Aston Villa;Jan 2008 Transfer Window Diary - Week 3


Hugh Larkin

Hugh Larkin has a definite policy to support underdogs. Can be relied upon to support any team against Real Madrid and hopes one day to see Walsall as the top West Midland side....
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1/23/2008 10:00:00 AM.
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There isn’t exactly a lot to write about in connection with Aston Villa and transfers in Week 3 of the January Transfer window. There are still no new faces on the staff.

One piece of good news was Martin Laursen agreeing a new deal. The Dane is all set to sign and that could influence his fellow Scandinavian Olaf Mellberg but Juventus are still after the Swede (since this was written Juve have made a significant move for the player).

Though Laursen’s decision is good news its worrying for Villa fans that no new men have come in yet. By common consent the club need 4 or 5 players to be fully competitive and its going to be one big rush now to bring in the reinforcements.

The problem is that everyone knows Villa need to buy so there’s every incentive to jack up the prices when Martin O’Neill starts enquiries- especially when it comes to full backs.

Two more players were the subject of interest from other clubs. One is Luke Moore, who Rangers are said to be monitoring. The striker is known to be unhappy about his lack of opportunities bit its unlikely that he’ll be allowed to go unless the club can bring in some one else.

Gary Cahill has been the subject of a firm enquiry from Birmingham City who already have ex-Villain Liam Ridgewell in their defence. Cahill is a victim of O’Neill’s liking for strong, experienced defenders. The manager has a reputation for blooding youth in other positions but not at the back.

The player has been on loan at Sheffield United and with Villa having a smallish squad, he has to draw the conclusion that he’s not viewed a first teamer yet . Martin O’Neill has sympathised with his position but at the same time has said he doesn’t want Cahill to leave.

Since leaving Villa Ridgewell has become not only a regular across the City but also the captain so that’s food for thought for his former team mate.

Luke Moore might have been on his way if the interest in Jermain Defoe had come to something but late in the week Juande Ramos finally seemed to express his faith in Defoe. For his part the striker had said he wants to stay at Spurs, so that deal looks a non-starter.

Holte Enders are well aware that the manager went close to the wire in the last transfer window before delivering Ashley Young’s signature but a minimum 2-3 players looks to be the requirement to keep the club in contention for Europe.

With most of the talk about players leaving rather than coming, week 3 was very unsettling for Villa fans. They can only hope that Martin O’Neill has his feelers out and is ready to tie up several deals in the last 8-9 days of the month.

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 There are quite a few whispers here in Spain that at least one player will be joining Aston Villa from Sevilla before this window closes in an 11 million euro deal. And also another Spanish player will be joining from Valencia. F.C Sevilla Full back 20 years of age. Striker from Valencia.


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