Monday media watch [14.07.14 AM]: South Korean ace linked
Birmingham Mail: Kieran Richardson reckons Philippe Senderos will be a vocal presence at Villa and is relishing a rapid reunion with his former Fulham team-mate. The duo have joined Paul Lambert's claret and blues this summer having last played together during the Cottagers' relegation from the Premier League.
Birmingham Mail: Albion will step up their pursuit of a right-back this week, with two main targets emerging - Alan Hutton and Andre Wisdom. The Baggies are expected to seek further talks with Villa over 29-year-old Scotland international Hutton.
Birmingham Mail: Ki Sung-Yueng could be Aston Villa's next summer signing as Paul Lambert continues his recruitment drive. Lambert is hoping to strike a deal with Swansea for the 25-year-old South Korea international midfielder. If an agreement can be reached Ki would be Villa's fourth close season signing following Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson.
Birmingham Mail: Antonio Luna is set for a move to Italy after falling out of favour at Villa, according to reports in his native Spain. Having started last season as Villa's first choice left-back, Luna failed to make a single appearance in the final four months of the campaign. A report in Seville newspaper Estadio Deportivo claims the 23-year-old Spanish defender is a target for Serie A club Hellas Verona.
Birmingham Mail: Carly Davies' penalty gave Villa their first FA WSL Continental Cup points in a Group Three dead rubber and ensured Oxford ended up bottom. Both sides began the game without a point to their names, having lost all four of their group fixtures, but Davies' second-half spot-kick restored some pride for Villa.
The Sun: West Brom will make a fresh attempt to sign Aston Villa outcast Alan Hutton this week.
Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert is on the verge of signing Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung and wants Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner to offer Ron Vlaar a new contract. The Aston Villa manager has stepped up his attempt to recruit a holding midfielder and expects to complete a deal for Ki this week. The South Korea international could become the first cash signing at Villa this summer if Lambert can agree terms with Swansea to make the move permanent.
ClubCall: Aston Villa new boy Kieran Richardson is relishing the prospect of linking up with assistant boss Roy Keane again at Villa Park. The 29-year-old became Villa boss Paul Lambert's third signing of the summer after Fulham made him available for a nominal fee to get him off the wage bill following their relegation at the end of last season. And having penned a two-year contract on Friday evening, Richardson stressed that the presence of his former Manchester United team-mate and Sunderland manager Keane played a big part in his decision to join the club.
ClubCall: Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, while Antonio Luna and Yacouba Sylla look set to leave. Villa chief Paul Lambert is looking to bring in a player who can operate in a holding midfield role and 25-year-old South Korean international Ki fits the bill perfectly. The former FC Seoul man moved to the Swans in a £6million deal from Celtic in August 2012, but he is entering the final year of his contract at the Liberty Stadium and could be available for £1.5million.
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