I will not pay extortionate money to get us into the Champions League, says Villa boss O'Neill

26 January 2009 07:05
Put your shirt on me: Emile Heskey joined Aston Villa in a£3.5m deal from Wigan O'Neill is keen to add more than just striker Emile Heskey - poised to make his Villa debut at Fratton Park - during the current transfer window.But the former Celtic boss is adamant he will not pay ridiculous amounts for a player before the window closes in just over a week's time.   More... Aston Villa prepare£10m double swoop for City pair Johnson and Sturridge Doncaster 0 Aston Villa 0: Sullivan's skills drive Villa crazy ASTON VILLA FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB O'Neill said: 'The fees for players in this window have surprised me and I assume, with the wages that also go with such deals, would be more than a tidy sum.'If there was a player out there who respresented really great value for the club, and could play a major part in proceedings here for some considerable time, then I would have a look at it. Prudent: Villa boss Martin O'Neill 'Would I pay over the odds? Yes, I don't mind that which was the case with Ashley Young who has proved great value. Would I pay an extortionate price for someone? No. 'I would do something simply because we have probably the smallest squad in the Premier League. That is despite adding some players last summer.'O'Neill is looking to Heskey, who signed from Wigan for£3.5million on Friday, to give Villa a different dimension up front in the absence of the injured John Carew.He said: 'Emile will give us another option. He can play with Gabby and John when he is back fit. He will be excellent for us.' Villa defender Luke Young will return against Pompey after serving a one-game ban in the FA Cup goalless draw at Doncaster for incurring five bookings this season.   More... Aston Villa prepare£10m double swoop for City pair Johnson and Sturridge Doncaster 0 Aston Villa 0: Sullivan's skills drive Villa crazy ASTON VILLA FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB  

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