Date: 20th May 2009 at 10:26am
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Funny old world, we were only speculating on Vital Villa yesterday that after the change in management at Juventus Villa might go back for Olof Mellberg and today the Birmingham Mail are suggesting a ‘sensational swoop’ for the bearded wonder! The report in the Birmingham Mail says Martin O’Neill is keen to bring the 31-year-old back to Villa who left last summer after 7 fab years with Villa. Mellberg has 2 years left on his deal at Juventus but with the tinkerman Claudio Ranieri sacked the new coach might have other ideas and obviously we have a massive gap to fill now that Martin Laursen has retired.

The Sun claims that Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz will move to Manchester City and Daniel Sturridge will be moving the other way. That would be a strange one because he is out of contract this summer – albeit for a small fee due to the rules on age I believe – and has been strongly linked to Villa who he supported as a kid.

Middlesbrough midfielder Stewart Downing, linked with Spurs, Villa and Liverpool, is set to be sidelined for 6 months following the injury he picked up v Villa last weekend thus ruining his chance of an imminent move.

The Times says Villa will offer Gareth Barry wages of £75 000 a week (how can people be expected to live on such low wages, this is tantamount to slavery really) in order to get him to sign a new contract. Having blocked his move to Liverpool last season – or should that read having seen his dream move to Liverpool scuppered when the Anfield lot wouldn’t stump up a reasonable and set price – Villa are hoping to stave off interest once again by securing his future long term. He would also be offered a testimonial according to the report. Barry has said all season – and been true to his word – he’ll not speak to anyone about a new contract or a move until the summer. Expect plenty of press speculation once the season finishes this Sunday. One thing is for sure, Villa need to resolve the situation very very early on, if he is going, then let him go, if he is staying then superb, lets move forward and build!

Talking about speculation…! There are reports today that…. oh here we go again… Spurs want Gareth Barry. Harry Redknapp tried to grab Barry for Portsmouth a few years ago and reports today suggest he wants him again. Vital Spurs also cover the story: and agree with my thinking, Liverpool are in the box seat and if he can’t move there or another top four club, he’ll no doubt stay put in the hopes that MON takes the Europa League a bit more seriously this time around.


5 Replies to “Wednesday’s Villa Transfer Talk – Barry To Spurs?!”

  • All of us at vital spurs Sincerely hope you guys sign Downing. He is basically a Left footed Bently. As far as the Barry speculation it is a non starter. He certainly wont leave villa for spurs although he is a spurs fan. It would be at best a sideways move. He will probably stay with you guys unless a Champions league team comes along.

  • I would love olof to come back and play centre back but it won`t happen,As for barry leaving villa for spurs,What a pile of ***** that is.I would welcome bentley to villa with open arms he has that real quality on the ball which we lack,I couldn`t care less that he has flopped at spurs.Give me olof,bentley and kenwyne jones or doyle and keep barry and we will do well next season.

  • I would be extremely *****ed off if barry signed for spurs…If he went to a CL team i could swallow it…but not spuds

  • I’d be over the moon but completely shocked if he left you guys for for us (Spurs). The fact he’s a Spurs fan raises the possibility by about a percent, but i’d say if Liverpool go for him (which i don’t get anyway… they’ve got Alonso who is a quality player) then they will get him, otherwise he’ll probably stay and see how it goes with Villa… you never know, he may fancy a new challenge and a Spurs fan playing for us can’t be a bad idea… wishful thinking!!!!!

  • Agree Dan Mac, I can’t see him moving to Spurs (stranger things have happened mind you) but if Liverpool do come knocking, I think he’d be off. Also agree, I think Alonso is quality so why they want to replace him is beyond me!

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