Friday media watch [10.01.14 AM]: More midfielder speculation
Birmingham Mail: Paul Merson has backed Villa's decision to keep faith with Paul Lambert - and welcomed the manager's policy shift to target experienced players this month. But Merson admits he does fear Villa could be dragged into another relegation scrap if they do not start to keep the ball better in games.
Birmingham Mail: Norwich boss Chris Hughton has refused to be drawn on whether Villa target Wes Hoolahan wants to quit Carrow Road to link up with Paul Lambert.
Daily Star: Norwich and Aston Villa are set to meet next week to hammer out a deal for unsettled Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan. Villa boss Paul Lambert has made the 31-year-old one of his top targets in this window.
The Sun: Wes Hoolahan's future will be sorted at Jed Steer's tribunal. Steer's former club Norwich and Aston Villa meet next week to decide a compensation fee for the keeper, 21. And they will also hammer out a deal for midfielder Hoolahan, 31.
Mirror: Norwich and Aston Villa are set to get together to thrash out the future of unsettled Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan. The two teams meet over a transfer tribunal table next week to decide a compensation fee for England Under-19 goalkeeper Jed Steer.
Daily Telegraph: Stephen Ireland is set to join Stoke City on a free transfer after an impressive spell on loan, bringing to an end his turbulent spell at Aston Villa.
Goal.com: Chris Hughton has not denied Wes Hoolahan has requested a transfer but the Norwich City boss wants the midfielder to stay at Carrow Road. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is reported to be eager to sign the Republic of Ireland international, who he worked with during his time at Norwich.
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