Thursday media watch [11.07.13 PM]: Latest from Germany
Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is making it clear he is only concerned with fitness levels as the club continue their German tour. Lambert oversaw his squad's 1-1 draw with SV Rodinghausen which followed three days of gruelling double sessions since they arrived in Germany.
Express and Star: Aston Villa put the Christian Benteke row to one side as a goal from one of boss Paul Lambert's new-boys marked their pre-season programme's opening. Nicklas Helenius bagged a debut goal as Lambert's men earned a 1-1 draw against SV Rodinghausen.
talkSPORT: Tottenham are hot on the trail of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, but are not prepared to meet Aston Villa's asking price. Benteke rocked Villa by slapping in a transfer request earlier this week, just a year after arriving from Genk for £8million.
ClubCall: Aston Villa will reportedly give want-away striker Christian Benteke until early August to try and secure a big-money move elsewhere. The 22-year-old Belgium international rocked the club at the start of this week when he handed in a transfer request after just one season at Villa Park in which he bagged an impressive 23 goals.
Best Of The Rest
Sky Sports: Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has revealed he would like to sign Thiago Alcantara from his former club Barcelona.
BBC Sport: Swansea City have completed the club-record signing of Wilfried Bony from Dutch top-flight side Vitesse Arnhem for £12m, subject to a work permit.
Sky Sports: Cardiff City are hoping to discover on Friday whether they have been successful in their pursuit of Blackpool's Tom Ince.
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