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7500 To Holte 6 hours ago

Aston Villa sign Sinclair

Manchester City's Scott Sinclair moves to Aston Villa on a season long loan with a view to buy should Sinclair impress. Aston Villa have made their second loan signing of the season by bringing Manchester City's Scott Sinclair in for the remainder of the season. Earlier, it was reported that Sinclair had passed his medical at Bodymoor Heath which has led to today's announcement of his loan signing. The loan deal will favour Aston Villa who have nothing to lose with this new addition to the squad. Should Sinclair impress Villa, then the loan can be made permanent with a small £2 million...
7500 To Holte 10 hours ago

Ba-d company: Aston Villa reportedly interested in prolific striker

Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in securing the services of former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba. The Senegalese national (who did not play in this year's AFCON) has been with Bestikas of the Turkish Süper Lig since the beginning of the season. And it's his work at Bestikas (as well as his previous work with Newcastle) that make him such an interesting target. At Bestikas, in his first start this year, he bagged a hat trick in a Champions League qualifying match against Feyenoord. Though the club didn't advance to the group stages, Ba hasn't stopped...
7500 To Holte 10 hours ago

Sinclair passes Villa medical?

Manchester City winger is reported to have completed his medical at Bodymoor Heath ahead of a deadline day loan-to-buy move. The signing of Scott Sinclair looks to be charging ahead amid previous rumours that the deal was dead in the water. The MEN and our friends at Bitter & Blue have both stated that Sinclair has arrived in Birmingham and passed his medical ahead of a move back to the midlands. Villa are set to sign the winger on loan until the end of the season and should he impress Paul Lambert and Tom Fox enough, there is an option to purchase the player for £2 million. Little is...
7500 To Holte 13 hours ago

Can Aston Villa nab a win over Arsenal for transfer deadline day?

Jack and Robert are back after an Aston Villa w... wi... win? Is that how you spell it? It's their second in the month of January, but this weekend sees the club try to get back on track in the Premier League, where they haven't won since December 7. Unfortunately, the challenge will be stiff, as Villa travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal, who currently sit in fifth. We'll have a recap of the FA Cup victory (with 2 [two!] goals!), and a look at what Villa might do as the transfer window closes. We'll also be welcoming on Zito Madu to talk about the Arsenal match. Zito is one of the...
7500 To Holte Jan 28, 2015

Villa back in the hunt for Manchester City winger

Aston Villa were rumoured to be interested in Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair at the beginning of the month. But since then, they signed Carles Gil and the interest in Sinclair seemed to have wained. Not so, according to Nick Mashiter of the Press Association: #avfc back in the running to sign #mcfc winger Scott Sinclair. — Nick Mashiter (@nickmashiter) January 28, 2015 Nick is a pretty reliable source, and though his information could be wrong, I'm totally confident that he's not making anything up. If he's tweeting it, there is something there. And that's good news for Villa,...
7500 To Holte Jan 28, 2015

Aston Villa Cup Clash scheduled for TV

Villa will make their live television debut in this year's F.A Cup coverage when Leicester City come to town. The BBC have today announced that they will showcase the Midlands F.A Cup clash between Aston Villa and Leciester City for live television coverage, No doubt influenced by the 'size' of the match and Villa's reasonably exciting performance in the fourth round, the game will be shown live on BBC One from 12.30PM GMT on Sunday the 15th of February. This will be Villa's first televised F.A Cup match this year and will likely be a landmark game for AVFC, who seem to be turning the...
7500 To Holte Jan 28, 2015

The Bacuna Dilemma

Could the addition of Carles Gil revitalise one of Villa's other attacking talents? As well as being a catchy name for a spy thriller, this is what Paul Lambert is facing right now. What do you with Leandro Bacuna? Anyone watching his performance against Bournemouth in the FA Cup should've come away with the impression that he had a poor game. His touch was atrocious at times, he dribbled into trouble and was a frequent culprit for Bournemouth gaining possession and running through the middle of the Villa midfield. But he also had a hand in both of our goals. I particularly want to have a...
7500 To Holte Jan 27, 2015

2015 January transfer deadline day: Date, cutoff time, and what to expect

Everything you need to know about the close of the 2015 January transfer window. The 2015 January transfer window is less than a week from closing and that means a flurry of activity is probably about to happen. We've got all the details and information you need to be ready for the Monday deadline. And even if some of this is old-hat to you, it's still nice to have the date and time at your fingertips! Let's get the important stuff out of the way first: when does the window slam shut? Teams will be able to make transfers up until 23:00 GMT on Monday, February 2. That's 11 PM in England, 6...
7500 To Holte Jan 27, 2015

Another Villa takeover rumour dies a predictable death

File this under "Well yeah, that was expected." Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has come out publicly and said that he isn't planning on buying Aston Villa any time soon. Actually, his words seem a bit more harsh than that: "I have not indicated interest nor had any discussions pertaining to the purchase of Aston Villa or any other club." That's almost as bad as Mark Cuban not even knowing who we are. But, this should surprise no one. The rumour was a scurrilous little piece in the Daily Mail that was just a throw-away sentence or two. There's no reason to think that the world's...
7500 To Holte Jan 27, 2015

Why Villa's Delph deal is win/win

It is assumed Delph will leave this summer, even after signing a long term deal at Villa Park. Here's why that's not bad news at all. I remember the chat I had with the other 7500toHolte writers a few weeks back. "Why didn't Villa give Delph and Vlaar a small pay rise and a few more contract years to get a higher fee for them?" I couldn't believe they hadn't signed Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar to a short term deal. It would have ensured Aston Villa would get a fair price for their players, especially when Liverpool and Tottenham lurked around waiting to slap a cut price £4 million on the...
7500 To Holte Jan 26, 2015

Aston Villa to take on Leicester City in FA Cup fifth round

After defeating Bournemouth in the fourth round, Aston Villa will take on Leicester City next in the FA Cup. Coming into the weekend, it didn't look like Aston Villa would have much of a shot at this year's FA Cup. In the past, manager Paul Lambert has stated how the cup is a distraction and that the league is the priority. The opponent for the fourth round was championship table-toppers AFC Bournemouth, a formidable opponent. However, after the string of shock results on Saturday, the field kind of opened up. With Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Chelsea all being...
7500 To Holte Jan 26, 2015

One Moment: Finally a positive day for Villa fans

Wonder goals, new contracts and a big juicy win. More of the same please. I’ve been pretty angry with The Villa lately. I've watched a team seemingly in an irreversible plunge to the Championship. An owner that won’t fork out £3 million for a Man City player that could be a solid investment *and* help avoid the drop. A manager that has his heart set on a tactical system that doesn’t suit the squad at his disposal. Players performing far below their proven level. A lack of accountability and a club being driven in totally the wrong direction.I still think we’ll be in a massive fight...
7500 To Holte Jan 26, 2015

Villa officially send defender out on loan to Championship

Aston Villa have made official the news that we first heard this morning: Chris Herd is headed to the Championship to help struggling Wigan try to avoid relegation. LOAN NEWS: Chris Herd has joined @LaticsOfficial until the end of the season. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/pefnrwfe3x — Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) January 26, 2015 The move comes in the middle of a season in which Herd has done absolutely nothing with Villa. Given that he's primarily a central defender, it would make sense that he's seen no action, as he's got five first-team quality players ahead of him competing for...
7500 To Holte Jan 26, 2015

FA Cup draw 2015: How to follow the fifth round online

We're almost done with the fourth round of the FA Cup, and that means it's time to draw the fifth round. The competition will be down to sixteen teams, and thanks to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, Aston Villa will be amongst those chosen. The draw occurs tonight (Monday, January 26) at 7 PM England time. Amongst the teams to be chosen, we're guaranteed to have at least six teams advance from the lower leagues. Cambridge United, Fulham, Bolton, and Rochdale could add themselves to that pool. Notably absent from the draw will be traditional powerhouse teams such as Tottenham, Manchester City,...
7500 To Holte Jan 26, 2015

Villa vs Bournemouth Full Recap

Villa earned a win over Bournemouth and can now look ahead to the Cup draw with some real excitement as the big boys falter. Magic of the Cup, as plucky strugglers down top of the table Bournemouth No apologies here for an extensive revelling in a Villa win that featured two goals, avoided the media hyped  ‘giant-killing' and defied more than a few pre-match predictions, including those of our very own Robert Lintott and Jack Grimse on the Holtecast! Villans were apprehensive about a Cup tie against high-flying Bournemouth who lead the Championship at the moment by means of scoring...
7500 To Holte Jan 26, 2015

Chris Herd on verge of Wigan Athletic loan move

Aston Villa's Aussie utility man set to leave on loan to Wigan Athletic in a move that will see his AVFC contract expire The Birmingham Mail has reported that Villa's Chris Herd will today complete a loan move to Wigan that will surely mean the end of his Aston Villa career, considering that the Australian's contract is up in July. There's been no talk or rumour of a renewal and it would be a surprise if he was signed back to the club now. Chris Herd was best known to Villa fans as the bloke who got involved in a fight outside a Birmingham nightclub a few years back. His role in the team...
7500 To Holte Jan 25, 2015

Aston Villa 2-1 Bournemouth

Villa managed two goals to see off Bournemouth and advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup Villa scored! Twice! Madness at Villa Park! Before the match, we had heard that the club were making a pre-game announcement with regard to player news. It was announced that Fabian Delph had signed a new contract, giving the fans some good news before kickoff. The first half was somewhat dull, and Bournemouth were the better of the two sides, despite Villa having slightly more possession. However, Paul Lambert's hafltime team talk must have worked, as the Claret and Blue came out looking motivated...
7500 To Holte Jan 25, 2015

Aston Villa annouce Delph contract extension

Before today's F.A Cup clash with AFC Bournemouth Aston Villa annouced that Fabian Delph is extending his stay in Birmingham Aston Villa have today announced the contract extension of Fabian Delph in a rather unique way, by generating hype on Twitter and pre-match on the Villa Park stadium screens. Fabian was linked to small money moves to clubs such as Liverpool and Tottenham, but this contract extension means that if Delph moves, he can actually move for the money he is worth. The fact that this was hyped so much about Aston Villa shows that the club are desperate to renew a 'feel good...
7500 To Holte Jan 25, 2015

Aston Villa vs Bournemouth: CONFIRMED LINEUPS, open match thread

Join us for lineups and discussion during the FA Cup fourth round match between Aston Villa and Bournemouth Aston Villa host Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Previously, we had talked about how there wasn't much upside to this match. However, after the many cupsets that occurred yesterday with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur going down, there may be a chance for Villa to make a cup run. Who am I kidding, the cup is a distraction to Paul Lambert. Anyways, here are the lineups: Aston Villa FC: Shay Given, Alan Hutton, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark [c], Kieran...
7500 To Holte Jan 25, 2015

Aston Villa host Bournemouth and there is absolutely no upside on the line

The best that can come of this is a revival of the status quo; Let's just get it over with. Aston Villa will host Bournemouth in the 4th round of the FA Cup this afternoon, and it's not much of  a stretch to call this one of the most important match of the Paul Lambert era. At this point that's been said so much that it's lost all meaning, but bear with me;the fans are more or less in open revolt, and though Paul Lambert is likely to stay in charge through the end of the season no matter what happens, a loss in this match all but guarantees a turn against Lambert so complete that there's...