Wednesday media watch [27.06.12 AM]: El Ahmadi linked
Independent: New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is optimistic of a "positive conclusion" to his attempt to sign Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi. Lambert has confirmed Villa are negotiating with the midfielder, who is rated at £2.5-£3m.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa are on the verge of completing the £2.1m signing of Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi. The Morocco international, 27, has held talks with Aston Villa and manager Paul Lambert hopes the deal will be completed in the next 48 hours.
Daily Express: Karim El Ahmadi is close to completing a move to Aston Villa. The Feyenoord midfielder was in talks to extend his current contract, which has one more year to run, but the Moroccan has emerged as a target for new Villa manager Paul Lambert.
Daily Star: Karim El Ahmadi has revealed he is close to completing a dream move to the Premier League, with Aston Villa in pole position for his signature. He has now emerged as a target for new Villa boss Paul Lambert.
Sun: Aston Villa are poised to sign Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi in a £2.5m deal. Morocco midfielder El Ahmadi, 27, will become new boss Paul Lambert's first capture after flying over for talks.
Times: Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, is set to make Karim El Ahmadi his first signing as the 27-year-old Morocco midfielder continued talks over a proposed £2.5m move from Feyenoord.
Guardian: Paul Lambert is optimistic of reaching a "positive conclusion" to his attempt to sign the Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
Goal.com: Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is keen to join Aston Villa ahead of 2012-13 campaign. The Premier League side are reportedly in advanced talks with the Rotterdam giants about a summer transfer, and the 27-year-old is eager to make the move to England.
Birmingham Mail: Andreas Weimann is excited about welcoming back a fresh Darren Bent next week after underlining the importance of keeping the goalscoring talisman - and keeping him fully fit.
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BBC Sport: Four more players - captain Steven Davis, Allan McGregor, Kyle Lafferty and Jamie Ness - have lodged objections to their transfer to a "newco" Rangers.
Sky Sports: Rio Ferdinand has criticised Roy Hodgson's management at Euro 2012, claiming the England boss underused his younger players and was too defensive in his tactics.
BBC Sport: Birmingham City have confirmed former Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark as their new manager.
BBC Sport: Arsenal have finalised the signing of Olivier Giroud from Montpellier for a reported £12m.
Sky Sports: Sky Sources understand Tottenham are confident of signing Swansea and Liverpool target Gylfi Sigurdsson.
BBC Sport: Andrea Pirlo claims "careful" England tried to copy the tactics that won Chelsea the Champions League in a bid to overcome Italy at Euro 2012.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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