Wednesday media watch [12.06.13 AM]: Papers on striker pursuit
Birmingham Mail: Villa are closing in on Aalborg BK striker Nicklas Helenius. The Danish Superliga club confirmed yesterday that they were in discussions with Villa.
The Sun: Aston Villa are set to seal a Danish double after agreeing a fee of £4million for FC Nordsjaelland's Jores Okore. The international centre-back, 20, will join subject to a medical. Paul Lambert's side are also ready to sign Aalborg's 6ft 5in striker Nicklas Helenius, 22, for £1m.
Mirror: Aston Villa are leading the hunt for Aalborg striker Nicklas Helenius. Villa boss Paul Lambert, who signed Christian Benteke for £7million last summer, has moved to try to secure the services of another marksman.
Daily Express: Aston Villa are close to signing Danish striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg. Independent: Aston Villa have confirmed they are close to signing Danish striker Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg. The 22-year-old, who has been capped twice by Denmark, came through the youth ranks at Aalborg and was the second highest scorer in the Danish league last season with 16 goals.
Times: Darren Bent is looking for a new club after being told he can leave Aston Villa this summer, with the striker open to the possibility of a returning to the North East with Newcastle United. Bent, who endured a difficult season at Villa Park under Paul Lambert, has been informed that he is not part of the manager's plans and is reconciled to leaving, despite having two years left on his contract.
Daily Telegraph: Alan Pardew is considering a £6million bid for England international Darren Bent, who has been told he can leave Aston Villa. Pardew, the Newcastle United manager, has added Bent to his list of potential transfer targets and is ready to take on Fulham in an attempt to sign the £24million forward this summer.
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