Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

Yorke predicts a troubled, trophyless season for Villa

Aston Villa will struggle to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season according to former striker Dwight Yorke.

Stewart Downing 'not feeling the pressure'

Stewart Downing is determined not to let his hefty transfer fee weigh heavily on him as he prepares for his first season with Liverpool.

Aston Villa expect Charles N'Zogbia deal next week

Aston Villa expect to complete the signing of winger Charles N'Zogbia when they return from competing in the Barclays Asia Trophy final against Chelsea in Hong Kong.

Jordan Henderson ignoring Liverpool price tag

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is confident he can cope with the added expectations placed on him after his big-money move from Sunderland.

Aston Villa agree £9.5m Charles N'Zogbia deal

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is finally set to sign Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia in a £9.5 million deal at the third attempt.

Bent: I kept texting Ash 'One More Year', I was on his case all the time

Straight-talking Villa striker failed to persuade Young to stay, and admits he will miss his service this season

Parker in Aston Villa's sights while McLeish starts £20m spree with N'Zogbia

Alex McLeish hopes to persuade Scott Parker to join Aston Villa this week, when the new Villa manager looks to begin spending the proceeds of Stewart Downing's £20m sale on Charles N'Zogbia, Shay Given and the West Ham captain.

McLeish chasing £10m N'Zogbia

Aston Villa have stepped up their interest in Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia with a £10m bid. Manager Alex McLeish rates the France winger his top target to replace the Liverpool-bound Stewart Downing.

James Lawton: Watson again lights up Open in handing a timely reminder to golf's young pretenders

In the sunlight shining on a brilliant new generation of golfers there was another kind of glow here yesterday.

Aston Villa make £10m bid for Charles N'Zogbia

Aston Villa have stepped up their interest in Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia by submitting a £10m bid, Press Association Sport understands.

Dalglish spends big and buys British, but are they worth it?

Liverpool manager has clear policy as he rebuilds club with capture of Villa winger – taking spending to £100m

Newcastle maintain hunt for new striker

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists the cash to buy a top-class striker is still available as he attempts to push through a deal.

Third time lucky for Liverpool with £20m Downing

Villa agree fee for midfielder after rejecting two bids as Dalglish's side start Asian tour

Alex McLeish demands right attitude from Liverpool target Stewart Downing

Alex McLeish expects Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing to maintain the right attitude and professionalism if his hopes of a move to Liverpool fail to materialise.

Chelsea's £22m offer for Modric is ridiculous, says Redknapp

Tottenham manager says Croatian is training hard and must sort his problem out with chairman himself

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