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Wheater In - Ireland Out? Press Transfer Talk

Wheater In - Ireland Out? Press Transfer Talk

Stewart Downing has told The Sun (amongst others) that he thinks his former Middlesbrough team mate David Wheater will be playing in the Premier League in January. Villa have been linked along with Everton and Blues. The Sun rate him at £1.5m. An article the other day had him as low as £1.2m and another at £2m! Wheater is out of contract in the summer and Boro want to recoup some money for the centre back.

'Knowing Wheats, he'll want to stay but he might have to move. The club may be forced to accept an offer because he's out of contract and there'll plenty of of interest.'

The Daily Star have an exclusive by Sami Mokbel and Dave Armitage.

According to the report Stephen Ireland wants out of Villa Park. Apparently the comments from Gerard Houllier ("He needs to work harder. The skill is one thing, but you need to compete. We know he`s a good player. I don`t want to say, 'He`s a good player ... but`.") shocked the former Manchester City midfielder. Fulham boss Mark Hughes is said to be interested having been his boss whilst at City.

So far we have:


Spurs winger Aaron Lennon (for Young) Click Here

Juventus FC striker Amauri Click Here

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis Click Here

Atletico Madrid keeper David De Gea Click Here

Panathinaikos striker Djibril Cisse Click Here

26-year-old Swiss goalkeeper David Zibung who currently plays Lucerne. Click Here

David Wheater from Middlesbrough for around £1.2m Click Here

Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago Click Here

21-year-old Toulouse winger Franck Tabanou. Click Here

Chicago Fire and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg Click Here

19-year-old Ignjovski who is currently on loan at AS Monaco Click Here

Racing Genk's £5m rated Belgian international striker Jelle Vossen. Click Here

Juninho Click Here

Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun Click Here

Kazim Richards Click Here

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema Click Here

Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan Click Here

Michael Owen to Villa on loan or a nominal fee: Click Here
NOT Owen: Click Here

Michael Carrick from Manchester United for around £8million. Click Here
Carrick again: Click Here

Tottenham Hotspur and Croatian attacking midfielder Niko Kranjcar. Click Here and again: Click Here

22-year-old Danish Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner Click Here

25-year-old Argentine striker Pablo Andres Gonzalez Click Here

Robbie Keane linked... again (and no doubt again and again!): Click Here

Ryan Babel from Liverpool for Ash Young Click Here

Free agent Robert Pires Click Here

Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City Click Here and Click Here

Preston defender Sean St Ledger Click Here

20-year-old Rennes midfielder Yann M`Vila Click Here


Ashley Young to Spurs Click Here
Ash to Real Madrid Click Here
Ashley Young to Liverpool with Ryan Babel to Villa + Houllier saying Ash is not for sale in January Click Here

Curtis Davies on loan to Leicester City and possible permanent exit in January: Click Here
Curtis Davies to Celtic Click Here

John Carew linked out Click Here
John Carew to Fiorentina or Sampdoria Click Here
John Carew out ... Click Here and again: Click Here
Off again, this time having turned down to Turkish clubs: Click Here
John Carew to Blackburn Rovers Click Here

Nigel Reo-Coker linked with Galatasaray Click Here

Steve Sidwell to Werder Bremen or Wolfsburg Click Here

Steven Ireland considering his future: Click Here
Ireland off to Stoke on loan? Click Here

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 25 2010
Time: 8:49AM

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No direct quotes at all from Stephen Ireland - however, Im not hearing any saying that he wants to stay!! Think the signing of Pires shows that GH doesnt fancy him! He has played in the middle as part of a 2man and 3man midfield as well as behind the front man so he has had chances accross the park. But, at the same time, the guy has barely played in 18months. I think he needs a decent run in side, but if he aint getting it with Petrov, Delph, NRC, Sidwell etc. out will he ever?? Wheater would be a good signing and WILL leave now that Boro will never go up!
25/11/2010 09:17:00
kinda stinks Ireland never came good... hope he eventually does.
25/11/2010 12:18:00
I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt at the moment due to him barely playing for the last 18 months. I have seen some great touches but defensively he is nonexistent and Bannan at half his height has been a far better than him. He is still incredibly young and is incredibly talented, a combination that is difficult to attract to Villa park so I really hope he comes good.
25/11/2010 12:35:00
I'm beginning to believe Bannan/NRC is our strongest midfield pairing
25/11/2010 13:04:00
It was obvious to a 'blind man on a galloping osse' as the saying goes that Ireland does not want to be at Villa. When the Milner transfer was going through he was holding back from signing because he thought Spurs were going to come in for him. He has had his fair share of chances to prove himself to both the manager and the fans, and he has not tried at all, you can tell by his body language on the pitch, he wants out. I dont agree with him not having played much football previous to signing, those youngsters that have come in of late have played their hearts out and put him to shame. Richard Dunne didnt have a strop when he was told he was not wanted at Man City, he showed what a professional he is and got down and worked. Ireland is an over paid spoilt brat, and I for one cant wait for him to go.
25/11/2010 20:02:00
I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the training ground because Ireland must be a complete goose. It's the only reason why I can see GH not liking him. Yes he's out of form but all players go through that and he's just switched clubs where he wasn't playing at all. It's a tough league and you need minutes on the pitch to get in form. I think he's class and would add to us but I think he's best position is where Young is playing and he's isn't moving. If we were in Europe (where we should be) he'd rotate well with Young. Like I said unless he's a complete goose and wants out i'd like to see him stay for a while at least, he hasn't played and his heads down
25/11/2010 21:05:00
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