Ok, so the horrible part of the football transfer links first...!
Our very own James Milner, who lets face it, will be linked with all and sundry until the transfer window closes at the end of August, was the subject of more press column inches this weekend as the Sunday People claimed that both Chelsea and Manchester City wanted the England midfielder.
The Daily Mail today pick up on the same link. The price talked about was around £24million. That is around double what we paid for him. Maybe if they quadruple it then the sale would be good for Villa, until then, they can get lost can't they!? The players stock is certainly high at the moment after a great season in the centre of midfield for us and will be even higher after the World Cup I bet. Man City apparently want to bid quickly because Fabio Capello has said that players can't negotiate transfers and contracts during the World Cup. The paper says that MON will try to resist but pick up on the need to sell a few players in order to buy. Not totally true that. He will sell fringe players who are no longer required and will be bringing in new faces. Randy has already said that he expects James to be a Villa player come the new season though. All down to the manager and what he wants to do and unless any first teamer really plays their face up, I can't see him wanting any to leave?
Another report claims Villa will hold out for £30million for Milner.
The Sunday Mercury said that PSV Eindhoven are likely to take back Wilfred Bouma who is available on a free. Bouma`s agent Ger Lagendijk said: 'He would like to stay in England but deep in his heart he would prefer to return to PSV. After all the injuries he is now ready for a fresh start.'
And now for one in!
The Mirror say that both Villa and Liverpool are interested in 26-year-old West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Apparently West Ham turned down a £10million bid from Birmingham City. The report says that MON is a big fan and has been in contact this week to try to put a deal together.
West Ham official site profile: Click Here
26 league appearances, 10 goals this season and last.
Sort of makes sense, he is a big, tough player who also has a great turn of speed. Would that improve on what we have? Well, Heskey got 3 goals last term in the league and John Carew 10.
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
Robbie Keane several more times including: 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. Click Here
Jermaine Jenas from Spurs
Bobby Zamora linked to Villa and Everton with a £8million price tag. Click Here
Jamie Beckford on a free from Leeds United. Click Here
Carlton Cole from West Ham.
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
Curtis Davies to look for a Villa exit.
Curtis Davies to Newcastle United. Click Here
Curtis Davies to Fulham. Click Here
Gabby Agbonlahor to Arsenal for around £22million Click Here
Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young to Manchester City for around £45million. Click Here
Habib Beye outward.
James Milner to Man Utd
James Milner to Man City
James Milner to Arsenal
James Milner to Chelsea
John Carew to Fulham for £3.5m Click Here
Luke Young wanting to go back to London.
Luke Young to West Ham Click Here
Marlon Harewood Click Here
Nigel Reo-Coker wanted by Stoke and Blackburn Rovers Click Here
Nicky Shorey to Fulham Click Here
Steve Sidwell to Fulham or possibly West Ham. 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
Wilfred Bouma to PSV
Manager In And Out Talk:
MON to Liverpool, Slaven Bilic or Steve McClaren on Villa's radar: Click Here
Aston Villa have six players away with their countries in the October international window.
Midfielder Jordan Veretout hasn't just had to adjust to life in a new country, at a new club and with a new language, there was also the small matter...
Err. The Vital Villa man of the match v Stoke City...
Manager Tim Sherwood has given his normal Monday briefing, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan has also given his thoughts as frustration reigns.
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