Midlands latest: No offers for Ron Vlaar, Leicester chasing Holtby

We bring you the latest news from Aston Villa, Leicester, Stoke City, West Brom and Nottingham Forest.

1) Villa yet to receive bids Ron Vlaar 

Paul Lambert has told reporters that the club are yet to receive any offers for Ron Vlaar, despite the defender being hotly tipped with a move away from Villa Park this summer. 

The 29-year-old Villa captain excelled for the Netherlands at the World Cup, and was originally thought to be a target for incoming Manchester United manager Louis Val Gaal. 

The Dutchman has been linked with a number of other potential suitors including Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, but Lambert has denied there has been any contact regarding a deal. 

Lambert said; "We’ve heard nothing from Spurs and I didn't even know about this until it was mentioned just now,” 

“It was Southampton the other day and we haven’t heard from them either."

2) Leicester close in on Spurs midfielder

Premier League new boys Leicester City are reported to be lining up a bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby

The 23-year-old has struggled to make an impact on the Spurs first eleven since arriving in 2013, and spent last season on loan at Fulham. 

If reports are to be believed, Nigel Pearson is keen on securing a loan deal for the German international, who will no doubt be keen on playing first team football anywhere he can this season. 

3) Stoke will not sell key players

Stoke City look set to follow up their promising activity in the transfer window by ensuring they keep hold of key players already at the club. 

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes told BBC Radio Stoke; "We are not looking to sell star players, certainly not Asmir or Ryan,"

It was reported that the Potters may need to balance their books following a busy summer in the transfer window, with Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic both linked with moves away from the Britannia Stadium. 

4) Irvine takes a risk on striker 

Newly appointed Baggies boss Alan Irvine has admitted he took a gamble over £10 million signing Brown Ideye.

The 56-year-old Scotsman said; "I don't know much about Brown Ideye, I've not seen him live, but people we trust have done." 

Irvine remains content with his decision to sign the striker - who scored 33 goals in 74 games for Dynamo Kiev - but should the Nigerian struggle to find his feet in the Premier League, these words may yet come back to haunt the Baggies manager. 

5) Forest face a fight to keep midfielder 

Stuart Pearce could be in for a tough time hanging on to key man Henri Lansbury, following reports that Burnley are ready to move for the player. 

The 23-year-old is a key player for Forest, and is tipped to shine this season after fully recovering from a fracture in his lower back. 

The midfielder is a wanted man with a host of Championship clubs also interested, but it's Burnley who are now considered the favourites to sign Lansbury, who could be tempted back to the Premier League after failing to impress at Arsenal. 


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