Monday media watch [17.06.13 PM]: Defender backed to improve
Express and Star: Aston Villa were today closing in on Sevilla defender Antonio Luna as their summer spree continued. The left-back is tipped to become the next of boss Paul Lambert's growing foreign legion after Villa reportedly agreed a £1.5million fee.
Sky Sports: Brett Holman has reiterated that he will look to leave Aston Villa if he continues to find his route to first team football blocked. The 29-year-old midfielder is desperate to form part of Australia's 2014 World Cup campaign, as they close on qualification for the Brazil showpiece, and appreciates that he must be playing in order to be considered for selection.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised youngster Matthew Lowton's consistent performances for the club last season but has urged the defender not to rest on his laurels. The 24-year-old played in all but one of Villa's games in the Premier League last term, mustering 44 appearances in all competitions whilst chipping in with the club's goal of the season against Stoke City in April.
Sky Sports: Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton will continue to improve after an impressive end to the 2012/13 season. Lowton helped lead Villa to Premier League safety, scoring the club's goal of the season in a vital 3-1 win against Stoke in April.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised left-back Joe Bennett for his performances last season despite the 23-year-old enduring a challenging campaign. The Scottish boss admitted the young full-back had struggled at times last season, though lauded his bravery and progression, and believes he would benefit from more competition in the squad.
ClubCall: Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is understood to be a target for Newcastle United and newly-promoted Hull City. Bent seems certain to depart Villa this summer, after failing to force his way into boss Paul Lambert's starting line-up last season.
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