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Villa v Ipswich media watch [05.01.13]: Given in focus
FA Cup third round previews.
5th Jan 2013
Villa v Ipswich media watch [05.01.13]: Given in focus


Birmingham Mail: Darren Bent, Gabby Agbonlahor and Charles N'Zogbia have given Villa a huge lift by resuming training ahead of today's FA Cup opener against Ipswich at Villa Park. Paul Lambert hopes at least one of the attacking trio will be available as he contemplates resting some of his weary players for this afternoon's third-round tie.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is pursuing "one or two" signings for Villa during the January transfer window - but Joleon Lescott is unlikely to be among them. Although Lambert refused to rule out a swoop for Lescott, the Manchester City defender's wages and the Etihad Stadium injury list would be stumbling blocks.

Birmingham Mail: Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock look set to stay in the Bodymoor Heath wilderness again unless they are loaned out or sold. Both of the unwanted defenders trained with Villa's academy youngsters yesterday after their respective loans in the Championship ended.

Birmingham Mail: Mick McCarthy has hailed Paul Lambert as the right man to "whittle away bigger earners and older players" and revive Villa with youngsters for the future. McCarthy brings Championship Ipswich to Villa Park for today's FA Cup third-round tie and is full of praise for Lambert's bold claret and blue project.

Daily Star: Paul Lambert has refused to rule out a move for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott. The Aston Villa boss played the youngest side his club have ever produced in the Premier League at Swansea earlier this week and knows he needs experience.

Daily Express: Battered Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is set to get a rest today as Shay Given is handed the job of preventing a giant-killing by Championship side Ipswich in the FA Cup. Guzan has had 17 goals put past him in four games as Given has watched from the substitutes' bench. Now the roles could be reversed, both for this cup tie and the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Bradford City on Tuesday.

Daily Express: Paul Lambert will have to persuade owner Randy Lerner to break the bank to get Joleon Lescott to Aston Villa from Manchester City, at £10million and £60,000-a-week. Owner Lerner bought Darren Bent from Sunderland for £24m to battle relegation two years ago and also paid big wages to get Robbie Keane on loan from LA Galaxy.

Daily Mail: Shay Given is in line for a recall to Aston Villa's team to face Ipswich on Saturday afternoon.

The Sun: Paul Lambert will have to persuade owner Randy Lerner to break the bank to get Joleon Lescott to Aston Villa from Manchester City, at £10million and £60,000-a-week. Owner Lerner bought Darren Bent from Sunderland for £24m to battle relegation two years ago and also paid big wages to get Robbie Keane on loan from LA Galaxy.

*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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