Date: 10th January 2007 at 11:21am
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Unoial Villa News…

A little less conversation please Mr Agent. Pavel Paska, who is agent to Villa striker Milan Baros, is getting a little bit too vocal in the press for my liking, he seems to forget Aston Villa are the people who pay his clients wages and deserve a bit more respect than him explaining what is happening to Baros to the press, he should be making these representations to the club only surely? Anyway, he says that Chelsea want him but Villa won’t sell until they get a replacement in. Hmmm. A little less conversation please Mr Agent

Martin O’Neill has poured scorn on suggestions – I’m not sure from where as I’ve not seen any such reports – that Randy Lerner won’t back his attempts to bring some fresh players in. It was my understanding from previous comments by the Villa boss that Randy is chomping at the bits to bring in new players and I have seen nothing else to contradict that! Martin O’Neill backs Lerner

Reports that Sheffield United are once again interested in Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie are growing. The Blades were linked to Hendrie before he upped and went to Stoke on loan, and now according to The Sheffield Star, which is the first paper I read each day obviously, say that they might return with a bid.

According to The Sun, the bastion of all football knowledge, Villa have seen a bid of £5million for Reading striker Kevin Doyle rejected. The Sun claim that 23-year old Doyle, currently on 10 goals for the Royals, is the top of his shopping list. Seems a strange one as the Republic of Ireland forward only just signed a new three-and-a-half year contract at the Madjeski Stadium.

The Sun are also claiming – in what seems the oldest bit of gossip out there now – that Villa will bid around £6million to try to lure Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy. I think Pool will be looking for a couple more million on top of that as he does have a crafty habit of scoring, something our strikers can’t really claim to have.

The Guardian are reporting, after reports yesterday said Villa might be at the front of the queue, that Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd would rather sell Ashley Young to Tottenham Hotspur as he could then attract a part exchange including Callum Davenport and Wayne Routledge.

Tickets for Villa’s home game against Arsenal go on general sale next week, Monday 15th January. If Arsenal progress to the final of the Carling Cup, the match, scheduled for Saturday 24th February, would be subject to change.

According to The Mirror, Chelsea and Lyon are ‘locked into a battle’ to buy Milan Baros. They further claim that we might get more from Lyon as Gerrard Houllier is willing to pay a decent fee to get Baros into his squad but O’Neill might prefer Chelsea to come in and would look at Shaun Wright-Phillips to make up part of the deal but SWP still wants to prove himself at Chelsea!

Martin Laursen could well be on his way back sooner than expected after being sidelined with knee ligament damage since the Carling Cup loss to Chelsea in November. Full article: Laursen return on cards

Martin O’Neill says that they are not sure if Gabor Kiraly will be required to increase his loan spell at Villa which runs out this Saturday as Thomas Sorensen and Stuart Taylor are both getting closer to fitness and at least one could be available for the Watford game on the 20th of this month. Full quotes: Villa’s Goalkeeper Quandary

Thought for the day: Why is it called tourist season if we can’t shoot at them?


9 Replies to “The Villa Times – 10/01/2007”

  • Has anyone noticed on the oficial site it says ”Its been a great season so far” and lists the results up to the blackburn game then stops.Bless them.We dont need SWP he has no intresest in playing for anyone other than Chelski.No more loan deals where we end up with nothing please.Unless its on the last day of the window.Sell Baros and MON will have more to spend.

  • Baros is a sook and i’m sure MON knows this. for some wierd reason i reckon bellamy and hendrie might work well together, or end up in a dwarf wrestle. SWP maybe is a bit above his station. Laursen is quality, as is Luke Moore. Vince Grella from Parma is like McCann and worth a sniff. peace in the transfer window!

  • Unless SWP wants to come to Villa permanently, forget him and that applies to any other player that may be available. Sooner or later MON will get the chance to sign player(s) he wants (providing Lerner will spend what’s required both in terms of transfer fees and also wages). I also think it’s about time all the squad’s wages were brought into line with what the other Top4 Clubs are paying. Eg how much more would Barry, Mellberg and Baros be paid by these clubs? Unless this basic problem is addressed we’ve got no chance of attracting the quality we need, unless we lower our sights and look in lower divisions and hope to find “stars in the making”.

  • Absolutely Villacross, we’ve been skirting round this issue for years. Agents and players are motivated by cash nowadays – sad but true. I hark back to Ugo, Boateng, Solano and Southgate who would have stayed if we’d paid them the going rate for a new contract. SWP is allegedly on 40-60k per week (dpending which rag you read).

  • the wage structure at Villa was controlled by the people then in control, we do have new owners and management, do you know for sure that they have kept the same capping structure as before or is that just speculation??????

  • “Martin O’Neill has poured scorn on suggestions – I’m not sure from where as I’ve not seen any such reports” – reports, no. But I have seen comments from some, er, fans, on various message boards, that basically suggest Lerner is not backing up his early talk, or some rubbish like that.

  • Sleep easy fellow Villans, all will be so much clearer come months end. Seems like MON, RL and co are working away like busy little beavers attempting to bring the much needed new faces on board before the window closes. At least they are if we can believe all the media rumours that are thrown at us. At least we have a chairman who is here where the action is this January transfer window. The previous gentleman used to take off with his yacht to exotic islands every January, telling us loud and clear that no business dealings would be completed at VP until he returned in February, by which time of course…….

  • There are still 21 days to go in the January Transfer Window, I Imagine the wheels are going at every club trying to get new players in for the second half of the season Grunt. Villa stand as much chance of getting players as anyone. The Club is on the Up and Up this time next year we will look back at this transfer window as the start of the new Villa. As Delboy once said “this time next year we will be Millionairs” as so will we.

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