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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Feb 02:14
The 32-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers defender is a free agent following his release from Panathinaikos. Samba recently had a trial at Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 12:33
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez revealed Dwight Gayle is set for a further spell out after the striker had to be taken off midway through the first half of the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The Magpies’ leading scorer had missed six games with a hamstring injury before making his return as a substitute in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw at Norwich.
He was back in the starting line-up to face Villa six days later but a recurrence of the problem means Benitez cannot be certain when the marksman will be back in action.
“Dwight was doing well in training,” he said. “He had a baby last week and some days he was not sleeping. Maybe putting everything together, he wasn’t that comfortable from the start.
“We had to make the substitution. It’s the same problem. He’ll miss some games but hopefully it’s not too bad.”
Newcastle edged ahead in the 42nd minute when Yoan Gouffran pounced in a crowded penalty area to earn the lead before a Henri Lansbury own-goal just before the hour sealed the points and moved the Magpies back to the top of the Championship.
“We said before that every game in the Championship is difficult, we were up against a good team with good players and we have to give credit to them,” added Benitez.
“Our second goal was important because we could settle and be more dangerous. They have very good players, they can pass, they can run and beat players one v one. At the moment they maybe don’t have the confidence.
“They were asking me about the games we have coming up, but we have to concentrate on every single game.
“Now we have to be strong enough to get three points in every single game. I have confidence that we can still do it. We have to use the squad and we will enjoy this.”
There was also an injury blow for Villa boss Steve Bruce, with striker Scott Hogan being stretchered off in the closing stages after going over on his ankle in the penalty area.
Bruce is still waiting for a first win in 2017, dating back to Boxing Day, and that run of form has seen Villa drop to within six points of the relegation zone.
Bruce said: “All in all a very disappointing night for everyone.
“The injury to Scott Hogan doesn’t look good. He has gone up for the header and he has turned his ankle over. We will not know the extent of it until (Tuesday).
“It’s a nasty one, we will get him back to Birmingham and have him scanned. Fingers crossed.
“We have had a tough eight weeks, I have not known an eight weeks like it. We have to stay with it and hope we can break.
“I can’t remember us getting the goals like Newcastle did. Newcastle needed that because up to that, before half-time, I felt we were the better side.”
He added: “The situation we are in, of course, we have to accept it, but I am confident we won’t (go down). We have to deal with the situation we are in. I don’t think I have been on a run like this, eight games or whatever it is. We have to hope things will change for us.
“This club has been in a rut for a couple of years. I can only say the last four or five games, that was exactly the same out there. We have done okay and haven’t got a break. When you are up against it we have not had the breaks.”
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ESPN FC - Aston Villa News 21 Feb 12:11
Newcastle comfortably saw off Aston Villa to go top of the Championship on Monday night, cruising to a straightforward 2-0 victory at St James' Park.
Villa were a massive 30 points behind their opponents going into the fixture, with an own goal from new signing Henri Lansbury helping to make sure his side's dismal winless run was duly extended to nine games by the end of the night.
Rather unsportingly, Newcastle's official Twitter account chose to troll Lansbury after the match by posting a photo...
Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 21 Feb 12:00
Manchester United are interested in Toni Kroos again, while Arsenal are ready to spend £45million and one of their strikers is wanted in France, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
MANCHESTER UNITED BID FOR TOP BRAZILIAN DEFENDER
Manchester United are said to have launched a £10million swoop to sign Sao Paulo defender Lyanco.
Both the Daily Star and the Daily Mirror claim United are ready to battle both Juventus and Atletico Madrid for the Brazil Under-20 defender, with the Italians said to have seen a £4.3million bid rejected in the January transfer window.
But the Mirror suggests he will be allowed to leave for a fee of £10million this summer with United having already lodged the offer for the 20-year-old, who holds a Serbian passport.
United are expected to have a busy summer transfer window after Jose Mourinho admitted he was already making plans for a raft of new recruits.
Sweden defender Victor Lindelof is already thought to have signed an agreement to join United in a €45m deal from Benfica, while a number of other top targets have been linked including Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid star Toni Kroos.
ARSENAL MAKE LORENZO INSIGNE TOP SUMMER TARGET
Arsenal have made Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne their number one transfer target, according to reports.
The Gunners had scouts in the stands to watch Insigne score in Napoli’s 3-1 win over Chievo in Serie A on Sunday.
But The Sun claim the Italian has a string of admirers across Europe after scoring eight league goals and registering six assists with Napoli sitting third in Serie A this season.
The playmaker is contracted until the summer of 2019, but that won’t prevent Arsenal launching a £45million bid for his services this summer. A move for Insigne, however, will increase concerns the Gunners could lose Alexis Sanchez in the summer amid claims he’s unhappy at the Emirates.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Arsenal will hope to open talks over a potential deal in the near future.
#Arsenal is set to open talks with Napoli for Lorenzo #Insigne. Gunners scouts have watched him yesterday against Chievo #transfers #AFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) February 20, 2017
AND THE REST
Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, 30, is a target for Marseille (Metro)
Barcelona have put Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino on their list of candidates to replace Luis Enrque
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos
Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly preparing to battle it out to sign Toulouse defender Issa Diop (The Sun)
Stuart Pearce is set for a surprise return to management after being shortlisted by the Indian Football Association to become their Under-17s coach (The Sun)
Tottenham misfit Moussa Sissoko is a target for AC Milan after just one season in north London (Daily Mirror)
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has hinted at interest in the Arsenal job by admitting he wants to manage in the Premier League (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are prepared to offer Thomas Tuchel a new contract – ending speculation of him joining Arsenal (Daily Express)
Man United and Chelsea target Bernardo Silva has interest from ‘major European clubs’, according to Monaco (Daily Mirror)
Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham are fit enough to fight on three fronts this season (The Guardian)
Wayne Rooney is facing Wembley heartache as Jose Mourinho prepares to bench him for the EFL Cup final (Daily Mirror)
Harry Kane claims cup runs run will help Wembley Stadium feel more like ‘home’ for Spurs next season (Daily Mirror)
Former West Brom manager Alan Irvine is a surprise candidate to take over at Rangers (Daily Express)
Antonio Conte has reportedly agreed a new long-term deal with Chelsea (Daily Express)
Southampton’s Cedric Soares is a shock name on the list of right-backs Barcelona are assessing ahead of the summer transfer window (Daily Telegraph)
Teenage Brazilian star Malcom has spoken out on being linked with Manchester United and Liverpool (Daily Star)
Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City target Fabinho has admitted he would be open to moving to England (Daily Star)
Galatasaray winger Bruma wants to play for Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid in the future (Daily Star)
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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 Feb 01:05
CRAIG HOPE AT ST JAMES' PARK: The goals may have been ugly but for Newcastle United's supporters there was beauty in the sight of Aston Villa's Henri Lansbury scoring an own goal.
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Newcastle United reclaimed top spot in the Championship following a hard-earned 2-0 win over struggling Aston Villa at St James' Park.
The Villans' wait for a league win in 2017 continued as Yoan Gouffran's seventh goal of the season three minutes before half-time was followed by a nightmare own goal from Henri Lansbury just before the hour.
Lansbury, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder signed in January, was left humiliated on the line as he helped in Jamaal Lascelles' effort that hit the post,...
Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 20 Feb 22:57
Newcastle United move one point clear at the top of the Championship, scoring in each half to defeat Aston Villa.
Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 20 Feb 22:54
Newcastle United reclaimed top spot in the Championship following a hard-earned 2-0 win over struggling Aston Villa at St James’ Park.
The Villans’ wait for a league win in 2017 continued as Yoan Gouffran’s seventh goal of the season three minutes before half-time was followed by a nightmare own goal from Henri Lansbury just before the hour.
Lansbury, the former Nottingham Forest midfielder signed in January, was left humiliated on the line as he helped in Jamaal Lascelles’ effort that hit the post, leaving the Magpies fans to taunt him.
Newcastle supporters remembered how Lansbury was at the centre of the red cards issued to Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett during Forest’s 2-1 win at the City Ground earlier in the season – only for both dismissals to be rescinded afterwards.
The home side, who lost striker Dwight Gayle in the first half through injury, are a point clear of second-placed Brighton again and they sit eight clear of Huddersfield in third with 14 matches remaining in the race to win promotion to the Premier League.
Twenty-goal Gayle returned to the Newcastle side for the first time since pulling his hamstring in the middle of January, with manager Rafael Benitez desperate for the £10million man’s goals to lift them back to the top of the pile.
History suggested their chances of doing so were favourable as Villa had not beaten their opponents since April 2011 in a run stretching back 10 matches.
The visitors, now winless in nine league games dating back to Boxing Day, started well and had the first decent opportunity when Birkir Bjarnason side-footed wide at the back post when Scott Hogan’s looping header fell his way.
Newcastle struggled to gain a foothold on proceedings. Shelvey was not afforded the freedom he usually finds in the middle, while Gayle cut an isolated figure at the top of the home side’s system.
And – shortly before Gayle made his way down the tunnel after 33 minutes nursing another injury – Villa came closer still. This time goalkeeper Karl Darlow had to make a stunning one-handed save to turn over a drive from striker Jonathan Kodjia which took a wicked deflection off DeAndre Yedlin en route to make the save even greater.
Yet for all of Newcastle’s first-half problems, they still took the lead before the interval – and it was substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic’s effort through a crowded box that led to it.
The Serbian’s effort was blocked and fell invitingly for Gouffran to poke the finish over the line to earn Newcastle an advantage that few inside St James’ Park could have seen coming.
Newcastle were not convincing initially after the restart either, until Lansbury’s moment to forget effectively wrapped things up and gave the home side the room to relax.
Shelvey’s corner was turned goalwards by Lascelles. The defender’s effort hit the foot of the post before Lansbury made a mistake on the line with the ball rebounding off the midfielder and rolling in.
Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone prevented further goals by making two excellent low stops to turn away efforts from Matt Ritchie and Jack Colback. The points, though, had already been secured.
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Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 20 Feb 09:04
Manchester United will try again to sign one of Real Madrid’s top stars this summer, while Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign one of Atletico Madrid’s strikers, according to Monday’s papers.
UNITED PLOT FRESH MOVE FOR TONI KROOS
Manchester United have reportedly revived their interest in £75million-rated Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 27, and will seek to test Real Madrid’s willingness to keep the German star in the summer.
United were first linked with the Germany midfield maestro back in the summer of 2013 when then-boss David Moyes believed he’d agreed terms with Bayern Munich to sign the player.
However, Kroos instead signed for Real Madrid, where the player has been a huge success and recently signed a new deal.
However, United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to try again to convince the player to move to Old Trafford as he seeks a long-term replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick.
They are now willing to try and sign the 27-year-old again in the summer, although those close to the Bernabeu hierarchy say they would not sanction a sale.
SPURS ON ALERT AS ATLETI PUT STRIKER ‘UP FOR SALE
Atletico Madrid are open to offers for Kevin Gameiro this summer – potentially solving Tottenham’s strike problem, according to reports.
The French striker moved to the Vicente Calderon last summer in a £35million deal, but has failed to find the form of his Sevilla days, leading to claims in the Daily Mirror that they could sell the Frenchman.
It’s claimed Atleti have sounded out several clubs, including Tottenham who want top class competition back up and competition for Harry Kane, while summer capture Vincent Janssen faces an uncertain future after being given this warning by Mauricio Pochettino.
Gameiro had been a key player in Sevilla’s trio of Europa League successes under Unai Emery.
But he has failed to have the desired impact for Diego Simeone’s side, despite scoring the fastest hat-trick in La Liga in 22 years this past weekend.
His treble after coming off the bench took him to 11 goals in 33 games for Atleti this term.
But he has not been a guaranteed first-choice alongside Antoine Griezmann and could be sold this summer should Atleti persuade Griezmann to stay.
The club are also aware his value will dip once he hits his 30s and are keen to cash in on the striker while they can.
AND THE REST
Manchester City could plot an £8m move for Fulham’s 16-year-old wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon, with Spurs also keen on the London born left-back (The Sun)
Real Madrid have become the latest side to join the Europe-wide battle for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona are lining up Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace under-fire Luis Enrique this summer (Daily Express)
But the Spanish side are reportedly also eyeing up Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea have initiated discussions over the transfer of 22-year-old Portugal international Bernardo Silva (The Times)
Real Madrid’s Isco, 24, has put Premier League clubs on alert after revealing his frustration at a lack of game time this season – the Spain international has previously been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal (Daily Mirror)
Lincoln goalkeeper Paul Farman has revealed toast is the secret ingredient fuelling their sensational FA Cup run (Daily Mirror)
Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos is set to sign a new four-year contract with Paris St-Germain as the 22-year-old defender turns down interest from Chelsea and Barcelona (The Sun)
Antonio Conte says there is no room for sentiment over selecting John Terry (Daily Mail)
Arsene Wenger has admitted the first time he ever lost with Arsenal he threw up (Daily Mail)
Lincoln’s FA Cup heroes are set to receive £5,000 each in bonuses after beating Burnley in the fifth round (Daily Mail)
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti could face disciplinary action after admitting he raised his middle finger to Hertha Berlin fans, who he claims spat on him (Daily Telegraph)
Odion Ighalo has used his huge Chinese salary to open an orphanage in Nigeria (The Sun)
Everton are lining up Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski to replace Romelu Lukaku (The Sun)
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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 20 Feb 01:21
Aston Villa's owner Dr Tony Xia hit back at critics before his club's crucial Championship game at Newcastle by insisting manager Steve Bruce is in place because he has 'guts'.
Aston Villa – teamtalk.com 19 Feb 14:28
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez insists the odds were stacked against Aston Villa securing an immediate return to the Premier League from the moment they were relegated.
The Championship rivals clash at St James’ Park on Monday, with the Magpies knowing that victory would restore them to the summit of the table at the expense of Brighton.
Villa reinforced their squad heavily during the January transfer window but have still lost their last four league matches, leaving Benitez to point out the difficulty of life in the second tier of English football.
“Some people think that if you spend money you have to be better, but in football one plus one does not always make two. It proves how difficult the Championship is,” Benitez said.
“You see teams going down through relegation and they cannot go up the season after. That shows how hard the competition is.
“It is easier for a team that has been in the top six for a long time to go up than a team that has come down.
“Why? Because when you go down it means something is wrong and you have to change a lot of things.
“A team like Brighton who are already there only have to change two or three players in the summer. If you go down, you maybe have to change half a team.
“I can understand why it has been difficult for Villa. It will be a tough game for us because they are a good team and they have good players.
Steve Bruce signed Sam Johnstone, Henri Lansbury, James Bree, Conor Hourihane, Neil Taylor and Scott Hogan last month and the Villa boss has called for patience in their development.
“They just need time to settle and get adjusted to life at Aston Villa. But they are all made of the right stuff,” Bruce said.
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Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 19 Feb 00:22
Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout didn't even know his manager Steve Bruce was in the Old Trafford crowd to check on him playing for Saint-Etienne against Manchester United.
Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 17 Feb 17:39
Rafael Benitez says the fact that Aston Villa are struggling this season shows how strong the Championship is.
Aston Villa F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 Feb 16:39
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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 15 Feb 15:47
'Worried' Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says his players must handle the pressure of playing for such a big club.
Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 14 Feb 22:52
Aston Villa slip to a fourth Championship defeat in a row as Barnsley earn an eye-catching victory at Villa Park.
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Tom Bradshaw's clinical double piled the misery on Aston Villa as Barnsley claimed a deserved 3-1 win. The Tykes clinched just their second victory over Villa in their history as they extended the hosts' winless run to nine games.Adam Armstrong's penalty put the visitors ahead before Bradshaw struck either side of Jonathan Kodjia's effort just before the break. Barnsley's only previous triumph over Villa came in 1998, but they merited this victory which kept them within six points of the Sky Bet...
Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Aston Villa | BBC 13 Feb 16:12
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says his team are suffering chiefly from a shortage of goals.
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A fine opportunist goal from on-loan Emyr Huws condemned Aston Villa to their first home defeat of the season as Ipswich posted a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win at Villa Park.Huws, on loan from Cardiff, notched the game's only goal in the 83rd minute to earn Mick McCarthy's Tractor Boys only their second win of the year.Villa boss Steve Bruce was left wringing his hands in dismay as he watched his expensively assembled side slide to their fifth defeat in six matches.Bruce fielded four players - Neil...
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Teenage striker Ben Brereton scored deep into added time to extend Aston Villa's miserable run and maintain Nottingham Forest's revival under Gary Brazil with a last-gasp 2-1 win at the City Ground.The 17-year-old product of Forest's academy drove home a decisive finish to break the resolve of Steve Bruce's side, who played the final 11 minutes of this Sky Bet Championship clash with 10 men following Jack Grealish's dismissal.The game had looked destined to end in a draw after Britt Assombalonga...