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Transfer deadline media recap: Benteke/Westwood sign in late deals
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31st Aug 2012
Transfer deadline media recap: Benteke/Westwood sign in late deals


12.20am - And that's it from Communications HQ folks. Hope you enjoyed the deadline day! See you at Newcastle!

12.15am - Numbers Game! - Christian Benteke will wear No.20 while Ashley Westwood is No.15.

12.05am - Christian Benteke's AVTV exclusive interview is now available to watch - click here.

12.00am - Jack Woodward brings us his final audio bulletin on Villa's transfer window activity - click here.

23.00pm - Mirror: Belgium international striker Christian Benteke has joined Aston Villa from Genk, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed on their official Twitter account. Boss Paul Lambert has also signed Crewe skipper and midfielder Ashley Westwood for an undisclosed fee, on a four-year contract.

22.59pm - Sporting Life: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Belgium international striker Christian Benteke in a £7million move from Genk. The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year contract after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

22.40pm - ESPN: Aston Villa have strengthened their striking options by signing Christian Benteke from Genk. Belgium international Benteke, 21, has swapped clubs for a reported fee of £7m.

22.30pm - Birmingham Mail: Belgium international striker Christian Benteke has joined Aston Villa from Genk, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed on their official Twitter account.

22.20pm - OFFICIAL - Christian Benteke has joined Villa on a four-year deal. More comment, pictures and words to follow.

Christian Benteke: It was motivation for me when I went to join up with the national team and saw all the players from the Premier League - Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Eden Hazard - it made me want to play here.

Paul Lambert: A young lad he may be, but he's definitely a handful. He's tall, powerful, he has pace and we'll be stronger with him in the side.

22.00pm - Nathan Delfouneso has moved to Blackpool on a season-long loan deal.

Ashley Westwood

21.30pm - OFFICIAL: Ashley Westwood completes his move to Villa.

Ashley Westwood: I see myself as a Michael Carrick-type of player, someone who stays out of the limelight and keeps it simple, retaining the ball and laying it off to team-mates and from the conversations I've had with the new manager I think that will fit in perfectly here.

Paul Lambert: Being captain of his football club at 21 years of age, I think that says a big thing about Ashley's quality, the responsibility he has taken on his shoulders and his temperament - he's a good player.

21.00 - Jack Woodward's official audio bulletin on the transfer window so far - click here.

20.50pm - We're at Bodymoor Heath. CEO Paul Faulkner, manager Paul Lambert and club secretary Sharon Barnhurst here. Transfer news coming soon. Find out here first with exclusive pictures, videos and words.

19.50pm - ITV Football: Aston Villa have agreed a fee of around £7million with Genk for Belgium international striker Christian Benteke, Press Association Sport understands. And it is believed Villa are also closing in on a £2million deal for Crewe captain and midfielder Ashley Westwood.

19.39pm - Birmingham Mail: Christian Benteke and Ashley Westwood are currently undergoing medicals as Villa attempt to complete a beat-the-deadline double swoop. Benteke has jetted in from Belgium and is now in the West Midlands after the claret and blues agreed a fee for the striker with Genk.


AFTERNOON REPORTS

18.40pm - ITV Football: Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Belgium international striker Christian Benteke with the Genk player flying to Birmingham for talks with the midlands club, Press Association Sport understands.

18.18pm - Birmingham Mail: Crewe captain Ashley Westwood is set to sign for Villa after Paul Lambert abandoned his interest in Charlton's Dale Stephens. Westwood became the claret and blues main midfield target earlier today after their pursuit of Stephens met with frustration.

18.12pm - Sky Sports: Sky Sports sources understand striker Christian Benteke is on his way to Birmingham to discuss personal terms and have a medical at Aston Villa.

17.00pm - Sky Sports: Sky Sports understands Aston Villa are in talks to bring Crewe Alexandra skipper Ashley Westwood to the club. Alex boss Steve Davis had confirmed earlier in the week that Westwood has been the subject of interest from several clubs. The 22-year-old, who has been linked with Everton and Swansea City, is on the radar of Villa.

15.55pm - Clubcall: Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has admitted the left-back spot in his team is up for grabs following Joe Bennett's departure for Aston Villa. The England Under-21 international had made the position his own but his move to Villa Park means there is a vacancy which will be filled from within the ranks.

15.40pm: News just in that Jordan Bowery will wear No.21.

15.35pm: Just spoke to Birmingham Mail's Villa reporter Mat Kendrick. He said: "I've told Mrs K to not bother with dinner tonight. Think it's going to be a late one, with deals going down to the wire. I was at Bodymoor Heath earlier and it was a hive of activity. It's a day and night I always enjoy so let's see what happens. One thing is for sure, Paul Lambert has total belief in the people he's brought in...and those who are yet to sign."

15.21 - Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has defended his decision to snap-up players from the lower leagues and insists their drive and hunger will help the club's fortunes this season.

15.20pm - Read website editor Paul Brown's transfer deadline blog - click here.

14.52pm - TalkSPORT: Aston Villa could turn their attention to Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate if they fail to land Belgian youngster Christian Benteke.

14.25pm - Check out the video clips above as Paul Lambert discusses the merits of Jordan Bowery.

14.20pm - Paul Lambert on Sky Sports Jim White: He's good at it. He's brilliant at it. You think he's having a heart attack when he's doing it. It's good when you are watching but if you're involved in it, it can be pretty hectic.

14.15pm - Sky Sports: Sky Sports understands former Villa player Jermaine Jenas's proposed loan switch to Sunderland from Tottenham has fallen through. A hectic transfer deadline day has seen a number of players linked with comings and goings at White Hart Lane.

14.10pm - Paul Lambert has his say in the weekly press conference on AVTV - click here.

13.55pm - Chesterfield caretaker boss Tommy Wright has wished Jordan Bowery well after the striker completed his move to Villa today.

Wright said: "What can I say about him really? He's a lovely lad, he works hard. I've had to put my arms around him at times and cajole him - tell him how good he is - because sometimes I don't think he really believed what he has. But I'm not the only one, another Scotsman and a Premier League manager has seen something in him and we all know the financial implications are great for us, but it's great for him too. He's going to a great club with a great manager."

13.42pm - Jack Woodward brings us an audio bulletin on the transfer deadline latest at Villa - click here.

13.26pm - Sunderland Echo: Sunderland target Clint Dempsey has turned down a move to Aston Villa after they agreed a fee with Fulham. The American, who is desperate for a move away from Craven Cottage, is thought to be holding out for a move to Liverpool.

12.45pm: Paul Lambert met the press this afternoon. Here are his thoughts on various transfer topics:

On transfers: We will have to wait and see. There are things going on at the minute. It's a waiting game. We will try and do stuff. We will wait and see.

On Christian Benteke: It's just what you guys have reported. That's all I know. The situation hasn't changed over the last few days. It's where it is at the minute.

On positional priorities: There are a few areas we are looking at to see if we can strengthen.

On Jordan Bowery: He's very good. I have no worries about throwing him in. None whatsoever. The hunger will be there from him. It's surprised a few people but we think he can offer something. It's a great opportunity for him to do well.

On Dale Stephens: I haven't heard anything back from that so I am unclear on that. That's in Charlton's court at the moment.

On possibility of three signings: You'll have to wait and see. I am never quite sure until someone walks in the door. Until they do that, everything is up in the air. I think every manager will tell you, it's never easy.

On transfer deadline day: I've never liked these days. Every manager says it. They are not great and what you don't want to do is panic on anything.

On Joe Bennett: He's a really good player. He's young and enthusiastic to do well. But he's a really good player.

Bennett


12.28pm - Sky Sports: Sky Sports sources understand Aston Villa have ended their interest in Clint Dempsey as the Fulham attacker wants to join Liverpool. Villa had a £7m bid accepted by Fulham earlier on Friday morning as they tried to plot a sensational deadline swoop for the attacker.

12.17pm - Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa are waiting to hear back from Charlton about Dale Stephens after it emerged they have bid for the young midfielder."I've not heard anything back from that - I'm not clear on that. That's in Charlton's court at the moment," Paul Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.

12.13pm - Express & Star: Villa boss Paul Lambert today failed in a shock £7m deadline day swoop for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey. The Express & Star understands that Fulham accepted a bid of around £7m but the United States international snubbed Villa in favour of holding out for a move to Liverpool.

12.08pm - Press Association: Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Fulham striker Clint Dempsey but the player would still prefer a move to Liverpool, Press Association Sport understands.

11.51am - OFFICIAL: Jordan Bowery completes his move to Villa.

Paul Lambert: "Jordan's a good player. The hunger will be there for him and he could surprise a few people. "He's a good lad, he's strong and powerful. He's played over 100 games in the Football League and Cup football, so he's battle-hardened."

Jordan Bowery: "This is a Premier League club with so much history, a massive club, and I'm really excited. "I'm quick, I'm fit and I work hard, those are all advantages to my game. Now I have to work harder than ever before to make an impression here and to repay the manager."


MORNING REPORTS

Sky Sports:Sky Sports understands Aston Villa have had a bid accepted by Fulham for Clint Dempsey. Dempsey's future at Fulham has been the subject of speculation all summer with a host of clubs chasing the United States international.

Daily Mail: Fulham have accepted a £7m bid from Aston Villa for Clint Dempsey - increasing the pressure on Liverpool to raise the stakes in their pursuit of the United States international. Dempsey has been linked with Liverpool for most of the summer and has been left out of the Cottagers' opening games of the season since declaring his intention to leave.

Birmingham Mail: Clint Dempsey is holding out for a move to Liverpool despite Aston Villa agreeing a fee with Fulham as the transfer deadline approaches. Villa had a bid believed to be in the region of £7m accepted for the American striker with Paul Lambert looking to boost his forward options. But the deal is understood to have hit a snag because the 30-year-old frontman would prefer a move to Anfield.

Express & Star: Villa boss Paul Lambert was today set to make a surprise deadline-day swoop for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey. The Express & Star understands that Fulham accepted a bid of around £7m for the American international last night, although the player is thought to prefer a move to Liverpool.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa have had a bid accepted for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey. The United States international, valued at around £7m, remains a target for Liverpool, who are keen to boost their attacking options before the transfer window shuts at 23:00 BST on Friday.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert remains confident of sealing deals for a first team striker, rookie frontman Jordan Bowery and possibly a midfielder as tonight's transfer deadline looms ever nearer.

Birmingham Mail: Joe Bennett reckons his Championship upbringing has prepared him for the Premier League - as Paul Lambert praised the value of lower league experience.

The Sun: Christian Benteke is threatening Genk with legal action after they rejected Aston Villa's final offer of £5.5m. The striker pulled out of their Europa League tie after Villa lost patience with Genk.

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa aim to pull off a double swoop for Belgium striker Christian Benteke and Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens. Owner Randy Lerner wants boss Paul Lambert to invest in youth and has made funds available.

Birmingham Mail: Joe Bennett is expected to make his Villa debut in Sunday's trip to Newcastle. Bennett arrived from Middlesbrough on Wednesday and is in line for a start at left-back against the Magpies after training with his new team-mates.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa have had a third bid - with £5.5m up front plus add-ons - rejected by Genk for Christian Benteke.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa are competing with West Ham to sign Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun on loan, according to reports in London.

*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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