Monday media watch [24.06.13 PM]: More on Okore/Holman
Express and Star: New-boy Jores Okore today revealed a holiday call to Paul Lambert convinced him Aston Villa was the club to join. The £4million defender spoke to Lambert while the Villa chief was on his break as he prepared to sign at Bodymoor Heath.
Express and Star: Midfielder Brett Holman today insisted he does not hold a grudge after being axed by Aston Villa. The Australia international has signed a two-year deal with Al Nasr in Dubai following being released by the claret and blues by mutual consent.
ESPN: Several more of Aston Villa's fringe players could be on their way to new clubs as manager Paul Lambert continues to overhaul his squad. Having given a free transfer to Australian Brett Holman and recruited extensively in the first half of the close season, Lambert's overhaul is continuing apace.
ClubCall: Tottenham will reportedly offer £20million plus striker Emmanuel Adebayor in a bid to prise Christian Benteke away from Villa Park. Several clubs have been linked with a swoop to sign Villa's highly-rated Belgium international hitman who bagged an impressive 19 Premier League goals in his debut campaign at the club following a £7million switch from Genk 12 months ago.
Goal.com: Former Southampton striker Gordon Watson believes that the club need to strengthen their defence and front line, including signing Darren Bent, if they are to improve next season.
Best Of The Rest
BBC Sport: Celtic will face Northern Irish side Cliftonville in the Champions League second qualifying round stage.
Sky Sports: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims the imminent arrival of Simon Mignolet does not necessarily mean Pepe Reina will be leaving Anfield.
BBC Sport: Wolves have made club captain Karl Henry, Jamie O'Hara, Roger Johnson and Stephen Ward available for transfer as they prepare for life in League One.
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