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Keane is also assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is wanted by both Aston Villa and Hull City

Hull City manager Steve Bruce confirms Tigers interest in signing Tom Cleverley from Manchester United

Red Devils ace looks certain to leave Old Trafford before Monday's deadline

Tim Sherwood column: I've been impressed with my Tottenham successor Mauricio Pochettino

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Andreas Weimann celebrates the goal that put Aston Villa into the lead at the Britannia, he fired home from a narrow angle

Premier League: Aston Villa vs Hull City match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League match at Villa Park

Clean sheet makes the case for Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa defence

Villa optimistic for the new season after gaining four points from six

Alan Pardew says Newcastle 'absolutely dominated' and deserved to win against Aston Villa

Alan Pardew says Newcastle should have got more than a point against Aston Villa

Pardew says his team 'absolutely dominated'

Andreas Weimann celebrates the goal that put Aston Villa into the lead at the Britannia, he fired home from a narrow angle

Premier League: Aston Villa vs Newcastle match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Villa Park

Rodgers showered praise on Balotelli last week, which led to speculation he could sign the AC Milan front man

Premier League weekend preview: Mario Balotelli, Everton vs Arsenal and other talking points

Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

Louis van Gaal will be looking for an improvement from his side

Premier League games live on TV this weekend: Newcastle, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City vs Liverpool

A look ahead to the weekend's football and which matches are on TV

Alan Hutton and Paul Lambert

Stoke City vs Aston Villa: Alan Hutton return promises better times for Villa

Paul Lambert's side escaped the Britannia stadium with all three points

Andreas Weimann celebrates the goal that put Aston Villa into the lead at the Britannia, he fired home from a narrow angle

Stoke City vs Aston Villa match report: Villa tear up the script thanks to Andreas Weimann strike

Stoke 0 Aston Villa 1: Hughes left frustrated as Stoke fail to find a way through Lambert’s well-marshalled defences

Bojan Krkic scored another good goal for Stoke City - he now has three in three matches
Mark Hughes looks on from the touchline

Stoke v Aston Villa: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Roy Keane cracks a smile after being cuddled by Aston Villa mascot Bella the Lion

Roy Keane shows his lighter side to help Paul Lambert lift the gloom at Aston Villa

Lambert says new assistant has "given everyone a boost"

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