Friday media watch [14.06.13 AM]: Papers report on double swoop
Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore and Leandro Bacuna have arrived at Villa in a quickfire double swoop as the claret and blues continue to burst out of the blocks with their early-season recruitment drive. Okore, the Denmark international defender, has joined on a four-year deal after Villa agreed a fee, believed to be £4 million, with Nordsjaelland. And Bacuna, a Dutch under-21 midfielder, was also unveiled yesterday, signing a three-year contract following a reported £1.75 million switch from Groningen.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has hailed Leandro Bacuna's "bags of energy" and the stature and humility of Jores Okore. Both players joined Villa yesterday as Lambert wasted no time bolstering his squad for next season.
The Sun: Paul Lambert is backing new £2million Dutch signing Leandro Bacuna to make a big impact in the Premier League. The winger, 21, has starred for Holland's powerful Under-21 side as well as making more than 120 appearances for Groningen.
Daily Star: Paul Lambert has continued his summer shopping spree by wrapping up a £6m double deal for Jores Okore and Leandro Bacuna. And the Aston Villa boss will now turn his attention to clinching his fourth close-season signing, striker Nicklas Helenius.
Mirror: Aston Villa spent £9million yesterday as they signed midfielder Leandro Bacuna and defender Jores Okore. Okore moved from Danish side Nordsjaelland for £4m, saying: "We want to show people that we can be a really good team."
Daily Express: Aston Villa have completed the signings of Denmark defender Jores Okore and Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna. Okore, a centre-back from Nordsjaelland, joins on a four-year contract and Bacuna, 21, has signed a three-year deal after moving from Groningen.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa yesterday completed the £4million transfer for defender Jores Okore and the £3m capture of midfielder Leandro Bacuna. Boss Paul Lambert now hopes to finalise the £3.5m signing of Aalborg striker Nicklas Helenius.
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