Midlands latest: Stoke City want 15 goal striker; Leicester City's long-term aims revealed

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We bring you the latest news from Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall

We bring you all the biggest news involving the clubs in the Midlands that has broken in the last 24 hours.

1) Stoke City offered Paulinho

Stoke City have been offered the chance to sign 28-year-old striker Paulinho by his club Livorno.

The Brazilian was in fine form in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals in 35 appearances, and it is thought that Stoke are now keen to bring the front-man to the Premier League.

They will have to fight off competition if they are to get their man, though, as Livorno President Aldo Spinelli has said that he has offers on the table from other clubs.

“I can confirm a proposal from Al Jazira. They made a very serious offer and we're talking about it to see if we can find an agreement,” he said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Al Jazira have already spoken with Paulinho, but Stoke City also want him and there are also a couple of other English clubs.”

2) Wolves won’t up offer for Harry Maguire

Wolverhampton Wanderers will not raise their £2 million offer for Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire.

The bid was made as a final ‘take it or leave it’ offer to the League One club, but since Hull City have reportedly become interested in the young centre-back.

Wolves, however, will not be drawn into a bidding war with the Premier League outfit and will not budge from their valuation of the defender, who is one of Kenny Jackett’s top targets

3) Danny Drinkwater reveals Leicester City aims

Danny Drinkwater has said that Leicester City want to establish themselves as top-half Premier League side, after signing a new contract at the club.

Drinkwater has recently committed his future to the Foxes and he says that the ambition that Nigel Pearson’s side have was the main reason for that.

“The club has made it clear to all of us that we’re aiming to establish ourselves in the Premier League and ultimately aim for the higher reaches of it, so I’m delighted I’ll have a chance to be part of that,” the former Manchester United man said to Leicester’s official site.

“You want to be playing for a club with ambition and a club moving forward.”

4) Joleon Lescott having West Bromwich Albion medical

Joleon Lescott looks set to become Alan Irvine’s first signing as manager of West Bromwich Albion.

The England international has been the subject of much interest after his contract at Manchester City expired this summer, but it appears that Baggies have beat the competition to sign the centre-back.

He is expected to be announced as a West Brom player later tonight and it will be a relief for fans of the club to see a player of such a reputation join.

5) Walsall close to making additions

Walsall manager Dean Smith has revealed that the side are close to making more additions ahead of the League One season.

The club are looking to bolster their squad after the recent departures of Craig Westcarr and Andy Butler and are thought to be close to bringing in a number of new players.

“Things are progressing well in terms of recruitment,” Smith said to the Express and Star. “We’re closing in on a few more targets and I am expecting some positive news in this respect in the not too distant future.

“I’m pleased with where we are at with this at the moment.

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