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Team: Aston Villa

Where from: France

Favourite player: Gordon Cowans

Best team moment: When we won the league in 1981. I was at Highbury. We lost the match 2-0 but won the league because Ipswich lost !

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04 Sep 2020 12:41:49
So, after having a bid of 15 million turned down for Callum Wilson, it would appear that Bournemouth would accept a fixed price of 17 million.
This is actually better than I thought it would be and so I think we should cough up the extra 2 million.

1.) 04 Sep 2020 13:20:30
Don't get it unless Bournemouth themselves don't think he is capable of achieving add on criteria.

Wouldn't mind this (for PL experience) as long as Watkins was signed too but you have to consider wages as well as transfer fee.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 13:28:48
Mark if push comes to shove I agree let’s cough up the extra £2 million, however given they are supposedly interested in Hogan I might be tempted to try £12 million plus him and see what they say. After that I think we need to increase our offers for the Brentford two and get those deals done as well.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 13:56:24
I agree John. would they be interested in any of our surplus goalkeepers too? Need to move Kalinic on, and possibly Nyland too. And they’ve just lost Ramsdale.

I think Wilson at £17m would be a good signing in any case, but as others have said. got to get the two in from Brentford as well. Watkins versatility would be a huge asset, and Benrahma is the winger we’re missing. a huge step up from Trezeguet and Anwar.

Cash, Romero, Benrahma, Watkins, Wilson. that’s be an excellent window and I think the only other position we need then is an 8. A genuine box-to-box CM. I’m still hoping for Grujic.

4.) 04 Sep 2020 14:14:24
What about another LB.

5.) 04 Sep 2020 14:37:21
I think Deano wants another centre back however personally I like you you think left back is our weaker position but I guess if we get Wilson Benrahma and Watkins and Romero there won’t be much left for anyone else.



22 Aug 2020 15:29:01
Milot Rashica has reportedly told Werder Bremen to accept the bid from Aston Villa.

1.) 22 Aug 2020 15:46:58
Mark, where did you get that snippet from?

2.) 22 Aug 2020 15:57:06
AVFC transfer news and Rumours “ top stories”, go into the latest on Billing and you’ll see it was apparently reported by Kosovan sources about an hour ago.

3.) 22 Aug 2020 16:14:12
Thanks hopefully it’s tight but I’ll not get to excited until it happens.

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that his preferred destination will not pay the 25M asking price - he is certainly not in a position to tell his club to "accept the Aston Villa offer".}

4.) 22 Aug 2020 16:26:49
It could all be a ploy to get Leipzig to make a move.

{Ed002's Note - Smokescreens and ploys don't happen I am afraid (unless you are a Liverpool supporter - and then everything is a conspiracy as well).

5.) 22 Aug 2020 16:34:19
Lol, I take it you’re not a Liverpool supporter Ed.
Regarding Rashica, do you think we’ve got any chance of getting him?

{Ed002's Note - I think it will be very difficult - Rashica wants the RB Leipzig move but the clubs remain €5M apart. He wants to be playing in the Champions League which will not help the cause.}

6.) 22 Aug 2020 17:06:45
Thanks Ed, it was reported a short while ago that Rashica’s stance hasn’t changed. So sadly I think you’re right, and I think Villa need to channel their energies into finding a realistic alternative, this saga has gone on long enough.

7.) 22 Aug 2020 18:08:15
Mark I absolutely agree we should have moved on a long long time ago when he first said he wasn’t interested hopefully Leipzig won’t budge on the fee and he’s left high and dry with Werder Bremen wishful thinking I know but there you go.

8.) 22 Aug 2020 18:59:28
Unfortunately another click baiting story by the looks of things. However the interesting thing about this is, I haven’t seen anything about it on sky sports or any of the rated sports channels. the Birmingham Mail seem to be single handily Driving the propaganda campaign on this one lol. I would focus our efforts on other players, if the offers on the table, let WB decide. In other news we have also been linked with billing any truth in this?

9.) 22 Aug 2020 19:23:56
Billing is a very good DM imo but after Luiz's massive improvement I can't see it being worthwhile.

10.) 23 Aug 2020 09:22:31
As a rule of thumb, I wouldn’t trust 99% of things that are on AVFC Transfer News and Rumours.



10 Aug 2020 21:35:22
James Chester signed for Stoke City today on a permanent deal.
He was a great Villa servant who always gave his all, and led by example.
He was a really nice guy with it too and had a great sense of humour, rare virtues indeed.
Best of luck Chessie 👍.

1.) 10 Aug 2020 21:44:16
My apologies that should have been Chezzy 😁.

2.) 11 Aug 2020 09:03:07
Rolls Royce of a centre half in the championship. Proper professional, damaged his health and future career to play for us, couldn’t ask for more. Hope he goes on to achieve with Stoke, he deserves it.



10 Aug 2020 19:06:08
Now that the Sancho deal looks dead, is there a possibility that Man U will come back in for Grealish? They are completely different in terms of style of play and play in different positions though, so I would doubt it.
What are your thoughts on this Ed’s?

{Ed002's Note - Grealish is unrelated to Sancho.}

1.) 10 Aug 2020 20:24:07
Well you never know Ed, they could be distant cousins 😁.



29 Jul 2020 14:32:23
What’s the verdict on Eberechi Eze from QPR? Apparently he’s attracting a lot of interest, including from us. I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of him to be honest but he is being touted as a possible replacement for Grealish apparently. It would appear he’s provided a lot of assists and has scored his fair share of goals too. It’s said that he can be effective as an attacking midfielder and can also play out on the left, so similar to Grealish in that respect.
It’s reported that QPR will want around 20 million. He is still young at 22, so could be an interesting one.

1.) 29 Jul 2020 14:54:05
Mark, I watch quite a bit of championship football and from what I have seen he seems decent, a technical type very rangy and has a languid running style I don’t think he is that pacy he certainly doesn’t seem to run at players the way that Jack does but he is a creative type and see’s a pass I certainly think he is worth consideration if Benrahma doesn’t happen but the big question is as with all Championship players can they make the step up When I thought we were destined to be relegated and that Jack was going and Benrahma wasn’t likely to happen I did identify Eze as one we ought to consider looking at.

2.) 29 Jul 2020 15:09:19
Yes Mark, he is a half decent player mate, and stays on his feet more than grealish does.
He is strong and direct, and in my opinion thinks a bit quicker, and gets things moving.
He scored against us at VP in a 2-2 draw.
West Ham are showing a big interest, so moving down the road might be his better option.

3.) 29 Jul 2020 15:57:04
Decent looking player, not a winger but more of a wide attacking midfield player (so not sprinting down the wing, more of a technical player) . Jack wants to play number 8, so if he stays Eze could be the one who actually plays wider, or someone of his ilk. I think that's the type of player we need to bring in to keep Jack, a winger/ attacking mid to allow Jack to play centrally.

4.) 29 Jul 2020 18:28:55
Thanks for the feedback guys, I think what is interesting is that you all seem to think he’s technically up there, which as we we’ll know is important in the Premier league and something we lacked a bit. He is young and still has his best years to come, definitely a possibility I think.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s playoff at Brentford to take a look at Benrahma in particular. If Brentford fail tonight, I would think a few phone calls to the Brentford hierarchy might be in order. 👍.

5.) 29 Jul 2020 21:55:35
Boys and girls, if any of you think Eve would choose us over a club in London then your dreaming, only if they supported us or had a family connection, or as usual if we pay big wages will a play like Eve or Benerama come to us, maybe if we had European football that would help too, but in a straight choice, any player in London will want to stay in London, sad but true.




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29 Oct 2020 18:10:57
Well, France is in lockdown again, as of tomorrow until at least December.
I would be surprised if the UK doesn’t follow suit in the very near future.
Stay safe guys.

1.) 30 Oct 2020 11:45:12
Mark, You too mate, I think we should be now anyway.



28 Oct 2020 15:02:08
Does anybody know how our second string players got on against WBA’s second string.
Apparently it kicked off at 12 today behind closed doors at Bodymoor Heath.
I think it’s an excellent idea in that it should help bring their sharpness up and will perhaps give some of the youngsters an opportunity to impress also.

1.) 28 Oct 2020 16:37:25
I have heard 3-1 to Villa.
Goals from Davis, Traore and Taylor.

2.) 28 Oct 2020 19:12:48
Yes Mark Aka is correct 3-1, a good result.

3.) 28 Oct 2020 19:30:38
The result and the goal scorer’s are the only snippets of information, which is a bit disappointing. It would have been nice to have known how individuals performed etc.
Still, no doubt a good work out for some of those who haven’t had much action so far this season. Perhaps more information will be made available later.



19 Oct 2020 18:15:21
Our u23’s beat Wolves 3-1 this afternoon and Louie Barry bagged a brace. I’ve just watched a video of one of his goals, boy this kid is going to be special. Ollie Watkins will need to be on his toes because this lad will soon be banging on the door.

1.) 19 Oct 2020 18:53:35
Yeah seen the goal Mark, good tight control and a great finish.
The under 18s won again 2-0 against spuds, they are 5 points clear also.
Looking good lads, I know things can change in a flash, but embrace it while it lasts.

2.) 19 Oct 2020 22:46:00
Will be a while before Barry is in the first team squads, no doubt he’s got all the potential and all the signs of making it, but not quite yet. Seems physically lacking for the full men’s game, needs to get his man strength as they say in boxing.

3.) 20 Oct 2020 01:15:46
Chukwuemeka looked alright too.

4.) 20 Oct 2020 10:39:58
Full match is on the Wolves YouTube channel. 1h34m is the 2nd Villa goal.



18 Oct 2020 21:36:17
A bit sloppy in the first half but felt we bossed it in the second, and fully deserved the win.
Chelsea, we are in your debt for letting us have Ross Barkley. Great goal, great performance, Jack and Ross together are looking deadly. 4 in a row guys, bring on Leeds. 👍.

1.) 18 Oct 2020 22:09:36
A good analogy Mark, very pleased the way things are going.
Trez works so hard, I just wish he would calm down a bit, and stop rushing around, he sometimes undoes the good work he has done.

2.) 18 Oct 2020 22:10:44
Brilliant watching the two of them together!

3.) 18 Oct 2020 22:14:36
I thought the first quarter was Leicester’s then we got into it second quarter, second half apart from a 10 minute spell was ours, we had all the nearly moments, pundits need to start giving us our credit now we beat 2 top 6 teams made them look ordinary, probably less than ordinary in Liverpool’s case, credit to Deano he has them ticking real sweet👌 I said 2 weeks ago we could win at least 6 of our next 11 games and I got shot down a little, look at the fixtures before commenting back, I didn’t think Leicester would be 1 of the 6 but it’s really doable if we defend like we are with the threat we carry of the break. jack twinkle toes tonight the ball was sticking to his boot, the only thing I give Leicester credit for after that game was that they didn’t give away a penalty on him they were very disciplined inside the area,



16 Oct 2020 16:46:39
Looks like Vardy and Evans could miss the game, maybe the Gods really are with us this season.
Last half hour of the transfer window, no sign of your striker Dave, must of got lost round Spaghetti junction 😁.

1.) 16 Oct 2020 19:03:05
No Mark, and I will hold my hands up, I was wrong, and I am very disappointed to be honest.
I just hope we do not regret it, as the saying goes, time will tell.
It is still a very good window for us though, and ranks as one of our best I think Mark.

2.) 16 Oct 2020 19:28:45
Don’t worry Dave, Wesley will soon be available and believe me when I say Traoré can be a very capable centre forward if required, so plenty of cover mate 😁.

3.) 16 Oct 2020 20:00:39
Yes I know he is a decent centre forward Mark, I have seen him play a few games for Ajax as a centre forward a few years ago, impressed me.




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10 Oct 2020 17:36:18
I agree with both your comments and I think the owners should also be congratulated for sticking with Deano, despite the pressure from a certain quarters.
Deano has learnt a lot from his first season in the Premier league and it’s already evident that he’s taken those lessons on board and is increasingly growing into the task.
The manager merry go round approach often fails. Take Manchester United for example, how many top managers have they been through since Ferguson’s reign?
Have they really progressed? I don’t think they have, arguably they would be in a better place now had they’d kept faith with some of the managers they’ve dismissed.



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04 Oct 2020 13:28:06
I hate to say this but Wolves are getting an absolute cracker in Ait Nouri from Angers. On loan for the season with the option to buy. Why couldn’t we have got him on the same terms?
I’ve been really pleased with our dealings in this window but considering how weak we are in the left back position, I do feel that a great opportunity has been missed here.



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04 Oct 2020 12:00:41
According to the Mail, Watford are in advanced talks to sign Douglas.



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02 Oct 2020 22:21:59
Tottenham were supposedly front runners for King and they’ve just signed striker Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.
Will this clear the path for Villa?



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




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30 Oct 2020 18:10:55
Nice story Aka, and RIP Nobby. They would never have pulled it off without him. Not one of the glamour players but he kept Eusébio quiet in the semis and that was no mean feat. Will always remember the scene after the match, World Cup in one hand and the false teeth in the other.
I was 6 at the time Aka, but still remember it well, would be nice if England could do it again in our lifetimes.



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30 Oct 2020 12:14:17
Don’t know Chris but Burton are bottom of the table.



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28 Oct 2020 19:30:38
The result and the goal scorer’s are the only snippets of information, which is a bit disappointing. It would have been nice to have known how individuals performed etc.
Still, no doubt a good work out for some of those who haven’t had much action so far this season. Perhaps more information will be made available later.



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28 Oct 2020 13:35:27
Lassina 😂.



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28 Oct 2020 11:49:40
If he generally plays at right back, I can’t really see why Villa want him Ed, we are well covered in that position.

{Ed002's Note - He can also play at CB but it was simply an enquiry with his agent as I said.}