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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 !


Interests: Golf
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01 May 2021 12:27:51
There’s a rumour going round that we might make a move for Axel Tuanzebe, and for as little as 7 million. Personally I would snap him up for a fee as low as that. At just 23, he’s got many good years ahead of him and I think he’s capable of pushing Tyrone for a place in the team, he could also be a useful replacement right back.
Another option might be to play 3 at the back, with 2 attacking wing backs in Cash and Targett. This would do away with the need of orthodox wingers if we went 3-5-2.
I could imagine our other 3 midfielders as being Berge, Buendia and of course Jack, with Tammy and Ollie up front.
The bench wouldn’t look too shoddy either with the likes of Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Sanson and Chukwuemeka to call upon 😍.


1.) 01 May 2021 13:56:53
Hi Mark, hope all is well, I have been really busy mate as you know, but I totally agree, he would be a welcome addition to the side.
If reports are right enjoyed his time with us before, and would have very little trouble settling in.
A good value signing all round mate.


2.) 01 May 2021 14:59:04
Mark, definitely with you if the rumour on Axel is right as you say he’s the right age, versatile in that he can play in a number of defensive positions even defensive midfield if push came to shove and at £7 million in today’s market they strikes me as great value. However I am not sure how reliable the rumour is, as other outlets are reporting we are looking to sign an experienced premier league centre back which clearly Axel isn’t. I guess time will tell which way we go.


3.) 01 May 2021 15:04:59
Axel defensive mid. 🤔👍🏻

UTV.


4.) 01 May 2021 16:35:02
Defensive midfield is a good shout Ally. Axel would fit the bill there, with his height, physique and pace.


5.) 01 May 2021 19:41:03
I really hope there’s substance to this. Right age, good player, versatile, knows the club. Price feels about right (and good value) for a player who hardly gets any game time at Utd and who’s entering the last year of his contract.


6.) 02 May 2021 12:04:12
If United are genuinely interested in Tom Heaton, maybe we could do a straight swap. I think that would be a fair deal and it would benefit both clubs.


7.) 02 May 2021 19:19:35
I think that would be a great solution for both clubs Mark.
I would be very happy with that, to be fair Tommy boy is far better than a back up keeper, even at his age.


8.) 03 May 2021 09:10:43
To be honest if Heaton wants to play first team football why on gods earth would he join United? At best he will be second choice behind Henderson, at worst third choice if De Gea stays, surely either way he has just as much chance of playing first team football with us than with them.

If he does move to United won’t it be on a free? As his contract expires this summer so the swap with Axel would be a non starter.


9.) 09 May 2021 21:11:54
Of all the rumours circulating around, this one seems to stand up to scrutiny more than most. Cost, our likely requirement (Engels leaves? ), player status etc.

The Szilai story with a £15-20M just didn’t stack up for instance. I just can’t see Smith/ Lange shelling out that sort of money for, potentially, a reserve CB, particularly when their will be priorities further forward and covering the LB spot need to be budgeted for too.

Smith’s familiarity with Tuanzebe plus his flexibilty (CB/ RB/ DM) makes him a good fit, especially if the manager is weighing up Kessler, rather than Guilbert, as his RB cover. He could well want a plan B, just in case it doesn’t go to plan.


10.) 11 May 2021 22:14:34
A swap deal with Heaton won’t happen because the goalie is out of contract next month. However, it seems he will be United bound, but on a free.


 

 

18 Apr 2021 11:56:46
Villa are supposedly leading the race for Loftus Cheek, not sure if there’s any truth in it.
He is a quick, powerful player though who goes past players with ease, and would give our midfield a bit of height and physical presence.
I think he would be a significant upgrade on our current Chelsea player.


1.) 18 Apr 2021 12:55:25
Been impressed with him whenever I've seen him play and certainly puts himself about a bit, unlike a certain Chelsea loanee. Offers height, physicality and skill. It's a yes for me if true 👍.


2.) 18 Apr 2021 21:27:41
I like Loftus Cheek but apparently according to press reports he’s on £150k a week! Really. Much as I like him there is better value out there than that.
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3.) 19 Apr 2021 00:46:53
When he played for Chelsea youth, against Villa, in the French youth tournament at 17, it was reported he’d just signed a £1.7 m contract .


 

 

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.


 

 

 

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01 May 2021 22:15:25
Happy days are here again.
We’ve had to wait a while but boy did I enjoy watching that performance.
A fully deserved win, well played lads 👏👏👏.


 

 

21 Apr 2021 21:14:27
I can’t help wondering what Guardiola’s reaction would have been if it had been Mings who made that awful challenge on Foden.
I’m just thankful Ramsey wasn’t seriously injured.


1.) 21 Apr 2021 21:58:05
It's no different to Coopers challenge the other day and I didn't see Pep defending that.


 

 

02 Apr 2021 12:29:03
Looks likely that Wesley will get a start for the u23’s this afternoon, so good luck big fella.


1.) 02 Apr 2021 14:21:19
Yes Mark, he also had a run out against the Tesco bags last week, It was a pre-arranged friendly I think mate.


2.) 02 Apr 2021 15:08:53
I know Dave but the Wolves youngsters will probably be a greater challenge than the Sandwell Tesco bags 😁.


3.) 02 Apr 2021 15:43:47
Got it, see your point 👍😂.


4.) 02 Apr 2021 16:11:05
2-0 to us so far with goals from Kessler and Barry 👍.


 

 

06 Mar 2021 16:35:40
Very pleased to see that Morgan Sanson will start today’s game, about time 👍.


 

 

03 Mar 2021 22:15:18
Just to let you all know Guilbert is doing really well at Strasbourg and tonight he scored the winning goal against Monaco. A terrific strike from outside the box.


1.) 03 Mar 2021 22:17:37
And compare that to Elmo Mark?

Should of tried harder to convince him to stay till the end of the season.


2.) 03 Mar 2021 22:34:47
Strasbourg are playing 3 at the back, allowing Guilbert to play a wing back role, which seems to suit him perfectly.
I agree Smithy, we could certainly do with him at the moment, I’ve always rated him and he shouldn’t have been 3rd choice right back in my opinion.


3.) 03 Mar 2021 23:52:33
It was bad judgment letting him go on loan, should of learned from our injuries last year. I would of like to see him and Matty on the same side for games where we would struggle defensively.


 

 

 

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02 May 2021 12:04:12
If United are genuinely interested in Tom Heaton, maybe we could do a straight swap. I think that would be a fair deal and it would benefit both clubs.


 

 

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01 May 2021 16:35:02
Defensive midfield is a good shout Ally. Axel would fit the bill there, with his height, physique and pace.


 

 

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27 Apr 2021 17:02:34
Good posts Daz and John. I haven’t always agreed with some of Deano’s line ups, substitutions, reluctance to try some of the youngsters etc., but I wholeheartedly agree we should stick with him.
To be a top 6 side, we need to have a much stronger squad. When Deano’s got that, I have every confidence we will be.
With the current squad, I doubt there’s a manager out there who would have got us higher than a mid-table finish.


 

 

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08 Apr 2021 09:10:54
I do like to read a bit of positivity Biggles, well said indeed. As Dave said BigToneAV, a few of us on here have been advocating trying the youngsters out between now and the end of the season. I think it would keep the regulars on their toes and help keep a high tempo on the pitch as well. It would be a shame if the season just fizzled out without trying something different. Nice to know there’s somebody else on board with the same view. 👍.


 

 

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23 Feb 2021 17:16:28
Ok, my apologies, it’s just that Ed001 made reference to a new Ed this morning. Perhaps we can work on you becoming a Villa supporter 😁.

{Ed077's Note - Unlikely nay Impossible mate. But appreciate the thought. And no need to apologise mark


 

 

 

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02 May 2021 10:05:45
Good questions John, and as you say it’s highly likely there will be interest in the players you mention.
Our hierarchy will be faced with some tough decisions this Summer I think. There may well be interest in Cash, Mings, and Targett also. Unless very inflated bids come in for any of those 8 players then, we need to be keeping them at the club, and the improved contracts they have received will certainly help to achieve that.
However as you say, every player does have his price, and so my very inflated prices would be;
Grealish- 100 million
Watkins - 70 million
Konsa- 60 million
Martinez- 60 million
McGinn - 50 million
Mings - 45 million
Cash - 40 million
Targett - 35 million
Regarding El Ghazi, there’s a great player in there and occasionally we see those flashes of brilliance, such as the goal he scored last night. However for the best part of that game, he looked like our weakest link. If only he could find that consistency, maybe he will, more likely he won’t.
If we are looking to bring in more quality in the attacking areas, AEG will find it difficult to get very much game time, and personally I would like to see some of our youngsters promoted to the first team squad in preference.
However we shouldn’t be giving him away and imho, we should be looking for 12-15 million for him.


 

 

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01 May 2021 08:30:12
Yes mate, I can remember when I used to stand in the Holte and witnessing fights between so called fellow supporters. Sadly it’s starting to become a bit like that on this site these days.
Come on lads we’re never going to agree on everything but there’s no need to be disrespectful to fellow supporters of our beloved club🤝.


 

 

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30 Apr 2021 18:05:45
What a brilliant series that was 👍.
Vintage Ronnie Barker and the hugely talented Richard Beckinsale, who was sadly taken so young.


 

 

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29 Apr 2021 18:15:33
Yes, I did hear he’s a bit of a wizard 😁
Brighton have been in the Premier league for 5 seasons now and have some good players as you rightly say. In fact when you look at their first team players list and then look at ours, they look pretty even. So 2 squads consisting of players of similar ability, you would think then, only the manager could really make the difference when it comes down to who finishes higher in the table. 🤔.


 

 

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29 Apr 2021 15:04:39
BK, what would you prefer to see if we sign Tammy?
Playing both Ollie and Tammy together or using them in rotation, and sticking with the same 4-2-3-1 formation
I would go with playing both of them, Ollie has a knack of drifting out wide to great effect, and takes central defenders with him when he does this. This I think would create a lot of space and opportunities for Tammy. I’m sure Tammy would benefit enormously from Ollie’s selfless and intelligent mouvement.
In a deflated market though following the losses in revenues this season, 40 million does seem a bit on the high side for me. When you consider what we paid for Ollie, and for me he is the better all round player. Tammy is probably a better chance taker than Ollie, but Ollie has so many elements to his game, that Tammy somewhat lacks.
Playing them in tandem though, I think they would compliment each other, and so I would be all for getting him in, but hopefully for a bit less than 40 million.