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Sunderland After Villa Pair?

Sunderland After Villa Pair?

There was a rumour a good while back that MON wanted to take Gabby Agbonlahor and James Collins to Sunderland.

Recently that seems to have re-surfaced, the latest being on the Ladbrokes site. I`m not sure if these re-hashes are just done because of a shortage of real links or if there is something in it.

Gabby action

However, the one bit of the rumour is surprising. It says that Sunderland only want to pay £10m for the pair.

Maybe Collins will just be shipped out to get rid and then the £10m is more the fee for Gabby?

Personally, I`d not mind seeing what he can do at Villa now we have a new manager - if he likes this one obviously, as I`m told he was a big fan of MON and obviously hasn`t played in his favoured position all the time in the last two seasons. If he`s not happy, then maybe pastures new are best?

£10m? I`d have thought a while back he`d have fetched more, he was flirting with the England set up and getting into double numbers for Villa. He`s scored over 50 PL goals. However, the last two seasons, despite being on the wing at times, is 9 goals a good enough tally? Bent got 9 last season during what turned out to be an injury ravaged season for the England striker.

James Collins Profile.

James Collins Forum Thread.

Gabby Agbonlahor Profile.

Gabby Agbonlahor Forum Thread.

I must admit, I`m just as interested as to who goes this summer as to who Lambert brings in!

Most in the Vital Villa interviews seem intent on seeing the defense majorly changed at the very least.

Collins on post

Related polls:

Would You Sell James Collins?
Poll Date: 14 Jun 2012
Suggested By: JP Fear

Yes, ship him out asap 89%
No, keep him 9%
Unsure/not bothered 2%

Would you sell Gabby Agbonlahor?
Poll Date: 03 Jun 2012
Suggested By: JP Fear

Under no circumstances 37%
Yes, for £6m or over 32%
Yes, for £10m or over 23%
Only if he put in transfer request or wanted to go 7%
Unsure 1%

Previous links:

Gabby Agbonlahor to Sunderland: Click Here
Gabby again: Gabby Agbonlahor Again Linked To Sunderland

James Collins to Swansea for £5million: Almost An Entire Villa Defense To Be Sold?
James Collins would have to half wages to move to Swansea: Aston Villa Press Transfer Talk.. Collins No Go?
James Collins to West Ham: James Collins Exit (?) Not Exactly A Hammer Blow!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday July 10 2012
Time: 10:41AM


I'd like them both to stay and get back to their best form under Lambert. Would much rather see the exit of Dunne, Hutton etc than either of these two
10/07/2012 10:49:00
2005/06 he played 9 times, (6 as a sub) 1 premiership goal.
2006/07 he played 38 games, 9 premiership goals, 2 Cup goals
2007/08 he played 37 games, 11 premiership goals
2008/09 he played 36 games, 12 premiership goals, plus one goal in Europe
2009/10 he played 36 games, 13 premiership goals, 1 FA Cup goal, 2 league cup goals.
2010/11 he played 25 games, 3 premiership goals, 1 league cup, 1 in Europe
2011/12 he played 33 games, 5 premiership goals, 1 FA Cup goal
The Fear
10/07/2012 10:53:00
Yes, both should stay to be squad players if not guaranteed starters. Far worse to get rid of before them. Can't compare the ultra selfish and goalhanging exploits of Bent to Gabby's running of the channels and hold up play for the cause of the team. In fact, has Bent passed to anyone since he's been here?? If so, it was probably a miss-hit and he was shooting.
10/07/2012 10:54:00
Sorry, much as I have tried to like Gabby, he is not a natural goalscorer. In a one on one I'd always back the keeper. he has scored some extra-ordinary goals but generally he has not looked a world beater. Maybe the impetus to sell him is coming from the thought that we are paying £60K for what? (I have onlt read this wage figure elsewhere and do not know its true. It seems totally over the top for what he produces.) I thought the idea to make him captain last year was a strange one and then saw nothing in his performances to sugest that it was deserved in any way. Patting the badge does not make a good player. Even I can do that. £6m or over, sell. As someone else said not long ago, his asset is pace but the need for two touches to control the ball negates his speed.
10/07/2012 10:57:00
Only just saw those stats Fear. Steady 10 goals per season. Not amazing BUT when he has the ball or the ball is near him, it takes a lot of pressure off the defence and he's not a one touch wonder.
10/07/2012 10:58:00
Bent is a natural goalscorer Gordon BUT you can't have 11 of these on the pitch. Even attackers/strikers need other qualities. I would ship out Bent well before Gabby. He is a passenger for 88 minutes, and if we don't give him the ball within 12 yards of the goal, he is absolutely useless. As for 2 touches to control it, Bent never touches it more than once as he is always shooting.
10/07/2012 11:02:00
Mr. 444 I will never listen to your opinions again... Ship out Bent... Before Gabby? LMFAOROFLCOPTER :)
10/07/2012 11:34:00
Im with you Gordon - I think Villan444 hasnt noticed how lazy Gabby is - so to call Bent Lazy is just plain daft - to be a decent striker you have to make the right, well timed runs and follow up runs - Gabby doesnt do that, Bent Does. "Steady 10 goals pers Season" - you want to be taking those rose coloured glasses off - try putting it this way "11 goals in his last 58 games" even Carew outscored him when he was here.
10/07/2012 11:47:00
Ship out the 2nd best prem goalscorer of all time(English player) who's goals have kept us in the prem and keep gabby who runs around like a headless chicken and scores a few!I'm sick of these fans " he has passion because he's a supporter so let's keep him"get rid of him and Collins,rip the 10million from sunderlands hands as his value keeps falling!collins can go for free or shall we keep him because he does stick his head in to stop goals,normally because he's the one who cocks it up!
10/07/2012 12:02:00
Ship out Bent before Gabby????? thats the most ridiculous comment EVER. So what if he does pass or run around like Gabby, his job is to stick the ball in the back of the net, which he does better than anyone in our team and almost as good as anyone else in the league. Weve been crying out for a player like Bent for years and now hes here people want him out???? He was our top goalscorer last year in a team that was *****e and he was injured for half of it. Who else do you suppose we have upfront???? The fonz maybe???? Behave yourself.....
10/07/2012 12:47:00
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