Tottenham v Villa media watch: Bent in focus ahead of Spurs
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has challenged Darren Bent to do his talking on the pitch - after laughing off suggestions he has given the Villa striker the silent treatment this week. After stepping off the bench to equalise against Albion, Bent pledged to seek Lambert out for an explanation about why he was left out of the derby day starting line-up.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is determined to focus fully on Villa rather than worrying about his legal wrangling with Norwich over his acrimonious exit from Carrow Road.
Daily Star: Snarling Darren Bent will be kept on the leash until the last minute before knowing if he'll face former club Tottenham. Aston Villa's £24m hitman is desperate for a crack at his old mates after being dropped.
Daily Express: Andre Villas-Boas has attempted to deflect attention from his own striker conundrum by weighing into the row between Darren Bent and Aston Villa. The England striker is expected to start against Tottenham tomorrow having scored as a substitute last Sunday against West Brom, after having the captaincy stripped from him and then finding himself dropped by manager Paul Lambert.
Mirror: Jermain Defoe has expressed his sympathy for Darren Bent ahead of Sunday's potential showdown between the two England strikers. Defoe's Tottenham host Bent's Aston Villa at White Hart Lane this weekend, with the home side bidding to build on their sensational win at Manchester United last weekend.
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The Sun: Alex Ferguson has challenged Robin van Persie to top his 37-goal haul from last season.
Mirror: Manchester United are weighing up a January move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.
Daily Mail: Roy Keane has rejected a £4.5m, three year contract to manage Turkish side Kasimpasa.
*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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