A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Aston Villa over the past 48 hours...
Ray Wilkins will join Tim Sherwood's coaching staff at the start of next season. The former Chelsea star made the revelation in an interview with Sky Sports and will work alongside assistant manager Kevin MacDonald in Sherwood's first full season in charge.
The Villa midfielder has seen his status soar after becoming an England first-teamer and a big move could soon be in the offing. Villa fans will struggle to get too excited over the possible arrival of Liverpool flop Borini after he managed just one goal last season.
The Stoke Sentinel claim Villa have emerged as front runners in the race for Asmir Begovic. The Stoke keeper has attracted attention from Chelsea and would cost around £10 million. Villa hope the lure of first team football will entice him to reject Stamford Bridge in favour of the Midlands.
Former Villa striker Tony Cascarino has weighed in with his take on the Christian Benteke situation. He feels it’s quite straightforward for Sherwood, and indeed any manager in a similar boat.
“If you get a player in front of you, you call him into your office and he says he wants to leave. I’d always be prepared to let him go. I don’t like the idea of keeping players who don’t want to play for you,” he told talkSPORT.
‘Easier said than done’ springs to mind here. Letting the Belgian go is one thing but trying to find another striker who can produce similar results is another thing altogether.
Another ex-Villan, Ray Houghton, has expressed his concern that Sherwood will not get the financial backing he needs this summer in an interview with talkSPORT.
“...they need investment, but they’re not going to get it because Randy Lerner has said he’s going to take a back seat,” the former midfielder said.
Finally, The Telegraph have focused on Benteke's release clause, citing it as the main deterrent to top clubs considering an approach.