Wednesday media watch [15.08.12 AM]: Ireland in confident mood
Birmingham Mail: Matthew Lowton is confident he will be fighting fit to make his Premier League debut for Aston Villa after quickly recovering from a minor injury scare. Lowton missed the 3-3 draw in Villa's final friendly at Werder Bremen on Saturday after hurting his ankle in training in Germany.
The Sun: Stephen Ireland is loving life under new Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. He said: "The manager has only been here a few weeks but you can tell that the players are developing."
Daily Star: Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is worried he could lose more of his senior stars following keeper Shay Given's retirement.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa's forgotten man Jean II Makoun is off to French side Rennes for cheap - to boost Paul Lambert's kitty.
Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told supporters not to get their hopes up that further arrivals will join the club before Saturday's match with West Ham.
Sky Sports: Stephen Ireland has promised Aston Villa fans a successful season after the club's dalliance with relegation last year.
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BBC Sport: Roy Hodgson says he will use England's friendly against Italy to look at younger players he hopes can help England qualify for the next World Cup.
Sky Sports: Holland boss Louis van Gaal has revealed he has spoken with Robin van Persie over where his club future lies but insists the decision ultimately comes down to the sought-after striker.
BBC Sport: Wolves have rejected a third offer from Sunderland for striker Steven Fletcher.
BBC Sport: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he is still waiting to hear if the club will offer him a new contact.
Sky Sports: Balu Chainrai has confirmed he is withdrawing his bid to buy Portsmouth to leave the troubled League One club in danger of liquidation.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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