Friday media watch [29.01.16]
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa defender Jores Okore reckons an FA Cup run could go hand with a successful survival battle - for a second year running. Okore was part of the Villa team that made it to last season's showpiece final at Wembley and secured the club's top flight status. The claret and blues face a tougher task this year. They are currently 10 points adrift of safety in the league table, while Manchester City are their next cup opponents this weekend.
Daily Express: Gabriel Agbonlahor is reportedly set to join Turkish club Kayserispor. The forward, 29, has lost his place in the Aston Villa squad this season. He hasn't played since 5 December and The Daily Mail claim a move to Turkey is on the cards. Villa sit rock bottom of the Premier League, having scored just 18 goals all campaign.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is poised to join Turkish club Kayserispor. The 29-year-old has been told he can leave Villa Park this month by manager Remi Garde. And Kayserispor have opened talks with the Midlands club over a move to Turkey for the forward. Agbonlahor has lost his place under Garde and hasn't played since December 5. The forward has spent his entire career at Villa - making his debut win March 2006, scoring in a loss to Everton, but his time now looks to be nearing the end.
ESPN Online: Aston Villa against Manchester City in the FA Cup; Saturday's fourth-round tie will carry special meaning for one member of the Villa squad. Just a couple of weeks short of 10 years ago, this was the fixture that launched the career of one Micah Richards. It may have been a decade ago, but the goal Richards scored in that February 2006 game remains one of the most iconic in recent City history. Villa were leading 1-0 heading into the final seconds when the visitors nicked a corner. Joey Barton took the kick, fired it into the centre of the Villa penalty area and there was Richards, just 17 years old, to power a headed equaliser into the net -- with 93 minutes on the clock. City won the fifth-round replay, but the bigger buzz surrounded the emergence of their strapping young defender who had announced himself in such dramatic style.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says an FA Cup defeat at Derby on Friday could get him sacked - for the fourth time this season. In a swipe at the media, he claimed journalists had "sacked" him three times already this season and would do so again if United lose at Derby.
Sky Sports: QPR midfielder Sandro is due to have a medical at West Brom on Friday, according to Sky sources. The Baggies are hoping to agree personal terms and get him registered before midday to make him eligible for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie against Peterborough. The Brazilian arrived in the Premier League when Tottenham signed him from Internacional in 2010 for £6m. He made 106 appearances for Spurs before moving to QPR for £6m in September 2014.
BBC Sport: Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne says he will be out for about 10 weeks after injuring his right knee during Wednesday's League Cup semi-final victory over Everton. The Belgium international, 24, changed the game from the bench but fell awkwardly in injury time. His agent Patrick de Koster initially said De Bruyne would miss six weeks. But, after seeing a specialist, the £55m former Wolfsburg player said: "I'll be out for around 10 weeks."
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