Midlands latest: Stoke in three-way fight for striker; Bournemouth beat Wolves to striker

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

1) Stoke to do battle for Eduardo

TalkSPORT are reporting that Stoke City are aiming to sign Eduardo, but will have to compete with Fenerbahce and Besiktas for the clinical striker.

Eduardo is out of contract, after Shakhtar Donetsk allowed his deal to expired, and Mark Hughes had identified him as a potential target earlier this summer.

However, if he is to convince the former Arsenal man to have a second spell in England, he will now have his work cut-out after the interest of the two Turkish giants.

2) Paul Lambert will not sell Aston Villa stars

Aston Villa are determined to keep hold of their high-profile players this summer, after rumours linking the likes of Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph have begun to circulate.

The aforementioned duo and Gabriel Agbonlahor are all entering the final year of their contracts at Villa Park, leading to interest from other sides, but Paul Lambert is adamant that they will not be leaving.

“I don’t think anyone will go without me saying so,” Lambert said to the Daily Mail. ‘Put it that way. I think the lads are happy here and want to get going again. Things [contract talks] will happen with those lads in the next little bit.

“That will take course through the season. Once we come back on Monday the things will start to roll. I had to get the staff sorted out first.”

3) Leicester City aiming to sign Luke Wilkshire

Leicester City are hoping to bring in Luke Wilkshire, according to reports in Australia.

Wilkshire has been playing his club football in Russia in recent times, but has been released by Dynamo Moscow this summer and Leicester are hoping to sign him on a free-transfer.

The 32-year-old was part of Australia’s provisional squad for the World Cup, but failed to make the final cut.

He has also had experience of English football previously, after spending time with Bristol City.

4) West Bromwich Albion fans wanted Aaron Cresswell

The strong majority of West Bromwich Albion fans wanted to see the club match West Ham United’s bid for Aaron Cresswell.

The former Ipswich Town left-back completed a move to the Hammers for £2 million yesterday, but Baggies supporters feel that their club should have done more to convince him to join the Hawthorns.

Cresswell was considered one of the finest players in the Football League and plays in a position that WBA are known to be lacking in, but the club appeared to make no real attempt to sign him.

And over 70% of Baggies fans believe this to be a bad decision according to a poll on the Express and Star website.

5) Wolves lose out to Bournemouth for strike-target

Wolverhampton Wanderers have missed out on the signing of Callum Wilson, with the Coventry City man opting to join Bournemouth.

Kenny Jackett had identified Wilson as a potential summer addition after the striker showed brilliant form in League One last season, but he has reportedly agreed to join Bournemouth instead.

The Daily Mail report that the Cherries are set to pay £3 million to secure the transfer of the 22-year-old, who scored 22 times last season, as they look to spend some of the influx of money that came their way due to receiving a cut of Adam Lallana’s sizable transfer fee.

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