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Ridge wants Cahill at Blues

Ridge wants Cahill at Blues

Liam Ridgewell is hoping Alex McLeish will sign his former Aston Villa team-mate Gary Cahill - but the Birmingham boss has stressed he is also looking at other options.

Cahill, 22, recently completed a loan-spell with Sheffield United but does not appear to be part of Martin O'Neill's long-term plans - perhaps suffering from a case of 'I would rather play the players I have signed than those I inherited' syndrome, especially considering the signings of Zat Knight and Curtis Davies.

Ridgewell was quoted by SkySports.com as saying: "I'd definitely like to see Gary join us. He's a great footballer. He just wants to play first-team football and I think he deserves that.

"It's good that the gaffer is interested in him and it would be good to link up with Gary again. It would be extra competition for places because it's me and Rafael Schmitz at the moment.

"People make a lot about the move between Villa and Blues but at the end of the day we just want to play football. You just want to play week in and week out."

However, there is still some doubt about whether the sale would be a loan or a permanent transfer - although O'Neill seems to have indicated it would be a permanent move - and McLeish has admitted he has yet to speak to either Cahill or his agent.

McLeish said: "I've made contact with Gary's agent. Martin O'Neill has said I can speak to the player. I'm still waiting to do that and I will advance that this week. I'll try and talk to Gary and his agent and we will see if we can progress it.

"The bottom line is it's not in their hands or my hands. It is in Martin O'Neill's hands. Martin has indicated a sale would suit him but he also has a few injuries and he has got to look at his squad first and foremost. We respect everything Martin does in this instance and we are still looking at other options."

It has previously been suggested Cahill would cost £4million and there must be some doubt about whether, following the signings of James McFadden and David Murphy, the funds would be available. But with a current player making his feelings known, there seems to be a chance that something could happen.

Writer:Jasper's Parrot
Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 3:49PM

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Comments

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F Off. Do you want us to train a whole team for you. Or you could just be Villa reserves.
Villan444
21/01/2008 16:04:00
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Why are Villa fans so anti this move? He won't get a game, your manager doesn't want him, you think your manager is an untouchable God, ergo there is no problem.
OneTeamInBirmingham
21/01/2008 16:18:00
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Everyone else looking forward to the popping sound coming from Anfield tonight when the Vile get rogered?
The Blues Brother
21/01/2008 16:24:00
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The game tonight is to challenge for 4th or 5th place depending on the score. You guys don't even get on the TV. Do you have TVs even.
Villan444
21/01/2008 16:29:00
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As I have said before and will no doubt say again, I would rather support a second-rate club and accept they are second-rate than support a second-rate club and, thanks to all the public relations stunts the club's board pull, actually believe that the club is really one that can qualify for the Champions League. It's farcical. And embarrassing to watch. If it was just the kids then fair enough, but some of you lot who should know better are getting sucked along with all the hype.
The Blues Brother
21/01/2008 16:35:00
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McLeish seems to be doing a good job at the second team of the second City but you can't deny we are exciting to watch, especially away from home. Highest scorers on the road in the Prem no less. We will never make Champs League but Europe is highly likely. If we do then we will need to upgrade our squad for next year. So start saving your pennies or start buying dildos to help support your team and we may sell you some more of our cast offs in the summer.
Villan444
21/01/2008 16:45:00
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If by "exciting to watch" you mean "score goals by lumping the ball forward until we get set pieces" then yes!
The Blues Brother
21/01/2008 16:47:00
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Good point but thats not so much the way away from home.
Villan444
21/01/2008 16:50:00
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I personally want one guarantee. That if Liverpool do win tonight, we don't get articles, comments and forum posts on the Villa site about "we were robbed," "terrible referee" and "bad decisions"!
OneTeamInBirmingham
21/01/2008 16:53:00
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Back to the matter at hand. The only defender I'd really want from them is Martin Laursen and that's not going to happen. Anyone outside the top-four would take him, if we're being honest. Cahill could do a job, but a £4million job? No thanks.
By Eck We'll Do It
21/01/2008 16:59:00
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