Thursday media watch [27.06.13 PM]: Vlaar in upbeat mood
Clubcall: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is excited by the competition for places in his squad after making a raft of new signings. Lambert has by far been the most active Premier League manager in the transfer market, drafting in six fresh faces to help the side avoid another relegation scrap. The 43-year-old has brought in defenders Jores Okore and Antonio Luna, midfielders Aleksandar Tonev and Leandro Bacuna and Danish striker Nicklas Helenius. The former Norwich boss was eager to get his business in the window done and dusted as soon as possible in order to allow his squad the chance to bed in and get to know one another.
Clubcall: Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar believes that the squad will benefit from Paul Lambert's swift action in the transfer market. Lambert had just agreed to take over the club at this point last year and the Villans were yet to make any signings ahead of the new campaign. The Scot has been quick to move this time around and already made five new signings to ensure that the Villa Park club are not going to struggle for third successive term. Vlaar insists that having the new players with the squad from the start of pre-season helps everyone to settle in and hit the ground running when the campaign gets underway.
Express & Star: Villa captain Ron Vlaar today backed the club's swift transfer action - and reckons they will reap the benefits from early deals. The defender insisted boss Paul Lambert's spending spree will help the club avoid a third successive season of struggle. This time last year, Villa had no new players with Lambert having just been appointed and last season's 23-goal top scorer Christian Benteke joining on deadline day. Now Aleksandar Tonev, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius, Antonio Luna and Leandro Bacuna have all signed and Vlaar expects success.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United have had a £12m bid to reunite new manager David Moyes with England defender Leighton Baines rejected by Everton. Moyes has made Baines, 28, one of his top transfer priorities as he prepares to take charge officially at United after his move from Goodison Park.
Sky Sports: Carlos Tevez has been unveiled as a Juventus player and admitted that he asked new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for a move away from the Etihad Stadium. Tevez has agreed a three-year deal with the Turin side and, speaking at a media conference on Thursday, was delighted to finally complete the move.
BBC Sport: Real Madrid have reached an agreement with Malaga to sign Isco on a five-year deal, for a reported fee of £23m. Manchester City were also pursuing the midfielder, 21, with new manager Manuel Pellegrini hoping to lure him to England having been his boss at Malaga.
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