Tuesday media watch [10.06.14 AM]: Ex-Chelsea star linked
Birmingham Mail: Joe Cole is being lined up as Paul Lambert's next summer freebie - after holding positive talks with Aston Villa. Cole is believed to be having a medical with the view to joining the claret and blues in the next few days. He is available on a free transfer after being released by West Ham and Lambert has identified the former England midfielder as the man to fill Villa's long-running vacancy for a playmaker.
Daily Express: Former Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham star Joe Cole is having a medical at Aston Villa. The 32-year-old is a free agent after being released by Sam Allardyce's side, and is keen to continue his career in the Premier League.
Mirror: Joe Cole will complete a shock move to Aston Villa on Tuesday. The 32-year-old, who was released by West Ham, underwent a medical with the Midlands club last night and will take a pay cut to join.
Daily Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is close to sealing his second signing of the summer after holding talks with free agent Joe Cole. The 32-year-old is set to have a medical tonight at Villa and will look to put-pen-to paper on a two-year deal thought to be worth around £25,000-a-week by Tuesday. Daily Mail: Martin O'Neill last night gave the clearest indication that Roy Keane is to stay on as Republic of Ireland assistant manager. Ahead of tonight's send-off against high-flyers Portugal in the MetLife Stadium, O'Neill was asked was it his understanding that Keane would be continuing by his side for the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Daily Telegraph: Joe Cole is poised to join Aston Villa after being released by West Ham. The former England international had a medical on Monday evening and hopes to agree terms on a two-year deal later today. *The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.