Wednesday media watch [06.01.16]
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa have started getting ready for life in the Championship by ordering scouts to line up players with experience outside the top-flight ready for next season. Boss Rémi Garde saw his side suffer a devastating 3-1 defeat at 19th placed Sunderland which has virtually ended their Premier League survival hopes as they only have eight points. And this week the club's recruitment department reacted by asking their scouts to size up potential cheap new recruits who know the Championship.
Daily Mail: Leeds United, QPR and Derby all want to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish on loan during the January transfer window. The 20-year-old has made just three appearances since he infuriated manager Rémi Garde by breaching club protocol.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa are set to pay off £10m winger Charles N'Zogbia. The 29-year-old Frenchman has played just twice this season and is now looking to kickstart his career in America's MLS. He has six months left on the five year deal he signed when he arrived from Wigan in the summer of 2011. He has made just 63 starts for Villa and only scored five goals.
Birmingham Mail: Villa's out-of-favour midfielder Joe Cole is set to complete a permanent move to Coventry City this week. The Sky Blues are hopeful of completing a deal in time for Cole to play against League One promotion rivals Walsall next Tuesday. Cole is in the process of negotiating a release from his Villa contract which still has six months to run.
The Times: Aston Villa are ready to shift Joe Cole's £20,000 a week wages after agreeing to sell him to Coventry. They will also listen to offers for Gabby Agbonlahor, Charles N'Zogbia, Libor Kozak and Philippe Senderos.
The Sun: Loic Remy has been told he is almost certainly staying put at Chelsea. Newcastle, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have all been linked with the 29-year-old Frenchman. But Chelsea's top brass are unwilling to let their second choice striker go with the club having just turned the corner after a disastrous start to the season.
The Sun: General Charles Krulak says Aston Villa will summon the spirit of the US Marines to escape the drop. The rock-bottom Midlands outfit are marooned on eight points - a whopping 11 adrift of safety. And they have had more managers than wins this season. Board member Krulak - reclusive owner Randy Lerner's right-hand man - claims Villa should draw inspiration from his own glittering career.
Birmingham Mail: Sir Doug Ellis has expressed regret that Villa owner Randy Lerner does not have more of a presence at the club. The president emeritus, who turned 92 on Sunday, claims when he was in charge of Villa he understood football more than the majority of chairmen do these days. Lerner has been conspicuous by his absence from matchdays at Villa Park in recent years although the American chairman does visit Bodymoor Heath from time to time.
The Times: Brad Friedel, the former United States goalkeeper, has been appointed head coach of the country's U19s team. The former Aston Villa, Tottenham, Blackburn and Liverpool No.1, who retired in the summer aged 44, has assisted various national youth team camps, as well as working with players at Tottenham's academy.
Lancashire Post: Callum Robinson hopes that returning to familiar turf with Preston North End can see him recapture his best form. The 20-year-old is back at Deepdale for a third loan spell, joining PNE for the rest of the season from Aston Villa. He spent the first half of the campaign with Bristol City, joining the Robins in August despite there being interest from North End. But his time there was not a success, Robinson making only two starts and scoring once. The loan was ended at the weekend and Preston moved quickly to secure his services.
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BBC Sport: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he may be forced into the transfer market after the club's injury problems worsened during their League Cup semi-final first-leg win at Stoke. Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren went off with hamstring injuries and Kolo Toure ended the 1-0 victory with what appeared to be a similar problem.
Sky Sports: Pep Guardiola has revealed he did not extend his contract at Bayern Munich because he wants to manage in the Premier League. Guardiola was speaking at his first press conference since announcing he will leave the Bundesliga champions at the end of the season.
BBC Sport: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says comparisons with Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola are wide of the mark. The ex-Real midfielder, 43, replaced Rafael Benitez on Monday, prompting suggestions his elevation echoed that of Guardiola's at Barcelona.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.