Wednesday media watch [23.07.14 PM]: Danish midfielder linked
talkSPORT: Sunderland and Aston Villa are set to go head-to-head for the signature of Evian midfielder Daniel Wass. The Denmark international joined the Ligue 1 side from Benfica in 2012, following a successful loan spell. Wass, 25, has two years left on his current deal at Evian and is keen on a Premier League move to enhance his international career.
ClubCall: Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak are continuing to make good progress from injury after they trained in Dallas on Villa's US tour. The strikers have both been sidelined by long-term injuries but still travelled to the States with the rest of Paul Lambert's first-team squad as Villa step up preparations for the new Premier League season. Belgium international Benteke missed the World Cup with the Achilles injury he suffered in April and was initially expected to be out until October, while Kozak broke his leg in training in January and was also expected to be back a few months into the new campaign.
Southern Daily Echo: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that defender Ron Vlaar will not be leaving the club this summer, despite being linked to Saints. Ronald Koeman had been quoted in the Netherlands as saying the Dutch international was an option if Dejan Lovren leaves St Mary's this summer, although he distanced himself from that this week. Villa boss Lambert has now made it clear that the 29-year-old will not be sold.
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BBC Sport: Cardiff City have accepted bids for Fraizer Campbell from Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
Sky Sports: Michel Vorm has confirmed he is set to leave Swansea for Tottenham but is confident he will get game time at White Hart Lane.
BBC Sport: Barcelona have signed Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu on a four-year deal for a fee of £15.8m.
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