Reports this morning from the Daily Mirror claim that Tottenham have leapfrogged Liverpool in the race to sign veteran keeper Brad Friedel with the American favouring the prospect of first team football which is far more likely at Spurs than his former club. Meanwhile, the Guardian report that Villa have re-established their interest in Rangers stopper Allan McGregor. All this plus the results of last weeks poll of who Villa fans want as their next number 1 are revealed. Read more
Aston Villa denied reports this morning that broke in today’s Birmingham Mail that Gerard Houllier has agreed to leave the club by mutual consent, though it is still widely expected that the Frenchman’s departure is imminent. Read more
Reports surrounding Aston Villa this morning claim that manager Gerard Houllier will leave the club by mutual consent following test results regarding the health scare he suffered earlier in the year.
Randy Lerner’s right hand man emphasised that the Frenchman’s health was of paramount importance last week and it now seems that the former Liverpool boss would be running too high a risk in returning to management. The decision is believed to be a done deal by sources close to the club, though Villa are yet to make an official statement on the rumours.
The confirmation is likely to be made later today and many Villa fans are getting what they wished for with the latest news after a desperately disappointing season in the most part at the club. More to follow but speculation has already moved to the man who will be chosen as Houllier’s successor at Villa Park, with the likes of Moyes, Benitez and even Ancelotti being touted in recent weeks.
Aston Villa have confirmed that Nigel Reo-Coker has been released along with 9 others including John Carew and Robert Pires.
The midfield man is the unluckiest of the crop of players which consists of 5 youngsters having had a successful final season at the club.
Reserve regulars Salifou and Osbourne also depart along with former fan favourite John Carew and failed veteran Robert Pires.
Interest is believed to be high at home and abroad in 26-year-old Reo-Coker and I for one hoped he would stay but a deal couldnt be reached.
Interestingly Brad Friedel was not on the list, indicating that Villa are still in talks to keep the American
TalkSport claim that Villa’s much sought after England international, Ashley Young, will complete a move to Premier League Champions Manchester United ‘within days’ snubbing a switch to Liverpool in the process. Read more
The Sun have claimed that Villa are lining up an ambitious £10m swoop for West Ham talisman Scott Parker, with Liverpool and Tottenham both thought to be keen in the England international. Read more
After speculation remains rife that Brad Friedel will not accept a new deal at the club, with Tottenham reportedly ready to vie for his signature with Liverpool, Villa have been linked with another replacement and not for the first time, it’s Nottingham Forest’s Lee Camp. Read more
Aston Villa’s 22-year-old midfielder Jonathan Hogg is willing to rejoin Portsmouth, having played 19 times for tha Championship side on loan since January, in order to ensure more first team football. Read more
Villa’s veteran midfielder Robert Pires, all but certain to leave the club this summer, has hit out at the club for showing him a lack of respect, admitting that his short spell back in the Premier League has been a failure. Read more
As I expected to happen, following the relegation of West Ham, Villa have been linked with an interest in former favourite Thomas Hitzlsperger who is believed to be one of a number of players involved in a mass exodus at Upton Park. Read more