Tuesday media watch [13.08.13 AM]: Bent/Kiyotake in focus
The Sun: Crystal Palace want to take Aston Villa striker Darren Bent on loan. Frozen-out Bent, 29, is in danger of being stuck in limbo at Villa Park. Fulham have failed to meet Villa's £6m asking price to leave Bent with nowhere to go. Villa are in no mood to let him go cheaply after they paid Sunderland a club-record £24m for him in January 2011. Now Palace boss Ian Holloway hopes he can take Bent on loan.
Daily Mail: Crystal Palace are expected to make an ambitious loan move for Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent after interest from Newcastle and Fulham died down. Manager Ian Holloway is looking to bolster his forward line further after signing Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal, the club's seventh signing of the summer. Palace would pay Bent, thought to be earning £65,000-a-week at Villa, his full wages with the view of a permanent deal if the Selhurst Park club avoid relegation. Bent has been shunned at Villa Park, and is determined to leave the club after falling out of Paul Lambert's good books. Villa are thought to be demanding around £6million for their record signing, but with Holloway unwilling to meet the valuation, an ambitious loan offer looks more likely. The 29-year-old, Villa's record signing, has two years remaining on his contract with Villa, and is unlikely to be in Lambert's plans for the coming season.
Telegraph: Ian Holloway is ready to make an ambitious move for Darren Bent and offer the Aston Villa outcast a fresh start at Crystal Palace. Holloway has targeted Bent for a season's loan under which Crystal Palace would pay all of his substantial £65,000-a-week salary with a view to a permanent deal next summer if they escape relegation. Bent is determined to leave Aston Villa this month after falling out of favour with Paul Lambert and Holloway is prepared to take a huge financial gamble by funding the 29-year-old's wages for the season. Palace have already recruited Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal but are keen to sign another striker with proven Premier League experience and want to recruit Bent before the transfer window closes on Sept 2. Villa are demanding around £6 million for their record signing and would prefer to offload him permanently, but Fulham and Newcastle United have both struggled to agree a fee. Holloway is also reluctant to pay the asking price but is exploring the option of a loan and believes the prospect of helping guide Palace to top flight survival would appeal to Bent.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has confirmed Villa will not be signing Hiroshi Kiyotake despite enquiring about the Nuremberg midfielder. Villa did approach the Bundesliga club about the Japanese playmaker earlier in the transfer window, but have not followed up their initial interest. Asked during a webchat with fans if Villa intended to sign Kiyotake, Faulkner replied: "No. We did make an enquiry about the player, but only the sort of enquiry that we make about lots of players during a transfer window. "For some reason - and I have no idea why - his club decided to make that public, but the fact is that our interest never went beyond that initial enquiry."
Daily Express: Ryad Boudebouz has hinted that he could be ready to turn his back on interest from Inter Milan to join Aston Villa. Reports in France suggest that Sochaux winger Boudebouz is now just awaiting a concrete offer from Villa after becoming impatient with Inter. It is thought Villa are poised to formalise their interest in the 23-year-old with a bid in the coming days after Paul Lambert's scouts were spotted at Sochaux's 1-1 draw with Evian on Saturday.
Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore has a chance of making Villa's starting line-up at Arsenal despite his lack of action - but Paul Lambert will delay a decision on team selection until his international contingent return. Okore had made just two 45-minute appearances before his 78-minute run-out on Saturday when Villa defeated Malaga 3-2 in their final match of pre-season.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Faulkner insists the Villa board are relaxed about Paul Lambert's contract situation - and revealed 20,000 season tickets have been sold for the forthcoming campaign. Lambert has two years left on the deal he signed last summer and Faulkner confirmed an extension is something both parties would look at "when the time is right."
Birmingham Mail: Gordon Cowans insists Jack Grealish and Aston Villa's other young guns have benefited from their first-team experience this summer as they strive to impress Paul Lambert. Grealish, Josh Webb, Callum Robinson and Janoi Donacien have all been handed their senior claret and blue debuts by Lambert during the pre-season programme of friendlies. And Cowans, who coaches the under-21 development squad with Stiliyan Petrov, admits their brief tastes of action have let them know exactly what Lambert wants. Grealish opened his goals account after coming on as a substitute in the friendly win over Walsall and has started to put the first-team manager's wishes into practice by moving the ball quicker, says Cowans.
Irish Independent: Ireland's U21 squad arrived in the Faroe Islands last night with playmaker Samir Carruthers delighted to be facing the prospect of first-team football this season. The midfielder penned a loan deal from Aston Villa to League One outfit MK Dons just before assembling for international duty. Carruthers and his Irish team-mates will be looking to open their 2015 European Championship qualifying campaign with victory over the Faroes tomorrow. And the 20-year-old, who featured for Villa in the Premier League at Anfield and Old Trafford, is thrilled to have sorted his club situation out before turning his thoughts to international matters. "MK Dons play my type of football so I was only delighted to agree the move until January," said Carruthers, who accepted Paul Lambert's offer of a two-year contract extension in the summer.
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BBC Sport: West Ham United have agreed a fee with Liverpool over a deal to sign winger Stewart Downing. The 29-year-old England international is expected to undergo a medical and agree personal terms before completing any move to Upton Park.
Sky Sports: Samuel Eto'o has hinted he would be interested in moving to Chelsea to be reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho. Chelsea manager Mourinho is reported to be weighing up a move for Eto'o as he looks to bring in a new striker, with the Cameroon ace thought to be available at Anzhi Makhachkala.
BBC Sport: England manager Roy Hodgson expects Wayne Rooney to put his club troubles aside to possibly start in Wednesday's friendly against Scotland. There has been intense speculation about Rooney's future at Manchester United and the 27-year-old has missed most of pre-season with injury.
*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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