Monday media watch [10.12.12 AM]: Stoke reaction/Keane linked
Birmingham Mail: Darren Bent's return to action has been welcomed by Villa team-mates who hope the record signing still has a future at the club. Bent was given a 24-minute run-out as a substitute replacement for Gabby Agbonlahor in Saturday's goalless draw against Stoke at Villa Park.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert was keen to accentuate the positives - and accused an inquisitor of "swallowing a negative book" - after Villa's draw at Stoke. Lambert was pleased with the resilience of the young claret and blues who extended their unbeaten run to four matches with six points from 12.
The Sun: Derek Boateng will choose between Fulham and Aston Villa next month. The Ghana midfielder, 29, has held talks with both clubs over a £2million move in the January transfer window.
Mirror: Aston Villa, QPR and Norwich are set to fight it out to sign Robbie Keane on loan. Former Tottenham striker Keane has insisted that he has no plans to make a short-term loan move back to the Premier League from LA Galaxy during the MLS close season.
Mirror: Most of us can vouch for the mailman letting us down around Christmas time. But Aston Villa's dressing room insist their attacking answer should not be written off just yet.
Guardian: This was one of those games where it was best to look forward rather than back, and for Paul Lambert that meant turning his mind to the sort of reception he is likely to receive at Norwich City on Tuesday night, when the Aston Villa manager returns to Carrow Road, in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, for the first time since his acrimonious departure in the summer.
Daily Express: Paul Lambert will reach a defining moment in his short Aston Villa career tomorrow night, and whatever is thrown at him by angry Norwich fans, he is ready to deal with it. Villa are showing signs of forming a cohesive team out of all the young players signed by Lambert, but that theory will be tested in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup at Carrow Road.
Sky Sports: Ciaran Clark insists Aston Villa striker Darren Bent should not be written off after he returned to action as a substitute during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Stoke. Bent has lost his place to Christian Benteke in recent weeks and the situation has led to speculation that the England international will be sold in January.
Daily Mail: Robbie Keane is being chased by Premier League trio Aston Villa, QPR and Norwich who all want the LA Galaxy forward on loan this winter. Keane was instrumental in Galaxy's MLS Cup victory two weeks ago and could be available until the start of the American soccer season in March.
Daily Star: Aston Villa's dressing room have warned: Don't write off Darren Bent. The £24m hitman made his first appearance for the club since October after being handed a late cameo in Saturday's bore draw.
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