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Sylvain Distin? Transfer Talk - 8 Days To Go!

8 days to go...(Transfer window closes 5pm Tuesday 1 Sept)

I'm running late today, apologies!

Sky Sport 'understand' ... and when they say 'understand' unlike the papers, these guys usually know... that Villa have made a bid for Portsmouth's 31-year-old French defender Sylvain Distin.

He's been linked a million times this summer to Villa and several times to Everton as well as a return to Manchester City. The link would certainly make sense.

The Sun have gone one further and claimed the defender has 'stunned' the Fratton Park folks by putting in a transfer request with Villa, Everton and Sunderland all interested. Am I losing the very few marbles I've got left or was that not said earlier in the summer also? That reports claim he'd cost around 5m

I'll try and get an interview from the Vital Pompey guys about him.

The Daily Mirror say that Everton might be about to bid 5m for Boro's German centre back Robert Huth who we have also been linked with. They claim that they also want former Villa and now Bolton defender Gary Cahill but are being put off by the 10m price tag.

Another report claims former Arsenal, Portsmouth and Spurs defender Sol Campbell has snubbed a move to Villa in favour of Notts County, truth be told I can't even be bothered to open up the link to the report... even I have my limits gossip wise! :o)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 25 2009

Time: 5:25PM

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id take cahill back for 10m without a doubt. which makes me think, did we put a sell on clause into the deal when we sold him? if not we really shoulda done!
lurman
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25/08/2009 18:42:00

id take cahill back for 10m without a doubt. which makes me think, did we put a sell on clause into the deal when we sold him? if not we really shoulda done!
lurman
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25/08/2009 18:42:00

Can someone please enlighten me as to the official reason as to why we actually sold Gary Cahill?
PiperUK
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25/08/2009 19:00:00

Can someone please enlighten me as to the official reason as to why we actually sold Gary Cahill?
PiperUK
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25/08/2009 19:00:00

just a manager decision I think, Cahill was probably pushing wanting a first team place and obviously we had Mellberg/Laursen ahead... with these things we never really know, might have been personality conflicts or it might just have been that MON didn't rate him or didn't think he was as close to regular first team action as the player did. I spoke with a youth team set up person who said he was a bit distraught by it as they had really rated Cahill. I do wish we'd not sold him but I guess the managers head is the one on the block so only his opinion counts on such things.
The Fear
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25/08/2009 19:09:00

just a manager decision I think, Cahill was probably pushing wanting a first team place and obviously we had Mellberg/Laursen ahead... with these things we never really know, might have been personality conflicts or it might just have been that MON didn't rate him or didn't think he was as close to regular first team action as the player did. I spoke with a youth team set up person who said he was a bit distraught by it as they had really rated Cahill. I do wish we'd not sold him but I guess the managers head is the one on the block so only his opinion counts on such things.
The Fear
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25/08/2009 19:09:00

should have put a buy back clause in then if he rated him.
themightyatom
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25/08/2009 19:55:00

should have put a buy back clause in then if he rated him.
themightyatom
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25/08/2009 19:55:00

The Sylvain Distin rumours have certainly been with us all summer long, and look like remaining active right down to the very wire. It was hardly a link to set the pulses racing way back when, and it hasn't increased the excitement levels as the summer weeks have passed us by. Thing is though, we are now somewhat desperate, arguably needing two central defenders, let alone one. Probably the only way that this deal will be completed, with Pompey seemingly not wanting to sell, is for the player to slap in a transfer request, something that you suggest above that he has done. With Curtis Davies' shoulder injury looking as though surgery may well be required sooner rather than later, MON will no doubt be very hopefully of bringing in Distin and a.n. other before the transfer window slams firmly shut. Its now a race against time.
glensider
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25/08/2009 22:19:00

The Sylvain Distin rumours have certainly been with us all summer long, and look like remaining active right down to the very wire. It was hardly a link to set the pulses racing way back when, and it hasn't increased the excitement levels as the summer weeks have passed us by. Thing is though, we are now somewhat desperate, arguably needing two central defenders, let alone one. Probably the only way that this deal will be completed, with Pompey seemingly not wanting to sell, is for the player to slap in a transfer request, something that you suggest above that he has done. With Curtis Davies' shoulder injury looking as though surgery may well be required sooner rather than later, MON will no doubt be very hopefully of bringing in Distin and a.n. other before the transfer window slams firmly shut. Its now a race against time.
glensider
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25/08/2009 22:19:00

I would imagine him going to Everton, having just lost Lescott, would be more likely, despite how much we need to bolster...id rather we dish out getting Cahill back within our ranks...i remember once upon a time we had too many CB's - ridgewell, cahill, now we're in the red when it comes to numbers of players, i better be surprised by all the quality signings made in the next 8 days
AussieVilla
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25/08/2009 22:41:00

I would imagine him going to Everton, having just lost Lescott, would be more likely, despite how much we need to bolster...id rather we dish out getting Cahill back within our ranks...i remember once upon a time we had too many CB's - ridgewell, cahill, now we're in the red when it comes to numbers of players, i better be surprised by all the quality signings made in the next 8 days
AussieVilla
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25/08/2009 22:41:00

Glensider do we really want 2 CB's to come in though? I know it's a fine balancing act, but isn't Clark really starting to push through, and if we block his path to the first team then we're in danger of seeing another Cahill situation I fear....
YatesyVillain
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26/08/2009 02:14:00

Glensider do we really want 2 CB's to come in though? I know it's a fine balancing act, but isn't Clark really starting to push through, and if we block his path to the first team then we're in danger of seeing another Cahill situation I fear....
YatesyVillain
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