Weekend media watch [27/28.01.13]: Lambert looks forward
Clubcall: Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann is in talks over a new deal, despite the club's recent struggles. The Austria international was recalled to the starting line-up for Friday night's FA Cup fourth round loss at Millwall.
ITV Football: Aston Villa have held initial discussions with striker Andreas Weimann over a new contract, Press Association Sport reports. Weimann has 18 months left of his current deal and Villa are hoping to secure the long-term future of the Austria international.
icScotland: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he was not brought up to shirk a challenge as he looks to address the club's recent slide. Lambert's side lost 2-1 at Millwall in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday following the Capital One Cup exit to Bradford earlier in the week.
BBC Sport: The Football Association is to investigate after bottles were thrown at an official during Millwall's FA Cup home win over Aston Villa. Referee Neil Swarbrick delayed play in the second half when plastic bottles were aimed at assistant Mark Scholes.
Irish Independent: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said his side will pick themselves up after their miserable season hit a new low on Friday with a 2-1 FA Cup defeat against fourth tier Millwall. The Midlands club are currently one place above the Premier League relegation zone and were also knocked out in the semi-final of the League Cup by another fourth tier side Bradford City on Tuesday.
Express & Star: Paul Lambert has called on his players to put their bodies on the line after they suffered their second cup humiliation in the space of three days against Millwall.
ESPN: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has vowed not to sacrifice his job, despite his side slumping to their second dismal cup upset this week after Friday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Millwall.
RTE: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has vowed to keep fighting despite seeing his side slip to a second embarrassing cup exit in the space of three days. A late John Marquis header condemned Villa to a fourth-round FA Cup defeat at npower Championship Millwall after they were humbled by League Two side Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.
Star on Sunday: Former Aston Villa favourite Paul Merson wants boss Paul Lambert to bring in an experienced midfielder - otherwise he fears his old club will not beat the drop.
Sunday Mirror: Aston Villa are being circled by Premier League vultures preparing swoops for Christian Benteke. Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been alerted by Benteke's brilliant start to life in England with Villa. Striker Benteke is one of the signings of the season, having already netted 11 goals - including a brace against Liverpool at Anfield.
Sunday Telegraph: Paul Lambert is set to offload Stephen Warnock to West Ham United in a move that could provide the beleaguered Aston Villa manager with some sorely-needed transfer funds. Warnock will have talks with Sam Allardyce on Sunday and Villa are prepared to let the defender leave on a free transfer to get his £40,000 a week wages off the books.
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