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Thursday's Aston Villa Transfer Talk

I've missed the rumours for a few days because there isn't a great deal of 'meat on the bones' with the stories doing the rounds to be honest.

One report said that both Luke Young and Curtis Davies will have meetings in the next week or so to thrash out their future either at Villa or away. Reports have suggested for a while that Luke isn't happy and wants to move back to London. Not sure about the geography part but he certainly won't have been happy sitting on the bench this season, I would assume he'll be off unless the manager can convince him his future is at Villa and at right-back and regularly!

On Davies, I'd hope he would stick around as he is a good young defender who could be at Villa for years, however he isn't going to move James Collins, Richard Dunne or Carlos Cuellar out at the moment really is he? So how long as a young player would you want to wait to get a chance? All depends on price though, he didn't come cheap from West Bromwich Albion so there is no way we will sell him on cheaply either.

The Northern Echo, a regular read in the Fear household, says that Newcastle United might well approach for Curtis Davies.

The gossip site suggested yesterday that we are after Liverpool's attacking midfielder Yossi Benayoun who is also being tracked by Seville, Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Moscow .

Another of the gossip sites (to be fair, we at Vital Football could do the same, just make up links and get 'hits' !) say that Manchester City want both Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young for around £45million.

Tempting? Maybe with Stephen Ireland and Craig Bellamy moving to Villa Park + cash? Who knows. Gabby is highly rated at Villa and has upped his scoring rate but how far can he go? Ashley Young is another who might blossom or peak, that is the managers job to figure out which one he thinks will happen. Would Shaun Wright-Phillips make an instant replacement? I have no answers... as per usual. But an interesting dilemma for MON this summer if big offers do come in.

If anyone is expecting anything instant... ok, sorry, I know, most who know MON know that these things aren't really instant (!!) might be disappointed as players will be off on their holidays and those going to the World Cup won't be talking about moves or contracts until they return. The Times have an article today saying that England boss Fabio Capello has warned players that there will be no distractions allowed including contract/transfer talks.

The Daily Mirror claim Everton and Spurs are interested in Man City striker Craig Bellamy. I'd not be surprised to see our name thrown into the hat for him, although if Spurs do want him, with Champions League football to offer, I would think that would be sway him?

So far we have:


Nigel Hokey-Cokey to see out his contract: Click Here

Villa will bid for £2.5million rated, 18-year-old Cardiff City right-back Adam Matthews. Click Here

Robbie Keane: Click Here

Veteran Wigan keeper Mike Pollitt.

Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Stephane Sessegnon.

Paul Scharner from Wigan. Click Here

Chelsea's Serbian international defender Branislav Ivanovic Click Here

Carlton Cole from West Ham for £12million Click Here
Carlton Cole from West Ham for around £10million, not sure why the price reduction! Click Here

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant Click Here

Stephen Ireland from Manchester City (+ possible swap for Milner) Click Here

Kevin Doyle from Wolves. Click Here

Aiden McGeady from Celtic Click Here

Alexander Hleb from Barcelona: Click Here

£5million rated 24-year-old PSV Eindhoven right-back Stanislav Manolev.

£10million rated Sporting Gijon left back Roberto Canella Click Here

£15million rated 24-year-old Porto striker Radamel Falcao Click Here

Liverpool's attacking midfielder Yossi Benayoun.


James Milner to Man Utd
James Milner to Man City
James Milner to Arsenal

John Carew to Fulham for £3.5m Click Here

Ashley Young to Manchester City. Click Here
Ashley Young to Manchester United for £22million
Ashley Young at the centre of £22m transfer battle as Spanish superpower Barcelona joins Real Madrid in race for Aston Villa star. Forum thread: Click Here
Ashley Young to Barcelona for £25million

Gabby Agbonlahor to Arsenal for around £22million Click Here

Marlon Harewood Click Here

Wilfred Bouma as the club have confirmed he is free to talk to other interested parties and can move on a free: Click Here

Steve Sidwell to Fulham or possibly West Ham. Click Here

Curtis Davies to look for a Villa exit.

Luke Young wanting to go back to London.

Manager In And Out Talk:

MON to Liverpool, Slaven Bilic or Steve McClaren on Villa's radar: Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 13 2010

Time: 9:37AM

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looking forward to going through all the links at the end of the summer to see if any at all were right!
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13/05/2010 09:42:00

Possibly, just put a 50million price tag on his head!
The Fear
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13/05/2010 10:12:00

like to see benayoun here.... dont think milner will leave...
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13/05/2010 10:27:00

Still find it worrying that O'Neill wants to wait until after the WC to negociate, reading between the lines they want to cash in on him and use the money to strengthen the squad - either way we will know in the next 2-3 months.
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13/05/2010 10:28:00

Benayoun plus Rodellega or Santa Cruz at a knock down price job done!!
Gordon's Alive
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13/05/2010 10:36:00

Rumour time... A few weeks back from an ex-Villa player...Villa were monitoring the situation with Joe Cole very carefully and had made contact with his agent. If a contract with Chelsea wasn't signed, then there would be talks......However, since then spurs have got 4th spot, not Villa, and I guess that will put an end to that....Benayoun a more 'gettable' option? Similar player IMO
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13/05/2010 12:51:00

AVbornandbred, this is one good thing about MON staying, I think he is very capable of getting those players you mention stay. Also I reckon he would have walked if Lerner had told him he needed to sell one of them.
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13/05/2010 13:07:00

I think rotation is over-rated, not sure we NEED it to finish 4th. This season we competed pretty much throughout; much stronger mentality / psychology than before. I can think of three reasons MON would buy players even if he intended never to rotate: 1. Upgrade current 1st teamers. 2. Buy players that would enable us to play tactically different / provide substitute impact (plan B). 3. Provide back-up in case of injury.
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13/05/2010 13:49:00

I'm probably in the minority, but personally I think we really need a mobile, defensive MF to protect the CBs - esentially someone to replace Petrov (but a better passer than NRC). I like Stan, but he's not mobile enough and is often too progressive - this makes it difficult for us to play with 2 progressive full backs (hence Cuellar @RB who I think has done a great job). This could allow the attacking MFs we already have to get forward more, attack and create, could particularly benefit Downing. I also think we need a striker, though I'm not sure Bent would fit as he doesn't hold the ball up well enough and we already have Gabby. We need ideally a quality target man (difficult to find). We could also do with a 'link' forward like Keane, but he's past it so I'd go for Doyle who's always impressed me and could play on the wing as well.
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13/05/2010 13:59:00

I'd deffo go for Kevin Doyle above the likes of Carlton Cole, Keane etc. as a realistic target. Hugely under-rated player, could score a hatful in our team. Otherwise MON better get some scouts to South America and Europe for an unheard of gem!
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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13/05/2010 14:10:00

What about Beckford from Leeds? He can't stop ramming in the goals.
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13/05/2010 15:03:00

whats all the fuss about, all we have to do is buy 1 striker (keane likely tevez dream), get rid of reo cocker, luke young, steve sidwell. also curtis is a good player we should loan him out would be a total waste of money to sell now he could end up being anoother gary cahill for us. and lets all be happy we still have MON as alot of people think we are like real madrid. we have to accept with the current climate that 6th place is a great place for a team like villa, we will never be top 3 unless we get a russion tax evader or arab billionaire
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13/05/2010 15:26:00

I must admit that this individual thoroughly enjoys all the transfer window rumours and gossip, even though by admitting that, I'm letting everyone into my little secret, namely what a boring life I lead. No I do enjoy it though, even allowing for the fact that come the very second the window slams shut, 99.9% of what I've heard or read will be proved to be total fabrication. I cant get enough of it, and fortunately for yours truly it looks as if I'm going to get plenty of it throughout the summer months. I'll be very disappointed, although not in the least bit surprised, to lose two very good players in Curtis Davies and Luke Young. Both I think have a lot that they could still share with this club, and in some aspects, that also applies to Nigel Reo-Coker, who at times, when allowed to play in his preferred position, looked a more than decent player, and a possible future Villa captain. Steve Sidwell has been a huge disappointment, I expected so much more from him, and I'm sure that he will move on and play an important role for whichever club he joins. Presumably Salifou and Osbourne will also be departures, and we'll be saying bye-bye to both Habib Beye and Marlon Harewood. If it were up to me I'd also ship out Carlos Cuellar, not only because I dont rate the guy one jot, but also because his departure would mean we wouldn't have to witness his efforts as a right full back next season. No more square pegs in round holes please Martin. Incoming I'd like to see an attack minded midfielder capable of opening up opposition defences, and two, yes, not one, but two, premiership quality goalscorers. Not too much to ask is it? Probably is, but we I can always live in hope. Oh, before I move on, no sale of either Milly or Ash please. You dont sell your better players if you want to prosper and thrive.
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13/05/2010 16:37:00

Offload Gabby and Ash for 45mill, Get Falcao for Gabby and Royston Drenthe for Ash, This kid shows some real pace and is an dutch u-21, left winger that shows real promise. Only problem is the fact he plays for Real Madrid! Also pick Hleb up for 10mil, i've always liked him since his Stuttgart days, maybe that's just me though! My thinking is that we need a top quality striker and a replacement for Petrov. Fair enough he's been a trooper in the midfield but he's just soo one footed it's actually embarrasing.
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