Friday media watch [01.08.14 PM]: Steer makes loan switch
Express and Star: Hellas Verona are closing in on the signature of Villa defender Antonio Luna after a lengthy negotiation process.Luna joined from Sevilla last summer on a three-year deal, but it looks as though his time is up. The 23-year-old made a great start under Paul Lambert and netted on his league debut in a 3-1 win over Arsenal. However, he struggled to hold down a spot following the turn of the year and managed only one league outing in 2014.
Sky Sports: Doncaster have completed the signing of Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on a three-month loan. The 21-year-old shot-stopper, who arrived at Villa Park from Norwich last summer, made three appearances in cup competitions for Paul Lambert's men last season. Boss Paul Dickov had been searching for a new goalkeeper after the departures of Ross Turnbull and Jon Maxted and Steer looks set to make his Rovers debut against Rotherham on Saturday.
Sky Sports: Wolves have insisted that Danny Batth is not for sale after reports suggested that Aston Villa were keen on the defender. A £5million approach for the 23-year-old centre-half is said to be being considered at Villa Park. Wolves have, however, warned their Premier League neighbours that they would be wasting their time by tabling a bid.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa's Mr Clean has been enlisted to help the FA launch a new campaign concerning betting and match-fixing in football. Villa academy coach Simone Farina has become a FIFA ambassador after blowing the whistle on corruption in his native Italy. Farina rose to prominence after rejecting the offer of a 200,000 Euro bribe from a former team-mate to throw a Serie B match in his homeland.
BBC Sport: League One club Doncaster Rovers have signed Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on a three-month loan deal. Steer, 21, began his career at Norwich City, and was loaned out to Yeovil Town and Cambridge United before joining Villa last year. He has appeared for Villa in both the FA and League Cup, but not yet in the Premier League.
Sky Sports: Paul Lambert is enjoying working alongside Roy Keane, a man he sees becoming a key figure at Aston Villa. Lambert has turned to Keane as his new assistant, with the former Manchester United midfielder combining his Premier League duties with a similar role working with the Republic of Ireland national side.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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