Tuesday media watch [31.07.12 AM]: Defenders close to moves
Daily Star: American tycoon Randy Lerner is not set to flog Aston Villa. The banking magnate's decision to sell his American football team Cleveland Browns in a $922m deal fuelled fears that Villa could be next.
Mirror: Aston Villa have agreed to sell James Collins back to West Ham. Villa are bringing in Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord and are offloading the Welsh international as he only has a year left on his £40,000-a-week deal.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner insists Randy Lerner is not planning to sell the club. The US owner has decided to sell his NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, sparking fears that he could be keen to get rid of Villa too.
Football365: Chief executive Paul Faulkner insists Randy Lerner is not planning to sell Aston Villa, saying any talk of him losing interest is "nonsense". The US owner has decided to sell his NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, sparking fears that he could be keen to get rid of Villa too.
Best Of The Rest
Mirror: Juventus are set to launch a stunning SEVENTY million pound attempt to lure Robin van Persie to Italy. Giuseppe Marotta, the Serie A champions' general manager, has held further talks with van Persie's representatives and made it clear they will top any offer made by rivals Manchester United.
Daily Express: Luka Modric 's hopes of a Real Madrid transfer this summer from Tottenham could be at an end after the club said they would not pay his £40m transfer fee. The Tottenham star has openly shown his desire to move to Real Madrid and has allegedly said it would be his preferred club.
*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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