Thursday media watch [29.11.12]: Bent in focus
Daily Mirror: QPR chief Harry Redknapp is willing to make up with Darren Bent and could offer him a shock escape route out of Aston Villa. The new Hoops boss is desperate to bolster his attack in January and remains an admirer of Bent, who has been frozen out by Paul Lambert.
Daily Mail: Darren Bent's continued absence from the Aston Villa side has been cast in a different light after it was revealed the club will have to pay another big chunk of his £24m transfer fee to Sunderland if he plays three more matches.
Daily Express: Harry Redknapp has indicated he would be prepared to bury the hatchet with Darren Bent and make a surprise move for the axed Aston Villa striker in January.
Metro: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has hailed new signing Christian Benteke as 'a special type of player' after the striker's goal helped sink Reading on Tuesday. Benteke's effort helped justify Lambert's decision to continue to leave out £24m record signing Darren Bent - who was not included in the squad despite returning to full fitness.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised Christian Benteke after the striker scored to give his side victory over Reading at Villa Park on Tuesday.
Daily Telegraph: Darren Bent has been left angry and mystified after being isolated by Paul Lambert and fears he will be sold in the January transfer window, with former manager Harry Redknapp leading the chase.
Express & Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was today set to face more awkward questions over Darren Bent's exclusion from the squad after it emerged it could be a cash-saving measure.
Express & Star: Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar today revealed his frustration with a calf problem that could force him to miss Saturday's trip to QPR.
Goal.com: QPR manager Harry Redknapp has hinted at an interest in Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. The 28-year-old has been frozen out by manager Paul Lambert at Villa Park, failing to make the last two matchday squads, and the new Rs boss has revealed a desire to add "a cutting edge" to his relegation-threatened team.
ESPN: Darren Bent will not hand in a transfer request at Aston Villa, but accepts he will be forced out of the club in the January transfer window, according to ESPN sources close to the striker.
Birmingham Mail: Villa match-winner Christian Benteke believes manager Paul Lambert is building for the future by fielding so many youngsters.
Birmingham Mail: QPR boss Harry Redknapp has extended an olive branch to Villa striker Darren Bent amid speculation the pair could be reunited in the transfer window.
*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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