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Who'll Sign For The Villa?

Well, let’s get down to business. Who would be the ideal personnel to enter Villa Park this summer in order to propel the club into Europe next season? Well…pretty much everyone who has been linked with the club, except Marlon Harewood. I constantly read the print media everyday to see what the latest transfer dealings are in and around Villa at the moment, and there seems to be more speculation than concrete transfer dealings; and it’s not just MON who is suffering. Other big Premiership clubs, such as Liverpool and Arsenal, are finding it tough to bring in any real quality. Oh yes, there are of plenty of links and rumours, which keeps some of the press happy – but not if you’re a Villa fan.

The main targets (apparently): Diego Forlan (good), Scott Carson, (brilliant), Royston Drenthe (good stuff, looking good), Nigel Reo-Coker (young and strong replacement for McCann), Ryan Babel (another good young striker), and David Nugent (up-and-coming talent). And that’s all great! If this is he hopping list handed to Randy, then fantabulous. However, what are the chances of Villa pulling their finger out and actually signing any of these players?

Well, with Chelsea and Arsenal sniffing around Drenthe and Babel like a stray dog, the only way MON can persuade them to join is by offering them a very nice pay packet, while the others offer top European football. Erm… we have hit a pickle I feel. I suppose MON can use the first team football and for the future cards – that will be a winner. The real burning question is: will he actually invest in these players? The only firm bids that have been made seem to be for Reo-Coker and that’s it. Pre-season is only two weeks away, and if rumours are to be believed, MON is set to bring in his players in that space of time due to the Under-21 European Championships.

The only name on this so-called ‘wanted list’ that I personally would not touch with a barge poll (not sure why I would want to touch him with a barge poll anyway) is the reportedly Sunderland bound David Nugent. If you read the Express and Star last night, MON is set to make a extremely late bid to secure the 21-year-old Preston striker. Why? I have seen him in the Championship, and yes he’s physical and scores goals – but how will he cope up against Premiership defenders? I just cannot see it happening. The name John Stead comes to mind. He signed for Blackburn, then he left to play in the Championship with Sunderland, before then returning to the Premiership with Sheffield United and then ending up back in English football’s second tier. I feel Nugent would be the same. We already have Gabby to fill the young striker role, we need a proven scorer like Jermaine Defoe. He is a proven scorer in the Premiership and with England, and he is available after Spurs signed Darren Bent. What about it?

Ciao for now.

By Richard Pugh
The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 24 2007

Time: 2:24PM

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It was a nice article till you placed 'good' in brackets regarding Forlan. No way Jose. In fact Jose can have him!!!! Defoe - yes please. Feel also, you are a touch duplicitous in stating that Gab can do the young striker thing when referring to Nugent and then name Babel as 'good...'...thereby not ruling him out of a bid you would fancy., this surely is contradictory. Anyway, good article and fair point made about Arsenal and Liverscum having probs.
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24/06/2007 17:14:00

For the first time we really have money and certain benefits(Martin O'Neill, new training ground,rich supportive owner)to attract quality players and it falls in the one summer with no International football to keep us all occupied.Everyone is acting like a dog on heath, when, when, when!!We have two full months till the window closes, June is always going to be a holiday month.Things will start heating up in July with preseason starting and players back at work,if you will.I am pretty confident we will see Craig Gordon, and beyond that I am just excited and intrigued with MON's comments."If I told you-you would laugh" Kaka must be on the cards then got money, we got time so lets just see what magic he can pull off.Either way we will have a fitter John Carew, a more settled Ashley young & Shaun Maloney and hopefully a consistently fit Martin Laursen.It's going be an exciting season what ever happens.Up the Villa!
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24/06/2007 18:22:00

We won't sign anyone at this rate.
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24/06/2007 19:20:00

Strike that - a panic attack - Sorry got my stuff together now. The future is... well u know...
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24/06/2007 19:22:00

Its always the way everytime I go shopping with money to spend I cant find anything to buy........ Never have millions, but surely theres no need to hit the panic button just yet.
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24/06/2007 19:49:00

Look, I'm sure being in Europe helps attract players but think back to the transfer window signings. Two players in who both played for clubs who are regularly playing in the big cup. Big JC with vast Champion's League experience. The Carew signing is such a huge deal. It shows we can attract CL footballers. There'll always be players who want to come to the Villa, ones that could be persuaded and ones who won't. The ones that won't, ***** them as I don't want them playing for our great club anyway, the ones that will, great. That leaves the ones that need persuading. It's probably this group that will cause the most trouble, not just getting them here but, once they are here. Imagine someone like Reo Coker being kept out of the team. Would he fight for his place or spit his dummy and demand a move? Trust Martin... the man knows what he's doing, seen it and done it and is the best thing to happen to our club for a good few years. UTV
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24/06/2007 22:25:00

Right now its extremely difficult to speculate as to who will be coming onboard the Villa bandwagon. All we've got to go on is media speculation, hardly reliable at the best of times. None of us really know the names of the players firmly focused in MON's radar. Certain names thrown up by the press have excited me, others have left me cold, but what it all comes down to is that we have to fully trust and back our manager as he attempts to move this club forward, and no matter who he brings in, they obviously have to receive our full backing, something we can provide by ensuring that Villa Park is full, or pretty damn close to full, each and every home game. Carry on Martin.
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25/06/2007 20:13:00

What do people think to Cisse from liverpool?!
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27/06/2007 10:48:00

Id like to see Defoe. However what about Cisse from Liverpool?!
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27/06/2007 10:48:00

I think his wages are sky high and I think he's a bit of a TW@
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28/06/2007 11:17:00

Salifou from will in switzerland is the name that martin's cousin told me! dnt no who he is tho!
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20/01/2008 17:20:00

Yeah I heard Salifou too, aparently we are looking at Routledge too.
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22/05/2008 15:26:00

A new defence hopefully, another striker, sort out the goalkeeping department, and a right winger. They'll do for starters.
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