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Two Strikers Linked OUT + MON IS Looking To Buy

Well, Martin O'Neill had said recently he didn't expect much if any action in January, yesterday he - I'm glad to say - contradicted that by saying:

'We are trying to sign players because we will need the squad for a long season ahead.' .

Ok, not quite what I'd hoped for in the Sunday press, the only links to strikers relating to Villa are links out! Ho hum, lets have a look at what is being said in the press today:

According to The Daily Star Tom Jones mini-me Rafa Benitez (I can't call him the other nickname, I had a complaint that it was racist?!) is looking for a 'cut price' deal to secure 30-year-old John Carew.

The report says he is rated at around 3million, that he has just 18 months left on his contract and that no new contract talks have been opened at Villa Park. They also claim that Carew isn't happy being second in the pecking order to Emile Heskey.

Personally I can't see Villa being able to ship out any strikers in January UNLESS there is a top class replacement available, willing to move to Villa and wanted by MON. However if I had to choose - which is a stupid thing to say really, as I don't have to choose and neither do you, only MON has to but that won't stop me from saying it !!!! - I'd keep Heskey and ship out Mr 1 in 10.

As said though, we need strikers in not out, in the summer it is a different matter and I'll be surprised if JC isn't moved on.

The Daily Mail say that Chelsea want England international Emile Heskey.

Didier Drogba is away in the Africa Cup of Nations and they need more strike power and according to this report, Heskey is the ideal replacement. Now a few reports over the last month or so have claim that Heskey would look to move to secure first team action and secure his place at the World Cup. Would Chelsea guarantee him first team football? No chance, when Drogba comes back Drogba will be in the team and surely you'd not play both up front?

The report claims Heskey would cost around 4million.

Liverpool, Sunderland and Wigan have also been reported as showing an interest in the soon to be 32-year-old. Again, if this was the summer, I'd say it was likely but in the middle of the season? Not unless something better is available to replace him.

MON is quoted as saying when asked about Heskey: 'I'll not impart that information. I don't really want to sell players but I don't have a clue what might happen in January at this stage.'

The News of the World report by Chris Bascombe, says Liverpool will move for Heskey after Rafa poured cold water on the Ruud van Nistelrooy rumours.

They claim Villa would want at least 5million and Liverpool being cashed strapped may well struggle to raise that sort of money, especially for a player who would have no sell on value at all. The report also says that Heskey is 'excited' at the thoughts of a return to Anfield.

And a repeat of last weeks rumour in the The Mirror that both Villa and Manchester City want 18-year-old West Bromwich Albion defender Paul Downing.

Finally, my sources tell me that David Villa is a massive fan of lions and wants to play with a lion on his badge. Now having delved a little deeper it also appears he has an adversity to the colour blue unless matched with a counter balance of claret and therefore, according to my exclusive source, he will listen to no offers other than from Aston Villa and he was indeed spotted at the Belfry the other day. He wasn't playing golf though, he hates the game as he hates iron, the number three and sand. All makes perfect sense to me, watch this space.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 3 2010

Time: 11:33AM

Your Comments

That's not racist Fear. He IS fat and he IS a Spaniard. Fact. If he lost lots of weight then we'd lose the tubby refernece. Policticcal correctness gone mad!!!
ljkal
That's not racist Fear. He IS fat and he IS a Spaniard. Fact. If he lost lots of weight then we'd lose the tubby refernece. Policticcal correctness gone mad!!!
ljkal
yup, the implication was that by calling him that I thought that all Spaniards were waiters. I don't think that follows through but as you say, the pc world has gone mad + I genuinely don't look to or want to offend anyone, even the fragile people who don't understand footie is all about banter! Seriously, who is the fool anyway, he is on a million or more a year, I don't think he would mind greatly the daft chant do you?!
The Fear
yup, the implication was that by calling him that I thought that all Spaniards were waiters. I don't think that follows through but as you say, the pc world has gone mad + I genuinely don't look to or want to offend anyone, even the fragile people who don't understand footie is all about banter! Seriously, who is the fool anyway, he is on a million or more a year, I don't think he would mind greatly the daft chant do you?!
The Fear
If we could get 4m for Heskey now and 4m for Carew in the summer I would do both deals. Get Ruud Van Nistelrooy in now (remember how Gregory fancied him before United move as partner for Nilis!!) and then send the scouts to find a replacement for big JC!! 6months and at least 10m should mean no mistakes!!! Bottom line is RVN WOULD get 15+ goals in the remainder of the season with the chances we would create and that would be the difference between 7th and 4th!! Lets just see - we should have done it last year - just go for it. Gamble a bit of money (it would only be a short term deal with high wages but low fee) lets just go for it!!
deano.avfc
If we could get 4m for Heskey now and 4m for Carew in the summer I would do both deals. Get Ruud Van Nistelrooy in now (remember how Gregory fancied him before United move as partner for Nilis!!) and then send the scouts to find a replacement for big JC!! 6months and at least 10m should mean no mistakes!!! Bottom line is RVN WOULD get 15+ goals in the remainder of the season with the chances we would create and that would be the difference between 7th and 4th!! Lets just see - we should have done it last year - just go for it. Gamble a bit of money (it would only be a short term deal with high wages but low fee) lets just go for it!!
deano.avfc
Maybe Bellamy whilst talking to David Villa advised him about us?
FootyFans
Maybe Bellamy whilst talking to David Villa advised him about us?
FootyFans
Don't think we can sell any of our players, especially to a rival. Leave Carew on the bench until he learns to play much more consistently.
Villan444
Don't think we can sell any of our players, especially to a rival. Leave Carew on the bench until he learns to play much more consistently.
Villan444
Who said Beckford cant play premeirship level??
son_of_cher
Who said Beckford cant play premeirship level??
son_of_cher
Perhaps it was offensive to the waiter race. Surely you can understand that, if you were a waiter would you want to be associated with Benitez.
Villan Of The North
Perhaps it was offensive to the waiter race. Surely you can understand that, if you were a waiter would you want to be associated with Benitez.
Villan Of The North
But he looks like a waiter
Doug4ever
But he looks like a waiter
Doug4ever
Is your source that voice in your head again Fear?
JayVFC
Is your source that voice in your head again Fear?
JayVFC
Um sorry to correct you there VotN. But if I were a waiter I am pretty sure I would NOT want to be associated with Rafa :P Standards :P Honestly - heskey has had 2 good games and now he is better than JC? Even playing badly JC is more prolific than heskey... Its also a close contest between heskey and salifooooooooou for number of assists this year :P JC over heskey, any time!
Astriel
Um sorry to correct you there VotN. But if I were a waiter I am pretty sure I would NOT want to be associated with Rafa :P Standards :P Honestly - heskey has had 2 good games and now he is better than JC? Even playing badly JC is more prolific than heskey... Its also a close contest between heskey and salifooooooooou for number of assists this year :P JC over heskey, any time!
Astriel
Astriel don't be silly. To be a good footballer you need to have a good mentality. Carew does NOT have that mentality. At least Heskey works hard every game and not just when he feels like it.
JayVFC
Astriel don't be silly. To be a good footballer you need to have a good mentality. Carew does NOT have that mentality. At least Heskey works hard every game and not just when he feels like it.
JayVFC
Defo Jay, how the man has become a a Holte end icon I'll never know...its an embarrasment to holte end icons...The abuse Heskey has received since he came to us is disgusting when I can think of others who would be more deserving, at least he puts in a shift...not that I get on the back of any player in a claret & blue shirt whilst the game is being played...
marcobavfc
Defo Jay, how the man has become a a Holte end icon I'll never know...its an embarrasment to holte end icons...The abuse Heskey has received since he came to us is disgusting when I can think of others who would be more deserving, at least he puts in a shift...not that I get on the back of any player in a claret & blue shirt whilst the game is being played...
marcobavfc
There is no such race as waiters (unless they come from Kuwait and then they are an Arab Emirate). Therefore you can not insult the waiter race and be racist. Maybe it was a complaint of being jobbist in which case it would need to be upheld as it is derogatory to all waiters to compare them to the liverool football manager.

I wouldn't sell that lot my dogs processed dinner!!!
RiF
There is no such race as waiters (unless they come from Kuwait and then they are an Arab Emirate). Therefore you can not insult the waiter race and be racist. Maybe it was a complaint of being jobbist in which case it would need to be upheld as it is derogatory to all waiters to compare them to the liverool football manager.

I wouldn't sell that lot my dogs processed dinner!!!
RiF
Heskey provides far more than JC imho. I'm sure the other team members are better off with Heskey in the side than JC. And he can score the odd goal here and there :)
Charizma
Heskey provides far more than JC imho. I'm sure the other team members are better off with Heskey in the side than JC. And he can score the odd goal here and there :)
Charizma
no-body going out just a striker and midfielder in please.
claretandbluearmy
no-body going out just a striker and midfielder in please.
claretandbluearmy
Downing and Downing ! I think that was a TV shop is Stourbridge?
villan57
Downing and Downing ! I think that was a TV shop is Stourbridge?
villan57
I think Carew's "Holte End Hero" status stems from the fact he has a great song which is sung to a classic football terrace tune which gets everybody going. While I'm here lets buy Jermaine Beckford. Maybe Fabian Delph can have a word?!?!
Adam Deuce
I think Carew's "Holte End Hero" status stems from the fact he has a great song which is sung to a classic football terrace tune which gets everybody going. While I'm here lets buy Jermaine Beckford. Maybe Fabian Delph can have a word?!?!
Adam Deuce
beckford is a good call adamdeuce....he was quietly linked once before....him and darren bent to replace heskey and carew! .....and swap sidwell for jenas maybe?
leftfoot
beckford is a good call adamdeuce....he was quietly linked once before....him and darren bent to replace heskey and carew! .....and swap sidwell for jenas maybe?
leftfoot
Have you actually looked at the stats? Heskey's life time goal scoring record is just over 4 games for every goal. At Villa its 1 in 7! Carew's life time is just over 3 games for every goal and at villa its under 1 in 3! So then its about work rate - well heskey basically provided the same amount of assists per season as carew. Carew is younger. Unfortunately there is no stats for time spent running but I would rather take a player who plays his best 1 in 10 and scores 1 in 3 than Heskey who provides little and scores 1 in 7 for us!
Astriel
Have you actually looked at the stats? Heskey's life time goal scoring record is just over 4 games for every goal. At Villa its 1 in 7! Carew's life time is just over 3 games for every goal and at villa its under 1 in 3! So then its about work rate - well heskey basically provided the same amount of assists per season as carew. Carew is younger. Unfortunately there is no stats for time spent running but I would rather take a player who plays his best 1 in 10 and scores 1 in 3 than Heskey who provides little and scores 1 in 7 for us!
Astriel
Still is a TV shop in Stourbridge villan57!
Stourbridge Villan
Still is a TV shop in Stourbridge villan57!
Stourbridge Villan
I have a pal who is a Leeds season ticket holder and he believes Beckford will never be more than a Championship player. This is the same view as the pundits on Talksport this morning. He is 26 (not the youngster that many think) and is not likely to make it at the top level. This same guy told me six months before we purchased Delph, that he was going to be a top player. I haven't seen anything to suggest different. Beckford looks very limited. Delph looks like he is going to be a quality player for years to come.
voiceoftheholte
I have a pal who is a Leeds season ticket holder and he believes Beckford will never be more than a Championship player. This is the same view as the pundits on Talksport this morning. He is 26 (not the youngster that many think) and is not likely to make it at the top level. This same guy told me six months before we purchased Delph, that he was going to be a top player. I haven't seen anything to suggest different. Beckford looks very limited. Delph looks like he is going to be a quality player for years to come.
voiceoftheholte
VotH Beckford is a goalscorer. Alot of folks said Philips would never cut it at top level but they all wished they'd taken a chance a year or so later, early in Defoe's career people said likewise. Gregory missed out on Robbie keane because of 500k and not wanting to take a chance. IMO Beckford is well worth a punt.
AVbornandbred
VotH Beckford is a goalscorer. Alot of folks said Philips would never cut it at top level but they all wished they'd taken a chance a year or so later, early in Defoe's career people said likewise. Gregory missed out on Robbie keane because of 500k and not wanting to take a chance. IMO Beckford is well worth a punt.
AVbornandbred
 

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