Tuesday media watch [18.09.12 PM]: Lambert on captaincy
Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he stripped Darren Bent of the captain's armband because he wants the striker to concentrate on scoring goals. Lambert has rung the changes at Villa Park since succeeding Alex McLeish at the helm over the summer, reshuffling the first team and bringing in eight new signings.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has lavished praise on new club captain Ron Vlaar, describing him as "captain colossal."
ClubCall: Aston Villa are thought to be weighing up a cut-price bit for forward Yoan Gouffran as Bordeaux look to offload him in January. The 26-year-old will become a free agent in the summer after reportedly making it clear to his current club that he will not sign a new contract and wishes to move on.
Setanta Sports: Darren Bent has been stripped of the Aston Villa captaincy to ensure he is solely focused on recapturing his form in front of goal. Bent missed several months at the end of last season after suffering a serious injury in the 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers in February.
ESPN: Paul Lambert believes demoting Darren Bent from the Aston Villa captaincy will help him find his goalscoring form and return to the England ranks. Aston Villa manager Lambert has decided to hand the captain's armband to Dutch defender Ron Vlaar to allow Bent to concentrate solely on getting back the scoring touch which he needs to be part of Roy Hodgson's World Cup plans - as well as helping his club up the Premier League table.
ESPN: Free agent Emile Heskey is on the verge of signing for Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets. Heskey, 34, has been looking for a new club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season and has been linked with moves to Hull, Stoke, Norwich, Espanyol and Liverpool.
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