Express and Star: Darren Bent has not submitted a transfer request and Aston Villa have not received any enquiries for the striker, manager Paul Lambert confirmed today. Bent's future is currently the subject of speculation after he was axed from the squad for recent matches by Lambert despite being fit and available.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes his side can spoil the party at Loftus Road on Saturday by beating QPR. Harry Redknapp is set to take charge of struggling Rangers for a home game for the first time, but Lambert is aware that a Villa win will lift them 11 points clear of the Premier League's basement club.
Sky Sports: Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has played down talk linking him with Joe Cole and Darren Bent. Redknapp has been linked with both players when the transfer window reopens in January as he looks to bolster his squad at Loftus Road.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa starlet Jordan Lyden is looking to become the next Australian to make the breakthrough in England. Lyden put pen to paper on a three-year deal in November and he is now looking to kick-on after international clearance was recently finalised.
RTE Sport: Enda Stevens' run in the Aston Villa first team has come to an end ahead of this weekend's league clash with QPR. The former Shamrock Rovers defender started the last four league games for Villa but Stevens picked up an ankle injury in their midweek clash with Reading.
ESPN: Paul Lambert insists claims that Darren Bent is being left out of his Aston Villa side for financial reasons are "absolute drivel." The Villa manager has made it clear he will continue to exercise his right to omit the club's £24 million record signing, if it is in the best interests of the club, as Bent's future remains under intense scrutiny ahead of facing Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert wants Aston Villa to move away from relegation danger by spoiling Harry Redknapp's first home game in charge of QPR. Boss Lambert is aware that a Villa win will lift them 11 points clear of bottom-placed Rangers, who replaced Mark Hughes with Redknapp a week ago.
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