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Bosman Free Trio Talks On Hold Until Summer

The Independent has quotes from assistant manager Peter Grant today via John Curtis at the Press Association.

Grant has confirmed that they have put contract talks on hold for our out of contract players until the summer.

Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuellar and Brad Guzan can all leave on a free.

Cuellar has already said he`d like to stay at Villa.

Grant said: 'The gaffer (Alex McLeish) has said he would rather put all these talks back until the season ends."

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Adding, 'Alex has always been one of those guys who prefers to do his business at the end of the season. He knows the most important thing is Villa winning games. His thinking is 'I'd rather leave it as much as I possibly can' and I think the players we are working with understand that.'

Fingers crossed they don`t want to keep Heskey. But the other two? You`d think now would be the time IF they want them.

Hey ho, funny old game.

AVFC Summer transfer talk thread: Click Here

McLeish generally on transfers for the summer: McLeish On Bosmans & Mystery Capture?

McLeish being told there IS money for 'big` fees in the summer: McLeish Preparing For Some 'Big' Summer Spending

Signed: Brett Holman

So far we have:

IN

23-year-old Spartak Moscow striker Artem Dzyuba: Young Russian Striker Linked To Villa

Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti: Click Here

Andrew Johnson: Click Here

France U21 international defender Benjamin Stambouli: Click Here

Danny Guthrie: Click Here

Heerenveen striker Bas Dost: Click Here
Bas Dost again, including quotes: Click Here

Rangers left-back Lee Wallace: click here

Former Rangers Gregg Wylde: Click Here

32-year-old Croatian International and Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic: Click Here
Forum thread: Click Here

Joe Lewis from the Posh: Villa Transfer Talk - One Keeper In, One Out?

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones: Click Here

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks: Click Here

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud: Click Here

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak: Click Here

Robbie Keane permanently: Click Here

OUT

Brad Guzan leaving: Villa Transfer Talk - One Keeper In, One Out?

Carlos Cuellar to Valencia: Click Here

Stephen Warnock to Sunderland: click here

Stephen Ireland to the New York Red Bulls: Click Here
Stephen Ireland not going: Click Here




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 29 2012

Time: 1:14PM

Your Comments

Talks with Heskey? What talks? Goodbye, au revoir, adios, and **** off.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
'he would rather put all these talks back until the season ends." That was bloody months ago then you doughnut thanks to you. Sign up King Carlos, maybe Guzan but I will drive Heskey anywhere he wants to go! I'd say make him take the bus, but he'd miss it.
juddy
If Heskey gets another contract that will be me done and dusted with the entire game (joke) of football and I'd just start watching Rugby.
Green Villan
Lol. Grant is just as big a cock as Eck in interviews then. "he knows the most important thing is winning games. " thought it was drawing games and parking a bus whilst still conceding. FFS. What is happening to our club??
Villan444
'Alex has always been one of those guys who prefers to do his business at the end of the season.' isnt his business winning games ? - makes sense then....
Mat777
Same here GV if heskey get's anykind of contract there season ticket can go for a burton
marshyboy87
Give Cuellar and Guzan new contracts. Hopefully Guzan would accept, although i'm unsure he would, but he's a solid back-up keeper. Heskey, well he can do whatever as long as it's not here
callum_ws
'Alex has always been one of those guys who prefers to do his business at the end of the season' Hmmmmm I can see a big push for a European Place coming right after the season ends then. McLeish has got us all fooled and the rest of the Prem lulled into a false sense of being better than us.

Scary thing is, with these tool heads in charge it is so easy to make jokes about us.
RiF
Long Live King Carlos.
Green Villan
Thinking about why you'd leave this type of thing to the close season (note we talking about players who can leave) 1) brinkmanship - knowing if no one else comes in the club are in a stronger negotiating position re wages and contract lengths 2) avoiding the issue - hoping that the players will choose to leave / get offers to good to refuse from elsewhere so that the manager can say that their leaving wasn't his choice, he'd have loved them to stay etc etc 3) waiting to see who else can be lined up to move on / come in before commiting to players that are second choice 4) wanting to delay telling players they aren't part of the future in order to get the best out of them between now and the end of the season. Now 4 is good management as is 3 if you are on a budget so we can probably rule them out , 1 is intelligent business sense so again we can probably rule it out.Which leaves us with option 2 the I don't want to make any decision option and the option that lines up most excuses if we fail to land replacements.Personally I'd be happy to see all three go, or for Cuellar and Guzan to stay on sensible contracts but this is the villa, we'll probably keep Heskey on improved terms and get rid of the other two!
AVbornandbred
Looks like Heskey will be the only man re-signed at the end of season...Guzan is more than capable of starting in the EPL so i expect somebody to snap him up... Cuellar isnt the best defender in the world but he's much better than Collins and Dunne those two should not be allowed on the same pitch at the same time and should have and would have been moved on if houllier was still around... anyway cuellar will probably be off to Valencia now... so that leaves us with heskey who will be re-signed if he takes a wage cut which he will cause he's gettin on in his old age :)
CDX_EIRE
Heskey can go forth and multiple, Keep King Carlos, offer a contract to Guzan..... simple.
Pride of Lions
cheer up and have a look at Brett Holman's fabulous volley against Valencia in yesterday's Europa League game. A bit of class won't hurt..
delirium
Delirium, was watching that game just to get a look at Holman. Have to say I was very impressed. His goal was brilliant. I think he will become a fans favourite very quickly, simply because he never stops. But he has ability too.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Can see whats going to happen here cant you. By leaving it till the last minute Cueller will probably sign elsewhere Valencia for instance, Guzan probably wants first team action anyway and will go. And we will have Mcleish and the club saying at least we have kept bloody Heskey.
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