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New Years Eve Transfer Talk For Aston Villa

Well this link is a bit out of the blue (went to an optician the other day, he said I was colour blind, tell you what that was a bolt out of the yellow)... Sunderland are being linked to a 12million bid for Stewart Downing.

The Daily Mail say if Villa won`t sell this January Steve Bruce will return in the summer.

A swap for Darren Bent maybe?! lol

I`ve asked in the latest poll if you would sell him. I wouldn`t, we need players in not out.

The Daily Express say that Gerard Houllier is after Blackburn's 8m-rated want away defender Chris Samba.

The Daily Mail are linking us with Cluj's 'giant` striker Lacina Traore.

Sky Sports News have sources (!) who say Villa (and Everton) are after Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.

The Daily Star say Villa will hold talks with Ashley Young to try to persuade the winger to commit long term to Villa.

They say Villa want to fend off interest from Manchester United who see Young as a replacement for the legend that is Ryan Giggs and that Young has thus far refused to sign a new 75 000 a week deal at Villa. As you know, Young only has this and next season left on his contract so Villa will be left with the quandary of what to do with him IF he won`t sign. Let him run down his contract and go for a free, or get 15million now?

Other links:

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
Ashley Young to Manchester United for 20million Click Here
Ashley Young not for sale: Ashley Young Fit Again AND NOT FOR SALE?
Ashley Young to Spurs Click Here

Michael Owen is being linked to a West Ham move. Worth a shot for us short term on loan to get some goals in the back of the net?

David Beckham is also being linked with all and sundry but for once, not us!

According to German`s 442, Villa have bid for Basel's 25-year-old left back Behrang Safari who is out of contract in the summer.

Reports say the deal for French Under-19 captain Gueida Fofana is close.

So far we have:


Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor Click Here

Spurs winger Aaron Lennon (for Young) Click Here

Juventus FC striker Amauri Click Here

Lille`s French defender Adil Rami rated at around 5million Click Here

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis Click Here

7m for Wigan`s winger Charles N`Zogbia 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

David Bentley on loan? Or permanent depending on the report you read 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

West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne Click Here

19-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow player Alan Gatagov Click Here

Guedia Fofana from Le Havre 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

Joey Barton to Villa. Click Here
Joey Barton in loyalty shocker? The Daily Mail

Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun Click Here

Kazim Richards Click Here

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema Click Here

Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan Click Here

20-year-old CFR Cluj striker Lacina Traore Click Here

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

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

25-year-old Juventus midfielder Momo Sissoko Click Here
Momo Sissoko from Juventus Click Here

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

22-year-old French striker Nolan Roux Click Here

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

Omar Cummings Click Here

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

Pablo Osvaldo of Espanyol linked Click Here

Robbie Keane linked... again (and no doubt again and again!): Click Here and again Click Here
Robbie Keane for 8million Click Here
Apparently Villa don`t want Robbie Keane Click Here

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller Click Here
Another link to Roman Weidenfeller Click Here

Ryan Babel from Liverpool for Ash Young Click Here

19-year-old Swedish IFK Goteborg striker Robin Soder Click Here

Free agent Robert Pires Click Here CORRECT... WE GOT HIM!

Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City Click Here and Click Here

Shay Given from Manchester City Click Here

Preston defender Sean St Ledger Click Here

Steven Taylor from Newcastle for 2m. Click Here

Manchester United`s 28-year-old Polish keeper Tomasz Kuszczak Click Here

Basel midfielder Valentin Stocker 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
Ashley Young would cost 80m Click Here
Ashley Young to Liverpool for 15m
Ashley Young to Manchester United for 20million Click Here
Ashley Young not for sale: Ashley Young Fit Again AND NOT FOR SALE?
Ashley Young to Spurs Click Here

Brad Friedel might be out this January (+Habib Beye and Stephen Ireland) Click Here
Villa will talk to Brad Friedel about his future in Feb Click Here
Brad Friedel to Manchester City for no2 and coaching with Shay Given moving to Villa Click Here

Curtis Davies on loan to Leicester City and possible permanent exit in January: Click Here
Curtis Davies to Celtic Click Here
Curtis Davies linked to a move to Germany. Click Here
Curtis Davies to Werder Bremen Click Here

Emile Heskey happy at Villa but not ruling out a move back to Leicester City Click Here
Another for Emile Heskey to Leicester City 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
John Carew to West Bromwich Albion Click Here
John Carew to Fulham Click Here

Nigel Reo-Coker linked with Galatasaray Click Here

Steve Sidwell to Werder Bremen or Wolfsburg Click Here
Steve Sidwell to West Ham on loan until end of contract Click Here
Steve Sidwell to West Ham Click Here

Stephen Ireland considering his future: Click Here
Stephen Ireland off to Stoke on loan? Click Here
Stephen Ireland to Everton. Click Here
Stephen Ireland told he can leave/has put in transfer request: Click Here
Stephen Ireland attracting interest from Everton, West Ham and Fulham. Click Here
Stephen Ireland to Fulham Click Here
Stephen Ireland to Stoke for 5million Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 31 2010

Time: 9:07AM

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If we was able to get Bendtner, Carrick, Steven Taylor, David Wheater, and Diarra then i think we would be ok, Steven Taylor at 2m and David Wheater at 1.2m are absolute steals, we might be flogging players for cheap but we can try and get some cheap, better replacements at the same time, Carrick for 8m isn't bad in his prime, Diarra wouldn't cost much if they let Van Dar Vaart go for 8m, And i'm really unsure what kind of figure they would ask for Bendter, but if too expensive there is always Owen or Keane, I don't think expecting 5 players in Jan is asking too much for what kind of situation we are in, Plus we really need to get rid of Dunne, Ireland, Davies, Carew and Beye thats 5 players too, plus we are missing the latter 5 players but we might as well not have them on our books since they are being blocked out the team, so it's like not having them at all.
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31/12/2010 09:54:00

I might be alone here, but I don't expect a busy january at all, one maybe two players in at best. Sidwell will move to wet spam and the only other movement I see is Carew out, possibly Ireland if anyone will take him and then maybe NRC if he won't sign before the summer. Ash will go in the summer.
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31/12/2010 10:04:00

last year I'd have snapped your arm off to get rid of Downing , but this year he's finally settled and has arguably been our best player, so no way would I sell him.
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31/12/2010 10:06:00

i say sell them all and buy shares in llama farming
Astonian Villan
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31/12/2010 10:44:00

In my view: sell ash for 15-20 and get marko marin for probably 10-15. Then pinch samba and get a midfielder, kranjcar would be nice, and a striker. then again, i say this every single transfer window!
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31/12/2010 10:55:00

Cummings who the hell is he? Is he going to set the league alight? Come on villa buy quality or we are going down. No good looking at cheap crap. We need a proven goalscorer, midfielders, and a new left back.
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31/12/2010 12:37:00

I'm beginning to think it's Mr Lerner we should all be having a go at ....he failed to cough up when we were in a position of strength...not so long ago we were looking like we were Champions league material....that's when you strengthen....any decent business man would know that. I know he's stumped up a fair bit but lets face it, it's been a failure on the whole. The buck stops with Lerner. If he's content to have an average to poor side, he's doing a fantastic job. We all want Villa to be order for that to happen we need top class signings to blend with the great youth players we have, and a top class manager. Yep...I know what you're all thinking...easier said then done....but I dont think Villas board are even trying or aiming for anything near that. They are conning theirselves that they are being sensible and be it...because we're going to be the most sensible team in a lower league very soon.
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31/12/2010 13:25:00

Mason - get a life. Until this year only Citeh had spent more in terms of net outlay than us in recent seasons. The board have not said they are being prudent but refusing to give even more millions to a bloke who wasted the previous hundreds of millions is being prudent and sensible. The board have already said that the previous transfer kitty will be added to in order to give GH funds in Jan. The only thing that Lerner can be blamed for is allowing MON to continue for as long as he did and with as little oversight as there was.
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31/12/2010 15:48:00

Gueida Fofana won't be coming by the looks of it.
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31/12/2010 15:52:00

OK seriously how is the poll no on 100% no way? Downing has been one of the few positives this season. We can NOT afford to lose him and Young.
Adam Deuce
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31/12/2010 16:19:00

AVbornandbred...You're missing the point....any business MUST strengthen from a position of strength....then you really create something great. Failure to do that has got Villa into the mess they are in. I'm no great fan of O'neill but he didnt have us all talking 'relegation' ...ever ! He got the best out of a slightly above average team. Lerner should have backed him some time ago...but buying one player...HESKEY...was not exactly awe inspiring.
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31/12/2010 17:36:00

Lads let's keep it nice eh. Mason history showed us Monny got exactly who he wanted in transfers so it's spurious to say Randy never backed him, so whilst it's easy to say Lerner should've coughed up more in January and we should've got a proper striker, what if Heskey was all O'Neill wanted? Signing a proper striker wasn't a one window failure was it, even when he was spending big.
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31/12/2010 20:36:00

Well...I'm not saying Randy didn't back him...I'm saying he may not have backed him at the right times....If MON had 20 million to spend that January, do you really think Heskey would have been the arrival ? There isn't any team that doesn't make mistakes in the transfer market, MON made many, but he got us 6th, 3 times. We should have built on that...but we didnt. Whatever anyone says...Aston Villa is a business that belongs to Lerner...and its taking a nosedive...who's fault is that ? He makes the decisions so he must take at least some of the blame...that's all I'm saying....
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