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Bumper Villa Transfer Talk - None Of It Good!

Bumper Villa Transfer Talk - None Of It Good!

Are you sitting comfortably? Good, you won't be by the end of this I fear!

The Daily Mail claim James Milner's move to Manchester City is one step closer after James said he didn't know if he'd still be a Villa player come the new season (see: )

The Sun say that Chelsea have joined the chase for James Milner They claim that Man City have tabled a £30million bid after a '£25m' bid was rejected (other papers are saying it was a £20m bid that was turned down). They quote a Chelsea insider as saying: 'Losing out to City for Robinho was embarrassing at the time, even if it did turn out to be a lucky escape. But we are determined to get our man this time and we are very confident it will happen.'

The Guardian say that City will bid £30million and that they would also like to buy Ashley Young.

And an exit that would rock Villa fans to the core, The Daily Mail claim that Stoke might bid for Villa and England striker Emile Heskey. They say a fee of just over £2million would be enough to secure his services. Make it £3million, which would be a million for each goal he scored last season and we have a deal!

A gossip site has linked us with a £15million bid for West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Not the first time we've been linked with the former Chelsea man but there seems very little substance to this particular article.

The Sun say that Villa might move for a season long loan for Eidur Gudjohnsen. It was expected that Spurs would go for him on a permanent deal having loaned him last season but apparently no moves have been made as yet.

The Daily Star claims that Spurs want Ashley Young and would be willing to use Robbie Keane or Jermaine Jenas as part of the deal. Wasn't that the same link as last summer?! The report says Spurs will bid £16m + one of those players as part of the deal.

Villa were linked with Spurs winger David Bentley earlier this week.

Hmmm, I guess looking on the positive side, if Martin O'Neill can sell some of the unwanted fringe players and does get £30million for Milner, maybe £25million for Ashley Young, then there would be a real war chest for summer spending on top of TV / Sky / Cup run money.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday May 21 2010
Time: 11:09AM


No way Milner's coming to Chelsea. We will not spend 30 million on a player any more, the chairman's made that pretty clear. Lazy journalism by the Sun- The target we are after is Ya Ya Toure of Barcelona for 17 million. And Joe Cole to Villa is a nice thought, but he'll demand 100k a week which is faaaaaaaaaaaar too much.
21/05/2010 12:13:00
£55m for Young and Milner is an awful lot of money. Use that money to get Bent, Ireland, Bentley and Cole then we'd still have £10m(ish) plus tv cash and players sales to keep for Jan. Any sale of Milner or Young would have to included a replacement in the deal otherwise MON with pi$$ around all summer finding one!
21/05/2010 14:32:00
Albrighton should have replaced Ashley from the bench this year a few times anyway. Joe Cole is never going to come to Villa especially while we aren't in the Champs league. Saw Eidur Gudjonnson out on the beers with Frank Lampard in some slick bar in Knightsbridge after the 7-1. He is surely another that only moved back for the nightlife. Last 3 places he's been, London, Barcelona and Monaco. If anyone thinks that he's coming to Birmingham for any amount of time, they are sadly mistaken.
21/05/2010 14:56:00
Agree with Astriel, this is a huge moment in the club. I think what happens this summer will define the next 5 years and also state clearly are we a team pushing for 4th or settle for mid table battle.
21/05/2010 16:05:00
said in another thread but : 35-40m for milner, 20-30 young. sidwell, heskey, davies, guzan, young, shorey all 5m each = 25-35m plus few others, with 35m for milner 20 for young and 25 from other transfers plus 20-30m from randy thats like 80 - 100m for new transfer in my vieww? wright phillips / bentley not as good as both but would be perfect for villa's style for 10m phillips, 15 for bently, 20m striker, ireland for cm would be perfect team in my opinion? andone agree or disergreee
21/05/2010 16:37:00
your assuming we'll be given all the money recouped to spend. what was the net spend last year?
21/05/2010 16:55:00
If we get loads of money for Milner and/or Young we are in bother as the quotes will be much higher as clubs know we have the money!! I think a lesser fee and an exhange is the best way. Nice and simple here - if Man City Ireland or SWP, if Man Utd Anderson or Carrick. If Chelsea then Joe Cole or Zhirkov!! Easy!!! Haha!
21/05/2010 19:06:00
I genuinly don't feel as though any players we could get right now with the amount of money we'd have will be any better or even equally as good as Young or Milner. I'd much rather keep them both, sell the fringe players and buy a decent RB and ST. Who those players would be are anyones guess, Micah Richards would be nice for RB in my opinion. Falcao for striker or a cheeky season long loan of Benzema ;) as I feel we do need to look beyond the English leagues for a decent striker, despite players like Bent's scoring record I still don't rate them, I just feel he's in a team where he's the one the rest of the team aim for meaning he gets more goals. Although I would go for Beckford, could pay off, and on a Free it wouldn't be to bad if it didnt.
22/05/2010 00:31:00
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