Thursday media watch [05.06.14 AM]: More players linked
Daily Express: A battle for Jack Colback's signature has started as Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen to claim the 24-year-old midfielder. Colback's contract with Sunderland ran out in May and he is now a free agent.
Daily Mail: Free agent Joleon Lescott has interest from Schalke and Al Ain as well as Portland Timbers of the MLS. The 31-year-old centre-back has interest from Aston Villa and West Ham too.
Daily Express: Former Arsenal, Everton and Fulham defender Philippe Senderos is closing in on a move to Aston Villa from Valencia. The 29-year-old has undergone a medical with Paul Lambert's side, and looks set to complete a deal before he flies out to Brazil with Switzerland's World Cup squad on Friday.
ClubCall: Aston Villa are on the brink of signing experienced former Fulham and Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos on a Bosman free transfer. The 29-year-old, who is preparing for the World Cup with his native Switzerland, is already believe to have passed a medical and is expected to be confirmed as Paul Lambert's first signing of the summer by the end of the week.
Irish Examiner: Martin O'Neill has expressed his delight at Roy Keane's decision to stay on with Ireland and, rather than surrender to another round of speculation, is determined to leave the subject of a possible role for his assistant at Aston Villa "on the back burner" until the completion of the team's short American tour.
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BBC Sport: England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a scan on his knee on Thursday amid fears he has suffered a ligament injury.
Mirror: Fulham face a fight to keep boss Felix Magath after refusing Southampton permission to speak to him.
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