Date: 30th August 2006 at 1:17pm
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Aston Villa have just confirmed that midfield playmaker – arguably our first since Paul Merson – has become Martin O’Neill’s first signing.

The 27-year-old Bulgarian international has signed a four-year-deal. The fee is ‘undisclosed’ although reports suggest it is in the region of £6million + add ons.


39 Replies to “O’Neill Gets His First Villa Signing”

  • This is all great and very happy to get Petrov as we certainly need some creativity in midfield but quite surprised that all the other transfer talk is of more forwards and midfielders but no propective defender transfer targets. Our present defence seems

  • Why would we need a new defender? Laursen, Delaney and Bouma will be back soon. and TeddyLyon… We’re definately going to sign a new forward, why else did he let Kevin Phillips leave? this si the best summer 🙂

  • The truth is not many Villa fans know how good Petrov is. What we do know is that we trust Aston Martin to get it right. I don’t think we ever trusted DOL in this way. Exciting times.

  • sorry melbourne holte end but can we just enjoy the moment please. New owner, new manager (best in the land) and finally, new players. It feels good to be a villain.

  • ok, yes we seem to have numbers in defence, theres also “wonder goal” Cahill but all of those 3 you mention missed a lot of games last year through injury. i really hope that Laursen finally gets to prove to us what he can do but not many come back after

  • hey anyone kno a chant for petrov , we need to help attract players n lets make villa park a noisy place where people fear to come, theres only one stillian petrov!!!

  • About damn time i say, and a good player to start a flurry of quality players to come to the Villa, obviously not in this transfer window but Januray and beyond. I just hope we dont become a Chelski-like team, or an Arsenal like team, the team that fielde

  • Quality signing, very happy – a midfielder with flair and creativity, should be there for the Hammers game too. Now FOR Saviola and maybe a defender or two for cover, and we’re in goooood shape. UP THE VILLA !!!

  • according to icbirmingham in the petrov article it says villa have distnaced themselves from the saviola rumour!!!!!

  • going out to aussievilla. MON is too smart a manager to let us become chelski-like, so it seems Lerner also. it will be solid i reckon without the ego. rough diamonds. up the villa!

  • Villa have a long way to go before we become Chelski, Arsenal, Utd and Liverpool. This is one signing and a great one dont get me wrong but lets at least 4 or 5 more Internationals before we start these comparisons.

  • The first step on the road to true recovery. A great signing. There’s no substitute for quality.

  • Great signing. MON is saying on the official site there maybe some more activity before midnight tomorrow. Really hope a couple of signings to signal our intent for the future.

  • I hope MON realises how good Cahill is. I was really worried last season that he’d get snapped up – Duck Egg only plyed him because there were no other option. IMHO he’s one of the best players I’ve seen down Villa park. Seen this posted on the Teamtalk

  • Delighted with the signing. I think he’s what we need, someone who can get their quota of goals from midfield and be creative. I agree with you Tarzan about Cahill but Ridgewell has been faultless so far (and I was never a fan of his). Competition is good

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