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Tom Hopkinson of The People say that Manchester United will test the resolve of Aston Villa and bid £20million for Ashley Young.

With just one year left on his contract, what should Villa do, let the player who put contract negotiations on hold to concentrate on his football run down his contract and go with no value at all? Or sell at the best price, which realistically due to the timing would be around £20million I would guess?

Players hold all the power, no matter how angry you or me get at our Club 'allowing` them to leave, the balance of power is pathetic in the game now (thanks to this mad Bosman ruling) and they can move from club to club whenever they throw their dummy out of the pram and choose to.

Football really has gone up its own arse since the start of the Premier League and the SKY money, not to mention top four qualification for a so called 'champions league` and the silly money by Chelsea and now Manchester City... I digress...!

Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City have all also been linked.

Other links to him:

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
Ashley Young would cost £80m Click Here
Ashley Young to Liverpool for £15m Click Here

Another link, this time in the ever reliable, cough, News of the World says that West Ham want Steve Sidwell. I`m sure we all agree, they can have him, he`s been woeful (apart from his great debut goal up at Wigan) since he joined us from Chelsea. Tara a bit Sidders, thanks for the lack of effort! I believe this is reported to be a loan until the end of Sidders contract and then he can sign with them permanently. Makes sense as I can`t see him ever getting near our first team again.

Small mention in NotW that we want Momo Sissoko from Juventus, others also linked including Fenerbahce and Atletico Madrid. Older link to him: 25-year-old Juventus midfielder Momo Sissoko Click Here

And I`ve saved the very worst until last.

Take a deep breath....

Alan Nixon of The People has an article linking us with Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton. NO.... simply just NO. We need a tough midfield general and he is that at times but he can`t control himself on or off the pitch and is surely not the sort of player we would want at Villa Park?

We were linked with him before and I remember saying how much this would stretch my support, I`d be quite happy for the first time in my life to openly boo a player in claret and blue. I have no time for this lad, he`s had a chance, a second chance and now is onto about his sixth chance. He will never learn and will bring this club into disrepute just like he has the others he has played for.

A thread in the forum about this: Click Here

The story isn`t online as yet by the looks of it. You can read all about it in the paper though!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday December 19 2010
Time: 11:35AM


what would you think if we were after Barton? Gulp. Join up and have your say!

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The Fear
19/12/2010 11:38:00
Love Sidwell to go to West Ham but a firm no to Barton. The rest, I haven't got a clue!
Thomas Holte
19/12/2010 11:40:00
Try not to pay to much attention to it all. Best to just see what haplens
19/12/2010 12:12:00
Joey Barton is a disgrace to humanity and everytime I see him I am ashamed to be of the same species. He makes me question the theory of evolution and if I see him being unveiled holding a Villa shirt aloft I will be sick. Over the top? No I don't think so.
19/12/2010 12:29:00
how we progress through the rest of the season should really determine Ash's future. I personally feel that Ash does have a soft spot for villa. But if he wants to be playing for england regularly he needs to prove he can cut it with the bug guns. Villa have to push on up to hit the top four and nothing less will do for the guy. If we can make it there he'll stick around, on the other hand if we're hovering around mid table by the end of this season i think we should get our money worth and give him our best well wishes.
19/12/2010 12:40:00
or at least an improvement that gives us a reason to hold on for the final year of his contract.
19/12/2010 12:42:00
dont be stupid, no manager would take on barton. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
19/12/2010 13:12:00
And the sad thing is, Barton is a very decent player. But I've never seen anyone in my life have so many second chances and come out with the same old "I'm a changed man" crap, to go on and completely screw everything up only weeks later. We could do with someone like him, just not him.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
19/12/2010 13:14:00
I will happily march on Villa Park in protest if it looks like we are even close to signing Barton. I despise the man. He is a thug and someone I would NOT for a second want to see in a Villa shirt. I'm sure it wont happen but if it does.....!!! :(
Adam Deuce
19/12/2010 15:54:00
id sell ash if we got charlie n'zogbia/ a centre forward with an eye for goal or a flair player who can open up defences... we're gona get at 16 milly for him so wudn be the worst deal...
19/12/2010 19:47:00
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