Date: 19th June 2008 at 2:27pm
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Unoial Villa News…

The date for Villa’s home Intertoto Cup third round game has been set for Saturday July 26 (ko 5.15pm) The match will be shown on Setanta Sports.

According to Bill Howell in the Mail, Villa are set to bid for West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand. The 23-year-old defender has apparently been made available by Alan Curbishley ‘at the right price’.

There was an interesting report yesterday in the Birmingham Post by Rob Tanner which quotes former Liverpool legend John Barnes as saying Gareth Barry doesn’t need to move from Villa in order to realise his Champions League dream or to cement his place in the England team. Full article: Click Here

Thursday’s Villa transfer rumours: Click Here
Wednesday’s Villa rumours: Click Here

According to the Express & Star today Spurs and England keeper Paul Robinson would like to move to Villa Park. The Tottenham keeper, who had a howler last season for club and country, has been linked with a White Hart Lane exit and has often been linked to Villa, especially since we haven’t taken up the option to sign Scott Carson from Liverpool. There are now quotes to the story, not even a ‘source close to the player’, so hey ho! Full article: Spurs Keeper Looking For Villa Move?

Vital Villa asked if £20million for Gareth Barry was a good deal for Villa, Liverpool or both! 79% voted that it would be a good deal for Villa. 14% however think we should keep hold of him at all costs and voted ‘awful for us, we should keep him.’ Full results: Click Here

Reports from yesterday claiming Villa had agreed a fee with Chelsea for Steve Sidwell. Click Here Today the reports of fee agreements are being called ‘premature’.

Martin O’Neill says patience might well prove to the key this summer as he looks to strengthen the squad with quality, not just quantity. In an interview on the official site he explained it will take time but he knows who he wants and promises they’ll do things as quickly as they can. Explaining, ‘But the people we want to try and improve this club are players you can almost automatically assume are key players at other football clubs. These are people it might be difficult to prise out of their current clubs.’ He also says he knows the squad has to be improved but ‘it’s a fact that improving the squad gets harder as you progress. We’ve just finished sixth in the Premier League and I think the supporters will agree that we have progressed over the last two years. To improve on what we now have means bringing in even more quality and the competition for quality players can be fierce.’ Full article: O’Neill Knows Who He Wants At Villa

Thought for the day: No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won’t make you cry. (Blurrrrrr!!!!)