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HA! Some Aston Villa Transfer Gossip + Lerner

Ok so as you would expect with the hints from Martin O'Neill that he doesn't expect to do any business this January, the transfer gossip isn't exactly at a premium, to be fair transfers full stop aren't exactly flowing all over the place - surely it is time to scrap this useless transfer window and either go back to the old season OR make it so all clubs can only do transfers in the summer? Anyway, ramble aside, there are just a few bits of interest.

In the Daily Star there is a report by Dave Armitage saying that Villa owner Randy Lerner is jetting over to re-assure fans that he hasn't lost interest in Villa.

Well, is he really? He often jets over to games, now fair enough he has had problems at the Cleveland Browns this year so he has had to spend more time over there, but he is secure in his confidence in the staff at Villa and most of us - from my conversations and also posts I see online - seem pretty secure in our confidence in him?

The report says Randy will come over to settle the nerves and whispers of possible lack of funds after MON said he wasn't going to be spending.

Seems very little in this report and the conversations I've had to ask about the rumours of possibly looking for investors or sales have been totally dismissed, and the General in his thread in our forum has also clearly stated that Randy is here for the long term:

I would ask everyone to settle down re. rumors of multi-billionaires, etc. Randy is the Chairman of the Board and owner of Aston Villa Football Club. He is totally dedicated to the Club...its history, tradition and ethos. He is NOT a short term owner...he is in it for the long term. This Club is a dream come true for Randy and many others (me included) and nothing will change that. I have yet to see multibillionaires running around Villa Park!! If I do see one, I will see if he can spot me a tenner.

One really spurious link I've seen says both Blues and Villa are after Porto’s Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao who came from Juan Pablo Angels former club River Plate. Really can't find any decent sources etc so best to just leave it at that me thinks!

Meanwhile paper reports are saying that Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole has seen a break down in contract talks with Chelsea. The player is a free agent come the summer. Hmmm, I wonder?!?!?

Finally apparently Leeds are now interested in Villa striker Marlon Harewood who has recently returned from a half season loan deal at Newcastle United. He has already been linked with both West Ham and Hull.

Meanwhile I'm (not) told that Thierry Henry is so sorry for his handball against the Republic of Ireland that he wants to make it up to Richard Dunne by moving to Villa and pushing us into the Champions League. :O) What? Just as likely as all the other transfer links isn't it? My source is my neighbour!


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 13 2010

Time: 1:20PM

Your Comments

The reason Joe Cole's contract negotiation shave broke down at Chelsea is because the twit is demandinf 130k a week despite having spent the last 14 months injured!!! So really can't see him coming the Villa for 60k. lol
DeanoVilla
The reason Joe Cole's contract negotiation shave broke down at Chelsea is because the twit is demandinf 130k a week despite having spent the last 14 months injured!!! So really can't see him coming the Villa for 60k. lol
DeanoVilla
I have no concerns whatsoever about Lerner sorting his problems out with the Browns and spending more time over there this season. On the balance of things and the amount of home and away games I have seen and met him at, over thee past few years; I would put my money on the fact that he has spent more time with us than the Browns.
Stig
I have no concerns whatsoever about Lerner sorting his problems out with the Browns and spending more time over there this season. On the balance of things and the amount of home and away games I have seen and met him at, over thee past few years; I would put my money on the fact that he has spent more time with us than the Browns.
Stig
Do we even need Joe Cole? I am quite happy with Young, Milner, and Downing. I would rather Scott Parker, David Villa, and Tuncay.
Stig
Do we even need Joe Cole? I am quite happy with Young, Milner, and Downing. I would rather Scott Parker, David Villa, and Tuncay.
Stig
Agreed Stig, think some rumours are doing the rounds of investors being looked for etc but my info is very much the opposite of that and I think Randy is secure in the knowledge he has good staff and a good backing at Villa. He doesn't have to be Mr Aston Villa - which is a great step forward imho.
The Fear
Agreed Stig, think some rumours are doing the rounds of investors being looked for etc but my info is very much the opposite of that and I think Randy is secure in the knowledge he has good staff and a good backing at Villa. He doesn't have to be Mr Aston Villa - which is a great step forward imho.
The Fear
a little info on the browns. they had a poor year last year and have hired a man named mike holmgren to run the team basically. he is a man with a great reputation and superbowl rings to match. hopefully that will ensure the browns improvement. although i have no doubt about mr lerners commitment to villa anyway.
1982benny
a little info on the browns. they had a poor year last year and have hired a man named mike holmgren to run the team basically. he is a man with a great reputation and superbowl rings to match. hopefully that will ensure the browns improvement. although i have no doubt about mr lerners commitment to villa anyway.
1982benny
Did anyone read the story Siggy posted on the Browns Forum? Really interesting reading about Randy, The Browns and MON. I feel 100% comfortable with Randy in charge. I've got no more evidence than what I've seen in the press and at games, but it's just a gut feeling.

Tuncay isn't playing full games for Stoke. Is he unfit, or is it just they aren't using him enough?
HeathfieldRoad1874
Did anyone read the story Siggy posted on the Browns Forum? Really interesting reading about Randy, The Browns and MON. I feel 100% comfortable with Randy in charge. I've got no more evidence than what I've seen in the press and at games, but it's just a gut feeling.

Tuncay isn't playing full games for Stoke. Is he unfit, or is it just they aren't using him enough?
HeathfieldRoad1874
From what I've seen of Tuncay @ Stoke, I'm really glad we didn't go in for the double swoop at the time of Downing signing..
benji_starsky_avfc
From what I've seen of Tuncay @ Stoke, I'm really glad we didn't go in for the double swoop at the time of Downing signing..
benji_starsky_avfc
What I saw of Tuncay against us, he looked very dangerous every time he got the ball. He is wasted at Stoke, he would be brilliant for us, totally new option up front or in the hole just behind Gabby! Would be well worth the money!
villa_de
What I saw of Tuncay against us, he looked very dangerous every time he got the ball. He is wasted at Stoke, he would be brilliant for us, totally new option up front or in the hole just behind Gabby! Would be well worth the money!
villa_de
Mr Lerner needs to spend more time with the Browns because thats where his help is needed, Villa under MON and his staff is running smoothly, so basically its the press trying to stir things up.
claretandbluearmy
Mr Lerner needs to spend more time with the Browns because thats where his help is needed, Villa under MON and his staff is running smoothly, so basically its the press trying to stir things up.
claretandbluearmy
Tuncay over Joe Cole? *********, Joe Cole is five times the player Tuncay is..I'd take Joe Cole anyday in our lineup
All Hail MON
Tuncay over Joe Cole? *********, Joe Cole is five times the player Tuncay is..I'd take Joe Cole anyday in our lineup
All Hail MON
Can't we swap Marlon for Beckford? Surely Beckford has got MON written all over him (not literally, that would just be silly).
Adam Deuce
Can't we swap Marlon for Beckford? Surely Beckford has got MON written all over him (not literally, that would just be silly).
Adam Deuce
falcao is in porto now, and his record for them this season is superb
gruck
falcao is in porto now, and his record for them this season is superb
gruck
 

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