Wednesday media watch [01.08.12 AM]: Bent, Collins and Hutton in focus
Birmingham Mail: Villa's latest batch of teenagers are working hard to impress the club's new coaching staff and earn a route into the first team.
Daily Mail: Darren Bent looks set to be named Aston Villa's new team captain. Boss Paul Lambert named the England forward as his skipper for pre-season and Bent will be confirmed in the role when the Premier League campaign begins.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton is in talks over a move to Stoke City. The Scotland full-back is being moved out of Villa after Paul Lambert spent £3m on Matthew Lowton from Sheffield United.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa were last night negotiating for a bigger fee than the £2.5m West Ham want to pay for centre-half James Collins.
The Sun: James Collins is set to rejoin West Ham today in a £2.5m move from Aston Villa.
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