If you've read Kirsten's Shay Given story below, you've gotten all of the major news for the day. But, there are a few things here and there worth noting, so get ready for your Friday links!
Mat Kendrick, of the Birmingham Mail, has a pretty good piece on what Aston Villa should be looking for from Liverpool in return for Stewart Downing. If you read Aaron's take earlier in the week, you'll notice a lot of similarity. It appears that the collective consciousness is coming to an agreement on what should be done with Stewie.
In other Stewie news, Alex McLeish was to have had his talk with the winger today in an attempt to convince him to stay at the club. I haven't heard anything about the results of that yet, if it has even happened, but I certainly hope it was successful.
Training started today, and all of the first team players were present (save a few who still had U-21 commitments). Adrian Lamb, formerly of Blackburn and Newcastle, is apparently the team's new fitness coach.
Finally Darren Bent plans to make a big announcement on twitter today. He tweeted from his account (@DarrenBent) "As soon as I know I've got the no.9 I will confirm it on here for everyone asking. Don't want to say before it happens, hope i find out 2moz." 7500 to Holte will continue to monitor this exceptionally important news for you.
And that's it for today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to check here for any updates throughout.