Thursday media watch [12.06.14 PM]: Latest press reports
Express and Star: Villa boss Paul Lambert today insisted Joe Cole is desperate to prove he can still cut it in the Premier League. Midfielder Cole signed a two-year deal on Tuesday after being released by West Ham despite interest from the MLS in America.
ClubCall: Jordan Bowery has hailed Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert for giving him a Premier League chance and helping set up his move to Rotherham. The 22-year-old striker, who spent a loan spell in the Championship with Doncaster last season, has become Millers boss Steve Evans' fifth summer signing having penned a two-year deal at the New York Stadium.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has spoken of his pride at being elected onto the FA Council for the third time. Faulkner, who is due to jet over to Brazil for the World Cup with the Football Association, was selected by other Premier League clubs to remain on the council.
ClubCall: Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has urged assistant Roy Keane to decide if he wants to join Aston Villa as soon as possible. Former Villa boss O'Neill has confirmed that he has already held discussions with the current Villa Park chief Paul Lambert about the possibility of Keane becoming his assistant manager this summer.
FourFourTwo: Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill wants the future of assistant Roy Keane to be resolved before the start of next season. Keane has held talks about taking up a role as Paul Lambert's number two at Aston Villa, after also being linked with the managerial position at Celtic before Ronny Deila's appointment last week.
Setanta Sports: Martin O'Neill is open to the possibility of Roy Keane combining his role with the Republic of Ireland with a coaching position at Aston Villa. Keane's future as Republic of Ireland assistant manager dominated the end of season friendlies with the former Manchester United captain linked with both Celtic and Aston Villa.
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