Tuesday media watch [30.07.13 PM]: Bent bid speculation
Express and Star: Aston Villa were today reportedly weighing up a second bid from Fulham for Darren Bent as Newcastle also stepped up their chase for the striker. The Cottagers have offered £6million for Villa's £24m record signing - closer to the claret and blues' valuation.
Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today dismissed fears about the club's nightmare start. The claret and blues face a daunting opening to the Premier League season as they play Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the first week.
Express and Star: Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton's move to Real Mallorca today looked doomed after coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer claimed it had hit the rocks. The stopper looked set to return to Spain after entering talks with Mallorca, where he spent five months on loan last season.
Football 365: Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer has confirmed that talks between the club and Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan have broken down. Despite having a bid accepted for the 23-year-old, Rovers have reportedly struggled to agree personal terms with the Scottish international.
BBC Sport: Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says a deal for Aston Villa's Barry Bannan may still happen after revealing their move for the midfielder has stalled. Rovers have had a bid accepted for the Scotland international, 23, but talks over personal terms are on hold.
ClubCall: Darren Bent's future could be resolved this week with Fulham coming back with an improved bid and Newcastle vying for his signature. The London club have reignited their interest after last week telling Villa that they would not be pushing it further because his wage demands were too high.
Goal.com: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is relishing his side's tough start to the new Premier League season. Villa face two of last season's top four in Arsenal and Chelsea - with the trip to Stamford Bridge rearranged due to the Blues' involvement in the Uefa Super Cup - before hosting Liverpool in their opening three fixtures.
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