Wednesday media watch [01.08.12 PM]: Reaction to Vlaar signing
Express and Star: James Collins today completed a £2.5m move from Villa to former club West Ham as boss Paul Lambert continues to reshape his squad for the new season. The Wales international, who joined Villa from the Hammers for £5m in 2009, had 12 months left on his contract and Lambert has decided to allow the defender to leave now rather risk losing him for nothing in a year's time.
ESPN: Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar has joined Aston Villa from Dutch giants Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee. Vlaar, 27, becomes Aston Villa's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of fellow Eredivisie based duo Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman and Sheffield United's Matt Lowton.
BBC Sport: Walsall have signed former West Brom and Aston Villa youngsters Paul Downing and Connor Taylor on one-year deals. Defender Downing, 20, was on the bench for an Albion first-team game in 2009 but was out of contract after loan spells with four different clubs.
Setanta Sports: Aston Villa have signed Dutch international Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord on a three year deal for £3.2 million. The Dutch international was an ever present last season as Feyenoord finished second in the Eredivisie and he is relishing the chance to make an impact at Villa.
Goal.com: Paul Lambert says that Aston Villa have got their hands on a "proper player" after sealing the signing of Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord. The 27-year-old has completed the formalities of a three-year deal which ties him to Premier League club until the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Dutch international defender Ron Vlaar, who has moved from Feyenoord on a three-year contract. Villa announced on Friday that Vlaar would be signing for them after agreeing personal terms - subject to passing a medical - and that has been successfully completed.
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