The owner & chairman of Aston Villa, tycoon Randy Lerner, has issued a statement ruling out an immediate sale of the football club.
Stoke City travel to Aston Villa this afternoon for a local derby in the Premier League.
With the transfer deadline approaching, here is a look at the players the Midlands clubs in the top two leagues could be signings.
Asked if he had any advice for the person who takes over from David Moyes at Manchester United, David Cameron said he would save the advice as a fan of Aston Villa who had had a "ropey season".
The Prime Minister said: "As an Aston Villa fan, we've had a bit of a ropey season, so I think I'll save the advice on football management - a subject about which I know precious little."
Reports have continued to circulate this morning that Randy Lerner is ready to sell Aston Villa.
Yesterday the Villa chairman said he would address rumours about the club's sale at the end of the season.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Lerner could sell Aston Villa for £200m and that initial talks have been held with a consortium in the United States.
Aston Villa's Shay Given and Gordon Cowans have today taken part in their first training session as assistant managers - following the suspension of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa.
ITV News Central understands the players have "enjoyed training today more than they have done in several months."
The club have yet to disclose why assistant manager, Culverhouse, and head of football operations, Karsa, have been suspended.
Aston Villa FC has suspended two of its senior managerial team as an internal investigation is carried out.
Club bosses today announced that assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa had been suspended.
Reserve team manager Gordan Cowans and goalkeeper Shay Given have been temporarily promoted to assist manager Paul Lambert and the first team coaching staff.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said striker Christian Benteke will come back "bigger and stronger" from his achilles injury.
The Belgian is out for the rest of the season and will miss this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Benteke is due to have an operation today before going to spend time with his family.
Lambert has promised the club will support Benteke through his rehabilitation process:
"The main thing is getting him back stronger.
"It's a nasty, nasty injury. But he will bounce back. He will come back bigger and stronger."
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will undergo surgery on a ruptured Achilles' tendon which will rule him out for at least six months.
The Belgian striker suffered the injury in training and will miss the World Cup as well as the start of next season.
Manager Paul Lambert said: “It’s a terrible blow both for Christian and for the Club.
“He will miss the rest of the season, obviously, and also the World Cup. But he’ll work hard because that’s what he does and he’ll come back for us stronger than ever next season.”
Benteke scored 19 Premier League goals in 34 appearances last season for Villa but had struggled for form this season - at one point going 12 games without a goal.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has suffered a season-ending injury which has ruled him out for up to eight months - according to reports in Belgium.
It is thought the Belgian tore his Achilles' tendon in training.
He will undergo a scan this evening with the club expected to confirm the injury tomorrow morning.
Jose Mourinho has asked for a personal hearing after his sending off during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Villa Park. He was dismissed after running on to the pitch after Ramires was shown a red card for an over-the-top tackle on Karim El Ahmadi.
Mourinho claims he was only trying to cool his players' tempers. He's also said he doesn't want Chris Foy refereeing any more Chelsea games.
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