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Four Players Linked! AVFC Press Transfer Talk

Matt Law at The Mirror seems to think that Paul Lambert wants two Canaries!

The report links us to both Grant Holt and also defender Daniel Ayala.

He also says Leeds Robert Snodgrass and Blackpool striker Matt Phillips are on the list.

As have a few other reports, he suggests the transfer pot is around 20million and Lambert has already given our CEO Paul Faulkner a list of players he wants. It appears he wants 4-5 and a similar amount could well be on the way out. (Lambert Looking For 5 Players With 20m Funds?)

Law says Villa will bid a 5million for Grant Holt, 31.

I did ruminate the other day as to whether Lambert had signalled a no to Holt? Maybe not Holt:

He said at the press conference: 'Grant Holt was absolutely brilliant for me. In the three years I was there he was a huge part of what happened. But things move on. I need to know what`s happening at Aston Villa before I do anything. The chairman and Paul Faulkner know that and then we`ll try to bring players in."

5million for a 31 year old? Up to Lambo really but..........!

Certainly think we`ll see a new central defense next season and that we need to. He Lambert bought 21-year-old Spanish defender Ayala from Liverpool last year. Looks like his time last season was spoilt by injury and he only played seven times.

Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Ayala
Norwich official site profile: www.canaries.co.uk

And on Snodgrass? According to the report Lambert tried and failed twice to take him to Norwich and now the Leeds winger has just one year left on his contract. 24-years of age so fits in with us wanting to build for the future maybe and could cost far less now that his contract is running out....

Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Snodgrass
Leeds official site profile: www.leedsunited.com

And then finally, 21-year-old Phillips, who scored 18 goals for Blackpool last season according to the report (but then, they say he is pictured and he isn`t!) and on this BBC page: www.bbc.co.uk/sport where he refuses to be drawn into the transfer links. However, his wiki and his profile page don`t agree on that goal tally! worldfootball.net have him down as having scored 7 goals, 1 from the penalty spot.

The Blackpool profile page (Click Here) says "The England U-20 international signed from League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers for 700, 000 on the final day of the 2010 summer transfer window. Blessed with lightening pace and a bag of tricks the youngster can play in a variety of attacking roles and has slotted well into the Seasiders' 4-3-3 formation."

Wiki: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Phillips

There has also been another link to Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak: Click Here




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 10 2012

Time: 10:24AM

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I still wouldn't mind paying 5M for Grant. Where else could you get a striker for that who'd scored 17 goals in the PL. Forget about his age, he's good for 3 years. Would also take Phillips and Snodgrass. Not sure about Ayala though.
Pride of Lions
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10/06/2012 10:41:00

5m for Hoult seems a bit steep. Yeah he scores goals but he is 31, we have Bent who can score goals...
P.Avfc
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10/06/2012 10:42:00

Raiding Norwich's squad and their transfer targets is a recipe for only finishing 12th (...and only then if the players over-perform). I thought the reason Lambert joined Villa was to target higher achievements at a bigger club??????
Robin Hood
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10/06/2012 10:44:00

Adam Johnson please
krfeskivilla
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10/06/2012 10:45:00

Good shout krfeskivilla.
Gordonsleftboot
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10/06/2012 10:58:00

Hmm. Adam Johnson sounds good, but when you have a 'limited' budget, do you go for just one expensive player or a number of players to bolster your weaker positions? The real-life managerial decisions as opposed to the fans' dreams?
BobTheBuilder
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10/06/2012 11:10:00

Adam Johnson all day long! He will have a chip on his shoulder for being left out of the England Squad, got something to prove, I think he is **** hot personally. He was downings replacement at boro, but 10 times better!!!!
MarkMac
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10/06/2012 11:11:00

Adam Johnson could be terrific but would probably cost 15 million and stupid wages. If we could get him on loan then maybe. Johnson has already proved he has a "difficult" personality (and we already have N'Zogbia for that role) as well as not impressing Mancini much. Phillips would be a cheaper option. The player we have most missed in the past two years is James Milner.....now if we could get him on loan. As to Holt, if PL wants him then get him. He scored 17 goals last season (nearly half of what our entire team managed). I think Snodgrass could be signed maybe in a deal involving Delph. Norwich played good football last season and were very adaptable tactically but the weak spot was the defence, rarely keeping a clean sheet and conceding a fair number of penalties. In order to help our current defence out and reduce pressure on it we need a new Stan and a new/or the current Milner. I can't see all four of the current defence leaving (contracts, high wages, few suitors). I'd like to see Lichaj and A.N. Other as full backs and Dunne (just tell him he's playing for Eire) and A.N. Other or Ciaran Clark at the back. Looking forward to the new season. Things seem positive again.
sid is god
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10/06/2012 11:11:00

It seems that the perception of the press is that Villa are shopping at the cheap end of the market. None of those would put a dent in his 20m 'war chest'.
Steve Wade
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10/06/2012 11:18:00

Our problem is that we need to replace 3 out of 4 defenders AND find a replacement for Stan before we even think about attacking options
griffgriff
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10/06/2012 11:53:00

Kyle Naughton has been linked to us in some newspapers today.
delirium
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10/06/2012 13:05:00

I'd take all of them, especially Matt Phillips. On top of that I'd love Aiden McGeady, he can play on either wing, and he's great to watch, I'd love to see him and N'Zogbia on the wings. I know a lot of people would say no thanks, maybe there's been past criticism of his delivery and consistency, but he excites and has ridiculous skill. Any player Leo Messi loves to watch would be more than welcome at VP for me.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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10/06/2012 13:12:00

Phillips i wanted before these rumours surfaced, he is class and a real prospect alright, Snodgrass i think he good but think Albrighton should be played on the right so no thanks, Holt im 50/50 TBH yes he scores and i suppose for 5 million its not massive money in todays market so if we get 2 years of 12+ goals of him thats only 2.5million a season not bad really, Ayala i remember was a real talant and highly regarded youngster at Liverpool but was never really given a chance so i would trust Lambert to know if he is any good and can help us, but we do need defenders and central midfielders as Lmabert has already said
ClivetheVillan
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10/06/2012 13:31:00

I don't think Adam Johnson is gonna wanna join us considering the fact that he's just won the league and will be playing in the CL next year. Charlie Adam and Steven Fletcher would be great signings imo.
schoolboyerror
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10/06/2012 13:41:00

I can't believe the negativity surrounding Holt at 5mil, with how many goals he scores! Completely different player to Bent, even if that was 5mil for one good season, it would still be a bargain! Male peak approx 27 - 32, and that is peak, with good training and diet you can add years to that.
Steff_the_Villan
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10/06/2012 16:45:00

I think we should get a new goalie after watching Given play in the Euros, he is rubbish
andy3221
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10/06/2012 20:57:00

andy3221, are you for real??? I feel some very angry words coming on so I'll stop typing now before I insult you.
Madirish
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10/06/2012 22:25:00

If we are after Johnson let's get M Richards too!! What about Huddlestone? Worth a shout I reckon
AdzVilla11
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11/06/2012 00:37:00

Given was pretty poor last night, but he looked injured to me. That first goal was totally uncharacteristic of him. Dunne on the other hand was putting the writing on the wall of his Villa career for me.
Rawlie
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11/06/2012 09:17:00

Rawlie, Given IS injured, worse than he is letting on. An unfounded statement that 'he is rubbish' when he is clearly struggling just makes me angry, because he has had several major injuries including a perforated bowel and he is still going strong despite that. Injuries are also the reason why we need a sound back up / keeper for the future now that Guzan is gone, and I think we should try to sign Wayne Hennessy for that position.
Madirish
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11/06/2012 09:42:00

 

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