Afternoon all, I may do another one of two of these depending how fast news and transfers come in.

  I have used a couple of round-up and gossip columns to bring you the concise round-up of what I can gather, well here goes:

We are interested in Carroll, while we are only prepared to take him on loan initially we do want a view to buy, Liverpools asking price is 20m which has made West Ham turn away, we however want to offer 15m and wipe out the money the owe from Stewart Downing, the only issue is Carroll has reportedly told friends he is desperate to return to Newcastle who are confident in securing the power-house's services.

Ron Vlaar seems certain to sign, both Vlaar and his club have reveled he has spoke to Lambert about a possible move to us.  Vlaar has also reveled this would be a dream move and talks were positive with Lambert, Paul Faulkner has been left to tie up the deal while Lambo and the boys tour America (god help us all)

Jean II Makoun's situation seems to have been found out, he is struggling to obtain a work permit due to the fact he cannot speak English, despite moving to the West-Midlands in January 2011, and while he has been on loan out of the country he was still contracted to Aston Villa, he has not learned the language.  This has but his Aston Villa and most certainly Premier League future in doubt.

Thanks for reading, some nice news for you all if you haven't heard Stiliyan Petrov is doing a lot better and believes he is over the worst of his illness, however he does have a few more months of chemotherapy ahead of him.  All the best Stan we know you can beat it!

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being heavily linked to Snodgrass, Owen and Simpson too.... would take Snoddy but not sure we need ANOTHER right back and Owen is too old and too much of a risk to take on anything other than pay-as-you-play so can't see that

all very exciting for once though!

I did read about Simpson, forgot to add him in, not much on him but apparently he Lambert is interested.  Also heard about Snodgrass over the weekend but didn't find anything on him today, apparently they want to much (or so WC's twitter says).  Not seen any Owen links but again it is possible Lambert may be looking for a back-up option if we miss out on both Snodgrass and Carroll, although I believe we will only offer a pay-as-you-play.

  It is a very exciting window for us Villans, I also like the fact that Lambert gets things done, McLeish was clueless, Houllier was only in for January so can't comment, which leaves us with MON who did get some good buys but seemed to wait forever to do them.  However I am wondering if we have spent £5m for El-Ahmdi and Lowton and apparently £8m on Vlaar where has the £13m come from and where is the other £15m come from that we want to pay for Carroll?

i would assume the money Lerner promised (£20m rumoured) plus player sales

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