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West Brom v Villa media watch: More Baggies previews
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19th Jan 2013
West Brom v Villa media watch: More Baggies previews


The Sun: Paul Lambert insists there is no chance of Aston Villa landing a big-money signing to help them out of trouble. Villa dodged the drop two years ago when owner Randy Lerner shelled out £18m for striker Darren Bent. But boss Lambert goes into today's crunch Midlands derby at West Brom admitting he does not have a magic wand to conjure up another star-name arrival this month.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert admits there could be no signings at all during this month's transfer window - but says he trusts his current squad to keep Villa up. Lambert has acknowledged his desire to bring in reinforcements but claims there might not be any new faces before the deadline in 12 days' time. Although they are working on recruiting 'one or two' targets within the club's prudent policy, Lambert, chairman Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner are prepared to rely on the existing players to rescue Villa from relegation if deals fail to materialise.

The Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed he is set to leave his kids to battle for survival without any new blood to help them. Villa find themselves in the bottom three having shipped 22 goals in seven matches. But Lambert will not be panic buying and has revealed he will certainly not be spending millions like the club did on Darren Bent two years ago.

Daily Star: Paul Lambert admits relegation-threatened Aston Villa may not sign a single player in this month's transfer window. Lambert's side are in the bottom three, having failed to win in their last five matches. But he has revealed he will not resort to panic buying - and will not be splashing the cash like Villa did when they picked up Darren Bent for £24m two years ago.

ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said club owner Randy Lerner will not be providing big funds to enable the club to spend their way out of relegation trouble. Two years ago, former Villa manager Gerard Houllier set a new club record with the £24m signing of Darren Bent from Sunderland, which helped steer the Midlanders clear of danger. But Lambert has made it clear there is "no chance whatsoever" of another major transfer investment from American Lerner to buy the club out of the Premier League's bottom three.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has admitted that Aston Villa may not be able to bring in any fresh faces during the January transfer window. The Scot has ruled out any spending on the sort of scale that has seen Harry Redknapp give QPR a fighting chance of escaping the drop.

Telegraph: Alan Smith Column: Aston Villa receive another examination on Saturday of the haphazard defending that has caused them to fall into the drop zone. West Bromwich Albion might have lost their past three league games but they certainly have the pace and power to ask more awkward questions of a young rearguard searching for direction. But Paul Lambert will be hoping that his captain, Ron Vlaar, can provide a bit of that. Back in the fold after two months out, the Dutchman's experience and authority should come as a welcome boost to some lads who have been toiling badly, whether in a back five or more recently as part of a conventional back four.

Birmingham Mail: West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster looked ahead to today's derby by admitting it would be 'unthinkable' for Villa to be relegated from the Premier League. But the Albion No.1 warned today's opponents that no club must be deemed as being too big for the drop.

Daily Mail: Ben Foster has said that it is unthinkable that Aston Villa will be relegated this season, but has warned that success in the Capital One Cup would increase the chances of it happening. West Brom's keeper will be set on pushing Paul Lambert and Co. deeper into the mire at the Hawthorns this afternoon as the Baggies attempt to get their own season back on track. But he has warned that even if Villa reach the League Cup final next week by overturning a 3-1 deficit against Bradford City that it could have an adverse affect on their chances of staying up.

Express & Star: Ron Vlaar today admitted his first-hand experience of the passion of the Aston Villa supporters will help inspire him to secure the derby bragging rights against West Brom.

*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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