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And Now...The End Is Near...! Transfer Talk!

And now, the end is near....! 3 days to go.

The People claim that Portsmouth want to take Villa left-back Nicky Shorey on loan. I could believe this if it was January and Freddie Bouma was back and had proved his fitness but not until then surely? Don't we need depth in the squad? The report says Pompey wanted Shorey when we got him from Reading and he could now head south in the next 24 hours.

Shorey meanwhile said the arrival of Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers is a 'challenge' adding 'A club like Villa are going to be signing players all the time in your position. You've just got to get on with it, do your best and hopefully you will get a game. If not, then we will wait and see what happens. But I am up for the challenge. I want to play football. That is my main aim and, if someone gets in the way, you've got to make sure you are playing better than them. That's all you can do. If we are playing well and winning, hopefully I will stay in the team.' Be interesting today, I would imagine Warnock will be straight into the team?

The Mirror has an exclusive claiming Eidur Gudjohnsen linked several times to Villa, has rejected an approach from Manchester City and three other Premiership clubs. The Barcelona striker is set to join Monaco instead.

The Daily Express claim that Richard Dunne will now be joining Villa having agreed a 6million pay off from Manchester City. Blimey, I wish I was a footballer! The report says he's got that much because he was due a testimonial next year and that Mark Hughes is letting him leave because he knows the soon to be former captain wouldn't have liked a bit role at the club.

Apparently Spurs, Sunderland and Everton also enquired. Petrov says it is 'great news' for Villa saying he is a 'big game player'.

The People meanwhile have an exclusive saying the deal is in jeopardy as a 'bitter row' over a golden handshake might mean the player won't move.

The Mirror claim that Everton are after Spurs winger David Bentley who earlier in the summer claimed he was in talks with Villa over a move. They claim that David Moyes is hoping he can get the player for around 10million.

Hammers boss and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has confirmed to Sky Sports that Villa have enquired about central defender James Collins. 'Villa have said they are interested in him, so we'll see what happens.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 30 2009

Time: 11:02AM

Your Comments

Ummm, really not sure about James Collins, I suspect MON realises he's buggered up and is regreting selling ZK so he's having to spend 1M more that he got for Zat just for cover, that isn't great transfer business is it? I really hope we can sign a big name, Dunne is good but not what I'd call a big name signing. I haven't worked out the economics and I haven't got a crystal ball, but surely paying big in terms of a transfer fee and wages for one 'super star' would ensure VP was full(er) for the matches against smaller teams? Can't see it happening but I so wish it would.
26.05.82
Ummm, really not sure about James Collins, I suspect MON realises he's buggered up and is regreting selling ZK so he's having to spend 1M more that he got for Zat just for cover, that isn't great transfer business is it? I really hope we can sign a big name, Dunne is good but not what I'd call a big name signing. I haven't worked out the economics and I haven't got a crystal ball, but surely paying big in terms of a transfer fee and wages for one 'super star' would ensure VP was full(er) for the matches against smaller teams? Can't see it happening but I so wish it would.
26.05.82
Zat Knight was rubbish
Pking
Zat Knight was rubbish
Pking
we have the token red in sidwell.. we dont need collins. we dont have replacements for laursen or barry. wish we got veloso now.they offered him to us. krajcar/defour and uspon/van damme from anderlecht.
aussi_avfc
we have the token red in sidwell.. we dont need collins. we dont have replacements for laursen or barry. wish we got veloso now.they offered him to us. krajcar/defour and uspon/van damme from anderlecht.
aussi_avfc
What about signing some proper quality?Im not asking for world class players here,But an effort for hangeland or vermaelen would have done.I suppose i am being negative,Dunne and collins would do but will not push us on anywhere.
lerneravfc
What about signing some proper quality?Im not asking for world class players here,But an effort for hangeland or vermaelen would have done.I suppose i am being negative,Dunne and collins would do but will not push us on anywhere.
lerneravfc
These links are dull. Let's hope MON pulls out all the stops to surprise with a real gem, a la Carew. Fingers crossed.
olofthegreat
These links are dull. Let's hope MON pulls out all the stops to surprise with a real gem, a la Carew. Fingers crossed.
olofthegreat
Zat Knight was claret and blue, through and through. Nobody can take that goal against Arsenal away from him. Shame no ready-made-class-player has been signed. L'pool would be perennial mid-table without Torres and Gerrard. World class players are the difference between success and failure. Also, anyone else think Harewood is doing a Winston Bogarde, and holding the club to ransom, because he won't get a better deal elsewhere? Wouldn't blame him if he was. It's a short career, and if MON was deluded enough to sign him, then he should shoulder the blame.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Zat Knight was claret and blue, through and through. Nobody can take that goal against Arsenal away from him. Shame no ready-made-class-player has been signed. L'pool would be perennial mid-table without Torres and Gerrard. World class players are the difference between success and failure. Also, anyone else think Harewood is doing a Winston Bogarde, and holding the club to ransom, because he won't get a better deal elsewhere? Wouldn't blame him if he was. It's a short career, and if MON was deluded enough to sign him, then he should shoulder the blame.
VillaWillRiseAgain
Not really seen a great deal about Harewood recently, MON was quoted as saying he'll still have a chance but he isn't anywhere near the bench at the moment so can't see how. Few articles early on in the summer suggested he wanted to remain in the PL so maybe the clubs interested are footie league ones? Shame, like the chap, but he was never what we needed and so it has proved.
The Fear
Not really seen a great deal about Harewood recently, MON was quoted as saying he'll still have a chance but he isn't anywhere near the bench at the moment so can't see how. Few articles early on in the summer suggested he wanted to remain in the PL so maybe the clubs interested are footie league ones? Shame, like the chap, but he was never what we needed and so it has proved.
The Fear
james collins? really?
goodb_2
james collins? really?
goodb_2
I like Harewood and think like Carew, when he is wound up he can be a right handfull. But are you really gonna play the Fonz ahead of Harewood when we need a goal?? I don't blame Harewood for anything or for when he leaves, even when he was scoring a goal everytime he came off the bench, he still couldnt get a first team start!
arc1988
I like Harewood and think like Carew, when he is wound up he can be a right handfull. But are you really gonna play the Fonz ahead of Harewood when we need a goal?? I don't blame Harewood for anything or for when he leaves, even when he was scoring a goal everytime he came off the bench, he still couldnt get a first team start!
arc1988
Think that Shorey may be doing the same as Harewood if thats the case. MON only plays his favourites so Shorey can expect to see Warnock, L. Young, Nige, half the youngsters and Bouma on crutches playing before he gets a sniff.
Villan444
I cant believe it, i just read on SSN that Fiorentina has bid for Upson! They wont sell 2 CBs surely? Maybe we should go for upson instead
arc1988
Think that Shorey may be doing the same as Harewood if thats the case. MON only plays his favourites so Shorey can expect to see Warnock, L. Young, Nige, half the youngsters and Bouma on crutches playing before he gets a sniff.
Villan444
I cant believe it, i just read on SSN that Fiorentina has bid for Upson! They wont sell 2 CBs surely? Maybe we should go for upson instead
arc1988
I'd be happy to see the back of Shorey after his behaviour against Fulham last season. How old is the guy? Sulking & taking an age to come off after being substituted. We enquired about Upson a while back if I remember correctly. He would be a great signing, but 1 that I can't see happening. Just Richard Dunne I reckon.
StuLinney
I'd be happy to see the back of Shorey after his behaviour against Fulham last season. How old is the guy? Sulking & taking an age to come off after being substituted. We enquired about Upson a while back if I remember correctly. He would be a great signing, but 1 that I can't see happening. Just Richard Dunne I reckon.
StuLinney
I hope we at least tried for Upson. Dunne is ok, collins? I am not sure, but where are our links to a decent striker? Surely a striker who can score 20 goals a season is just as important as a left back? I dont understand why we didnt sign Tuncay or Obafemi Martins, who incidently is banging them in left right and centre over here in Germany for Wolfsburg! We should have taken him!
villa_de
I hope we at least tried for Upson. Dunne is ok, collins? I am not sure, but where are our links to a decent striker? Surely a striker who can score 20 goals a season is just as important as a left back? I dont understand why we didnt sign Tuncay or Obafemi Martins, who incidently is banging them in left right and centre over here in Germany for Wolfsburg! We should have taken him!
villa_de
The two West Ham fans I know would rather hang on to Collins than Upson. I know little about the guy if I'm honest.
Beovilla
The two West Ham fans I know would rather hang on to Collins than Upson. I know little about the guy if I'm honest.
Beovilla
 

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