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Villa v West Ham media watch [08.02.12 PM]: Lambert sets target
The afternoon claret and blue media headlines.
8th Feb 2013
Villa v West Ham media watch [08.02.12 PM]: Lambert sets target


Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today insisted anyone interested in Christian Benteke would have to break the bank to sign the Belgian. A national newspaper claimed Benteke, who has scored 14 goals for Villa this season, will leave the claret and blues at the end of the season.

Express and Star: Aston Villa could be without Ashley Westwood for the visit of West Ham on after he went down with a bout of illness. But fellow midfielders Karim El Ahmadi and Fabian Delph have recovered from knee injuries and could feature in Sunday's game.

Express and Star: Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given was today warned his Republic of Ireland future hinges on whether he can oust Brad Guzan as the club's first-choice goalkeeper. The 36-year-old, who was axed by Villa manager Paul Lambert after the first two Premier League games, reversed his decision to quit international football last month.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert has laughed off rumours that Christian Benteke wants to leave and says he's doubled in value since he joined Aston Villa. Villa boss Lambert has warned any club wanting to buy him "had better have a few quid in their pocket" after reports circulated that Arsenal were now very keen to make him their next forward signing.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert has warned Aston Villa will need to win five or six of their remaining 13 matches to stave off the threat of relegation. Villa, who entertain West Ham on Sunday, are currently in 19th spot and have won only four league games this season.

ClubCall: Yacouba Sylla could make his first Villa start against West Ham with Ashley Westwood doutbul as he suffers from an illness. The deadline day signing from Clermont Foot came off the bench to make his Villa debut in the 3-3 draw with Everton last weekend and boss Paul Lambert may need his size and power against a physical Hammers side.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has set his side a target ahead of Sunday's clash with West Ham at Villa Park. Lambert's young Villa squad have struggled in the Premier League this term and go into the clash with Sam Allardyce's side second bottom of the table.

*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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