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Thursday media watch [07.03.13 AM]: Reading clash in focus
The morning claret and blue media reports.
7th Mar 2013
Thursday media watch [07.03.13 AM]: Reading clash in focus


Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert hopes his long-term future lies in the Premier League - despite admitting it may not be the best in the world any more. The Villa boss reckons England have fallen behind the Germans and he's a fine judge given his time there as a European Cup winner with Borussia Dortmund.

Birmingham Mail: Simon Dawkins is ready to score the goals that could keep Villa in the Premier League - but he knows he must wait for his chance. The on-loan Tottenham ace has only been used as a substitute since his loan move in January as boss Paul Lambert has stuck with his regular attackers.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa will strive to maintain their excellent longstanding record against Reading - eight wins from nine league meeting between the clubs - on Saturday. With the teams side by side in the Premiership drop zone, it's hard to overstate the importance of the match.

Daily Express: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will not be banned against Reading on Saturday. The Belgian picked up his fifth booking of the season against Manchester City on Monday, raising fears he could miss the relegation clash with the Royals.

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BBC Sport: Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits it will be difficul to retain the players who have impressed during the club's run in the Champions League.

The Sun: Manchester United will listen to offers of £25million for striker Wayne Rooney.

Daily Mail: Tottenham are drawing up a 'double your money' £8million-a-year deal in a bid to keep Gareth Bale from the clutches of Europe's elite.

*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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