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Thursday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

Little bit quiet on the gossip front today, we do have Villa assistant manager John Robertson ruling out the rumoured move for Sporting Lisbon's 23-year-old midfielder Miguel Veloso. He told the Record there was no interest, 'We have several players on our list, like any other club, but that one is not part of our plans. As a matter of fact, that possibility is not even considered.'

The press in Portugal (so maybe an agent led story to drum up interest in his player?!) said that our scouts were over there watching him the other week, Robertson explained; 'Last weekend, we were not in Portugal observing any player. In fact, I can assure you that Miguel Veloso is not part of our coach's desires, or we would have already observed him thoroughly by now.'

The Sun have a picture of Stewart Downing on crutches at Bodymoor Heath. The report, by Chris Moore claims the deal will be sorted today and say Villa will pay around 10m + 2m in add ons.

The report also goes into the rumours that his arrival means the departure of Ashley Young with Manchester United, Chelsea, Spurs and Barcelona all having been linked this summer. However Moore says MON is not going to sell his 'prize possession' and repeats what others have already stated, that he will use Ash on the right, Downing on the left and give James Milner a new role in the centre of midfield. Be interesting to see if this leads to us reverting to a five man midfield and one up front?

Portsmouth's 31-year-old defender Sylvain Distin is being linked in several papers again.

The Daily Mail say that Villa may well be dealing with Boro again soon as MON returns for Tuncay Sanli. The Turkey captain, who they claim is valued at around 10million, is being tracked by Villa, Everton, Sunderland and Fenerbahce. The striker / attacking midfielder joined Boro on a free two years ago. Nice business! Southgate admitted recently 'He is a top half Premier League player.'

It looks like Villa and Spurs are also both still interested in Leeds 19-year-old Fabian Delph who picked up the Football League Young Player of the Year award last season. I must admit, I do expect Delph to be one of the arrivals at Villa Park this year but hey, I've been known to be wrong before! Everton have also reportedly had a bid turned down for the player that Leeds chairman Ken Bates wants 8m for.

Simon Johnson in The London Standard suggests that Chelsea will move for England winger Ashley Young stating they'll have to pay 25million for him. Nope, can't see it myself, not unless a) they bid b) Ash puts in a transfer request and even then I can't see it! The paper say: Villa insist Young is not for sale but Standard Sport understands they will listen to offers of 25m. That would mark a huge profit for Villa, who paid Watford 9.75m for the midfielder two years ago.

The report also repeats the link to Spurs and says Appy Arry would like to do a deal involving David Bentley

The London Standard also claim that Spurs were told not to bother with a late bid to capture Boro winger Stewart Downing as the player had set his heart on moving to Villa.

Some players we have been linked with but who are possibly going elsewhere?

The Daily Mirror claim that Manchester City now want Spurs winger David Bentley and might get him for 12m

The Daily Star claim that Barcelona will sell striker Eidur Gudjohnsen for 5million with West Ham the most likely destination.

Another in the Daily Mirror. They claim that Tottenham might grab Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who was set to join Stuttgart but prefers a move to the Premiership.

Blackburn are apparently set to snap up giant Serbian striker Nikola Zigic.

Oh and the quotes by Sir Alex Chewalot that Manchester United will be doing no more shopping this summer have been contradicted by chief executive David Gill who claims they might yet still add to the squad. Whow ill be first with the 'Ashley Young To Man Utd' story?






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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 16 2009

Time: 9:57AM

Your Comments

Downing news is on the official site now...an undisclosed fee. Talk about after the horse has bolted. What about tuncay???
olofthegreat
Downing news is on the official site now...an undisclosed fee. Talk about after the horse has bolted. What about tuncay???
olofthegreat
Eidur Gudjonsson please. 5 mil for a 30 y/o is a little steep but he is pure quality.
olofthegreat
Eidur Gudjonsson please. 5 mil for a 30 y/o is a little steep but he is pure quality.
olofthegreat
Only that a bid has been accepted though olof, the player has to agree terms/pass medical etc, which he should do today.
The Fear
Only that a bid has been accepted though olof, the player has to agree terms/pass medical etc, which he should do today.
The Fear
I suppose the finer details may have only just been ironed out this morning, hence why it was so late. That has to be my assumption otherwise I don't understand why it would take nearly 24 hours for them to officially announce it when everyone else clearly knew!
Sheriff Kimbo
I suppose the finer details may have only just been ironed out this morning, hence why it was so late. That has to be my assumption otherwise I don't understand why it would take nearly 24 hours for them to officially announce it when everyone else clearly knew!
Sheriff Kimbo
Too true Fear..who can forget the Paul Robinson bid accepted announcement that never came off...and I'm sure there was another bungled announcement around the same period!
olofthegreat
Too true Fear..who can forget the Paul Robinson bid accepted announcement that never came off...and I'm sure there was another bungled announcement around the same period!
olofthegreat
I would love a 4-3-3/4-5-1 with a centre of Petrov (holding), Milner (Box to box) and Tuncay (bombing forward) with Young and Downing wide of Carew. Depending on opposition Gabby can come in as lone man and NRC or Sidwell in for Tuncay if we need a bit less flair and a bit more steel. A very fluent midfield with countless options of switching position, going into a 4-4-2 with Young, Milner or Tuncay stepping up!! Looks great!! Distin with Davies or Cuellar at the back is also good.....hey this window aint looking too bad now!! UP THE VILLA!!!
deano.avfc
I would love a 4-3-3/4-5-1 with a centre of Petrov (holding), Milner (Box to box) and Tuncay (bombing forward) with Young and Downing wide of Carew. Depending on opposition Gabby can come in as lone man and NRC or Sidwell in for Tuncay if we need a bit less flair and a bit more steel. A very fluent midfield with countless options of switching position, going into a 4-4-2 with Young, Milner or Tuncay stepping up!! Looks great!! Distin with Davies or Cuellar at the back is also good.....hey this window aint looking too bad now!! UP THE VILLA!!!
deano.avfc
"We have several players on our list, like any other club, but that one is not part of our plans. As a matter of fact, that possibility is not even considered." Well Veloso is Johnny Foreigner isn't he, yuk! so of course he is not considered.
Saurat
"We have several players on our list, like any other club, but that one is not part of our plans. As a matter of fact, that possibility is not even considered." Well Veloso is Johnny Foreigner isn't he, yuk! so of course he is not considered.
Saurat
gotta disagree about Eider Gudjonsson olofthegreat. i was a fan once, but i think his quality is disappearing with his hair. the solid links here are - i think - tuncay, distin and delph.
leftfoot
gotta disagree about Eider Gudjonsson olofthegreat. i was a fan once, but i think his quality is disappearing with his hair. the solid links here are - i think - tuncay, distin and delph.
leftfoot
To be honest Fear I think its all been agreed with the player as the OS only confirmed all this this morning. As we all know the Villa will never confirm anything if they wasn't sure, just a case of ironing a few things out, and drawing up the contracts.
PaulG
To be honest Fear I think its all been agreed with the player as the OS only confirmed all this this morning. As we all know the Villa will never confirm anything if they wasn't sure, just a case of ironing a few things out, and drawing up the contracts.
PaulG
"....as the player had set his heart on moving to Villa...."___ What a really heart-warming thing to hear. Nice if it's true.
evoflash
"....as the player had set his heart on moving to Villa...."___ What a really heart-warming thing to hear. Nice if it's true.
evoflash
Saurat....I think if a foreign player of the right quality and price came up MON would buy him. I think you might be forgetting we have some ""foreign"" players at the club already....Carew, Bouma, Friedel, Guzan, Salifou, Cuellar & Reo Coker (Planet Janet)!!
Kuffit
Saurat....I think if a foreign player of the right quality and price came up MON would buy him. I think you might be forgetting we have some ""foreign"" players at the club already....Carew, Bouma, Friedel, Guzan, Salifou, Cuellar & Reo Coker (Planet Janet)!!
Kuffit
No that bad, quite a few links today!
Matt_Us
No that bad, quite a few links today!
Matt_Us
Yeah, I'm sure it will be announced shortly and all will be agreed etc but agreeing fee's with another club is only the first part obviously, so announcing that (and to be fair, it was in all the papers etc with pictures of him at Bodymoor, so the official site had to put something up to 'catch up' so to speak) fees have been agreed doesn't mean it is 100% he'll sign as we've seen a couple of times before as Olof says. He will though....!
The Fear
Yeah, I'm sure it will be announced shortly and all will be agreed etc but agreeing fee's with another club is only the first part obviously, so announcing that (and to be fair, it was in all the papers etc with pictures of him at Bodymoor, so the official site had to put something up to 'catch up' so to speak) fees have been agreed doesn't mean it is 100% he'll sign as we've seen a couple of times before as Olof says. He will though....!
The Fear
it seems pompey fans rate distan highly as a player but were unimpressed with his lack of commitment last season and for that reason wouldn't be sad to see him go, im still not sure about him but i am only really judging him on last season maybe he could do a job for us but i feel Matthew upson although way more expensive would be a better option, hangeland would be my number 1 choice but he seems loyal to fulham
clarkamus
it seems pompey fans rate distan highly as a player but were unimpressed with his lack of commitment last season and for that reason wouldn't be sad to see him go, im still not sure about him but i am only really judging him on last season maybe he could do a job for us but i feel Matthew upson although way more expensive would be a better option, hangeland would be my number 1 choice but he seems loyal to fulham
clarkamus
Links appear to be solidifying now which is pleasing but I still convinced we will sign someone out of nowhere
2fishinatank
Links appear to be solidifying now which is pleasing but I still convinced we will sign someone out of nowhere
2fishinatank
KRANJCAAR is the only guy from P-mouth that I want! Micah Richards and Jhonson from Man City too....and ? Hangelaand.
koolbill
KRANJCAAR is the only guy from P-mouth that I want! Micah Richards and Jhonson from Man City too....and ? Hangelaand.
koolbill
richards and johnson would be good
clarkamus
richards and johnson would be good
clarkamus
Bentley and Huntelaar would be great. Don't think Ash will go.
DoLpHiNaToR
Bentley and Huntelaar would be great. Don't think Ash will go.
DoLpHiNaToR
 

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