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25 Jul 2021 13:38:52
Looks like the Cantwell rumours are b####### Stuart Webber who I think is Norwich's CEO has said they don't want to sell so close to the new season, but they would consider a bid if it was a club record fee. I can't see us paying £30 million plus for a player who only has 12 months left on their contract.


1.) 25 Jul 2021 14:49:46
Yep agree mate, they have said he will cost us more than Buendia, 35+ is the starting point, move on and look elsewhere I say.
If he is unsettled and wants a move, his head will turn, and so will his performances.

2.) 25 Jul 2021 18:37:43
If I’m being honest I’d be underwhelmed if we did sign him. I trust our recruitment and management team, their record speaks for itself. 90% of transfers in recent years have been successes to varying levels, but I’ve never watched Cantwell and thought he was a player ready to go up a level, he gets over hyped because he’s English, I’m guessing but I’m sure El Ghazis last season trumps Cantwells in his prem season.



15 Jul 2021 18:05:57
Apparently we have enquired after Danjuma at Bournemouth, no bid just registered an interest. I know his numbers looked quite impressive last season however when I watched games in which he was playing for me he flattered to deceive a little bit, and certainly when compared to Buendia he was definitely second best, personally I think we can do better.


1.) 15 Jul 2021 23:23:39
I guess the question is, is he better than El Ghazi, if the answer is yes then he automatically improves our squad and left wing is perma-reseverved for our Captain anyway so not a priority area. I'd be surprised if there is any truth in this rumour, surely not a priority area?

2.) 16 Jul 2021 16:18:06
Focus seems to have swayed toward the left flank.

Noticed many reporting sites have discovered the Grealish ‘secret release clause’, well possibly. Wasn’t very secret then?

3.) 16 Jul 2021 18:58:13
There isn’t a release clause mate😂.

4.) 16 Jul 2021 21:11:07
Wasnt it confirmed by the club that there is no release clause lads? To be honest I'm sick of the whole situation now, it needs to be resolved one way or another soon as we need to prepare for next season. If Jack is going (which I don't feel is the case) then we need bodies in the door ASAP, the question is who?

5.) 16 Jul 2021 23:14:45
There’s no resolution to it BK there will be speculation until the window closes and it’ll be back in January, just guys trying to sell headlines, the way I see it there’s no substance to it until they submit an offer so no point worrying about it, even if he signs a new deal it won’t guarantee him staying if you remember delph. it would be worse if we didn’t have players good enough for other clubs to want to buy at the end of the day.

6.) 17 Jul 2021 15:18:33
I think if he signs a new contract that puts it to bed until next summer Whack, perhaps naive but I feel a new contract will quell the rumours for 12 months but agree next summer will be the same old nonsense. It's great that we have players of the calibre but we are so reliant on Grealish it would be a massive blow to lose him this summer.

7.) 17 Jul 2021 18:07:47
Agree BK and you have to ask yourself, if Citeh have Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, why do they need another number ten who could struggle for game time against the other two.

8.) 18 Jul 2021 11:42:56
I think Southgate has done is a huge favour at the euros showing jack what it’s like to have competition for his place and not starting every game, also substituting him, he’s the first name on the team sheet at villa and always will be, he’s the main man he gets so much ball it will be very hard to give up all that. I also think he was much prouder when he lost 2 cup finals with villa than when he lost it with England, maybe it meant more to him having played more or just cause he’s villa born and bred.

9.) 18 Jul 2021 22:12:59
Villa owners do not want or need to sell Jack, and even if he wanted to leave against their wishes he is unlikely to want to force a move from the club he loves!? Also City will need to sell several players within the hext month or so to fund a purchase. It will not happen.



27 Jun 2021 20:45:25
Don't know how reliable caughtoffside are as a news outlet I suspect not very. They are reporting a deal has been in place since the end of the season with City for Jack's transfer at a cost of £88 million!


1.) 27 Jun 2021 21:00:36
Just been reading the report myself Villajohn.
Unsure about their reliability but I am at the stage where I am not too bothered either way.
If he stays, great and if he leaves we will also benefit.
I have never believed a club like Villa should be totally built around one player as that could result in a disaster in the case of long term injury or in this case a transfer out of the club.

2.) 27 Jun 2021 22:18:19
Caughtoffside is completely unreliable the story is nonsense. Like every other supposed news outlet they're trying to sell Grealish and more importantly for them create a frenzy of clicks on their page. I am confident that the Villa owners will stand firm and Jack will not force a move it will not happen.

3.) 28 Jun 2021 02:24:34
Biggest pile of horse manure I’ve every read. it is quiet possible that he might move this year but you can be sure that if it does happen our owners will squeeze every last penny out of the deal, it would take a complete moron to do any kind of a deal like that before the euros, before replacing him and before trying to start a bidding war for him. in NSWE I trust to either put a package together to keep him or absolutely bleed city dry for him.

4.) 28 Jun 2021 08:43:52
They have already offered a huge new packag they want to improve their asset not sell the best part of it. In general pundits, media and opposing fans are having a hard time accepting the fact that Villa is possibly the new City galloping towards the higher leves of the premier league and europe. i'm sure City suffered the same ignorance on their march to the top.

5.) 28 Jun 2021 08:57:02
I wouldn’t be surprised if Caughtoffside were fed this story by a party with a vested financial interest.

I have to say, I am with Aka. I get fed up of the constant Grealish ‘news’. It gets rather boring and seems to completely overshadow the credentials of the rest of the squad.

Tactically, it would be a nonsense to seal a deal before the Euros, where JG’s value might soar. Other media sources, who have been historically close to the club, have agreed nothing more than interest has been shown by City so far. This begs the question, why would such an irregular AV news outlet suddenly know so much more?

6.) 28 Jun 2021 11:15:26
My question is, why is "interest" even a story? Every Villa (sorry Football) fan surely knows City would be interested in signing Grealish? Them and every other big club in world football I'm sure, why is "interest" or "preparing a bid" even news these days. It's clearly agents trying to either encourage Villa to give Jack a nice new contract or start a bidding war, until Jack confirms his intentions I'm trying not to get carried away with all those noise. If he wants to go then we will be well remimbursed, and 88M will not cut it.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with agents or anyone else trying to get one over on Aston Villa. Manchester City are interested in buying Grealish.}

7.) 28 Jun 2021 13:38:08
We know they are interested Ed but surely you can agree that caughtoffside are talkingthrough their backsides on this 1.

{Ed002's Note - You will need to enlighten me, I have no idea what they have said.}

8.) 28 Jun 2021 13:52:08
Of course it is true that City are interested, but respectfully, don't be fooled into thinking that his agent or agents won't be encouraging the sale they stand to make a few million. Realistically and fortunately it will not happen the club will stand firm and Jack is not likely to force a move from the club he loves. Chance of it happening 4 out of 10.

{Ed002's Note - Obviously I am not going to be fooled in to anything. I answered the post that it was "clearly agents" behind all of this - it isn't.}

9.) 28 Jun 2021 13:54:07
Bang on the button BK, totally agree mate.
If any deal is ever done concerning Grealish, it will be at least 100M with add-ons and conditions.

10.) 28 Jun 2021 14:33:01
This will rattle on and on in the media they have to create clicks! Come the begining of the new season Jack will still be a Villa player then the media will turn their attention to the next January window when they will tell us all he will be officially anounced a City player " because their agreed deal with him right now June 2021" is to give Villa the first half of this season! Its all media nonsense.

{Ed002's Note - These posts are really embarrassing.}

11.) 28 Jun 2021 15:06:39
Would you tell us which ones Ed? so that we can respond.

{Ed002's Note - Everyone that thinks that Manchester City has no interest in Grealish and agents are simply whippling things up. Why would you want to respond?}

12.) 28 Jun 2021 15:24:31
I think it's more to do with the £12m difference in reports.
From last year after he signed a new 5year deal it was said and up until Sunday morning, that Man City were launching a £100 for Jack.

All of a sudden it's £88m big chunk of change of a difference PLUS the report said the deal had been agreed since last season - despite him signing a new 5yr contract September 2020.

Look at it this way:
CaughtOffside have never been correct in any of their "exclusive" content.
The reporter Jamie Wilkinson (74 followers) is a die hard Chelski fan and a freelance sports journalist.

Villa are attempting to lure Tammy back at £40m, do you really think he'd come to the villa knowing that Jack is out the door?

NSWE are building a team around Jack, so what's changed in 8mths, don't forget he's been injured Feb to May playing one full 90min.

{Ed002's Note - If Aston Villa want Abraham they need to make an offer and if Chelsea accept it I would think TA would opt for Villa over other options. Aston Villa have also asked Chelsea about the availability of a youngster Tino Livramento.}

13.) 28 Jun 2021 15:59:47
Ed I think most of us Villa fans are well aware that City are interested in Grealish, which top team can ignore his talent.
Its the figures that are the problem.
What we are saying, is that it has to be in excess of 100m, if not they should jog on.
If he played for Liverpool or Man Utd they would want 120M + no question about it.

{Ed002's Note - That is not what people are posting - they are whining about agents and don't seem to understand there is interest.}

14.) 28 Jun 2021 17:17:33
I think you re missing the point being made Ed002, we totally understand the interest from city. What we are saying is that the whole story is being hyped up by agents/ papers. Agents commission being their incentive and papers incentive being click bait/ paper sales. Effectively its both the interest and the media circus making it a big thing.

{Ed002's Note - it is not being hyped by agents or anyone else. It is no difference to any other transfer.}

15.) 28 Jun 2021 18:15:43
Ed, my point wasn't that there is no interest, if you check my previous posts I clearly state that City and every club in world football would be interested in Grealish. My point is, when does "interest" become news when you are talking about a player like Grealish, for me interest is assumed. Now when interest turns into a bid or a transfer then that's news, until then I'll assume there is interest in Grealish and all this "bid accepted" nonsense is agents stirring the pot.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City have declared an interest with Aston Villa. Every other club in the world has not. I am stunned that the Aston Villa fans cannot grasp this.}

16.) 28 Jun 2021 18:27:24
If we are honest, I think listening to Jack it’s a question of when he goes not if. He says he wants to win medals and compete at the highest level as a player both domestically and at international level, and whilst we are undoubtedly progressing as a club I am not sure I can see us winning the premier league in the next 5 years or so, while Jack will be at his peak. Can I see us establishing ourselves in the premiership? Definitely. Can I see us pushing for a top 6 place? Again I would say definitely I maybe can see us challenging for a top 4 spot, we may even win a cup along the way but winning the premiership or the holy grail of the champions league then trying to be realistic that’s not likely to happen. What I hope is Jack helps us attract more quality players to the squad this transfer window and next he gives us one more year leads us to European qualification and then we should let him go and thank him for what he has done for the club.

17.) 28 Jun 2021 23:05:41
Agree with you Ed but agents will be behind some of the rumours and media garbage. Agents are cunning its all about money.

18.) 28 Jun 2021 23:15:10
ED002 respectfully I am a little bit confused as to why you can't see why its in an agents interests to create a circus " it absolutely does happen" a percentage of £100million is big money! City are of coure interested in Jack and there is a number of other clubs too but they will not enter the situation because who can afford him!? Anyway regardless he will be a Villa player come the start of the season.

{Ed002's Note - Agents do not create a "circus" and his income will not be a percentage of £100M - it will be a fixed amount negotiated with any potential buyer.}

19.) 29 Jun 2021 00:00:12
Ed we all seem to have missed your bit of info there about interest in tino livramento? What do we know about this kid?

{Ed002's Note - Young, well liked, Right Wing Back or Winger. Chelsea won't want to sell but may consider a loan.}

20.) 29 Jun 2021 13:31:14
"{Ed002's Note - Agents do not create a "circus" and his income will not be a percentage of £100M - it will be a fixed amount negotiated with any potential buyer. }"

I'm newly registered and have done so to respond to this particular thread.

There are two main points to be made.

1. Most of the non-mainstream outlets generate revenue through ads and in order to get ad revenue they need traffic going to their sites. So it's in their interest to generate stories from 'close sources' that will ultimately drive fans, like us, to their sites.

2. I understand the point about agents. Where Ed002 has pointed out that an agent income will not be a percentage of the £100, it will still be a fixed amount embedded in the contract. However, that will be the case for any contract whether it be a renewal with Villa or a new contract with City. It's down to the player as to what he wants to do with his future.

I check the news on Villa daily. Anything outside of BBC/ Sky Sports News is to be taken lightly. Bmail is one of the main offenders, the amount of 'headlines' I see from them daily just to drive traffic to their sites is unbelievable.

We all want to know what's happening with Grealish and other new potential signings. Patience is key here. We just need to ride the wave for now.

Happy afternoon all :)

{Ed077's Note - what the agent gets is generally unrelated to the transfer fee. Agents usually negotiate their fees separately from the transfer fee. JG's agent can demand/negotiate 20M whether JG moves for 90M or 125M.}

21.) 29 Jun 2021 15:04:06
Afternoon avod, welcome aboard mate.
Hope you will be part of many more threads, enjoy the ride.

22.) 30 Jun 2021 13:48:03
Of course the agent will have a fixed figure agreed but agents will also include a percentage of the £100million if they can. I know enough brokers and agents to know it happens.

{Ed002's Note - You clearly know nothing about football agents and how the process works. This is nothing to do with agents trying to create any sort of circus. You really just don't seem to get it at all.}

23.) 30 Jun 2021 20:52:18
I really do a friend of mine is an agent, you are naive! I did not say it was all about agents trying to create a circus but very clearly they can and do.

{Ed002's Note - As the one person who has ever visited this page who could never accused of being naive you are simply continuing to embarrass the Aston Villa supporters with these stupid posts.}



08 Jun 2021 15:37:47
Anybody know anything about Papa Matar Sarr? Seems like this guy is generating a lot of interest from some big clubs including us but from what I read this is his breakthrough season and he has only really played a relatively small number of games, no doubt given the level of interest he is a good player but at only 18 is he up to the rigours of the premiership?


1.) 08 Jun 2021 16:26:08
There are several reports in France saying that Villa have lodged their interest and are prepared to pay around 25 million euros for him. Seems a lot to pay for an 18 year old but he is one of the most highly rated in his age bracket over here. His FIFA rating is currently 61, with a potential of 79, which is exceptional. Chukwuemeka for instance has a current rating of 56, with a potential of 74.
I didn’t watch many Ligue 1 matches this season, so I can’t give you my impression of him. However, the reviews, the high FIFA ratings, the fact he’s already played for Senegal, and our needs for a quality DM, where he supposedly excels suggest he might be a good one to go for.

{Ed002's Note - Pape Matar Sarr (DM/CM/AM) Metz don't want to sell the versatile youngster after only signing the youngster last summer but if a good offer were made they would consider it. Unlikely to qualify for a Work Permit in England and one who will be off to AFCON although Everton and Aston Villa will seek an exemption if they can reach agreement over price as both may have the need to recruit a replacement for Luiz and Besic.}

2.) 08 Jun 2021 20:15:17
I forgot about the work permit element to this with the new rules following Brexit. Not sure what the criteria is for qualifying, seem to remember a player has to have played a minimum number of games at a certain level etc.

3.) 08 Jun 2021 22:38:38
Is the criteria something to do with games played for their national team and/ or fee paid for the transfer Ed?

4.) 09 Jun 2021 06:13:21
Chris, I’ve read up a bit on this and I expect you probably have done also, but for the benefit of those who haven’t
EU players will need a GBE ( Governing Body Endorsement ) . This can only be immediately approved with a score of 15 points. Points are awarded on criteria, including no. Of international caps and the FIFA ranking of the players country. The strength of the league from which the player is arriving from and the number of club appearances they have already made is also a factor.
If a player scores between 10 and 14 points an exceptions panel will make a ruling.
I did read however, that there could be a special permissions for players between 18 and 19, if they don’t qualify for a GBE, such as if they have made a certain number of appearances in the first team of their current club, but it didn’t specify how many.

5.) 09 Jun 2021 20:39:33
I hadn’t read up mark, so thanks for letting us know👍 Sounds like a Visa isn’t out of the question then if the link is true.



08 Jun 2021 12:25:25
If we are looking for a left back to challenge Targett how about Antonee Robinson at Fulham, premier league experience, right age bracket and wouldn't be too expensive I would have thought.


1.) 08 Jun 2021 19:02:34
I saw Josh Doig mentioned of Hibs. The last player we bought from Hibs was a bargain, could he be another?
Just 19, but he was picked as the left back for the pick of the Scottish Premiership team apparently.
John, I replied to your post regarding Papa Matar Sarr around midday today also, but clearly it got lost or rejected perhaps!

2.) 08 Jun 2021 20:19:14
Seen that Mark, he said he wants to stay put mate.
Leeds are looking at him as well Mark, mind you they have only got 3 gift vouchers, 50 green shield stamp books, and an expired visa card.

3.) 08 Jun 2021 21:05:23
That much 🤣🤣.

4.) 10 Jun 2021 08:59:44
Robinson isn’t a bad shout. It is tricky identifying players with potential, who may need to be content with a covering role. Salary is often the inducement. Both LB and CF roles look key areas for this.

I wouldn’t write Wesley off yet, but see his better role being one where he runs at defences off the left side - a sort of old inside forward, if anyone still has any idea what I am referring to!




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23 Jul 2021 21:57:15
I see the Albion have lost another kid to our academy Tristan Rowe, that's the third in the past few weeks, perhaps they want to be our feeder club after all🤣🤣🤣.




23 Jul 2021 10:16:16
The Grealish saga rumbles on and on. I read a number of interesting articles this morning and whilst some are probably from less reliable sources than others it seems we are prepared to double Jack's current salary which i think would mean he would be on a whopping £270k a week! . The mood music from the articles would suggest he wants to go to City to be coached by Pep and to be competing at the highest level, but he won't force a move because of his attachment to Villa. I wonder though whether given the rumours around the fact that we are in negotiations with Leverkusen for Bailey near a deal with Norwich over Cantwell and supposedly putting a £13.5 million bid in for Alvarez over the weekend that we are getting most of our business done prior to Jack's departure to save us being screwed over by other clubs once the deal is done. Whilst ideally I would want Jack to stay if he wants to go then I don't think the club should stand in his way given the loyalty and service he has given and whatever happens I think we will continue to flourish under the current owners, investing the money from any transfer can only strengthen the overall squad and given the talented youngsters we have coming through the future looks pretty rosy to me and it's been a while since we could say that.


1.) 23 Jul 2021 11:01:22
Just out of curiosity, if your saying yourself that the articles are most likely unreliable, why are you reading into it?

2.) 23 Jul 2021 11:22:14
John, the reality is nobody bar Jack, his agent and some key figures at the club know what is going to happen - No point overthinking it, I'm like all Villa fans, I want this closed out (on way or another) soon. For me, we are clearly in the market for another forward player to play with Grealish and Buendia, whether that is McNeill, Baily or Cantwell nobody knows but these links, for me, do not mean Jack is moving to City. Now if we see a 50M+ bid for a left winger on top of this, then yes we can assume the club is teeing up his replacement. Until then I'm still very much in the Grealish Stays camp, possibly niave, but I just can't see City signing Kane and Grealish as a striker has to be a priority for them this summer.

3.) 23 Jul 2021 11:38:50
John, there is too much noise in the media (however reliable some of the stories are) for there to be nothing in Jacks potential departure. I would love Jack to stay however i believe he will eventually leave before the season starts, hope i'm wrong but its only fair to let him go if that's his wish.

4.) 23 Jul 2021 11:50:50
Chris, whilst some are from less reliable sources that doesn’t mean all, and when you reflect on the other rumours relating to our supposed targets then when you put it all together it paints a possible scenario, I didn’t say it was right but it is interesting that just as the Jack rumours seem to be gathering pace so do the rumours linking us to a plethora of players.

5.) 23 Jul 2021 11:56:25
Various media reports today suggest Levy has agreed to let Kane go to Citeh for £160m with wages of £400k a week. Do you think Pep would sign Jack as well? I assume the deal would not be dissimilar, but I still wrangle with the fact that he would be behind De Bruyne and Foden for the #10 shirt and wouldn't have the captaincy - presume he'd be behind both Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Kane on that one.

6.) 23 Jul 2021 13:35:52
100% agree with that Menace - If the Kane rumour is true, and the figure is 160M then that for me rules out a move for Grealish as Villa would demand an astronomical figure as well.

7.) 23 Jul 2021 14:14:31
I think the £160 million figure includes Kane’s salary which would obviously be spread over the length of his contract and so I agree that unless City offload some players they are unlikely to be able to spend that big again this window, but given Sterling is unsettled and supposedly interesting Real Madrid, Gabriel Jesus is interesting clubs in Italy, Laporte and Bernardo Silva apparently want assurances re the amount of game time they will get this season it would only take City to sell two or three of the above and they would have more that sufficient funds to secure Jack’s services in addition to Kane’s.

8.) 23 Jul 2021 16:37:02
Time will tell, I wouldn’t stress over it however, you’d have thought we’d be used to this by now, he’s been sold to a top 4 team the previous three summers according to the same papers and sources your seeing these reports from now.

9.) 23 Jul 2021 18:29:54
It's not quite that simple though John, City can't simply sell players of that calibre at the drop of a hat, especially in this market. If they are relying on selling 2 of Sterling, Jesus or Silva to fund Grealish then I'm even more confident he stays.

10.) 23 Jul 2021 21:07:41
Hope your right BK as I would like Jack to stay particularly if we add a couple of more creative players to the squad, but that said I don’t think it’s the end of the world if he goes either.

11.) 23 Jul 2021 22:10:19
I hope I'm right to John :-) I just think Kane is the priority for City and they may have to go BIG to get him. And by the way, Villa won't roll over for a belly rub if City coming calling either, our owners don't mess about. I'm optimistic Grealish will sign a new contract and we can all look forward to next season, fully agree though John, if that doesn't happen and he leaves Villa will survive!

12.) 23 Jul 2021 23:17:52
Im not reading into anything until it’s announced that villa accepted an offer for him, just tabloids looking to sell papers and clicks, yes there is interest there but interest only go’s so far without a bid, I think he stays at least another year and if we don’t get Europe he go’s next year. Selling your best players and investing in new players is not a recipe for success look at Southampton and the talent they sold and where are they now.



22 Jul 2021 17:06:05
Just a thought. As we have lost out in our chase for ESR how about looking at Joe Willock instead? They both are supposedly no 10's but Willock is more of a box to box type, his stats were second to none whilst he was at Newcastle and given the choice between ourselves and the Geordies surely he would opt for us.

Bit concerned re the rumours about Bailey and his 'issues' we seem to have quite a united group of players at the moment, the last thing we need is for that atmosphere to be ruined. If we are going to spend that type of money we need to be sure not only about the ability of the player but that he will fit well into the changing room.


1.) 22 Jul 2021 18:05:27
What are his “issues”?

2.) 22 Jul 2021 18:07:35
Never mind mate just saw the supposed issues, a lot of top players are flawed we all know that, but I’m sure the management and bord will know where there getting into if they do go down that avenue!

3.) 22 Jul 2021 19:11:27
Willock a player that really interests me, IMO he kept Newcastle up last season and great scope for potential improvements.

{Ed002's Note - Willock will almost certainly make a permanent move to Newcastle.}

4.) 22 Jul 2021 19:25:19
I hope you’re right, his numbers look really good, and he fits the profile of player we are looking for but a number of clubs seem to have looked and decided not to progress with the transfer and you have to wonder why that is but if we have done our due diligence then that’s fine, and to be fair to the club we haven’t got many transfers wrong over the last few years.



22 Jul 2021 09:52:21
Interesting to see some of the Liverpool fans concerned that we are after Bailey and they are targeting Bowen, apparently that shows a lack of ambition by FSG! You just can't please some 🤣.


1.) 22 Jul 2021 12:46:30
Interestingly Arsenal are reported to have pulled out of the race for Bailey due to an attitude problem. A few days ago Ed002 mentioned something about him having his mojo taken from him. If you’ve got a moment Ed could you elaborate on that a bit for us please.

{Ed002's Note - I don't want to go in to detail but there have been a number of issues that have made clubs think twice about him in the past. Bayer Leverkusen have seen his performances drift away rather and are happy to move him on now.}

2.) 22 Jul 2021 13:49:47
Ok thanks Ed, I have just read a bit about a few issues he had with his National team Jamaica. Seems he’s a bit liable to throwing his toys out the pram if he doesn’t get his own way.

3.) 22 Jul 2021 16:14:09
Mark were there similar "concerns" about Saint Maxium before he moved to Newcastle or have I just totally imagined that?

If there are attitude problems then it may be worth giving Baily a pass perhaps? A bad egg can really disrupt a squad but he is clearly super talented and if Villa got a motivated player wanting to put that behind him it could be a shrewd bit of business.

4.) 22 Jul 2021 16:48:58
BK, I think you are correct with St Maximin, we are or seem to be a very settled camp, and have just got rid of one bad apple one Mr RB.
would be a shame to disrupt matters, if it is the case, we have also been made aware of Morgan Sanson and how difficult he can be, not sure if its true, but as the saying goes, no smoke without fire.
So maybe a bit of careful consideration may be needed on this one.

5.) 22 Jul 2021 21:46:50
I don’t think we should sign him, he only scored 15 times last season from the wing, that’s a poor return, bet they were all penalties too 🙄




21 Jul 2021 18:06:07
I presume that our interest in ESR is dead as he appears to be close to signing a new deal with Arsenal, however given Arsenal are interested is signing potentially 2 attacking midfielders in Aouar and Maddison I can't understand why he is so keen to sign even if they sign one his game time will be seriously curtailed if they sign both then he will get next to no game time at all. Given he would be a regular starter for us I just don't get it, whilst he might be similar to Jack in that he's Arsenal through and through that only works if you are playing and potentially he won't be.


1.) 21 Jul 2021 19:02:06
Has ESR signed it yet? From looking at the arsenal page I kinda thought he had but I haven’t seen the headline anywhere.

2.) 21 Jul 2021 19:42:16
Hasn’t signed as yet Whack.

3.) 21 Jul 2021 19:51:09
They’ve given him the number 10, a big hint he’ll be given plenty of opportunity this season.

4.) 21 Jul 2021 20:43:33
It will be interesting I can’t see either Maddison or Aouar coming to warm the bench, that is if either is coming of course.

5.) 22 Jul 2021 00:21:51
Can't see them getting either of those players John. Few years ago maybe but Arsenal simply don't have the money (without funding deals over 5 years, like Pepe) to sign these players. ESR will get plenty of game time I'm sure, and fair play to him, very good player and his agent played a blinder if his 100K a week wages are true.




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24 Jul 2021 14:47:00
£20 million for Nakamba would be Marvelous 🤣🤣. I like Bissouma to but I think he he will be looking at a team that has qualified for Europe tbh. It wouldn’t surprise me if Utd lose Pogba they move for him I think he is the best defensive midfielder in the league, but I think he will cost big big money particularly as Brighton will have lost Ben White they won’t be under excessive pressure to sell.




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23 Jul 2021 21:46:56
Yes I read that story to Dave, apparently Marvelous is high on Benitez and Viera’s wish list, it will be interesting to see if either club follow up the interest with a bid. I know a lot on here like Nakamba but for me if the offer was more than we paid then I would let him go but I think I am in the minority in holding that view.




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22 Jul 2021 22:59:45
Don’t know all the clubs Mark but I believe Huddersfield, QPR, Preston and Swansea are in the mix.




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18 Jul 2021 13:56:21
Not bad, you could even add Keenan Davis on a season long loan as a further inducement, but in fairness after an initial flurry of rumours linking us with Pereira it seems to have gone a little bit quiet on that front, I wonder if we are looking elsewhere?




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14 Jul 2021 17:51:15
I think he’s related in some way to Bryan Small so another reason why he might be coming home!





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25 Jul 2021 22:21:41
Dave it’s all about opinions when all is said and done but to be fair I am probably being unduly influenced by the fact that at the end of last year if I had had my way I would have got shut of Targett as I thought he was rubbish however how wrong would that have been. 😁.




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25 Jul 2021 20:49:43
Dave, the answer to where I would play Wes would depend on the in game situation I was faced with, but as an example, on more that one occasion last season Traore was struggling not only to hold on to the ball but to track back to support the back four, in those cases I might be tempted to move Watkins out wide right where his energy could help not only offensively but defensively and then play Wes through the middle.




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25 Jul 2021 14:24:38
Dave, for me i am assuming by the time the season starts we will have two out and out wingers available that being the case if we are chasing a game I would use him in a target man type of role. At times last season teams sussed out the 4 2 3 1 we were playing and we had no plan B. Wesley is a big bustling type of forward who given his size can and should bully centre halves he has played for Brazil so he can’t be that bad. If we don’t use him as back up then who? no one seems to rate Davis although personally I do think there is a player in there waiting to emerge, I don’t think Abraham is going to come to sit on the bench, and whilst I like the look of Barry and Young I am not sure I would want to rely on them as the only striking back up for the whole season particularly if we are pushing for Europe.




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24 Jul 2021 23:08:44
Guys I haven’t seen today’s game so I can’t comment other than to say to get sent off in a pre season friendly having not been on the pitch for too long is incredibly stupid, however in fairness to Wesley has he really had an opportunity to show his worth? He was starting to come into a bit of form when he got crocked and has had no game time as such since, if you wrote every player off after an indifferent first season then Matt Targett would be playing his football elsewhere but look at him now. Lest face it Wesley isn’t going to be our regular no 9 this season but I think the original plan to have him as back up, with Davis sent on loan to get some game time is sound, after all if anything happens to Watkins or Wesley we have Barry and Young as fallback options or we could include a call back clause in Davis loan deal. Let’s not write Wesley off just yet, he offers something a little different to what we have now which of itself can’t be a bad thing.




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23 Jul 2021 21:07:41
Hope your right BK as I would like Jack to stay particularly if we add a couple of more creative players to the squad, but that said I don’t think it’s the end of the world if he goes either.