Friday media watch [05.07.13 PM]: Midfielder linked with Potters
Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today insisted his side will be ready for their daunting start to the new season. Villa go to Arsenal on day one of the Premier League season on August 17 and host Liverpool a week later.
Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today insisted his side will be ready for their daunting start to the new season. Villa go to Arsenal on day one of the Premier League season on August 17 and host Liverpool a week later.
ClubCall: Stoke City are being linked with a summer swoop for Aston Villa flop Stephen Ireland after he was made surplus to requirements. The midfielder's time at Villa looks to be up and boss Paul Lambert is open to offers for the Irishman, who has struggled to find any sort of form following his move from Manchester City in 2010.
Sky Sports: Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite could be the next big-name departures from Queens Park Rangers, but both players could remain in England. Interest in former Marseille star Mbia is strong, and his ability to play in defence or midfield looks to be a major draw, with Arsenal, Aston Villa and Swansea City all believed to be considering moves for the Cameroon international.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United's new manager David Moyes says he has no intention of selling striker Wayne Rooney.
Sky Sports: Brazil midfielder Paulinho is undergoing a medical ahead of his proposed transfer to Tottenham.
BBC Sport: Former West Bromwich Albion and Celtic striker Marc-Antoine Fortune has joined Wigan Athletic on a two-year contract.
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