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Given expecting Villa exit

March 2, 2014

Shay Given expects to leave Aston Villa in the summer after admitting his time with the Premier League club was coming to an end. The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has recently returned to Villa Park following a successful loan spell with Middlesbrough, where kept 10 clean sheets in 16 appearances.

Given recently returned to Villa Park after a successful loan spell with Championship club Middlesbrough where he kept 10 clean sheets in 16 matches, making the club a good clean sheet bet with Betfair.com. While the Teesiders were keen on extending the keeper’s loan until the end of the season, Villa weren’t able to include a 24-hour recall clause into the deal.

Given, who has been out of favour at Villa since being replaced as number one by Brad Guzen last season, still has another two years left on his contract at Villa Park and the club are keen on shedding the veteran from their wage bill. For the time being, however, a loan move to the Championship before the end of March looks to be Given’s only chance of playing regular first team football before the end of the season.

“Hopefully something will happen in the summer somewhere. It has been really frustrating not playing. I might go back out on loan again somewhere before the end of March. Aston Villa want me out of the door, so something might happen.”

“The window doesn’t open until the summer, so maybe there is a Championship club out there who might want me.”

Despite being 37-year old, Given still has plenty to offer a Premier League club never mind a Championship one. The Betfair odds will soon begin to link Given with his next move, and it remains to be seen whether the Irishman will continue to play his football in England or make a potential move to the MLS in America.

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Holt Not the Answer for Villa

January 27, 2014

Aston Villa have signed Wigan’s Grant Holt on loan until the end of the season, with Villa manager Paul Lambert hopeful the 32-year old can score the goals to help fire Villa to safety. A loan move for any player in January suggests Lambert might not have been given the spending money he desires, but of all the signings he could have made, this seems like a strange one.

Holt was exceptional for Norwich as they rose from League 1 to the top flight between 2009 and 2011 and also scored 25 goals in the Premiership, but as he reaches the twilight of his career he has struggled to find the net, managing only two goals for Wigan, both of which came last August.
Signing a striker with that record barely looks like a good move for clubs in the Championship, let alone for a top-flight club fighting to avoid relegation to that level.

Following a cameo appearance at Anfield in Villa’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool, time will tell whether Holt succeeds, but given that Villa already have a powerful target man struggling for goals in Christian Benteke, its hard not to feel like Lambert should have focused on other signings.

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Villa striker being linked with big boys

January 27, 2013

According to the Sunday Mirror a host of Premier League big boys are monitoring the situation of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The Belgium international has been one of the few positives for the Villans in a miserable season.

The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City are now believed to be ready to mount a bid to sign the talented youngster. The 22 year-old striker has scored 11 times this season after joining the Midlanders from Genk for a fee in the region of £6million last summer.

Benteke had been linked with a previous move to Everton prior to joining Villa, but he is now attracting even more attention. Villa are currently fighting or their Premier League lives and should they go down their better players are likely to leave the club. Benteke is one of those better players and he is unlikely to stick around at Villa Park in the Championship.

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Villa in talks with Benteke and chase Crewe star

August 31, 2012

Aston Villa are believed to be in talks with Genk striker Christian Benteke. The 21 year-old Belgian international has been described as ‘the new Didier Drogba’ and Villa boss Paul Lambert will be hopeful that he can clinch the signing of the striker.

Villa have yet to agree a fee with his Belgian club, but a compromise is expected to be reached so that the youngster can make the move to the Midlands. Villa are in desperate need of new attacking players.

The Villans have already added young striker Jordan Bowery to their squad. The 21 year-old joined from League Two Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee, but Villa are still looking to add their squad before the window shuts.

Villa are also believed to be interested in signing Crewe’s midfielder star Ashley Westwood. The 22 year-old is highly-rated and has been linked with moves to the likes of Everton and Fulham in the past few seasons.

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Villa target Doyle and Middlesbrough starlet

August 28, 2012

Premier League Aston Villa and Everton are believed to be interested in signing Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who is rated in the £6million bracket. Doyle joined the Midlanders from Reading for £6.5million in 2009 and was one of Wolves better players last season, as Wolves were relegated.

Villa have also been linked with Belgian striker Christian Benteke, but Doyle seems to be an alternative option to the youngster. Everton are also looking to strengthen their strike force and could make a move for the Republic of Ireland international.

Aston Villa have also made a bid for Middlesbrough defender Joe Bennett. The 22 year-old left-back has made nearly a hundred appearances for Boro after coming through the Boro academy. Villa are looking to fill their problem left-back position and Villa boss Paul Lambert sees Bennett as the ideal solution.

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Aston Villa look to strengthen before Friday deadline

August 28, 2012

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline. Villa have had a bid turned down for Genk striker Christian Benteke. The 21 year-old Belgian international has been in fine form this season for Genk scoring three goals in five appearances and also scoring for his country in their 4-2 victory over local rivals Netherlands.

Villa are expected to return with an increased bid for the highly-rated young striker. Everton boss David Moyes has also expressed an interest in the youngster in the past, but has other targets in mind for this window.

Villa are also showing an interest in Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens. The 24 year-old moved to the Addicks last summer and helped played a big role in the club being promoted to the Championship. It would be a rapid rise for a player who was playing League One football last season.

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Villa sign Moroccan midfielder

July 2, 2012

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Moroccan midfielder Karim El Ahmadi. The 27 year old, who joins Villa from Dutch outfit Feyenoord Rotterdam, becomes Paul Lambert’s first signing since taking over as manager, and has put pen to paper a three year contract with the Villans. Villa have reportedly paid a £2m fee for his services.

El Ahmadi was instrumental in Feyenoord’s second place finish in the Eredivisie last season, thus bringing back Champions League football back to De Kuip.

Ahmadi previously played for Twente, the club in the city of his birth, and has also had a loan stint in the Middle East with Al Ahli Dubai.

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Lambert to try and lure Naughton and Gunter to Villa

June 19, 2012

New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has earmarked Kyle Naughton and Chris Gunter as two possible summer arrivals at Villa Park. Tottenham defender Naughton, who spent last season on loan at Norwich City, Lambert’s previous club before he took over the reins at Villa from Alex McLeish, is a £4m target for the Midlands outfit. Norwich and their new manager Chris Houghton also remain interested, but Lambert’s presence at Villa Park may tilt the deal the latter’s way.

Lambert will also make a fresh attempt to sign Chris Gunter, the Nottingham Forest full back he failed to acquire during the January transfer window for Norwich. The 22 year old is an ex Spurs player and moved to the City Ground in 2009. He is the final year of his four year contract at Forest.

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Villa to sign Holman

March 13, 2012

Aston Villa have reached an agreement to sign Australian international Brett Holman at the end of the season. The Midlands outfit announced that Socceroos star Holman, will leave Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar at the end of the 11/12 season and make a switch north to England. Holman, who played at the 2010 World Cup with Australia, has been in the Netherlands for nearly a decade now. He started off with Feyenoord Rotterdam and then had spells with Excelsior and NEC Nijmegen before joining current club AZ Alkmaar.

Apart from Villa, the likes of Fulham and Blackburn Rovers were also interested in signing Holman, who was named Australia’s player of the Year in 2011.

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Delfouneso to join Leicester on loan

January 23, 2012

Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso has agreed to join Leicester City on a month long loan. Delfouneso, whom manager Alex McLeish agreed to let go of after the arrival of Robbie Keane, trained with his Leicester team mates yesterday. The deal’s not officially been announced but the youngster could make his Foxes debut as early as today evening when the Foxes play Southampton.

The 20 year old Delfouneso has represented England at various youth levels and can play both as a striker or an attacking winger. Born in Birmingham, he is a product of the Villa youth academy and made his European debut for them aged just 17.

However appearances have become tough for Delfouneso this season- he has started only twice under new gaffer Alex McLeish.

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