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HUTTON CAN FIND NEW CLUB

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that the former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton is free to search for a new club after being deemed surplus to requirements at Villa Park. He has been linked to a move to Anfield by a Liverpool fanzine.

The future of the 27-year-old has been under intense speculation for the last few weeks, with many reports suggesting that Lambert would like to replace him with the signing of his own. As expected, Lambert made the signing of Matthew Lawton, who is expected to be the first choice right back for the team. The former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton joined the club on a permanent basis only recently.

PATIENCE REQUIRED

Aston Villa's stand-in captain Gabriel Agbonlahor has pleaded with the Aston Villa fans to remain patient and continue to support them next season as well.

He has also said that fans should not restrain themselves from buying the season tickets after the team fared poorly this season.

Many fans were against the appointment of former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish, but Gabriel Agbonlahor argues that the former Birmingham manager has done a good job considering the huge number of injuries and the limited funds he has been provided with. As a result, he hopes that a next season will be a major improvement over the current one, in which they have flirted with relegation throughout the whole season.

BENT RULED OUT

Aston Villa will be without Darren Bent for the rest of the season, and it is also highly likely that the England striker will be absent at the Euro 2012 in the summer.

The England forward suffered the injury in the match against Wigan recently. He injured his ankle ligaments and has now undergone an operation in order to recover as soon as possible.

Still, Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is set to be without his star striker for the rest of the season and this comes as a major blow for Aston Villa and their hopes of making it into the top 10 of the table.

KEANE HAPPY TO STAY

Aston Villa striker Robbie Keane has said that he is open to making his move permanent to the Midlands club.

Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is currently on loan from MLS side LA Galaxy. He is set to return to the American club within the next few weeks, which would be a major blow for Aston Villa.

Since his arrival at Villa Park, Robbie Keane has been an extremely good player. These have led to suggestions that Aston Villa will be prepared to make a bid for the Republic of Ireland international, who has a lot of Premier league experience.

ALBRIGHTON NOT CONCERNED WITH DROP

After a season of struggle under Gerrard Houllier, Aston Villa were expected to progress into the top 10 this season.

However, things have not gone exactly to plan after the arrival of new manager Alex McLeish from Birmingham City.

Alex McLeish was never the favourite amongst the Villa supporters due to his connections with Birmingham City, but Aston Villa board decided to go ahead with the appointment anyway. So far, Aston Villa have not made any progress in the Premier league and have also been knocked out of the cup competitions as well.

Despite this, Aston Villa youngster Marc Albrighton has said that Aston Villa are looking to progress in the table and are not concerned about the threat of relegation.

ASTON VILLA PLANNING TO SELL YOUNG

Ashley Young is expected to be sold by Aston Villa in the summer, according to the Free Bet website. He might maintain that he is not considering his future just yet, but it appears as though Aston Villa are. The Midlands club are expected to tell Young’s suitors that they must part with at least £25 million this summer to prise the England international away a year before his contract ends.

VILLA KEEN ON KEANE

Aston Villa are in talks with Tottenham over the sale of striker Robbie Keane. O'Neill is apparently being urged to step up his pursuit of the Republic of Ireland star by defender Richard Dunne, a team-mate of Keane's at international level.

However, Aston Villa could face competition for the Irishman as Celtic are also believed to be pursuing Keane. The Bhoys, for whom he scored 16 goals last season while on loan from Spurs, are reportedly keen to sign him on another loan deal at Parkhead.

VILLA 3 IN ENGLAND SQUAD

ASTON VILLA will have three players in England's final World Cup squad.

As expected, Emile Heskey and James Milner made it into the final 23 for the flight to South Africa.

But more surprising was Fabio Capello's decision to pick Stephen Warnock as one of his defenders ahead of Everton's Leighton Baines.

The only other Midlands representation comes in the form of Joe Hart, who rocketed into the the England squad on the back of an excellent season at Birmingham City before returning to Manchester City.

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