Sport Tromsoe's Remi Johansen in duel with Tottenham's Nacer Chadli

Tottenham’s manager, Andre Villas-Boas, believes his players are ready to take on Manchester United after a disappointing display in northern Norway – and says the Premier League champions could be the perfect opponents for his side.

Liverpool and Tottenham in race to sign Brad Friedel

Liverpool are facing competition from Tottenham in the bid to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel, Press Association Sport understands.

Carlo Cudicini extends stay at Tottenham

Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has signed a new one-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

PSV Eindhoven claim Heurelho Gomes wants to return

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes wants to return to former club PSV Eindhoven, according to the Dutch club's sporting director.

Aston Villa hopeful Ashley Young can be convinced to stay

Gary McAllister is hoping the arrival of several quality signings this summer will help convince Ashley Young to remain at Aston Villa.

Dalglish rues lost Europa spot

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0

Heskey walks out after referee shows leniency

Aston Villa 1 Wigan Athletic 1

Mulumbu seals more than bragging rights

West Bromwich Albion 2 Aston Villa 1: Long-awaited derby win leaves West Bromwich and Hodgson looking secure

Mulumbu seals 10-man West Brom win

West Brom 2 Aston Villa 1

Bent dedicates his equaliser to 'passionate' Houllier

Aston Villa 1 Stoke City 1

Agbonlahor increases anguish for Hammers

West Ham United 1 Aston Villa 2: Villa reach comfort zone but three successive defeats leave Grant on brink

Agbonlahor propels Villa towards safety

West Ham 1 Aston Villa 2

Aston Villa open talks with Brad Friedel

Aston Villa have opened talks with veteran keeper Brad Friedel over a new contract, according to his agent.

Everton need official help to counter Bent double

Everton 2 Aston Villa 2

Home defeat adds to Villa's relegation concerns

Aston Villa 0 Wolves 1

Bolton late show is another blow for under-fire Houllier

Bolton Wanderers 3 Aston Villa 2
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