Aston Villa latest: Including Bent and Given

A round up of the latest news and transfer stories about Aston Villa.

Aston Villa are reportedly targeting Japanese star Hiroshi Kiyotake of FC Nurnberg. There has been contact between the two clubs but Villa are yet to put in a formal offer. The German side have told the Premier League outfit they are not looking to sell him, which means the offer will have to be on the big side.

Aston Villa face a bitter battle with Liverpool to sign FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli. Chadli seems to have been singled out by Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert as part of a bid to give star striker Christian Benteke no reason to walk away from the side.

Shay Given doesn’t appear to be part of Aston Villa’s plans. The goalkeeper returned for pre-season training this week but has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour of Germany, which is the biggest sign yet that he will not be used regularly by the club over the coming season.

Newcastle United’s planned bid for Darren Bent hangs in the balance because of Aston Villa’s valuation.  Villa are thought to want £8 million for the striker with Newcastle reluctant to go near that fee, with reports suggesting they will go as far as £5 million. Bent has been banned from training with Villa's first team according to reports.

Former Aston Villa star Ian Taylor has said it would be a coup if the club managed to keep Christian Benteke. The Belgian forward has been linked with several high profile clubs ahead of potential big money moves but Taylor has stressed the importance of them hanging onto him.

Aston Villa’s failure to sign Luke Murphy may be a blessing in disguise for the club. Murphy has signed for Championship side Leeds United but his failure to move to Villa Park means Ashley Westwood should be given the chance to maintain his form and consistency from last season.

Paul Lambert has backed Aston Villa’s new signings to settle down quickly at the club and hit the ground running. There have been questions over communication issues with some of this summer’s arrivals but Lambert says he doesn’t expect any player to have a serious problem.

Paul Lambert says he has total trust and faith in the new coaches working with Aston Villa. Scott Marshall, Michael Watts and Chris Lorkin have all joined the club ahead of the new season and Lambert says he doesn’t foresee any problems from his coaching staff.

Villa boss Paul Lambert has thrown down a challenge to his young squad to improve next season. The boss has paid tribute to the way his side fought to get out of relegation trouble last season and has urged them not to focus on that as the club’s sole aim next season.

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