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Aston Villa hit snag over deal for Spaniard

Aston Villa's move for Carles Gil has hit a last-minute hitch over agents' fees.

The Valencia midfielder's representatives have increased their demands in the final stages of the deal.

Press Association Sport understands, however, Villa are still confident of signing the 22-year-old.

Carles Gil looked set to be unveiled on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Villa are working through the late snag with Gil expected to sign a five-year deal after flying into Birmingham on Monday.

They had planned a press conference to unveil the Spain Under-21 international at their Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday afternoon but have now been forced to postpone it.


11 arrested amid Midlands derby hooligan fears

Eleven people were arrested and two charged by as police looked to pre-empt any trouble from "hooligan elements" surrounding a Premier League Midlands derby game.

Leicestershire Police said the arrests were made following preventative use of stop and search powers in an intelligence-led operation around today's tie between Leicester City and Aston Villa.

A 16-year-old youth was charged with possession of a firework under the age of 18, and a 24-year-old man was charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

Both have been served with football banning notice applications.

The force said the decision to use its powers was made "in response to intelligence which suggested serious disorder was being planned between the hooligan elements of both clubs".

In all, officers stopped and searched 87 people and arrested two.

Aston Villa deny Keane had bust-up with players

Former assistant manager Roy Keane did not have a training ground bust-up with players, according to Aston Villa.

Keane left his role at the Birmingham club on Friday, saying he could not combine his duties there with a similar job with the Republic of Ireland national team.

Roy Keane resigned last week. Credit: PA

Newspaper reports claimed the former Manchester United midfielder had a confrontation with senior members of the Villa squad the day prior to resigning.

Roy Keane steps down from Aston Villa role

Keane has left Aston Villa with immediate effect. Credit: PA

Roy Keane has quit his role as Aston Villa's assistant manager with immediate effect, the club have announced.

The 43-year-old had been splitting his time between Villa and his job as Martin O'Neill's number two with the Republic of Ireland.

But Keane has stepped down from the Barclays Premier League club ahead of their trip to Burnley on Saturday.

Keane said in a statement: "Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much.

"It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision.

"I'd like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club, I've really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but the best going forward."


Aston Villa fans pile pressure on Paul Lambert

Lambert must turn things around quickly at Aston Villa. Credit: Reuters

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is facing pressure to resign from supporters following Monday night's 2-0 defeat at QPR.

The result consigned Villa to an unwanted piece of history, as they became only the ninth club in Premier League history to lose five consecutive matches without scoring a goal.

Lambert's side have now shipped 13 goals without reply in five matches, and supporters have been venting their displeasure on Birmingham Mail's Facebook page.

Richard Hunt wrote "Lambert out, enough is enough," while Mark Pearson suggests Lambert has "had his time. He wasn't good enough."

Villa host Spurs on Sunday before travelling to high-flying West Ham the following weekend, where Liverpool and Man City have already fallen to defeats this season.

Randy Lerner confirms he is selling Aston Villa

Randy Lerner is selling Aston Villa eight years after he agreed a £62.6m takeover of the Midlands club. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has said in a statement that he intends to sell the Premier League club.

"Now is the time for me to look for new ownership and thus new leadership," Lerner said, adding that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has been hired to advise on the sale.

The American owner was widely expected to make a significant statement after confirming last month that he would clarify his own future at the club at the season's end.

Villa concluded the 2013-14 campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Tottenham yesterday to finish in 15th place in the league, five points above the relegation zone.

Aston Villa praises Hitzlsperger's announcement

Thomas Hitzlsperger's former club Aston Villa has praised him after the ex-footballer announced he was gay:

Is George next in line to be famous Aston Villa fan?

Prince William's ambition to persuade his son George to follow Aston Villa could see the future King join a powerful set of supporters of the Midlands team.

Prince William apparently started supporting Villa at Eton. His role as FA president saw him meet then-Villa winger Ashley Young in 2009. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
Prime Minister David Cameron has also been spotted in the stands for several of Villa's away matches in London in recent seasons. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport
Former Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King is a regular at Villa Park and sat next to then-England manager Fabio Capello in 2011. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
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