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16 Sep 2020 21:51:06
Latest rumour gathering pace. Ross Barkley. Ideal signing imo if the fee and wages weren't ridiculous. Give us a bit of size in midfield, and he's got a lot of ability if he could find some consistency. Odds have really shortened and the bookies usually have an inkling.

1.) 16 Sep 2020 22:36:02
If you are using the bookies as a guide Ant, Josh King is near enough even money to sign for Villa.

2.) 17 Sep 2020 07:56:47
Never use the bookies as a indication mate, when the summer JT signed for us, a bluenose put a grand on him to go Blues, on the basis he had been spotted in Brum and people were discussing whether it was blues or Villa he would sign for. His odds went from around 8/ 1 to evens, then they stopped taking bets, because more noses jumped on the bandwagon and lumped on before it got lower😂

Them markets are all decided by an algorithm that for the most part takes into consideration the amount of money that’s been put on, for example, if you now put a hundred on Barkley to come to us, his odds would drop from 3/ 1 to something like 5/ 2.

3.) 17 Sep 2020 09:55:56
I like Ross Barkley as a player and if Jack went he was one of the players I would have looked to replace him with however as Jack is staying, given the formation we play and the fact we are looking like signing two wide players Traore and Rashica I am not sure where he would fit in. It would be great to have him as part of the squad but I feel fairly certain he wouldn’t want to exchange the bench at Chelsea for the bench at Villa.

4.) 18 Sep 2020 13:38:08
If we don't sign Raschica then Barkley would be a fantastic signing (not that he wouldn't be anyway) if you had a midfield 3 of Luiz, McGinn and Barkley, with Jack playing in front in a free role, then you'd have Watkins and Traore hopefully causing chaos as part of a constantly inter-changing duo. Both can play either centrally or wide and would give a lot of variation to our forward play . Just a thought but quite an exciting one 👍.



11 Sep 2020 15:29:41
Advanced talks with Milot Rashica. Looking increasingly likely, apparently. The fee looks modest - according to reports its €18m but I'm sure by the time we're done negotiating that'll be £25m 🤣 Some guy called Fabrizio Romano has tweeted about it and Villa-Twitter has gone into meltdown.

For me, this is a brilliant signing. and a genuine marquee player. Good age, great pace and a cannon of a shot on him. Coming off a brilliant season like Matty and Ollie. High hopes indeed.

Also. depending what Norwich actually want for Buendia. looks like we could pretty much get the pair for the price of Benrahma👌🏼.

1.) 11 Sep 2020 16:09:06
I would be happy to see him come to Villa Ant.
Daz has got a fair point about his attitude, but I think once he gets a taste of the club and realises how ambitious our owners are, he will warm to us. However if he really is set on a top 6 team, he will be in the shop window, and so either way, I think we’ll get 100% out of him performance wise. In the meantime his value will surely increase.
Can’t help but get excited about the prospect of Watkins and Rashica spearheading our attack, it’s so good to see we are targeting genuine quality in this window.

2.) 11 Sep 2020 17:20:29
I would also be happy to see him at Villa park guys.
He is the type of player that can win you a game in seconds, with is pace and trickery.
I am sure if we gave him the time and support, he is more than capable of paying us back.

3.) 11 Sep 2020 17:38:48
Dont get me wrong I'd love to see him down B6 and he is a very good player but I think he is only in it for short term not long term but that is just my opinion guys.

4.) 11 Sep 2020 18:17:45
Still trying for Edouard aswell, which is encouraging and ambitious. Would be worth the wait even if we sealed it late in the window.

Martinez, Cash, New Centre Mid, Watkins, Rashica and Edouard - that would be some window!

5.) 11 Sep 2020 18:32:56
Thought it's about time I signed up on here been having a butchers every now and again. My thoughts on rashica. Looks a class act would definitely improve us. Is his heart in it? Maybe not but I think he would give his all to put himself in shop window for next season and if that means we stay up and sell him at a profit I'm all for it. Would like benrahma just for the fact he knows how watkins plays and vice Versa but any of rashica or benrahma or buendea I'd be happy with.

6.) 11 Sep 2020 19:27:53
A little bit similar to King’s hopes with Utd, Rashica seemed hung up on RB Leipzig. Perhaps, the last few weeks of no news on that front has brought the realisation he has needed to look elsewhere.

I can see some similarities to Buendia, but the Kosovo kid is more potent with his shooting and fancies having a pop more often. He also offers a genuine set piece option, which could otherwise be lacking with Hourihane on the bench.

7.) 11 Sep 2020 21:31:32
Welcome Mike, good to have you aboard mate.

8.) 11 Sep 2020 21:41:28
Remember a while back I said a home was being prepared for a player incoming and my mate said it was Raschica? He’s told me today it is for Raschica, know you might think I’m blowing smoke up your asses but that’s the only thing I’d heard about a player all summer from him, I really haven’t heard any other rumours, not even about the signings we’ve already made


9.) 11 Sep 2020 22:17:27
Sorry Ally I gave up smoking a long time ago now, but nevertheless it sounds like good news.

10.) 11 Sep 2020 23:18:26
This the same fella who said was preparing Henry’s house two years ago? 🤨.

11.) 12 Sep 2020 09:56:07
To draw a line under your Henry comment (again) Chris, it is the same mate, it wasn’t Henry it was Martinez he said we were talking to, as the member of the coaching staff told him that he was at VP and saw that a conference call was going on with our higher ups and Martinez, wasn’t even a mention of doing a house up for him or Henry 🤷🏼‍♂️ and while we’re still being I’ll use the word ‘petty’ about stuff, James Bree that you called a midget, is still taller than James Chester 😘


12.) 12 Sep 2020 11:53:18
Without getting nasty or personal as it’s a lovely Saturday and footballs back, it was Henry, stop trying to look ITK mate, either your mate is a liar or you are, nothing you’ve ever said comes off. You add good points on here most the time, you don’t need to try and portray something your not.

Plus Chester is a midget aswell😂.

13.) 12 Sep 2020 14:09:33
I enjoy the sparring Chris 🥊😉 swear on my nippers life that I have a mate who does work for many at VP, I’ve even had 1st hand dealings with them myself, I know a lot of stuff that I can’t put on here but if he tells me something transfer related, I post it, rumours page innit? I hear stuff about other club’s players too but a lot of stuff I can’t say as it would affect my mate financially. I 100% didn’t say what you claim about Henry, I thought it was Martinez they wanted, penny didn’t drop that they might have been talking to Martinez ABOUTHenry, only other rumour I can remember posting that my mate told me was that Cahill was at BH before last season but the deal didn’t come off, rest of the stuff I post is my opinions, get Balotelli in! 😂


14.) 12 Sep 2020 17:50:31
I’ve read the first 2/ 3 lines mate and fair play I believe you, let’s leave it there!

I’m in the boozer and 3 or 4 Leeds ran round the pub when they scored the offside goal, funny as feck!



10 Sep 2020 10:12:01
Reports today that Arsenal have rejected our second bid for Martinez (£15m+), and even seen an Arsenal ITK on twitter saying our third bid will be £17.5m + £4.5.

All signs suggest he is THE GK target. all other links have gone very dead and suggestions are we're going all out to get our man. I like the look of him, he had a really great end to last season. but is he really a £22m GK? Might there be more value to be found looking elsewhere?

Fulham have done well to get Areola in on loan with an option, I just think as the price has escalated, maybe there's more value in re-looking at Romero, if he'd take a pay cut for first team football. Or is there someone Lange knows of? Joronen or Olsen maybe?

1.) 10 Sep 2020 14:48:49
A little surprised by the rumours about a keeper.
Heatons return date is after first 3/ 4 games, so why spend 15/ 20 million on a stop gap.
Surly we need another CM, with 2 wide men before we spend this much?

2.) 10 Sep 2020 16:50:35
I think the worry DS must have is will Heaton be adversely affected by the injury he has had especially at his age.
If Heaton breaks down during the season I don’t think Steer will be good enough in the Premiership and I would much prefer an experienced gk like Martinez.

3.) 10 Sep 2020 19:44:02
Your spot on aka I think smith knows more about heatons injury than we do, I think heatons no 1 days are coming to an end, can’t fault him he was great for us but no point spending more money on a mediocre GK when we have 3 of them already, last season hurt us to much when we lost heaton, as the saying go’s “hope for the best but plan for the worst” I think it’s the smart move, no point spending all that money on outfield players and ending up with nyland in goal till xmas then get our pants pulled down in January for a replacement.

4.) 10 Sep 2020 19:48:16
I think Smith wants a keeper with PL experience to vie for the senior spot with Heaton. His faith in the other options already within the squad seems flimsy at best. I am sure Smith would consider Joronen or Olsen feel too much like gambles. I know he has improved since, but memories of Gollini from the Italian league still flicker!

I am sure the aim is to try and move Kalinic on now and Nyland either in January or upon expiry of his contact next June. Rightly or wrongly, Steer seems destined for the third keeper spot, but at least he has nearly three years to run on his deal.

5.) 10 Sep 2020 19:52:51
Fully agree Aka. It’s a priority position for the first half-dozen games, but Heaton’s injury record isn’t good anyway, so there’s going to be doubts whether he can be relied on to complete the season even if he fully recovers.

I just think £22m is a bit much, if that’s what it works out at. when there are other options to explore. Romero on a three year deal if he’d take a pay cut could probably get for £8m. There’s been no further links to Olsen so I guess that’s not an option. Gazzaniga no better than Steer IMO and he’s been linked again.

6.) 10 Sep 2020 20:33:42
From Bham Mail.

Arsenal have decided to sell Emi Martinez, according to reports in the national press.

Villa are said to be his preferred choice of next club, with personal terms already agreed with Dean Smith's side.



09 Sep 2020 14:35:34

Frederic Guilbert has dismissed speculation about his future by stating on Instagram 'I love this club', and 'I'm very happy here'.

1.) 09 Sep 2020 14:59:41
Wow, fair play to Freddie.
I wonder if that means Matty might be in line to play a more offensive role.

2.) 09 Sep 2020 15:43:20
It’s good news, we need 2 players in every position fighting for the shirt.
Sorry, but ELMO - it’s time to go, we need to release these fringe players to allow a few more quality signing in.

3.) 09 Sep 2020 16:03:21
Well said Elmo needs to go along with taylor, el gazi hause, nylan, klinic, lansbury, jota.

4.) 09 Sep 2020 17:47:54
I’d keep Taylor unless we sign someone to push Targett. Otherwise he’s an acceptable backup and it doesn’t look likely we’ll go for another left back whilst concentrating on other, more important positions.

Dean isn’t so foolish to wreck morale with a ‘bomb squad’ a la Paul Lambert. but it seems a number of players just aren’t going to feature at all. Hogan, Lansbury, Jota and Kalinic need to find new clubs. Nyland I think will see out his deal as fourth choice, personally.

El Ghazi is an interesting one. it might be that some competition for places (King, Benrahma? ) means he pushes on and actually reaches his potential. If he doesn’t get better, sell him in January.

Hause won’t be sold. The manager prefers him to Engels, and will keep a left-footed back up CB for Mings. He also did ok after the restart, aside from the Sheff Utd game.

5.) 09 Sep 2020 18:20:49
Yeah the players I listed I don’t think many of them will play well I really hope Especially el gazi, wasn’t good at championship level maybe league one will suit him more.

6.) 09 Sep 2020 19:47:27
Linked again with Rashica and it looking likely that he may come if we can entice him wages won’t be an issue, just whether the player sees himself at the club?

Ed how about Brewster, any news on that? As I would prefer him to Wilson.

{Ed002's Note - Rashica want to be playing at a higher level but will leave Werder Bremen. It will be tough to persuade him to make the move unless there are no other options. Liverpool are aware that Brewster is a way to raise money and, a great pity in my view, may be open to selling him. There is a great deal of interest in him.}



09 Sep 2020 11:38:21
Watkins medical complete, so that's looking sweet.

King though, saying he's still hoping for the Man Utd move that never materialised in January. Think he'd bring a lot to the party, so slightly disappointing if we don't get him.

Left back problem. I wonder if we might still be trying for Hickey? Was linked a while back and fits the bill. and his move to Bologna still hasn't happened?

Also seen a random link today to Joronen and Chancellor of Brescia. with Cellini allegedly in England to negotiate their sale to us? Know little about Chancellor other than he's an absolutely massive centre-half, so could be a cheap replacement for Engels? Joronen never made it at Fulham, but did well at Copenhagen so could be something in that as he'd be MUCH cheaper than Martinez.

1.) 09 Sep 2020 14:18:19
I agree about the left back slot Ant, got me baffled mate, I am not sure how I would go about solving it.
I am not a Taylor fan at all, and Targett needs to be pushed, I thought about leaving it for now with Hause as cover, not ideal I know as that would leave us short on a left side supply.




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20 Sep 2020 00:05:28
Rumours linking Wolves with Alex Oxlads-Chamberlain. Should Villa take a look? Could he play in our midfield 3 if Jack plays wide-left? The guy has had injuries. but has huge talent.

1.) 20 Sep 2020 11:49:50
Huge talent but probably not one of our target areas that need improving right now. Need resources elsewhere.

Also the midfield isn’t really crying out for a maverick type, more an enforcer, as Nakamba isn’t really trusted enough on the ball and he’s the only one that’s got that streak in him.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 12:57:56
Agreed Chris we need a Roy Keane type.

3.) 20 Sep 2020 15:34:56
The ox, good player, but Injury prone.



15 Sep 2020 23:35:17
Twitter is abuzz tonight that the Rashica deal is as good as done. Napoli no longer in the running, so they and Leipzig were the only clubs that could offer Champions League. Dean has (reportedly) personally been in touch with the player and he's impressed. And following Muriqi's move to Lazio for €18m. a record for a Kosovan player. that record is reportedly going to be broken in the coming days. I know this one has dragged. but this is a top quality signing of it happens.

1.) 16 Sep 2020 09:35:50
Really hope your right Ant! going to have a look on Twitter now.

Martinez Cash (New Centre Mid) Rashica Traore Watkins - is day would be our best window in the last decade.

2.) 16 Sep 2020 10:35:10
Irrespective of whether Rashica signs or not I think this is our best transfer business for some time, that combined with Jack signing gives us a more than solid base and if we can get another wide man be that Rashica or someone else, and a striker in then I really think we will be more likely challenging at the top of the league as opposed to fighting off relegation.



15 Sep 2020 14:55:31
So. maybe wishful thinking rather than a rumour per se. but Jack has clearly been told about the ambition of the club. He'll have been given assurances about the players being brought in, and increasing the quality in the squad. Maybe there's a player we're getting he's really excited by? A player he really loves, has great chemistry with on and off the pitch? A player who needs to be involved at this stage of his career, but got no minutes on the opening round of fixtures?

Welcome back, Tammy Abraham 🤞🏼🙏🏼.

1.) 15 Sep 2020 15:23:18
I love it Ant, what a fantastic analogy mate.
Really hope you are right Ant, that would be a real eye opener. 🙏🏼.

2.) 15 Sep 2020 16:53:47
Exactly what I’ve said to my brother today Ant, definitely something coming to blow our minds


3.) 15 Sep 2020 17:06:34
There’s a star man waiting in the sky.

4.) 15 Sep 2020 17:19:55
I got it Mark 👨🏻‍🎤 😂😂😂


5.) 15 Sep 2020 17:59:44
I'm sure he'd like to meet us 😁.

6.) 15 Sep 2020 18:53:47
It would be oh so sweet!



07 Sep 2020 01:05:15
Given Lange's knowledge of the Bundesliga. and how quiet everything is other than the same names recycling. I do wonder if we're looking at players there. Obviously Rashica had been linked, but that was long-standing interest.

Then Grujic and McKennie (before he went to Juve) emerged as possible targets. Sticking with Schalke and their financial problems, maybe Serdar is worth a try?

Was impressed with Frankfurt's Swiss midfielder Djibril Sow in the game against Germany tonight. And a left field option might be Mainz Sweden forward Robin Quaison; plays off the striker or wide left, scored a fair few goals the past season and is out of contract next summer.

1.) 07 Sep 2020 05:38:17
I was more impressed with Borussia Monchengladbachs’s Breel Embolo, the kind of left sided attacker we need, quick, strong, and great vision.
Unfortunately however he got himself injured towards the end of the game.

2.) 07 Sep 2020 08:30:35
Embolo was very good. but plays for a Champions League side, was the only reason I didn’t mention him.



06 Sep 2020 10:09:03
The circumstances surrounding Wilson all very odd. but if he really has such a strong preference for Newcastle we're right to let him go. Was a divisive target anyway. And his injury record coupled with Steve Bruce's record for injuring players doesn't bode too well!

We need to get Watkins and Benrahma in. Just pay the £45m. Then one of Edouard or Tammy for £30m. Then Romero. Get it done, Villa.




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18 Sep 2020 19:23:00
Hope that’s right AJ. Traore it’s just waiting on his work permit, but Rashica I’m fearful Wolves might move if Jota goes to Liverpool. Obviously we’re the far bigger club, but they’ve had a great couple of years and that might swing it.



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18 Sep 2020 14:24:29
Good move for him!

Small world Villajohn. I’m in Burton too! Well Tutbury now, but used to live in one of the new houses they built where the old Eton Park ground stood 👍🏼.



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17 Sep 2020 09:16:18
Apparently we’re paying £400k contribution to his wages for the year (would’ve been last year of his contract) . If the fee is as reported (c. £1m), that’s a massive £600k into the coffers 🤣

But. he’s gone. Good luck to him, just never fit in.



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16 Sep 2020 21:45:28
Yep. 4 years! Madness. Fee is ‘undisclosed’ but minimal return on the £9m we shelled out I bet. Saw one ‘ITK’ claiming it’s £950k. He did alright on loan there pre-lockdown, maybe it’ll work out for him. Frees up space in the squad anyway.



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16 Sep 2020 12:08:39
He has been waiting on a loyalty payment from Arsenal. His farewell video message on Instagram oozed class. Think he is going to be a top, top signing.




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19 Sep 2020 21:37:02
He’s also produced nothing of note for years at Leicester. never fulfilled his potential and no signs that’s going to change anytime soon. I think we’re aiming for a higher level of player (Rashica) . If anyone still doubts him. watch his goal against Bayern last season. He’d be our most exciting signing since Ashley Young.



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19 Sep 2020 21:34:38
Completely agree Mark and Moose. Watkins and Cash are really exciting signings both of them. And our other two newbies are a two-time Champions League semi-finalist (Traore) and an FA Cup winner last season. Boom.



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19 Sep 2020 21:32:50
They beat Norwich U-23 3-0. but lost 3-1 to Baggies U-23s conceding 2 penalties. The thing about the Sunderland hammering was the nature of so many of their goals, with the defenders (Bridge, the Revan bros) and the ‘keeper (Sanisalo) getting absolutely bullied. Ironically one of them alongside Tyrone or Ezri might fare better in the EPL but I’d be very concerned. With Engels out of favour and seemingly never fit, a new, right-footed CB is becoming a priority signing.



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18 Sep 2020 19:31:50
Would take both if available. Sessegnon and Targett competing for LB would push each other, and Foyth provides great versatility and depth. But. wouldn’t want loans, unless clauses included to buy.



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18 Sep 2020 19:29:25
Thiago is Mazinho’s son. fair to say he’s reached a higher level. The issue with Traore is his work permit. And there is no issue, he’s got 54 caps or something at 25. But there’s a delay to processing due to the virus. Sure it’ll be sorted tonight / tomorrow. Just not sure if he can then be included vs Sheff Utd?

{Ed001's Note - international clearance usually takes 48 hours.}