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Transfer deadline day media watch [01.09.14]: Deadline recap

Villa 2-1 Hull MOTM: Select top star after Tigers win Midfielder El Ahmadi rejoins Feyenoord on three-year deal
Transfer deadline day media watch [01.09.14]: Deadline recap

23.00pm - The transfer window is now CLOSED.

21.38pm - Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa have decided against pursuing their interest in Manchester United's Tom Cleverley. Boss Paul Lambert pulled the plug on the deal after growing frustrated with the 25-year-old's representatives during negotiations. It appears that his high wage demands eventually priced the midfielder out of a move to Villa Park.

21.00pm - TWITTER - Gregg Evans (@GreggEvans40), Birmingham Mail reporter: Unless there's a radical change there won't be any incomings at Villa tonight. #avfc have decided not to pursue their interest in Cleverley.

20.31pm - TWITTER - John Percy (@John__Percy), Daily Telegraph reporter: #avfc will not be signing Tom Cleverley from #mufc. Cleverley holding out for a move to Everton. No other business expected at Villa.

19.19pm - HITC Sport: Aston Villa's "shock" bid for Real Sociedad star will be made in vain as there is little chance of the transfer materialising on deadline day. La Liga expert Guillem Balague has downplayed the chances of Real Sociedad attacker Sergio Canales leaving the Anoeta Stadium in order to link up with Aston Villa.

18.38pm - Belfast Telegraph: Republic of Ireland veteran Shay Given is convinced starlet Jack Grealish is ready to play senior international football now. The 18-year-old Aston Villa midfielder is currently at the centre of a tug of war between Ireland and England and has asked for more time to make his decision as he emerges as a genuine talent.

17.20pm - ClubCall: Aston Villa have made a deadline day offer for Real Sociedad midfielder Sergio Canales, according to reports. Villa are hoping to sign a midfielder before Monday's 11pm transfer deadline with manager Paul Lambert desperate to add creativity to his squad.

16.30pm - TWITTER - Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague), Spanish football reporter: No way whatsover that Canales leaves Real Sociedad to sign for Aston Villa.

16.28pm -  TWITTER - John Percy (@John__Percy), Daily Telegraph reporter: #avfc have made an undisclosed bid for Real Sociedad midfielder Sergio Canales.

15.53pm - Metro: Aston Villa are reported to have made a transfer deadline day move for midfielder Sergio Canales.
The Real Sociedad man is believed to have been targeted by Villa boss Paul Lambert as he looks to bolster his squad before tonight's cut-off.

15.38pm - Sky Sports: Aston Villa have made a transfer deadline day bid to sign Sergio Canales from Real Sociedad, according to Sky sources. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has also played for La Liga giants Real Madrid and Valencia.

15.04pm- Birmingham Mail: Villa have lodged a bid for Real Sociedad midfielder Sergio Canales.

14.50pm - ClubCall: Paul Lambert says Villa captain Ron Vlaar is going nowhere but the treatment room on transfer deadline day. Manchester United and Arsenal are both believed to be keen on the Dutchman, who has been a rock at the back for Villa this season as he enters the final year of his contract. But Lambert and Vlaar's representatives insist he will be staying at Villa Park to see out his contract and potentially receive a raft of more lucrative offers next summer.

14.05pm - Twelve months ago, Villa completed a deadline day swoop for Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak from Lazio. Kozak made a solid start to his claret and blue career before suffering a broken leg in January. But we're looking forward to seeing the big striker back in action very soon.

Libor Kozak

13.14pm -TWITTER- Neil O'Riordan Chief Sports Writer, The Irish Sun (@Noriordan): Shay Given has said he's open to moving away from Aston Villa today to help boost his chances of being Ireland's long-term no 1 again.

12.31pm - Daily Mail:
Aston Villa's Karim El Ahmadi has re-joined Feyenoord for a £750,000 fee. The midfielder had one year left on his Villa Park contract but had fallen out of contention under manager Paul Lambert, despite making 33 appearances in all competitions last season.

11.29am - Tom Cleverley is negotiating a pay-off from Manchester United ahead of a potential transfer deadline day move to Aston Villa. Goal understands Cleverley met with Villa assistant and former United midfielder Roy Keane over the weekend, with the Midlands club emerging as the player's preferred destination if he is to leave Old Trafford on Monday.

11.11am - BBC Sport: Aston Villa's Morocco international midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has rejoined Feyenoord on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old played for the Dutch club between 2008-2012, spending the first half of 2011 on loan at United Arab Emirates side Al Ahli. He joined Villa in the summer of 2012, becoming Paul Lambert's first signing.

10.42am - Aston Villa have confirmed that Karim El Ahmadi has rejoined Feyenoord on a three-year deal. The midfielder signed for the Villans from the Dutch club in 2012 and made 51 league appearances over two seasons in the Midlands, but has not played a game during the 2014-15 campaign so far.

10.26am - Guardian: Ron Vlaar's agent has insisted the Holland central defender is not expected to leave Aston Villa despite reports that Arsenal are interested in signing him. Vlaar has only one year remaining of his contract at Villa Park and has been linked with a move all summer after some impressive displays at the World Cup. Arsène Wenger is reported to have made an inquiry as he seeks a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona earlier this month.

10.15am - CONFIRMED: Karim El Ahmadi has rejoined Feyenoord on a three-year deal. The midfielder made 43 starts for Villa, as well as a further 13 from the bench. Check out the full story now.

Karim El Ahmadi

10.09am - Daily Express - Tom Cleverley wants a £1m pay-off from Manchester United to make the move to Aston Villa ahead of Everton and Hull.

9.41am - TWITTER - Pat Murphy (@PatMurphyBBC): It'll have to be the Cleverley camp that blinks first over any move to @AVFCOfficial because he won't get wages in the Benteke/Vlaar vicinity.

9.35am - Daily Express: Arsenal are lining up a surprise move to beat Manchester United, Tottenham and Southampton to the signing of Ron Vlaar. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has promised to 'be active' in the transfer market until tonight's 11pm deadline. While Arsenal fans want a new striker following Olivier Giroud's injury, Wenger is in the market for a defender and midfielder.

9.32am - Mirror: Arsenal have made a check on Aston Villa's Dutch centre half Ron Vlaar as a solution to their defensive problems.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants another defender to bolster his squad and they have spied on Vlaar and made discreet enquiries.
It is by no means certain that Arsenal will sign a defender but that is a priority before the transfer deadline.

9.26am - Daily Star: Arsenal have targeted a deadline day swoop for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar. Arsene Wenger is desperate to add a central defender to his squad after losing Thomas Vermaelen to Spanish giants Barcelona earlier this summer. Starsport understands the French boss has turned his attention to Villa rock Vlaar after seeing a bid rejected for Borussia Dortmund's Greek international Sokratis Papastathopoulos.


Birmingham Mail: Villa are hoping to sign Tom Cleverley today as fellow midfielder Karim El Ahmadi re-joins Feyenoord. The Manchester United ace is an £8 million target for Paul Lambert, who aims to wrap up the deal before the transfer window closes at 11pm tonight. El Ahmadi's £750,000 exit will soon be confirmed and Lambert wants a replacement despite signing Columbian Carlos Sanchez a fortnight ago.

Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert fears that his £8million offer to sign the Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley could collapse over wages. Lambert's bid for the England international has been accepted, as revealed last week by The Daily Telegraph, and Aston Villa are hopeful of concluding a deal today. Cleverley is free to leave Old Trafford and Villa have promised him first-team football and the chance to revive his career. But the 25-year-old's representatives are believed to be demanding around £60,000 per week.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa's primary objective for the day is to secure a deal for Tom Cleverley. Paul Lambert has had a £7million bid accepted and assistant Roy Keane has met with the Manchester United midfielder to persuade him of a move.

Evening Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes owner Randy Lerner's honesty over his desire to sell the club has contributed to their best Barclays Premier League start in eight years. Villa's 2-1 win over Hull, a scoreline that does not quite do justice to their dominance for the first hour, took them to seven points from a possible nine heading to the international break. That is their best opening three-game return since 2006/07 and a far cry from the embattled atmosphere that shrouded the club towards the end of last season. Some expected another year of struggle after American businessman Lerner put the club on the market in the summer, a move that has yet to lead to any concrete interest, but Lambert feels the transparency has helped everyone.

Sky Sports: Andreas Weimann believes Ron Vlaar has become an even better player since the World Cup and would be delighted if he stays at Aston Vila. Dutch defender Vlaar has been linked with a move away from the club this summer after catching the eye with his performances at international level in Brazil. He has carried that good form into the start of the new Premier League season and team-mate Weimann feels it is vital for Villa to keep hold of him.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

By @AVFCOfficial 1st September 2014
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