Midlands latest: Stoke City want Barcelona ace; West Brom boss says he still has duo in plans

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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 City line up deal for Bojan

Stoke City are looking to secure the ambitious signing of Bojan on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

At one stage Bojan was regarded as one of the hottest propsects to come off the reputed La Masia production line, but his career in recent years has stuttered and Stoke want to offer him a fresh-start.

It is a transfer that is symbolic of Mark Hughes’ approach at Stoke – which has moved away from the direct, rigid style that was employed successfully by Tony Pulis previously.

2) Kieran Richardson to complete Villa move

Former Fulham man Kieran Richardson is set to complete a move to Aston Villa in the near future, according to the Express and Star.

Richardson was understood to be made available for transfer by Fulham after the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season and he has become one of Paul Lambert’s top targets this summer, as a result.

The deal is now expected to go through soon, as Lambert looks for further additions in what promises to be a busy summer for Villa – with seven players set to leave after recently being put on the transfer list.

3) Leicester out of the running for Frazier Campbell

Leicester City have curbed their interest in Cardiff City front-man Frazier Campbell, after refusing to match his current deal at the Bluebirds.

Leicester activated a clause in Campbell’s contract, which allowed him to leave for £800,000 this summer, but have been stunned at his £40,000-a-week wage demands.

It means that The Foxes have now moved on from attempting to sign the former Sunderland striker and Nigel Pearson’s search for a potent attacker is set to continue.

4) George Thorne and Craig Dawson still in West Brom’s plans

New West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has revealed that wantaway duo George Thorne and Craig Dawson are still part of his first-team plans for next season.

Dawson has seen a transfer-request rejected by Baggies this summer, whilst Thorne has gone on record of expressing his desire to join Derby County – who he spent part of last season on loan at.

However, Irvine said that his recent talks with the players were positive and, although he cannot rule out either of the pair’s departures, they remain part of his thinking for the upcoming campaign.

“George and Craig are very much players in my thoughts,” he said. "I had long discussions with both of them and they were good, amicable talks. They know the situation and have continued to work hard in training.”

5) No Wolves future for Kevin Doyle or Stephen Ward

Kenny Jackett has told Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward that they have no future at Wolverhampton Wanderers, despite the club’s promotion to the Championship.

The duo both spent last season out on loan, whilst Wolves achieved promotion from League One, and Jackett says that there is no way that either can force their way back into his thinking, unless injuries in his current squad occur.

“At present they will both be training with ‘group three’ [a group of players up for sale this summer] and neither of them will be travelling to Ireland,” Jackett said.

“Nothing has happened on either of them – there has been no contact from any club.

“No one is phoning us about these guys and as we stand, they won’t be travelling with us to Ireland.

“If things suddenly changed or we got injuries, I’d never close the door completely because you never know in football,”

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