line somewhere! My mates dog was talking to Martin O'Neill's cat the other day and the cat reckons Villa are in talks with Ruud van Nistelrooy!
Date:Saturday June 20 2009
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