Date: 10th July 2008 at 4:20pm
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Martin O’Neill has been speaking of imminent signing Steve Sidwell.

‘He is of the right age, and I believe the right quality, to take Aston Villa forward. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out for him at Stamford Bridge. But he remains hungry to do well and to prove himself and I’m delighted to have him with us.’

The Villa boss also admits that he has been tracking the player for some time and did want the 25-year-old midfielder when he left Reading on a free last summer.

‘Steve actually played for Reading in my first match at Villa Park. You always take note of players who do well against you and he stuck in my mind. However, I was less happy to see him do well again when we played at Reading that same season. He scored the second goal against us that day. But, again, the quality of his performance stayed with me.’

Vital Villa asked what you thought of the Ginger Ninja signing (if completed!).

Looks like most approve with 70% saying it is a good signing and another 25% saying a great signing.

That left 4% saying ok, 1% poor and no-one voting for the average option.

Our latest poll, following our article and quotes from MON yesterday: Who Should Be The Next Villa Skipper? asks the very same!