Wednesday media watch [03.07.13 AM]: Pre-season latest
Birmingham Mail: Record signing Darren Bent has been asked to train away from Villa's first team squad while he awaits his inevitable departure from the club. Bent, who has been told he can leave if the right offer comes in this summer, is unlikely to play any part in the programme of friendlies or travel on next week's Germany tour.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has instructed Villa's fresh faced foreign legion to learn the English language as soon as possible to help develop a strong understanding on the pitch. Five of Lambert's six new signings are from overseas, with goalkeeper Jed Steer the claret and blues' only British recruit so far this summer.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is convinced that Villa's new coaches and players will crank up the winning mentality at the club. Lambert has enjoyed being reunited with former Norwich backroom trio Scott Marshall, Michael Watts and Chris Lorkin during their first few days at Bodymoor Heath.
Mirror: Tottenham are set to turn their attentions on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Barcelona's David Villa looks poised to joins Spurs and White Hart Lane boss Andre Villas-Boas wants Benteke to join the Spaniard in a new-look strikeforce.
Daily Telegraph: Darren Bent has returned to pre-season training at Aston Villa to discover he has been frozen out of the first-team squad by manager Paul Lambert as Newcastle United look into offering the England international an escape route.
Daily Mail: Darren Bent has been told he will not play any part in Aston Villa's pre-season in the latest humiliating snub from manager Paul Lambert.
Sky Sports: Nurnberg general manager Martin Bader has confirmed the club have rebuffed a transfer enquiry from Aston Villa for Japanese international midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake. The Premier League outfit are reportedly keen to add the 23-year-old to their ranks for a proposed transfer fee of £7.5million.
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