Date: 9th June 2009 at 11:15am
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Still loads of whispers about Michael Owen some saying he was in Birmingham meeting Villa reps and others claiming talks have taken place.

Now there was a response on the Official site yesterday saying that we hadn’t offered Owen a contract (Owen No Go For Villa?) but it certainly didn’t rule out a move or say that we weren’t going to offer him a chance to resurrect his career!

The Mirror today claim that Martin O’Neill has been given the green light from Villa owner Randy Lerner for a package they claim would be worth £3million a year to get the 29-year-old former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker. Owen is a free agent as of the end of this month and he can walk away from Newcastle United with reports suggesting MON is keen to get the Owen/Heskey partnership back together at Villa Park.

His record at Newcastle for being OFF the pitch is awful but if you look at the time ON the pitch, 71 games, he has 29 goals which isn’t a bad ratio at all. But how often could you keep him on the pitch and fit? The report says Villa will cover themselves just in case the old injury problems re-surface. Win win for Villa then maybe? Remember Newcastle United do seem to have had awful injury problems with many players over the last however many years with talk even going to how they train or the surface of the training pitches to find a reason.

So is Owen on the way? Who knows! I’d take the gamble because I’m not the one who is spending the money! :o)

The Daily Mail say that Villa will fight it out with Liverpool for the signing of Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin. Would that not depend on whether Pompey are taken over by yet another rumoured billionaire? Some reports even suggest the prospective new owners want Spurs manager Harry Redknapp back…! I digress. The report claims that we are in the hunt for the 31-year-old French defender. Apparently Liverpool bid £2million for him next year.

The same report says Villa will not be following up on the rumoured interest in Wolves target Nenad Milijas, a rumour that we covered last week.

Another apparently ruled out is, as featured on Vital Villa by Vital Villan last night, Roland Juhasz. VV wrote: I’ve never heard of the player before, but apparently after our scouts saw him play the club have opted against making an offer for the Hungarian International. Roland Juhasz was lined up as a potential replacement for Martin Laursen, however after watching him in Aderlecht’s final match SSN are reporting that the club have lost interest. Juhasz himself is looking for a move, believing it would be good for his career. Full article:
Juhasz Off Our Shopping List


13 Replies to “Tuesdays Villa Transfer Talk – Owen/Distin?”

  • Distin is old now and will not replace the lion heart leader of Martin Laursen at the back. Distin won’t chip in with goals like Laursen did, we need a big name coming in to take control of our back four because it is in pieces at the moment with nobody knowing whether they will play centre half, full back or be on the bench the following week. We need a big name, a big signing to take control and actually replace Laursen. Distin won’t do that and so I don’t believe we are after him. Hangelland would be one of our best options put will O’Neill pay the £15M is another question.

  • Distin wouldn’t bew a bad buy. Pace to burn. Remember him keeping up with Gabby when we played them.

  • Distin would be a good buy especially if we could wrap the deal up quickly, yes his age is against him but he is quality

  • He is a solid central-defender who is consistent – just what we need to help improve Davies and Cuellar. A decent shout indeed for £2m! With near £20m spent Cuellar and Davies are going to be our centre-backs for a long time. It makes sense to go with a defender with experience to help them along.

  • reports in france claiming we have made a bid for marseille’s beniot cheyrou you brother of bruno. he is a left footed central midfielder.

  • Distin would do a decent job as Cuellar continues to adjust to the pace of the Premiership. At £2million I wouldn’t say no.

  • Distin would do a decent job as Cuellar continues to adjust to the pace of the Premiership. At £2million I wouldn’t say no.

  • not sure myself he has experiance yes but 31 just seems to old really scharner is a more realistic target if distin was a bit younger i would say yes but i think we can do better

  • Hey I responded to a who do we need thread back in May and 2 of the players I had on my list were Distin and Owen ! The others were Vagner Love, Kranjcaar, Gareth Bale and Arteta – Watch this space!!!

  • You can’t say 31 is too old when he would be replacing someone who would be 32 by the start of the season anyway. If its for 2 mill I would say a definite yes!

  • He is way better than zat knight and he will be a good addition for 2 milllion.thats a snip these days!

  • Distin maybe, but only as a stop gap. Lescott is the future and so are Cuellar and Davies. Kranjcaar is a bloody good shout now that Barry has gone. Vagner Love is not doing it for me and I believe he’ll flop over here. Bale is a big risk. Very skillful, loads of ability but can he defend?

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