Monday media watch [18.06.12 AM]: Dunne aiming for fine finale
Daily Express: Richard Dunne goes into tonight's final group game against Italy with his dreams of Irish glory totally shattered. Dunne and his team-mates arrived in Poland believing they had a genuine chance of at least reaching the quarter-finals but convincing defeats by Croatia and Spain confirmed their tournament exit before the final Group C fixture.
Clubcall: Emile Heskey has denied speculation linking him with Hull but the released Aston Villa striker is willing to play in the Championship. Former Liverpool and Birmingham frontman Heskey is available on a free transfer, after being shown the door by Villa, and had been tipped to become Steve Bruce's first signing at the KC Stadium.
Birmingham Mail: New boss Paul Lambert will be keeping a keen eye out for former club Norwich when Villa's Premier League fixtures for the 2012-13 season are announced today. Lambert made his first public appearance as manager at Saturday's Villa Park kit launch and joked that Villa would probably play the Canaries away in his opening match. And the 42-year-old Scot is looking forward to learning who his first competitive claret and blue match will be against when the season kicks off in early August.
Birmingham Mail: Villa defender Richard Dunne admits himself, Shay Given and their Ireland team-mates are desperate to salvage some pride from their Euro 2012 nightmare against Italy tonight.
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BBC Sport: Tottenham Hotspur have contacted representatives of former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as the club's search for a new manager gathers pace.Intermediaries acting for Spurs have contacted the 34-year-old's agent to gauge his interest and he may even be interviewed later this week.
The Sun: Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to joining Liverpool for £8m. The Hoffenheim star's move to Swansea collapsed when boss Brendan Rodgers joined the Reds.
BBC Sport: Germany coach Joachim Loew has warned his side will improve after clinching their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 with a 2-1 win over Denmark. The 1996 champions dominated for long periods during the win in Lviv but Loew said his side would get better still.
Mirror: Luka Modric is reportedly heading out of the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid gunning to sign the Tottenham midfielder. That's the inside view of Modric's pal and former Croatia team-mate Mate Bilic, who reckons Man United and Chelsea are going to miss out on the 26-year-old.
BBC Sport: Wayne Rooney believes England have the players to go all the way at Euro 2012. Rooney, 26, returns from a two-match ban to face co-hosts Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday with England needing a point to reach the last eight.
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