Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 13 2010
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
Date:Thursday May 13 2010
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