Thursday media watch [28.08.14 PM]: Man Utd ace linked
Daily Telegraph Online: Paul Lambert is making an ambitious bid for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley after getting the green light from Randy Lerner. Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, is ready to offer around £8million for the England international as he bids to further strengthen his squad but is facing competition from Hull City and Everton. Cleverley has been informed he can leave Old Trafford by new United manager Louis van Gaal and seems certain to join another club before the transfer window closes on Monday. And Villa are set to step up their interest in the 25-year-old with a substantial bid which will represent a huge commitment from Lerner, the owner. Lerner has put the club up for sale and is keen to step aside but has continued to back Lambert this summer, with around £12million on transfer fees and wages. And he has agreed to back the Scot with the funds to offer Cleverley a fresh start at Villa Park, with sources claiming the bid has already gone in.
Daily Express Online: Premier League rivals Aston Villa and Hull have offered Manchester United in excess of £8m for midfielder Tom Cleverley. United are happy to listen to offers for the beleaguered midfielder who has just 12 months left on his contract. According to widespread reports, Paul Lambert and Steve Bruce have moved to sign the England international. Cleverley started Sunday's 1-1 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but struggled to make an impression on Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman is desperate to rebuild his midfield and has targeted Juventus box-to-box man Arturo Vidal, Liverpool's Welsh star Joe Allen and AC Milan hardman Nigel De Jong. Unfortunately for Cleverley he is set to be moved on from Old Trafford to make room for new arrivals. Villa boss Paul Lambert is thought to have convinced owner Randy Lerner to release funds for the 25-year-old while Steve Bruce is keen to add to his Hull squad with a busy campaign due if they can work their way past Lokeren in the Europa League play-off tonight.
Metro: Aston Villa have made an £8m bid for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to reports. England international Cleverley was apparently told this week that he does not have a future at Old Trafford - and Villa have now moved in. The Daily Telegraph reports that an £8million bid has gone in, with sources in the Midlands confirming the offer, and Villa are confident of doing business. Everton, Sunderland, West Ham and Arsenal have all been linked with the player, but Villa believe they can offer him the best chance at a fresh start.
Birmingham Mail Online: According to reports Aston Villa are trying to land Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. The Telegraph are saying that an £8m bid will be lodged before Monday's transfer deadline day. Cleverley has been informed he can leave Old Trafford by new United manager Louis van Gaal and seems certain to join another club. Hull City and Everton are also said to be interested.
Clubcall: Paul Lambert insists Fabian Delph deserves his international recognition after the Villa midfielder received his first England call-up. The 24-year-old will ease the Three Lions' midfield crisis for their friendly with Norway and Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland next week. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have retired while Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick and Adam Lallana are all injured. Boss Roy Hodgson made a personal check on Delph in Villa's goalless draw with Newcastle last weekend. Lambert said: "It's great, his performances since I have been here have been extremely high."
BBC Sport: Nottingham Forest have confirmed Paul Faulkner as their new chief executive. Faulkner, who was chief executive at Premier League side Aston Villa until last month, fills a role that has been vacant since Mark Arthur left Forest in January 2013.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named the new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson. The 28-year-old takes over from Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who retired after England's World Cup elimination.
Sky Sports: New Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is hoping to complete a sensational return to Selhurst Park for former winger Wilfried Zaha. Warnock held talks with Zaha on Wednesday night in an effort to convince him to return to the club at which he spent 11 years making his name.
BBC Sport: Record signing Angel Di Maria says he has joined Manchester United to help return them to the Champions League and "win many trophies". The Argentine winger joined United from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of £59.7m on Tuesday.
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