Wednesday media watch [19.06.13 PM]: Defender joins Forest
Express and Star: Great Dane Nicklas Helenius today revealed he wanted to reach the Premier League after being inspired by Villa Park's passion. The 6ft 5in striker has penned a three-year deal at Villa after scoring 40 goals in 102 games for Aalborg BK over the last three seasons.
Express and Star: West Brom will host Southampton on the opening day of the new Premier League season - as Aston Villa were handed a trip to Arsenal.
Sky Sports: Nottingham Forest have signed former Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj. The 24-year-old, who was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, has signed a two-year deal at the City Ground.
BBC Sport: Nottingham Forest have signed former Aston Villa full-back Eric Lichaj on a two-year contract. Lichaj, 24, played 23 games as Villa maintained their Premier League status last season, but was released in June.
ClubCall: Arsenal will kick off the new season with a home clash against Aston Villa before back-to-back derbies against Fulham and Tottenham.
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