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27 Sep 2020 08:54:42
Several reports this morning that we've made a bid for FCK centre-back Victor Nelsson. He looked their best player vs Man Utd last season, and we need a replacement for Engels.

1.) 27 Sep 2020 12:01:49
Hope there’s some truth in this one as we really need more and better cover for Mings and Konsa.
He’s 21 and already club captain, who knows maybe the next Martin Laursen?

2.) 27 Sep 2020 12:20:38
If it’s correct abut Nelsson, then perhaps Engles injury is worse than thought .
Onwards&Upwards Villaforever.

{Ed002's Note - Victor Nelsson (CB) Copenhagen value the youngster at €10M putting off interest from Gent, Celtic and Gronigen. One assumes at the behest of Johan Lange, Aston Villa have made their interest known, as have Union Berlin.}

3.) 27 Sep 2020 12:32:20
This story feels like it has some credibility. Some quality centre back cover makes sense, as I fancy Smith might make a few out going adjustments in January.

4.) 27 Sep 2020 12:37:57
We definitely need a cb hause just isn't good enough at prem level imo if mings or konsa get injured it's grim.

5.) 27 Sep 2020 12:37:18
Thanks for that info Ed.

6.) 27 Sep 2020 13:03:35
I read somewhere that Nelsson dealt comfortably with Edouard in a Champions league game.
His strengths apparently are his reading of the game, leadership, comfort on the ball, passing, aerial ability, and work rate. Sounds pretty damn good all round.

7.) 27 Sep 2020 13:12:50
Markdavfrance, he's the 5th choice captain after Zeca, Bjelland, Fischer and Falk at FC Copenhagen. But would be a good signing nonetheless.

8.) 27 Sep 2020 13:25:38
Hold my hands up to that one RHLT, misread Wiki info.
He is only 21 however and is by all accounts already showing good leadership skills.

9.) 27 Sep 2020 15:38:20
Now now Mark, get your web info correct. 😊😊.

10.) 27 Sep 2020 16:09:50
That’s what happens mate after too many 🍷😂.

11.) 27 Sep 2020 20:40:33
Sportslens reporting Villa have made a £9 offer for Nelsson.
I don’t know how true that is.



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.}




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22 Sep 2020 10:46:16
So I've just pulled together a quick depth chart for our squad. and CB looks really concerning. If Engels goes, he absolutely must be replaced. I'd actually go so far as to say we should really be signing a CB in addition. Given the system we play, I think our 25 man squad should be:
3x GK (Martinez, Heaton, Steer)
2x RB (Cash, Elmo) I know, I'm sad about Fred too
2x LB (Targett, Taylor) - could do with an upgrade on Taylor
5x CB (Mings, Konsa, Hause, Engels?, A. N. Other)
2x DM (Luiz, Marvelous)
4x MC (McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane, A. N. Other)
4xAM/ FRL (Traore, Rashica?, Trez, El Ghazi)
3x ST (Watkins, Davis, A. N. Other)

So Rashica plus at least 3, maybe 4 more. I doubt we'll sign that many, so need to be very careful who is let go.



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.




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14 Oct 2020 16:19:04
Benrahma largely plays off the left hand side. and cannot cover CF. At half the price, Traore better fills the gap in our squad for a genuine left-footed attacker. He’s just scored in both of his international appearances, and the flashes he’s shown in his league cameos suggest there’s a real talent there.

With Barkley taking the more central role some of us thought Jack might play. Jack looks set to mainly play left side and drifting in, which is where Benrahma would best fit. So I just don’t think there’s a role for him in our strongest 11. He’d provide excellent depth, and an upgrade on AEG. but £30m is a lot for a squad player.

King might offer better value if he could be signed for £15m, and he’s a more versatile option imo.



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05 Oct 2020 16:26:37
Some of the most credible journalists out there are pushing the Rashica to Villa story. Really stepped up again the last couple of days. And Smith didn’t say ‘no’. he said he didn’t know if there’d be more incomings, but they are working hard on outgoings. Watch this space. After last night it’s easy to say we don’t need a player like Rashica. Where would he play etc. But our bench isn’t strong enough and we don’t want to be stuck with injuries and no options like last year.



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30 Sep 2020 21:08:44
Nelsson similarly can cover a number of defensive positions, primarily CB, but also DM. and I think he’s the one we’re after.



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25 Sep 2020 14:39:53
Copied and pasted from the Premier League:
There are restrictions on how many players Premier League clubs can loan from other Premier League/ English clubs.

They are:
- Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time.
- The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.
- Premier League clubs cannot loan to another Premier League club a player they have acquired in the same transfer window.
- A Premier League club may loan not more than one of its goalkeepers to another Premier League club.



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24 Sep 2020 18:57:40
I thought you could only have one player from a club (so it’s Barkley OR Loftus-Cheek) . but we could get another loan from Spurs? Or is it one PL loan total?




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05 Oct 2020 16:34:05
And after the immense performance Targett put in last night. it’s a no. We need a young player who’s an upgrade on Taylor to push Targett and keep him honest. He’s a good player in his own right and got to say I love our back five this season.



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05 Oct 2020 16:30:59
Someone had shared it on Twitter, so it’s out there. Complete with Dave Jones telling him it sounded like sour grapes 🤣.



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30 Sep 2020 21:18:35
Targett gets too much stick. He’s mainly a decent option. imo better than Rose. He just needs to up his concentration as his weakness is ball-watching at times. But he’s good going forward, has a great understanding with Jack too. If we bring in a LB it should be a high quality young player to put more pressure on Targett and replace Taylor. I’m sorry but Guilbert is just not a better option at LB! He has terrible positioning, and can’t cross from the right, never mind the left. His recovery pace and love of a tackle make him look better than he is. Cash has already shown how much a better player he is, and there’s a reason Fred is third choice. I love the bloke. bit like Engels. but just don’t think they’re the required standard.

Also. I get the love for JJ. Boy has looked class in the Carabao, and great to see him make his debut. But best thing for him is to go on loan and get a full season in the championship. He came on so much from that short spell at Doncaster, and if he goes and gets regular games he’ll be ready to play a big role next season.



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30 Sep 2020 16:52:55
Not according to his interview. He’s mentioned JT but specifically said how Dean has convinced him to join because how he wants to use him and his plans for the season. It’s brilliant that Barkley is mates with Grealish (honestly, he must be the most liked guy in football), great that Tammy told him how much he loved it here, and JT is another pull. but Deano has swung it.



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30 Sep 2020 16:49:42
Completely agree John. I don’t think we’ve seriously considered Benrahma as we seemed to be after versatile, pacey forwards who can play wide or central (Traore signed, and linked with Sarr, King, Rashica, Edouard) . For all the clamour for Benrahma and Buendia, they always felt more like back up options to Jack if he went. He did say before signing that contract it was 50-50. Deano also made it clear that he sees Jack playing from the left, and Barkley coming in cements that.

I think we’ll still be looking at a versatile defensive player - Nelsson makes a lot of sense, and another forward. But maybe it’ll be a loan signing up top. There are growing rumours, far-fetched as they may be, about Diego Costa. A loan for him would be sensational.