Date: 15th May 2007 at 11:37am
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Tis the end of the season – you might well have noticed, what with the league being won, the fixtures ending and the players packing their bags to go on their holidays.

So here comes the speculation and rumour season, with loads of players about to be linked to Aston Villa and hopefully a good few actually coming to Villa Park in time for the 2007/2008 season.

So back, by popular demand, is the rumours thread on the front page. See a story linking us with a player? Share it with us all. Heard a tenuous link, or seen a player around Villa Park? Let us know! Oh, and although I’ll do my best to announce incoming players as soon as possible, if you hear of a signing before I do, wang it on this thread as well.

The January thread ended up with nearly 2000 article comments, spaced over several articles (the limit per article is 350, anymore than that and it slows things down too much so I’ll change the threads over each time we hit the limit!)



318 Replies to “So Who Will Villa Sign?”

  • So, let me kick things off with an unlikely one, unfortunately, Frank Ribéry currently at Marseille. With a nine inch scar down the side of his face he became a major footballing icon after blistering performances for France during the last World Cup.

  • I remember MON saying how much Ribery frustrated him at the WC, but maybe that could be the catalyst for him to sign him? What about Distin & Richards from Man Citeh? Or Glen Johnson from Chavski?

  • Never gonna happen. If you want a good shout for a player with a bit of continental flair, we should look at Manuel Fernanades at Benfica. He has some, if limited, Premiership experience with Portsmouth and Everton, and at only 21, already a fine player and would be a very exciting prospect.

    A holding midfielder is surely a priority with Nigel Reo-Coker top of the list. Strong, athletic and an excellent passer of the ball, he would be an ideal foil for Barry, Petrov, Young et al.

    We desperately need a new right-back but I can’t think of many good contenders. Is there an outside chance Marton O’Neill was looking at Daniel Alves at the Sevilla game a couple of weeks ago?

    As for a striker? I’m not sure that Defoe or Bellamy greatly improve us. I think Darren Bent is a top goalscorer and the kind of player that would turn a few of those many draws into victories so he would be a priority. Otherwise, I would suggest a bid for Michael Owen. If he can stay fit, he’s still a great player, would love playing alongside Carew, and not only are we in far better shape than Newcastle at present, he is exactly the kind of forward Gabby needs to learn from. The presence of such a big name would also be key in continuing to raise the profile of our new ‘brand’, so a transfer fee in the region of £9-10m could essentially pay for itself.

  • I think Darren Bent also needs to be the top of our list. Proven himself domestically over two seasons, still young and the type of player who could bring composure to our front line alongside the line of Carew.

    Right back, who on earth knows. I think Glenn Johnson is being recalled for another shot at chelsea, but could be worth a cheeky bid. I’m not sure where Young is going to be preferred but he seems to be most effective on the flanks, either side.

  • Dont mean to be a wet blanket but we have no chance of signing Ribery or Richards and Daniel Alves is one of the most sought after players in world football.Bent will go to either spurs or whu.

  • we need quite a few players if we want to compete next year. My list would be a GK, LB, RB, CB, defensive midfielder, a creative midfielder, x2, one would definately need to be able to play right mid, and a centre forward. Probably not all at once though because it would probably unsettle the team. I think the defenders are a priority, and a goalscorer up front. Also even though Carew looked good in nealy every game, i think we could do with a differant type of target man, in order to play differant styles. God i hope we get in to the UEFA, it will give us the edge over these other teams that have been taken over that have lots of money

  • i shall soil that blanket even further by saying there is no chance we will get michael owen. that just crazy talk. we’ve been linked with antunes – a highly rated young portugese right back, whom inter milan and bayern apparently wanted. thats the sort of player i would like a few of at villa park. its the arsene wenger approach, building a quality, young squad.

  • If Inter are sniffing around him then we can forget it.Im full of the joys of spring today.

  • Why does everybody keep saying: Distin – he’s the wrong side of 30 and O’Neill wants younger players, Bellamy/Defoe – We already have two extremly pacy strikers, O’Neill will probably be looking to replace Sutton with a big tall strong striker that can replace Carew when needed. Under O’Neill we will ALWAYS play with one big strong striker so buying another short, pacy striker is a waste of time because what would we do if Carew got injured?

  • What about Luke Young at Charlton for right back? They played some of their better performances when he came back from injury. If he’s looking to break back the England side then he won’t want to be playing in the Championship.

  • I thought Distin was 31? I would like to see Wayne Bridge brought in as competition at left back with Bouma. Nolan wont leave Bolton so that would be a waste of time. However Scott Carson would be a decent purchase to replace Sorensen.

  • Oh another thing, we wouldn’t need to buy a centre back if we bought a quality left back. Just stick Bouma in the middle.

  • Industrial Music – according to the bible of knowledge that is Wikipedia he is not 30 till later this year. Agree with you on Carson although he has looked shakey on ocassions this season. I think Nolan will go to Newcastle. Does anyone think with Liverpool signing Mascherano that Sissoko might be available, no theres a proper player.

  • Still though. 30 this year, we should be looking a younger quality players who could in a few years time, replace the older players once they have a bit of experience. I think a large part of the problem here is everyone expecting to buy a player who will immediately replace another player. We should be looking to ‘grow’ a team together (like Man United and Arsenal have done) …Carson has been outstanding, he has looked shaky but any goalkeeper would have their shaky moments playing behind a defence as bad as Charltons!!! Sissoko is a very good player, he’s young too. It would be brilliant to replace McCann with him.

  • we need someone to fill the gap left by merson.

    surely van der vaart can do better than hamburg?

  • Messi, Ronaldo, Gerrard, Terry and Cech if my sources are to be believed. My sources just happen to be a big wad of magic mushrooms!

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