Saturday media watch [29.06.13]: Bacuna/Okore excited
Sky Sports: Leandro Bacuna is relishing the chance to become part of Paul Lambert's young Aston Villa side following his arrival in The Midlands. Bacuna joins fellow new boys Jores Okore, Aleksandar Tonev, Antonio Luna and Nicklas Helenius at Villa Park as Lambert bolsters his squad ahead of the new season. And the 21-year-old says he cannot wait to get started and prove himself as part of the club's 'new generation'.
ESPN: New signing Leandro Bacuna has said Aston Villa fans will not be short-changed by his impact on the Premier League - and he is counting off the days until the start of the season. The Netherlands U21 international midfielder is relishing the challenge of making an impression with Paul Lambert's overhauled squad.
Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore is relishing reporting to pre-season training next week and looking forward to playing at Villa Park. The Denmark international centre-half is one of six signings Lambert has made already this summer during an overhaul of his squad. "It's going to be exciting to play at Villa Park - I can't wait," said Okore, who will meet his new team-mates for the first time on Monday. "The culture of English football is great. "Our home stadium has a great atmosphere in every game. I can't wait to get together with the fans.''
Setanta Sports: Derby County manager Nigel Clough would be interested in signing Richard Dunne but is not sure the defender will want to drop down to the Championship. Injury prevented Dunne from featuring for Aston Villa last season but he did return to action for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia at the start of the month. Villa's decision not to renew his contract has left Dunne without a club for the new season and his availability has attracted the attention of Clough. However, the Derby manager is not convinced the defender will want to drop down to the Championship.
Sky Sports: Derby County manager Nigel Clough has suggested he would be interested in signing Richard Dunne if the experienced defender is prepared to drop down to the Championship. Dunne is available on a free transfer after being released by Aston Villa after failing to play for the Premier League club last season due to injury. He did return to action for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia at the start of the month and is now looking for a new club ahead of next season. Clough feels the 33-year-old is keen to stay in the top flight, but acknowledged the former Manchester City defender is the type of player he would be interested in signing.
Birmingham Mail: Richard Dunne has been linked with a move to Championship club Derby, with Nigel Clough confirming his interest in the Irish veteran. "We know he's been released by Aston Villa, but we've heard he wants to stay in the Premier League," said Clough. "He's that kind of centre-half we like. If the possibility became available down the line, we would look at it.''
Daily Star: Stoke and Aston Villa are preparing to go head to head to sign Porto defender Abdoulaye Ba, 22.
Birmingham Mail: Barry Bannan is determined to stay in the Premier League after accepting that Villa will listen to offers for him this summer. Bannan has just one year left on his contract and there has been no talk of him being given an extended deal. The 23-year-old midfield playmaker is now resigned to reluctantly leaving the club he first joined as a 14-year-old schoolboy. Bannan has previously been on loan at Championship clubs Derby, Blackpool and Leeds but he wants to stay in the Premier League. There have been some tentative enquires from clubs about the Scottish international but as yet no firm bids have been lodged.
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BBC Sport: Glenn Hoddle believes England should plan ahead to Euro 2016 rather than next year's World Cup in Brazil if they want to succeed at international level. The former England boss also says the country must "change the way we bring up our kids" to win a trophy for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.
Sky Sports: Ryan Giggs is confident Manchester United can replicate their past success under new manager David Moyes. Sir Alex Ferguson racked up 38 trophies during his legendary time in charge at United, leaving Moyes with a tough act to follow.
BBC Sport: Mark Hughes has made his first signing as Stoke manager, with defender Erik Pieters joining from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of 3.6m euros (about £3m). The 24-year-old, capped 17 times by the Netherlands, has signed a four-year deal after moving from the Dutch club.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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