Midlands latest: Stoke competing with European elite for midfielder; Wolves eye Spurs starlet

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1) Martin O’Neill happy to let Roy Keane be assistant at Aston Villa

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is fine with Roy Keane taking a job as assistant manager at Aston Villa, as long as it is sorted in the near future.

Keane is currently O’Neill’s number two for the Republic of Ireland national team and he has O’Neill’s blessing to juggle his international and club football commitments, if he takes the Aston Villa job.

O’Neill is quoted in the Guardian, saying: “I don’t really know if this is something that he is going to have a serious look at. But if he is then I will definitely speak [again] to Paul Lambert – and see if that kind of role can be combined.

“I don’t mind it going on for a week or two.

“I assume Aston Villa will want to get something in place by the time they start pre-season. I don’t want it to be continued right through until August time.”

2) Lloyd Dyer to join Watford

Lloyd Dyer looks set to leave Leicester City after he rejected their offer of a new contract to join Watford, according to the Leicester Mercury.

Dyer was widely expected to stay at The Foxes after their promotion to the Premier League last season, but appears to have decided to return to the Championship with Watford.

Dyer’s Leicester contract expires next month and it appears that the Hornets have capitalised on this, with the pacey wide-man expected to sign a three year deal at Vicarage Road in the near future.

The main reason that the 31-year-old has opted to leave Leicester, after six years at the club, is reportedly because Nigel Pearson’s side only offered him a year extension and he wanted more security for his future.

3) Stoke City in battle for Benjamin Stambouli

Stoke City are hoping to complete the signing of Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli this summer, but face competition from a host of other clubs if they are to do so.

TalkSPORT are reporting that Mark Hughes is hoping to make Stambouli his fifth summer signing, having already been busy during the transfer window.

The 23-year-old midfielder should be available for a 'knockdown price', with him only having a year left on his deal with the Ligue 1 side, but Stoke will have to compete with the likes of Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille if they are to get their man.

4) Peter Crouch wanted by Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis is hoping to bring in Peter Crouch at Crystal Palace, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

Crouch impressed under Pulis during the manager’s time at Stoke and he is now hoping for a reunion with the player at Selhurst Park.

The tall striker was in good form for the Potters last season, but Stoke have already been busy in the transfer window, adding the likes of Mame Biram Diouf to the club, and Pulis believes that this could mean that Crouch is available for transfer.

5) Wolves want Alex Pritchard

Wolverhampton Wanderers are hoping to sign Tottenham Hotspur youngster, Alex Pritchard, report the Enfield Independent.

The tricky winger spent last season on loan at Swindon Town, where he became recognised as one of the best players in League One.

It was thought that he might have done enough to force his way back into Spurs’ thinking this season, but it appears as if the London club are prepared to let him go – with Wolves the most likely suitors.

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