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Friday media watch [22.01.16]

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Friday media watch [22.01.16]

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Birmingham Mail: Idrissa Gana is focused on making his first West Midlands derby one to remember as Aston Villa travel to rivals Albion this weekend. The Senegal ace missed the home games against the Baggies and bitter rivals Blues earlier this term as he recovered from an injury. But now, Gana, who scored his first goal in Villa colours in midweek has started to hit top form and is hoping to take it into the must-win game at The Hawthorns. "It will not be an easy game," he said. "When they played us last time they won and I see it as some sort of revenge, a real challenge for us. "We are determined we are going to win this time."

Daily Star: Idrissa Gana insists Aston Villa are being written off for relegation way too early. But last night new chairman Steven Hollis and chief executive Tom Fox told a stormy fans meeting that the club are already preparing for the drop. Midfielder Gana, a £9m summer signing from Lille, scored his first goal for the club in the midweek 2-0 FA Cup win over Wycombe. But it's Villa's Premier League future, not cup glory, that the Senegal star and his team-mates are worried about and all the statistics point to relegation for the division's bottom side. Gana believes that four games without defeat shows the players are still scrapping.

Birmingham Mail: Rudy Gestede says Aston Villa are not afraid of local rivals West Brom and has warned the Baggies that Villa are going all out for the win. Gestede was on target last weekend against Leicester City and will be looking to add to his goal tally at The Hawthorns.

The Times: Aston Villa's new chairman effectively told supporters that the club are preparing for life in the Sky Bet Championship and accused some of their relegation rivals of spending "crazy money on average talent."

BBC Sport: Aston Villa are in their worst "crisis" for decades, according to the club's new chairman Steven Hollis. The club are bottom of the top Premier League and 10 points from safety. "In football terms, this is a crisis," Hollis told BBC Sport's Pat Murphy. "This is the worst position this club has been in for many a decade." Hollis said the "chequebook hasn't been locked away" should boss Rémi Garde want to sign players and also defended club owner Randy Lerner.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox admits the club failed to properly integrate this summer's foreign recruits which is why they now sit bottom of the Premier League. The claret and blues signed six players from France and Spain but they were not given the correct bedding-in period, according to the CEO. "Where we fell down, where my team and I failed, was not integrating those players into the country effectively," said Fox in relation to the arrivals of the likes of Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gana, Adama Traore and Jose Angel Crespo.

The Sun: New Aston Villa chairman Steven Hollis last night warned angry fans he will not try to spend his way out of trouble.

Daily Mail: Newcastle United have expressed an interest in signing Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair, who has an offer from Swansea City. The 26-year-old has made 16 Premier League appearances for Villa this season but is now set to leave the relegation-threatened club for another team hoping to remain in the top flight.

Nottingham Post: Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox admits the club failed to properly integrate this summer's foreign recruits which is why they now sit bottom of the Premier League. The claret and blues signed six players from France and Spain but they were not given the correct bedding-in period, according to the CEO. At this evening's Supporters' Trust AGM, frustrated fans grilled Fox and new chairman Steve Hollis. "Where we fell down, where my team and I failed, was not integrating those players into the country effectively," said Fox in relation to the arrivals of the likes of Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gana, Adama Traore and Jose Angel Crespo.

Daily Mail: Rémi Garde has no plans to send Jack Grealish out on loan this month despite his blunt appraisal of the 20-year-old's performance against League Two Wycombe. Aston Villa manager said he 'did not see' what he wanted from Grealish in the FA Cup tie and is likely to drop the player to the bench again for the trip to West Bromwich on Saturday. But Garde wants to keep Grealish in his first-team squad for the season's climax in a bid to extract the talent that saw him catapult into the Premier League spotlight.

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BBC Sport: Manchester United deny they met Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to discuss the possibility of him replacing current boss Louis van Gaal. France Football says the meeting took place last week in Paris, but United insist the story is not true.

Sky Sports: Arsene Wenger has suggested Chelsea and Tottenham could face a big disadvantage when they make temporary moves away from their home grounds. Chelsea and Tottenham are set to relocate due to building works on their stadiums, with both eyeing temporary moves to Wembley.

BBC Sport: Striker Mauro Zarate has moved from West Ham to Italian club Fiorentina. The 28-year-old joined the Hammers from Velez Sarsfield in summer 2014 struggled for first-team football last season before going on loan to QPR.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

By @AVFCOfficial 22nd January 2016