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Monday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

Martin O'Neill has told The Daily Mirror that he would like to keep midfielder Craig Gardner but thinks it might be tough to keep hold of him after admitting a few clubs had made enquiries. The 23-year-old, who has been virtually frozen out of the team even in the Cup campaigns this season, is wanted by both Blues and Wolves. MON said: 'In an ideal world I would like him to stay, but players like to play.' MON also says Gardner isn't sure about things at the moment and seems a bit down, saying that he had thought about playing him in the FA Cup 3rd round win over Blackburn Rovers 'but decided to leave it alone.'

The Mirror say that Stoke are looking to grab Ruud van Nistelrooy before Liverpool do. Thing is though, Rafa denied any link to the former Manchester United star striker so...? However, just wondered, despite him being 33, having struggled with a knee injury and having not played much football in the last season, would you have a gamble and go for him short term for Villa? Ruud has apparently been told that he has a chance of making the Dutch squad for the World Cup but obviously only if he is playing first team football.

Cardiff City are apparently interested in signing Fabian Delph on loan.

Villa, Blackburn, Everton and Liverpool are apparently interested in Portsmouth's on-loan striker Frederic Piquionne. Due to the problems at Pompey the Lyon strikers future at Fratton Park is in doubt.

Meanwhile.... oh here we go.... the Daily Star claim that Real Madrid are going to bid 60m for Man Utd and England striker Wayne Rooney but I can exclusively reveal he is in fact targetting a shock move to Villa. Apparently Rooney is obsessed with HP sauce and wants to be closer to the source of the sauce. All we need to do now is stop him from finding out the factory which used to be close enough to the Aston Expressway to smell it, has in fact moved! Collette is said to be very excited in the prospect of moving to a City where people speak properly.

You heard it here first folks... unless Rooney takes legal action against this most scurrelous of rumours, then 'you ain't seen me... right?' (copyright the Fast Show)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 4 2010

Time: 11:33AM

Your Comments

RVN at Villa would be awesome a consistent goal scorer is all you guys need to be a really top side. I miss him at United though and would love to see him back in the Premier League.
khoder
RVN at Villa would be awesome a consistent goal scorer is all you guys need to be a really top side. I miss him at United though and would love to see him back in the Premier League.
khoder
The 33 years old and dodgy knees part would worry me though, we don't need another old crocked striker to push forward.
Charizma
The 33 years old and dodgy knees part would worry me though, we don't need another old crocked striker to push forward.
Charizma
Why not just loan out Gardner until the summer & reasses the situation then? It can do no harm whatsoever. Put in a 24 hours recall in it incase of injuries. He'll get games & MO'N will finally see that Gardner is a much better play than Sidwell. (I'd say Petrov too, but that is something MO'N will NEVER see.) And when we get him back he'll be a player full of confidence, and more experienced. If MO'N & Gardner then in the summer that Craig would be best leaving, we'd get a much better fee for him (The 3m being banded about is robbery.) Gardner has been let down by MO'N. After Barry left, I really thought MO'N would have given him a chance to show what he can do. What was the "Leave it alone" comment. The lad is down because no matter what he does lesser players with very little determination like Sidwell, Petrov & even Beye (at right-back of course) will get in ahead of him. So, back to my point ... which was ummm ... oh yeah, A loan I think would be more beneficial.
StuLinney
Why not just loan out Gardner until the summer & reasses the situation then? It can do no harm whatsoever. Put in a 24 hours recall in it incase of injuries. He'll get games & MO'N will finally see that Gardner is a much better play than Sidwell. (I'd say Petrov too, but that is something MO'N will NEVER see.) And when we get him back he'll be a player full of confidence, and more experienced. If MO'N & Gardner then in the summer that Craig would be best leaving, we'd get a much better fee for him (The 3m being banded about is robbery.) Gardner has been let down by MO'N. After Barry left, I really thought MO'N would have given him a chance to show what he can do. What was the "Leave it alone" comment. The lad is down because no matter what he does lesser players with very little determination like Sidwell, Petrov & even Beye (at right-back of course) will get in ahead of him. So, back to my point ... which was ummm ... oh yeah, A loan I think would be more beneficial.
StuLinney
if he could stand the rigours until the end of the season, he might prove very handy and would have loads to teach Gabby and Fonz.
The Fear
if he could stand the rigours until the end of the season, he might prove very handy and would have loads to teach Gabby and Fonz.
The Fear
Even if MON isn't skeptical about signing someone like RVN with his advancing years and dodgy knees, then the 100k a week shouldn't put him off. If you took that 100k and compared it to top earner Ash Young on 65k then if my maths are correct, that is a 1.82m difference. If MON thought of that as a transfer fee and Randy was willing to write that off, would he do it? Even just one season of RVN would be huge for us and definitely worth 1.82m. Obviously that isn't how things work in the real world but it does make it sound more viable. The only problems would be massive agents fees and just how dodgy his knees are. Villa know better than anyone that dodgy knees doesn't automatically rule players out. Just ask Lord McGrath. What I think the main concern would be is any unrest the gulf in pay could cause in the dressing room and if MON could handle it. Would love him at Villa and not only would he bang in the goals but he'd help attract some of the younger talents out there.
JayVFC
Even if MON isn't skeptical about signing someone like RVN with his advancing years and dodgy knees, then the 100k a week shouldn't put him off. If you took that 100k and compared it to top earner Ash Young on 65k then if my maths are correct, that is a 1.82m difference. If MON thought of that as a transfer fee and Randy was willing to write that off, would he do it? Even just one season of RVN would be huge for us and definitely worth 1.82m. Obviously that isn't how things work in the real world but it does make it sound more viable. The only problems would be massive agents fees and just how dodgy his knees are. Villa know better than anyone that dodgy knees doesn't automatically rule players out. Just ask Lord McGrath. What I think the main concern would be is any unrest the gulf in pay could cause in the dressing room and if MON could handle it. Would love him at Villa and not only would he bang in the goals but he'd help attract some of the younger talents out there.
JayVFC
 

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