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Bent To Liverpool A Done Deal? Surely Not?

Ok, it`s a quiet news day, I`ll bite!

McLeish has said he doesn't want to sell any players this January and especially not strikers.

However Mark Lawrenson has been talking about the 'massive rumours` in Liverpool saying that they have all but signed and sealed Darren Bent. say that Lawrenson was talking to BBC Radio 5 last night saying 'massive rumours` the deal is 'already done`.

As they say, Lawro would have inside sources at the club, they tend to believe him.

Not sure why, but I tend to think not to be honest. Done deal this quick? Hmmm. Then again, I didn`t expect Downing to be allowed to leave. I know he played his face up and could have become a bad apple but.... Errmmm. No, lost on this one!

Alex McLeish has said "I`m not willing to sell anybody at the moment but you don`t know what will happen" admitting they have had a few enquiries about players but warns "I wouldn`t be tempted to lose any of the strikers - strikers make the difference in this league."

Damn, so, reading between the lines, we`ve sold Bent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 4 2012

Time: 12:36PM

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good riddance, we dont need a striker who scores every 1 in 2 games when we have....emile and delfouenso
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04/01/2012 12:46:00

Needs to be 25m+ and then go get Demba Ba!
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04/01/2012 12:49:00

All that this does again is show we are selling club with no ambition, for the first time in 32 years ive had enough of AVFC!!!
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04/01/2012 12:57:00

Im not asking for 200m to be spent on players, but just to be shown by the owners that they care and do still have some aspirations!!!
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04/01/2012 12:58:00

Most kopites I've spoken too last few days are certain they are getting him. (And also claim you asked for Kuyt in return as part of the deal but that's not happening). That doesn't mean a lot though they are a delusional lot at the best of times.
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04/01/2012 13:00:00

The press certainly have wind of something. Sunday and Monday I hear TalkSport, BBC and Sky all talking about Bent and Liverpool like it was going to happen.
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04/01/2012 13:07:00

Well if its true i hope a) its goes through in the next couple of days b) cash only, no less than what we paid and c) he & downing have a collision in training and break each others legs
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04/01/2012 13:10:00

Won't happen
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04/01/2012 13:14:00

I've had my suspicions about this since he was sufddenly "injured" hours before we played Liverpool in December, and then went shopping. I wondered if a deal had been done, and part of the deal was that Bent didn't play that day. I know its conspiracy theories gone mad (and it wouldn't explain his absence against Arsenal & Stoke) but you do wonder.
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04/01/2012 13:27:00

If he goes, that's it for me.
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04/01/2012 13:38:00

I see the confusion, Liverpool are in for Marcus Bent! Easy mistake to make I guess, but Marcus is more their quality! :-)
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04/01/2012 13:39:00

No surprise really, would anybody but a hardened Villa fan stay in B6 at the moment? We're the next Shef Weds. As for Ba, why would he want to come here? Would be mad. Don't be surprised if Given and Nzog are already looking for pastures new.
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04/01/2012 13:41:00

Nothing would surprise me anymore.... A profit and top players to replace him would be the only saving grace for the Villa owner.
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04/01/2012 13:43:00

If he is sold, then the money will to have be re-invested in players, including a striker, because we have no goal scorers. If not, then that's the last straw, Randy, Faulkner and pals will be removed by any means necessary...
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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04/01/2012 13:44:00

Hahahaha well said EvertonMike, they also tend to have no sense of humour when they don't win.... I'm mixed on this, cos if McLeish can't use him properly then it's a waste of talent and we'd sooner have the money to spend. On the other hand though Bent is the best striker we've had at the club since Yorke, and we'd be daft to sell him. But summat has to give we've gotta sort out getting Bent chances otherwise we're doomed. It's all a bit grim just now
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04/01/2012 13:47:00

I would assume it's Liverpool's dirty tricks and tapping up. Remember what they did with Gareth Barry and how they missed out because of it? Villa didnt want to trade with a team who unsettles a player. Losing Bent now will make us a pointless team. If we can't commit to keeping players and vice versa then we lack any ambition and become a static if not falling club. McLeish OUT!
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04/01/2012 13:54:00

If he goes Lerner and his bunch of business men can go and find a corner to die in as far as I am concerned. Total shambles.
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04/01/2012 14:11:00

If he goes then I hope McLeish dies ! Im sick to the back teeth of selling our best players and this is jusr taking the ***** !
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04/01/2012 14:23:00

Didn't Faulker come out and say that there was no way Bent would be sold, just before Xmas?
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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04/01/2012 14:31:00

LOL crosswesleyanchapel. Surely the only scenario that would get the stubborn Lerner to admit his ***** up and get rid. He's not an Eck player, but then again, no-one is who scores goals regularly. The thought is so alien to him. Looks like we're stuck with the ginger one, so expect 7 foot strikers who have the touch of defenders so we have something to aim our hoofs at (, in fact I'm sure Ireland was fined for passing the ball around on the floor so nicely against Chelsea.) Randy and the ginger mafia OUT. And isn't it nice to see MON do so well down the road. HE'S NEARLY WON AS MANY GAMES AS ECK HAS OVER 5 MONTHS IN 5 ******** WEEKS.
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04/01/2012 14:36:00

Im more worried that Eck will actually have cash to spend in Jan! Final straw though if we sell Bent
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04/01/2012 15:16:00

Think we would be jumping the gun to assume this one is true. I reckon the board have put this one about to be able to say no way we are letting him go and look good. No point blaming ginger he just does as he is told.
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04/01/2012 16:11:00

I will dispair if this is true !! the 1st decent striker we have had for yonks and then he is sold ... if this does happen then instead of me dispairing Randy and his cronies should dissapear and take that Ginger nugget with you ....
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04/01/2012 16:24:00

BTW Didnt Bent kiss the Villa badge against Chelsea when he scored??
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04/01/2012 16:30:00

Yeah your right he did. So did Aplay though and look what happended there ...
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04/01/2012 16:36:00

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04/01/2012 16:39:00

If Bent goes maybe Big Eck will resign as protest, so not all bad.
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04/01/2012 16:41:00

My opinion on randolph the red nose banker has swung from support to wanting him out to support now after seeing ash downing appointing eck to take the blame IMO for the fire sales that are happening we need to protest against Randolph now. RANDY OUT the clueless asset stripper!
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04/01/2012 16:46:00

Mr Fear if this comes true this rumour of bent then you need to take back when many of us said to you Randolph bought bent as a panic buy to stay up, you said no way? selling milner barry ash downing and all that was released in the summer and we hear Mcleish being told more wages needed reducing, cmon even the die hard randolph supporters must see what these yankee doodle doo's are doing to our Villa GET EM OUT
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04/01/2012 16:50:00

So Mcleish has said he won't sell any strikers....this is the same manager that promised he wouldn't play Gabby on the wing, the smae man who has been saying all season that if defenders keep making mistakes he'll make changes only to play the same two buffoons at centre half game after game. Bent is gone, end of story. He's off to a club that's actually aiming to finish above the relegation zone
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04/01/2012 17:10:00

Clive - I've been a huge supporter of Randy since he came in but would have to agree that if Bent is sold it's time for him to go (if we can find a buyer). Just a point though reffering to him as an asset stripper undermines your valid point, as the club is currently making a loss year over year and the proceeds from sales are being used to balance the books, Lerner isn't actually taking anything other than a salary our of the club. If he leaves he will be entitled to call back his loans and any buyer would have to cover those debts plus buy the assets at the club so he'd get more if Bent actually stayed because the net assets would have a higher book value. I say again though if / when Bent leaves I will be firmly in your camp of wanting a change of ownership.
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04/01/2012 17:19:00

what the ***** is going on at our club! talk about *****-up in a brewery
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04/01/2012 18:37:00

I am now 100% sure Bent is not being sold this Jan. I won't be believed but we'll look back and see it to be right.

Not sure what I have to take back really Clive or why? I think what I said is we wanted them to spend, they did so on Bent and if they hadn't they'd have been slated, so I wasn't going to slate them for doing the deal. If it is true it was 24m for him then why would I need to slate them for buying? I didn't and still don't read it as a panic buy, I see it as reacting to the need for a striker. I hope they 'panic' again this January and buy. I don't really get the point mate, I'm lost on that one.

As for get them out... as per the thread (interesting debate in the forum) ... I think you'd have a job finance wise to sell this club for what has been put in, but hey, people are obviously very free to protest and see what they can bring forward. Never again for me, it is soul destroying!
The Fear
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04/01/2012 18:41:00

Bent is going nowhere. UTV
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04/01/2012 18:58:00

Won't happen... Can't happen... I don't want to imagine how bad things are going to get if they sell Bent.
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04/01/2012 19:06:00

Seriously, if we are going to spend on a striker then get James Vardy for a million from Fleetwood Town. They will not let him go, but buy him and loan him back until the end of the season would be a deal clincher. There are 30 clubs watching him every game, and near 1m bids already turned down. Man Utd and Celtic looking, but currently West Ham, Bluescum and Ipswich in pole positions. Nothing is certain -or anywhere near it - but he looks like he can make it as a Premier player. Fantastic attitude and workrate, intelligent runner, delicate touch , and a real striker's eye for goal.
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04/01/2012 19:07:00

another kick in our ********* cant take much more of this crawl under a rock time
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04/01/2012 19:30:00

If we sell Bent then I will be very worried about where Randy wants to take us as he basically bouight Bent to keep us up last year so with a worse manager and worse team this year and already heading the wrong way in the Prem selling Bent would be an obvious statement that he wants out and is simply making as much as he can before he gets rid, what I can't understand is that if this is true then surely he would want us to stay in the Prem as relagation would decrease the value of the club by at least 25%, very strange and depressing times...
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04/01/2012 19:42:00

I was inconsolable when we lost Barry, Milner, Young and Downing but I just don't give a ***** anymore. Completely lost confidence in Lerner.
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04/01/2012 19:51:00

Nike will be next out the door leaving us back with Hummel and them *****ty arrows !!
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04/01/2012 20:15:00

Ok Fear you know i luv ya really, but how we all hope they panic buy KAKA and i dont mean literally!
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04/01/2012 20:31:00

Lets be frank this club is presently showing less ambition than we experienced in the Ellis era so lets just run it as a business ans sell Bent,Gabby,Albie, Clarke,in fact lets sell the entire squad and turn the ground into a theme park. I have to say that any faint interest that i had remaining for this club after the appointment of McPlonker has now gone and will not return until there is a total change from top to bottom and it might take relegation to achieve that then so be it. Like others among you i witnessed the humility of going down to the third division and that is not something that this club should ever go through again. Using the fairplay rule at this stage is a p**s poor excuse for controlling finances as no one else seems too bothered and as we're never likely to qualify anyway it is totally irrelevent!!!!!!
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04/01/2012 21:02:00

You're not alone cynic. The club loses a few mil every year. AND. Why do we need a multi millionaire/billionaire if that wasn't the case?? Did Randy really expect to make loadsamoney???? He's more naive and stupid than I thought if that's the case. 1 thing is for sure, you make less money than normal if you alienate all the fans and fail to attract any more for the future ( which he obviously doesn't care about. ) we may aswell have Sir Deadly back. What would it be like to have someone like him in charge who genuinely cared for the club AND understands the game like him!!!!
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04/01/2012 21:33:00

My God I'm so depressed. Are we really at a lower point than during the O'Leary / O'Neill years?
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04/01/2012 22:11:00

Piper....i believe we are mate....
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04/01/2012 22:27:00

Don't worry folks, I'm sure this is all a misunderstanding following on from the recent incident where apparently Patrice Evra told Suarez and Liverpool to "Get Bent!"
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05/01/2012 02:17:00

AVFC4ME............that made me laugh mate.
holte ender 1969
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05/01/2012 03:42:00

:) Thanks AVFC4me. Worth a laugh !
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05/01/2012 07:43:00

This story makes me feel sick, how can we even consider selling a goal every 2 games striker. It's insane. The fact the club have said were not selling means its done.
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05/01/2012 07:55:00

A goal every 2 game striker? Bent will do well to get 10 goals this season if he stays. I got plenty of stick at the weekend over this, but Bent will not get the service he needs under McLeish. The only way Bent will stay is if we have such a humiliating defeat against Bristol Rovers that McLeish gets the sack. Not often I think you are totally wrong Mr. Fear, but this is one such occasion. He will go, and I'm not sure that McLeish will get much money to reinvest. I think the money will go to reduce the debt to the Chairman, which will then make us a more attractive sell. I couldn't understand why he came in the first place, but I would guess that circumstances have changed now. I could see Arsenal getting involved in this one as well.
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05/01/2012 08:10:00

Lads nothing has happened yet, keep the hair on, when did Lauro become spokesman for either the Pool or ourselves? COTVABU
irish villa
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05/01/2012 08:32:00

Friedel; Luke Young, Cahill, Knight, Shorey; Milner, Reo-Coker, Barry, Downing; Ashley Young, Bent (?) subs. Davis, Gardner, Whittingham Not a bad team!
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05/01/2012 08:55:00

Bent isnt going anywhere. Are the bored really THAT stupid? The mcleish appointment, the sales of top players, the dross football fans are paying to watch. They know this would be the straw that breaks the camels back. Bent will be a Villa player in Feb!
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05/01/2012 10:18:00

As I stated earlier thought this was aploy by the Board to look good they have now announced he is not for sale at any price. Add to that we are reportedly tracking Droghba as we prepare for january bids for Bent. (bbc gossip) Now having second thoughts this smells like Downing all over again we say not for sale but.....
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05/01/2012 10:22:00

the only way he won't be sold is if the red scouse dont pay at least 25m for him. Randy will sell anyone at a profit.
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05/01/2012 14:08:00

Piperuk - your comment made me laugh - have we ever been at a higher point than the O'Neill years??? At least in the last twenty anyway!
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05/01/2012 15:30:00

Piperr you could well be right, those days of finishing 6th in the table had me reaching for the razor blades, give me a 4 match home losing streak any day
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05/01/2012 15:33:00

lol@Clive... I do mate, I do! lol And yes, more panics please!
The Fear
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05/01/2012 16:04:00

as said above, now 100% sure this will not happen!
The Fear
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05/01/2012 17:55:00


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