Paul McGrath: Building The Villan Legacy
Westwood Out, Peruzzi In On Deadline Day
Ashley Westwood moves to Southampton to further his career
Aston Villa had a quiet Transfer Deadline Day up until 9.30pm when Southampton placed a bid of £7,500,000 for Ashley Westwood. Aston Villa immediately negotiated as they new time was against them in there hunt to get Gino Peruzzi.
The Argentine was almost at Birmingham International airport on the advice of manager Paul McGrath in the hope they could force through a move to Aston Villa, but McGrath had to move quickly because Tottenham were suddenly showing an interest. By this time Southampton had put a new bid of £9,500,000 but £6,000,000 was upfront and the rest in installments, that would free up the £4,800,000 needed to sign Peruzzi but it was now 10.30pm and half an hour to push both deals through.
Peruzzi flew into Birmingham International Airport to move to Aston Villa
Westwood's deal hinged on the Peruzzi deal so Villa lodged there £4,800,000 bid and it was accepted and now the race was on to agree contracts and get the paperwork in, in time.
Westwood accepted the offer from Southampton and signed a 4 year £31,000 a week deal and was glad to be moving away from Villa Park. I know fans will not agree with me here but with Paul in charge, Aston Villa are only going to get relegated. I enjoyed my time but his and Roy Keane's coaching methods leave a lot to be desired.
Now there was a race against time and at 10.48pm, Gino Peruzzi arrived at Bodymoor Heath to discuss a deal to join The Villans. Peruzzi, who has been capped 4 times by Argentina wasted no time at all in accepting the Midlands club offer of a five year £19,750 a week deal and he is just glad he got his move away from Cantania. The defender, who new no English at all spoke in Spanish to the press with a translator.
Estoy muy contento de unirse a Aston Villa . Había sido un largo y duro proscess para forzar el abandono de Italia, pero tan pronto como nuevas las longitudes que el manager Paul McGrath iría a para asegurarse de que él me podía firmar , me prometí a mí mismo que iba a pasar a ellos. Esto fue todo por el gerente de Catania , Giuseppe Sannino . Tenía una mala influencia en el club y más jugadores quieren irse. Este es un nuevo capítulo para mí y creo que el Aston Villa puede ganar cosas y no puedo esperar para tirar de la camiseta de Claret y Azul .
I am so glad to join Aston Villa. It had been a long and hard process to force a move away from Italy but as soon as I new the lengths that manager Paul McGrath would go to to make sure he could sign me, I promised myself I would move to them. This was all because of the manager at Catania, Guiseppe Sannino. He had a bad influence on the club and more players want to leave. This is a new chapter for me and I think Aston Villa can win things and I can not wait to pull on the Claret & Blue jersey.