Wednesday media watch [05.09.12 PM]: Westwood on Platt
Birmingham Mail: Ashley Westwood admits he would love to follow in the footsteps of David Platt by becoming a hero at Villa, saying: "If I can be half as good as him then I'll be happy!" Westwood became the first Crewe player to join Villa since Platt in 1988 when he completed a £2m move from Gresty Road to Villa Park hours before Friday's deadline.
Daily Express: Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is a target for Aston Villa, Celtic, West Ham and Italian club Udinese.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa have included Stiliyan Petrov in their 25-man squad for the Premier League.
Sky Sports: Espanyol's sporting director Ramon Planes has denied the club are interested in signing former England striker Emile Heskey on a free transfer.
Express & Star: Aston Villa have included cancer-stricken captain Stiliyan Petrov in their 25-man squad list for the Premier League.
Best of the Rest
BBC Sport: West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out for between five and six weeks with a hamstring injury.
BBC Sport: Cristiano Ronaldo has rejected accusations he said he is "sad" at Real Madrid to get more money from the club.
Sky Sports: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says midfielder Joe Cole is on the 'right track' as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
*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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