Monday media watch [23.07.12 PM]: Latest on strike duo
Express and Star: Gabby Agbonlahor will have a scan today on a knee injury which proved Aston Villa's only setback on another impressive outing under Paul Lambert. Agbonlahor scored the only goal of the game against Chicago Fire to make it two wins out of two in Villa's pre-season trip to the US.
Setanta Sports: Paul Lambert has moved quickly to play down the seriousness of injuries picked up by Aston Villa duo Gabby Agbonlahor and Darren Bent. The Villa boss spoke out after watching Agbonlahor score the winner in the friendly win against Chicago Fire before limping off with a knee injury, while his strike partner Bent missed the match with a slight thigh problem.
Setanta Sports: Feyenoord defender Ronald Vlaar has confirmed that his transfer to Aston Villa 'is off for now' after he failed to receive an offer. The highly-rated 27-year-old Netherlands international stopper had talks with Villa boss Paul Lambert in Birmingham just over a week ago and was expecting to be offered a chance to make a move to the Premier League outfit.
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BBC Sport: Portsmouth supporters group SOS Pompey say the financially stricken club are approaching closure and have called on the remaining players at Fratton Park to be "part of history" and save them. The club have eight senior players left on their books and their salaries are preventing a takeover of Portsmouth.
Sky Sports: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has no plans to let defender Martin Skrtel leave the club. The Slovakia international revealed earlier this month that he knew of interest from a number of clubs.
BBC Sport: Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United are interested in Brazil international Lucas Moura. Ferguson is keen to sign Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas, 19, but the United manager denied a deal, reported to be £26m, has been agreed.
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