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Did you google that?!!!

i am not quite as thick and stupid as i look mate!!

But then again i am devastatingly handsome so it makes up for my lack of brains!!

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Will update daily on weekdays mate., not available on weekends.

It's a copy and paste from official site but easier for people to read it here than going on there to find it .

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Mail on Sunday: Aston Villa have made a £3.9m offer for Valencia midfielder Carles Gil. The 22-year-old has been on loan at Elche, who are also keen to take him but Villa will offer a bigger financial package. The one sticking point is Valencia would prefer to loan him again rather than sell as they believe he has good potential. Gil is small but quick and can play behind the striker or as a right-sided midfielder and would be reunited with Carlos Sanchez if he joined Villa.

The Sun on Sunday: Aston Villa should find out this week if they have any chance of landing Adnan Januzaj on loan. Manchester United will decide whether to let the Belgian, 19, gain first team experience elsewhere. But even if they do, Paul Lambert faces competition from a host of other bosses - including ex United chief David Moyes at Real Sociedad.

Daily Star on Sunday: Aston Villa want Man United's Adnan Januzaj on loan - and are also chasing Man City winger Scott Sinclair. Villa boss Paul Lambert has targeted the Manchester wide boys to give his squad a boost in this month's transfer window. Januzaj, 19, burst on the United scene in exciting fashion last season under previous boss David Moyes - who would love to be reunited with him at Real Sociedad. But while United will not sell him, Januzaj has become a bit-part player this season and could be allowed to leave on loan to give him regular first-team action and increase his experience. United boss Louis van Gaal will discuss the situation with the Belgian winger and his representatives after today's Premier League game against Southampton.

Sunday Mercury: Aston Villa are hoping to have at least one new signing on board before next weekend's clash with Liverpool. Paul Lambert is chasing both Manchester City's Scott Sinclair and Valencia ace Carles Gil as the claret and blues search for two new playmakers.The latest defeat at Leicester highlighted Villa's distinct lack of creativity and Lambert wants to address the issues as a matter of urgency. While the claret and blues want to wrap up their pursuit of the duo, there is still a long way to go before either can be completed.

Sunday Express: Aston Villa are poised to win the battle for Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair in a deal worth around £2.5m. Sinclair has seen his career stall with the Premier League champions after only starting 14 league games since moving to the North West in August 2012. The former England U21 international is keen to get his career back on track and has agreed terms for the switch to Villa Park. Sinclair, 25, who played four games for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics picks up around £50,000 a week and is under contract until 2016 but wants a fresh start.

Sunday Mirror: Aston Villa are preparing to fight off a £7.5m bid from Liverpool to make Fabian Delph the successor to Steven Gerrard. Boss Brendan Rodgers has accepted that Villa's determination not to tell their 25-year-old midfield driving force this month would mean he would have to wait until the summer. But Villa chiefs believe Gerrard's decision to move to America has changed the picture and a bid could now come in the next two weeks.

Sunday Mercury: New week. Same old story. Only this time Aston Villa have nothing to show for their efforts. The chronic lack of goals is costing them dearly after defeat to basement-boys Leicester City left them looking nervously over their shoulder at the bottom three. It's now just one goal in six Premier League games and what's worse is that Villa don't even look like scoring.

Daily Star on Sunday: Paul Lambert claimed it was "sink or swim" as Villa slid into deep trouble - but they could claim they went down fighting. The last thing under-fire Lambert wanted to see was Ciaran Clark and Foxes Matt James both being red-carded - after Paul Konchesky had fired in the game's only goal. James was sent off for an over the top challenge on Jores Okore and furious Villa defender Clark piled in deep into stoppage time.

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Will update daily on weekdays mate., not available on weekends.

It's a copy and paste from official site but easier for people to read it here than going on there to find it .

That's fine mate

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Will update daily on weekdays mate., not available on weekends.

It's a copy and paste from official site but easier for people to read it here than going on there to find it .

Damn,Eastie,you've been on the site 25mins and already made it more interesting, I tip my hat to you.Fresh ideas.You need to give Lambert a call,he needs help.Keep it up my son!UTV

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Damn,Eastie,you've been on the site 25mins and already made it more interesting, I tip my hat to you.Fresh ideas.You need to give Lambert a call,he needs help.Keep it up my son!UTV

Many thanks :) delighted to be here mate .

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Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa are hoping to wrap up the signing of Carles Gil today. The 22-year-old is expected to join from La Liga outfit Valencia for £3million after personal terms were agreed last night. Boss Paul Lambert has kept a close eye on the playmaker for a number of years and is now closing in on his man after a lengthy pursuit. The claret and blues have been searching for creative recruits to boost their squad and Gil is likely to be the first of a few new additions this month. Scott Sinclair is also on Villa's wishlist but the chase for his signature is expected to be slightly more complicated. Manchester City want to sell the winger rather than loan him out again but Villa aren't prepared to pay more than £2.5 million for his services. The ex-England winger will also have to lower his wage demands if a move is to go through. Gil's expected arrival will boost Villa's struggling side who have scored just one goal in six Premier League games. And with Fabian Delph returning for the clash with Liverpool the midfield options now look a lot fresher.

Daily Telegraph: Randy Lerner has moved to assist beleaguered manager Paul Lambert by paying £3.25m for Valencia midfielder Carles Gil. Aston Villa expect to complete the signing of the 22-year-old in the next 48 hours in a deal which represents another show of support for Lambert from his chairman. Lambert has been determined to add more creativity to his struggling squad and ‎sees Gil as a vital addition. Gil, who has spent two seasons on loan at Elche, is poised to agree a five-year deal and will fly to England for a medical on Monday. The Spain U21 international could make his debut against Liverpool this weekend. Villa's bid to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is hanging in the balance, however, after the Premier League champions demanded a £4m transfer fee.

BT Sport: Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia. The club are expected to complete a deal for the attacker as their need for creativity grows. Press Association Sport understands Valencia valued Gil around £6m but Villa have negotiated over the fee as they did not want to pay over £4m. The 22-year-old's wages are not thought to be a problematic issue ahead of a switch to Villa Park and it is understood he should sign a five-year deal after flying into Birmingham on Monday. Spain Under-21 international Gil, who plays as an attacking midfielder, came through the Valencia ranks and spent two years on loan at Elche before returning to the Mestalla at the start of this season.

Daily Star: Aston Villa are on the verge of signing Valencia's attacking midfielder Carles Gil. Villa have agreed a fee of around £3.25m for the 22-year-old and hope to complete the deal today. Gil is due to fly into Birmingham this morning to complete a medical and agree terms. Guardian: Aston Villa have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League so it is not glib when Paul Lambert cites a lack of creativity in attack as his team's crucial failing. Scoring a meagre 11 times in 21 games is a bit of a clue as well, but whether this is the season to make the transition from a long-ball approach to a passing game will be determined by the final league table. Villa have been linked with Manchester City's Scott Sinclair and are set to complete the purchase of Carles Gil, the Valencia playmaker, for £3.25m as Lambert attempts to upgrade on the inconsistent Charles N'Zogbia and perennially injured Joe Cole. Gil is due in Birmingham on Monday.

Teamtalk: Brad Guzan has defended under-fire Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and urged frustrated fans to blame the players. Villa have won just twice in 17 Premier League games and sit three points above the drop zone following Paul Konchesky's winner. They are the lowest scorers in the top four divisions with just 11 goals in 21 games. Lambert is under increasing pressure, but Guzan insists it is not all his fault. "When you go through difficult times everyone has got to take their criticism," the goalkeeper said. "The manager has been brilliant in defending us but we are the ones who have to score goals."

Daily Star: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has told frustrated fans: blame the players, not the manager. Villa have scored just 11 goals in 21 league games this term - the worst goalscoring record in English football. They haven't won in six league games to move within three points of the bottom three. But Guzan said: "When you go through difficult times everyone has got to take their criticism. "The manager has been brilliant in defending us but we are the ones who have to score goals. "He can't go and score for us, the coaching staff can't score for us, the goalkeeping coach can't score for us."

Daily Mirror: Former England midfielder Joe Cole sifted through the rubble of a damaging defeat at the King Power and preached unity as Villa slipped back into the relegation quicksand. Full marks to Cole, who suffered relegation with a West Ham team considered too good to go down 12 years ago, for fronting up. But Villa, who have flirted with the unthinkable for the last three years, are approaching crisis point and Cole acknowledged: "These are difficult times, we have to accept the criticism that's been coming our way and we need to better. "This is no time for pointing fingers because we are all going through the same results and frustrations. "The worst thing you can do is to start blaming each other or looking for scapegoats because this is not one man's problem - it's for all of us to solve together: manager, players, staff and supporters."

Daily Express: Joe Cole has known relegation and the smell of it is gathering around Aston Villa again for the fifth successive season. Gerard Houllier survived, so did Alex McLeish. Paul Lambert has dodged it twice but the fear is piling in. Villa might be three points clear and in a clutch of six clubs, like zebras in the wild, huddling for safety, but no wins in six league games is dangerous. Next up are successive home fixtures, Liverpool and then Bournemouth in the FA Cup. Don't even look at the following two, Arsenal and Chelsea. Cole, who was relegated with West Ham in 2003, is rallying the troops.

Nottingham Post: If there is one man in the Nottingham Forest dressing room who is, without a single iota of doubt, right behind Stuart Pearce, it is Gary Gardner. Following a week when both Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs insisted the under-fire Reds boss retained the backing of the players, the team's performance at the City Ground hardly supported that notion, as Sheffield Wednesday departed with an easy three points following another below par performance from the home side in a 2-0 defeat. But Gardner's actions did back up his words, with the Aston Villa man turning down 'lots' of other clubs - including Brighton, where he had spent much of the first half of the campaign - because he wanted the chance to work under Pearce again. The midfielder has played under the Reds boss with the England U21 side and felt that his development would be best served by a move across the Midlands, to Forest - where he made his debut as a half-time substitute, against the Owls.

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Daily Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert hopes Carles Gil can solve his side's goal crisis but he only has limited transfer cash to solve the problem. Valencia attacking midfielder Gil, 22, is due in Birmingham for talks over a five-year contract in a £3.2million transfer. Villa have scored only 11 Premier League goals in 21 games and were booed off in their 1-0 defeat at bottom club Leicester. Lambert hopes Spanish schemer Gil can now provide the ammunition for Christian Benteke. He sees Gil playing in an attacking role wide right as he is dangerous at cutting in on to his left. Gil will be reunited with Villa's Colombian holding midfielder Carlos Sanchez after the pair played together at Elche, where Gil was on loan. He is likely to be on the bench for Saturday's home game with Liverpool as Lambert is wary about throwing him straight in.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa are closing on a deal to sign Valencia midfielder Carles Gil, Sky sources understand. The 22-year-old is expected to complete his move on Tuesday with the Premier League club calling a 1pm news conference and will cost a little over £3m, around 5m euros. The club are expected to complete a deal for the attacker as their need to find more goals in order to climb away from the Premier League relegation zone increases.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa are set to sign Valencia attacking midfielder Carles Gil for £3.2m. Manager Paul Lambert has been a long-term admirer of the Spain U21 international, who has scored one goal in eight La Liga games this season. If the deal goes through as expected, Gil, 22, is likely to start against Liverpool on Saturday. Villa have struggled to score all season, and have fired just 11 goals in 21 Premier League games.

Tamworth Herald: Spanish attacking midfielder Carles Gil is expected to complete his move to Aston Villa today. The 22-year-old will pen a five-year contract and will be officially unveiled at a 1pm news conference today. Gil, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Carlos Sanchez's former club Elche, will cost the Villans £3.2 million after a fee was agreed last week. Speaking after Saturday's defeat to Leicester, manager Paul Lambert reiterated his desire to bring more creativity to the team.

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BBC Sport: Aston Villa have signed midfielder Carles Gil from Valencia for £3.2m on a four-and-a-half-year deal. The Spain Under-21 international, who spent the past two seasons on loan at Elche, has scored one goal in eight La Liga games for Valencia this term. Villa have scored just 11 goals in 21 Premier League games this season. "We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side," said Villa boss Paul Lambert.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Spain U21 midfielder Carles Gil from Valencia for a reported fee in the region of £3.2m. Gil, 22, who can play on either flank or behind the strikers, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park. The move had hit a late snag over agents' fees on Tuesday but Villa confirmed their first January capture by late afternoon. Gil is a product of the youth system at Valencia, his home city, and made his senior debut for their B team in 2009 as a 17-year-old. He was loaned to Valencian neighbours Elche for two seasons, helping them secure promotion to La Liga in 2012/13, and then helping the club stay in Spain's top-flight alongside his new Villa team-mate Carlos Sanchez the following term. "He can create chances and get those chances put away. He has a lot to offer and I know we can get the best out of him". He played 11 times for Los Che this season, scoring once. "We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side," said manager Lambert.

Daily Mail Online: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Valencia attacking midfielder Carles Gil for £3.25million. Paul Lambert welcomed the Spain Under-21 international to Villa Park on Tuesday afternoon after Gil signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Barclays Premier League club. The 22-year-old can operate on either wing or behind the striker, and Lambert hopes he will bring a 'creative spark' after seeing Villa score just 11 goals in 21 Premier League games. 'We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side,' Lambert told Villa's official website.

Birmingham Mail Online: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia for just over £3million. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, who can operate on either flank or behind a striker, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal to June 2019 subject to international clearance. Villa have been negotiating with the Spanish ace for the past two days and have now finally got the deal over the line. Boss Paul Lambert said: "We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side. "He's only 22 years of age but he will come here and give us something I don't think we have at the moment. He can play either role, coming in off the sides or playing in behind as well. "He can create chances and get those chances put away. He has a lot to offer and I know we can get the best out of him."

Daily Mirror Online: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Carles Gil from Valencia. The 22-year-old has joined the Villans in a deal worth £3.2million, signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park. Gil, a product of Valencia's youth system, spent the last two years on loan at another club in his home city, Elche, who he helped secure promotion to La Liga in 2012-13, before playing his part as they retained their top-flight status last term. An attacking midfielder, comfortable operating on either flank or behind a central striker, under-pressure Villa boss Paul Lambert is banking on the schemer to help end the club's goalscoring troubles.

Express and Star: Aston Villa today completed the long-term signing of Spanish under-21 midfielder Carles Gil from Valencia. The 22-year-old has signed four-and-a-half year contract at Villa Park in a deal believed to be worth £3.2million. Manager Paul Lambert is hoping Gil can give Villa the creative spark they have been so desperately lacking this season. Villa have failed to score in any of their last four games and have netted just 11 games in the Premier League all season. Lambert said: "We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side. "He's only 22 years of age but he will come here and give us something I don't think we have at the moment. He can play either role, coming in off the sides or playing in behind as well."

Goal.com: Aston Villa have announced they have completed the signing of Valencia's Carles Gil on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The Spain Under-21 international, who has scored one goal in eight Liga appearances, has signed a deal until 2019 after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. Gil insists he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in a new country, although he must wait for international clearance before a date for his Villa debut can be set.

Birmingham Mail Online: Boss Paul Lambert knows exactly where Carles Gil will fit into his Aston Villa team. He sees the 22-year-old playmaker cutting in from a wide right position or often playing in an advanced central role behind Christian Benteke. Lambert has watched Gil in action himself and also sent scouts over to Spain for further checks on his ability. All of the reports he received were positive and the Villa boss is excited to unleash him onto the Premier League. Gil is expected to play in the same role as either Andreas Weimann or Charles N'Zogbia.

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Sky Sports: Sir Jack Hayward, the former owner and chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers, has died. He was 91.Sir Jack, who was also life president at Molineux, had been ill for a number of months and passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday morning. In a statement on their official website, the club said: "Wolves would like to extend its deepest and most sincere condolences to Sir Jack's wife, Lady Hayward, his companion of many years, Patti Bloom, and all his family and friends at home and across the world.

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Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is confident Villa have signed a future star in Carles Gil after wrapping up a £3m deal to bring the Spanish U21 star to the Midlands. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder finally secured his switch from Valencia and will be unveiled by the club today. Despite a last-minute hitch, Villa were able to get the deal over the line - much to Lambert's delight. He said: "We've been on the lookout for a creative player and he will certainly bring that extra element to the side."

Daily Star: Aston Villa are ready to throw new signing Carles Gil in at the deep end against Liverpool. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder completed his £3.25m move from Valencia last night. Paul Lambert finally got his man and is ready to pitch Gil straight in for the home match against the Mersey men. He hopes the Spanish U21 international can provide the spark to help end his side's miserable scoring record.

Daily Express: Aston Villa have spent £2.5m on Spanish midfielder Carles Gil and face having to find another £40,000 to give to the FA after being charged with failing to control their players. The transfer of the attack-minded Gil, 22, was held up and a lunchtime press conference called off in a row over agent fees but eventually chief executive Tom Fox was able to complete the deal. Gil arrives from Valencia on a four and a half year deal after spending two seasons on loan with Elche.

Daily Telegraph: Carles Gil has signed a four and a half year deal and completed his move despite a late hitch over the payment of agent fees. The 22-year-old has been capped by Spain U21s and arrives in England with a decent pedigree, after two seasons at Elche, where he played with Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

Guardian: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia for a fee believed to be £3.2m. The midfielder, who can play on either flank or behind the strikers, has signed a four and a half year deal. The deal had hit a late snag over agent fees but Villa have confirmed their first January capture. The Villa manager, Paul Lambert, has been desperate to boost their creativity after just 11 goals in 21 Premier League games.

The Sun: Midfielder Carles Gil, 22, will make his Villa bow on Saturday following a £3.25m move from Valencia on a four and a half year deal.

The Times: Aston Villa are thought to be unwilling to sign Tom Cleverley this month - believing that they would have a strong chance of signing the midfielder, who is on loan from Man Utd, as a free agent in the summer when he will be out of contract. Villa have also expressed interest in taking Adnan Januzaj on loan, though for that to happen Cleverley would either have to return to Old Trafford or join the Midlands club permanently.

Independent: Paul Lambert hopes the signing of Spain U21 midfielder Carles Gil for £3.2m from Valencia yesterday can help spark some life into his shot-shy Aston Villa team. A miserly haul of 11 goals in 21 Premier League games, the worst tally in England's top four flights, has left Villa flirting with the bottom three. "He will bring that extra creative element," the Scot said.

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Daily Express Online: New signing Carles Gil could go straight into Aston Villa's team at home to Liverpool on Saturday. Gil, 22, has joined for £3m from Valencia as the first of manager Paul Lambert's January signings aimed at keeping Villa from a relegation fight. He has been bought from Valencia to put some life into Villa's shot-shy attack and he could be asked to end the goal drought straight away.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert tells BBC WM 95.6 that fans will be excited by their new signing, Spain U21 international midfielder Carles Gil. Following Gil's move from La Liga side Valencia for £3.2m on a four-and-a-half-year deal, Lambert said: "We've been looking at him for a few months. "He'll excite people. He's technically very gifted. The crowd will love him. He'll hit the ground running. It will not take him too long to adapt." Gil is expected to be involved on Saturday when goal-shy Villa, who have scored just eight times in 12 home games this season, play host to Liverpool.

Daily Mail Online: Aston Villa newboy Carles Gil has hinted he wants to make an impact like hero David Silva after similarly swapping Valencia for England. Silva starred at the Mestalla having graduated from youth ranks until a £24m move to Manchester City in 2010. Gil, an attacking midfielder, rose through Valencia's academy too and has been signed by Paul Lambert for £3.25m in the hope he can aid Villa's dreadful scoring record. Lambert's side have just 11 goals in the Premier League all season.

Birmingham Mail Online: Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis today mourned the loss of his 'great friend' Sir Jack Hayward, whose death was announced yesterday. Born in June, 1923, former Wolves owner Sir Jack was just seven months older than Sir Doug who turned 91 earlier this month. Both had served during the Second World War before becoming the rival titans of Midlands' football in the 1990s. Two football supporting brothers in arms, driven by a pitch-side passion as much as their financial clout in the boardroom. Sir Doug said today: "Jack and I were very close, even though he spent so much time in the Bahamas and Florida and would love cruising for three months of the year to escape our weather. "I was very sad to see that he had left us despite the fact that he was my age, 91."

Clubcall: Boss Paul Lambert believes new boy Carles Gil can help Aston Villa end their goal struggles. The 22-year-old, capped once by Spain U21s, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal after joining from Valencia. The deal had hit a snag over agent fees on Tuesday but chief executive Tom Fox managed to complete the move after further talks. Villa have scored just 11 goals in 21 Barclays Premier League games ahead of Saturday's visit of Liverpool and Lambert hopes attacking midfielder Gil can aid their goal hunt.

Daily Star Online: Paul Lambert says new signing Carles Gil is the man to 'unlock doors' for Aston Villa. He'll be hoping his £3.25m acquisition from Valencia will be able to get Villa out of jail in the process. They're struggling for goals to such an extent that their tally of just 11 is the lowest in all four divisions. Now Lambert hopes the attacking midfielder can give Villa fresh impetus and stop their worrying slide.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes new signing Carles Gil could inject the guile which has been lacking in the team's attacking play this season. Villa have scored just 11 times in the Premier League and have struggled to create chances all season. Gil, who can play on either wing, arrived at Villa on a four-and-a-half year deal from Spanish club Valencia on Tuesday. Although Lambert is confident the 22-year-old will be an astute signing, the Scot stressed Gil must be given time to settle at the club. "He'll give us something I think we've been crying out for," Lambert said. "That creativity spark, and that's what we've been needing to finish off the work."

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Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert hopes the arrival of David Silva wannabe Carles Gil will turn Aston Villa into a more attacking side. The Spain Under-21 midfielder comes with big expectations as he aims to emulate compatriot Silva, a player he rates as the best in Europe. Villa are the lowest scorers in the Premier League with 11 goals in 21 games and Lambert is banking on 5ft 7in schemer Gil - who, like Manchester City's Silva, joined from Valencia - to create more chances for star striker Christian Benteke. "Carles will excite everyone with the way he plays," said the Villa boss. "We needed somebody like him to come and try to make things happen for us. "We have to try to do better in the final third and he will certainly help that."

The Sun: Spanish midfielder Carles Gil hopes to provide a Silva lining to Aston Villa's dismal season. The £3.25million signing from Valencia has seen how compatriot David Silva has helped Manchester City to glory. And the 22-year-old, who is 5ft 7in, said: "The player I admire most is David Silva. He's someone I've watched since his early days with Valencia and now Manchester City. I like the way he plays. "He's small like me but he is a huge player. He is the best in Europe in my opinion." Villa boss Paul Lambert added: "Carles excites me. He can give us a spark."

Daily Star: New boy Carles Gil aims to provide a Silva service to get Aston Villa firing. Villa have scored just 11 all season and hope 22-year-old Gil, the £3.25m attacking midfielder from Valencia can hit the target. Gil is a fan of Manchester City star David Silva, who started his career at Valencia. Gil said: "He's such a huge player - the best in Europe. We can't compare to each other. "He's followed a path to the Premier League and I'm on that path now. I'm excited by it."

The Times: Paul Lambert hopes that Aston Villa have found their own answer to David Silva as the Aston Villa manager attempts to address their shortage of goals. Villa introduced their £3.25m signing, Carles Gil, a Spanish playmaker who is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Silva, his compatriot, by making a successful switch from Valencia to the Barclays Premier League.

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On SSN this morning Lambert has asked us not to protest against him.

He's hardly going to back us is he the melt.

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PL is unbelievable. He has put us in this position (along with RL) and he wants support from the fans. One signing is not going to change the whole team. At present we are playing across the pitch and now we sign a new player and expect the team to change play all within 1 week with a player who has never played in the EPL. This really is pressure on Carles Gil.

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BT Sport: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has urged his team-mates to banish any nerves as they prepare to run the gauntlet at Villa Park. With Villa failing to fire up front this season, scoring just 11 goals in 21 league matches and one in the last six, these appear edgy times for all at Villa as the club slides towards the relegation zone. But Guzan, speaking earlier this week, said: "It's not about being nervous. "It's the time of your life to be a professional footballer. We are very fortunate to do what we do. "So it's not about nerves, it's about relishing the challenges and accepting the responsibility as players, as staff and as a club. "We have to accept that challenge and find a way to fight through it, and that's what we're going to do. "There's not a lack of quality or belief as we're together from the start to the finish, and we're only halfway through the year. "There's no need to hit a panic button, no need to be worrying about relegation. "There are 11 other teams around us fighting relegation. That speaks volumes about the quality of the league - simple as."

HereistheCity: New Aston Villa man Carles Gil could be in line to start against Liverpool on Saturday, manager Paul Lambert has hinted. After impressing in his first training session, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hinted to the club's official website that new signing Carles Gil could well start Saturday's home game against Liverpool. Arriving from hometown club Valencia this week for a fee believed to be around £3.25 million, Gil has been tipped to provide Villa the creative spark they've been lacking for so long, having been compared in style to Real Madrid's Isco while in La Liga. Signing on a deal until 2019, the Spanish midfielder has already shown some of his playmaking qualities to Lambert, and his new boss has revealed that he will at least be in the squad for the weekend's Premier League clash. "It was his first day. He trained and had some lovely touches on the ball," Lambert said. "He's exciting. When you see him on the ball you think something is going to happen."

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