Midlands latest: Stoke miss out on international striker; Leicester seeking attacking additions

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

1) Stoke miss out on Eduardo

Stoke City have missed out on reported transfer target Eduardo, after the Brazilian born striker has opted to join Flamengo.

Mark Hughes had identified Eduardo as a player who could have added quality to his side’s starting line-up this season, but has found his efforts to sign the front-man have been in vain.

The 31-year-old, former Arsenal striker, had been out of contract after his deal at Shakhtar Donetsk expired, but Hughes could not persuade him to return to England with him favouring a move back to his homeland.

2) West Brom interest in Alan Hutton confirmed

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that they are hoping to sign Alan Hutton from Aston Villa this summer.

Hutton has found his chances limited at Villa in recent times, having to go out on loan to get first-team football, but Baggies are hoping to give him a reprieve in English football.

WBA are known to be on the hunt for defensive additions as Alan Irvine looks to build a squad that is capable of improving on their showing last season and Hutton is at the top of his wishlist.

The only stumbling block is the experienced Scot’s wages, as West Brom will not match his current deal of £40,000 a week, but there is a hope that the transfer can still be completed in the near future.

3) Leicester searching for strikers

Leicester City are in the hunt for attacking additions, Nigel Pearson has confirmed today.

The Foxes have been on the trail of Brighton’s Leonardo Ulloa for much of the summer so far, but all their attempts to sign the powerful Argentine have proved fruitless so far.

Today they were also linked with making an ambitious bid to sign Sunderland’s Connor Wickham, but the North-East club have quickly come out and confirmed that their star striker is not for sale.

It means that Pearson will have to search elsewhere for strikers who he believes can help to score the goals that can keep Leicester in the Premier League, but he has not given up hope.

"We have had an interest in a number of players and some haven't worked out for various reasons," Pearson said.

"We will continue to strengthen the squad before the season starts, if and when we can. If players become available that we feel are right for us, I know we have the ability to achieve a certain amount of success in that regard.”

In better news on the striking front, Dave Nugent is expected to sign a new contracted at Leicester in the near future after being linked with a move away from the club for much of the summer so far.

4) Kenny Jackett not concerned by lack of spending

Kenny Jackett’s summer transfer plans so far have been prudent rather than lavish, but the lack of big money signings does not concern the Wolverhampton Wanderers boss.

Wolves were promoted from League One last season in fine style, but many supporters had hoped that their return to the Championship would see them spend big to bring in some quality to make them a force at a higher level once again.

However, their summer window has been quiet so far with only Tommy Rowe and Rajiv van La Parra joining on free transfers.

“I don’t think people should be concerned,” Jackett insisted to the Express and Star. “The group is very good at present and has started pre-season well and given me as head coach a lot of optimism for the season.

“I certainly don’t want to be making any predictions or singing from the rooftops but I can base an opinion on the last two weeks, where I see a fit and hungry group who are looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s an exciting time and a time for getting your head down and putting the hard work in with a new level to come.

5) Stuart Pearce reveals fears about Lars Veldwijk

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce has said that new signing Lars Veldwijk faces a tough challenge to be a hit in England.

Veldwijk joined Forest this summer from Excelsior after impressing in Holland, but Pearce says that scoring goals in the Eredivisie does not necessarily equate to success in England.

Pearce signed Georgios Samaras when he was at Manchester City after being struck by his goalscoring exploits in Holland, but saw the Greek striker struggle to adapt to the English league and he is hoping that a similar scenario does not arise with Veldwijk.

"Lars has got a goal scoring record in Holland but he is still a young man and it might take him time to fit into the English ways," said Pearce. "This is a good opportunity for him and we hope he is successful. But it is never easy when players come from Holland.

"We have seen individuals who have played at a higher level than Lars with a better goal scoring record, who have struggled over here.

"It will be difficult for him, but he is a smashing lad and he has the opportunity to fire this club into the Premier League."

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