Midlands latest: Pulis wants reunion with Stoke star, Baggies close on two defenders

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

1) Pulis wants Wilson reunion

Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is hoping to create a reunion with current Potters star Marc Wilson by bringing him to Crystal Palace.

Pulis is understood to have identified Wilson as one of his top targets this summer as he looks to strengthen a Palace side who surpassed all expectations last season.

Wilson made 33 appearances for Stoke last season and Mark Hughes is hoping to keep him at the Britannia, but Pulis is hoping the lure of linking back up with him will be enough to tempt the Republic of Ireland international away from the Britannia.

2) Leonardo Ulloa not a guaranteed starter

£8 million Leicester City new-boy Leonardo Ulloa is not guaranteed a place in the Foxes starting line-up this season, Nigel Pearson has revealed.

The powerful forward joined from Brighton for a hefty fee earlier this summer, but Pearson says the price-tag will have no impact on his starting chances and he will have to prove himself like every other member of his first team squad.

"Just because we pay transfer fees for some players, doesn't guarantee them a start, neither does it for players we get in on a free transfers," he said. "Players that figured exceptionally last year have to do enough to earn the right to start again."

"That is how it has to be. I wouldn't be doing my job right if that wasn't the case."

3) Baggies close to two defenders

West Bromwich Albion are on the verge of securing deals to sign Jason Davidson and Cristian Gamboa.

The pair both were on display at the World Cup this summer and obviously did enough in Brazil to impress the Baggies’ scouting team that they would be worthwhile additions to the team for this season.

Davidson is expected to complete a medical later today at the Hawthorns, whilst Alan Irvine revealed that he would be ‘amazed’ if the deal for Gamboa didn’t go through in the near future.

"We're not in control, it's out of our hands," Irvine explained. "But I think it would be amazing if we didn't get this one over the line."

4) No Forest bid for Albert Adomah

Middlesbrough have played down rumours that Nottingham Forest have bid £3 million for their talented winger, Albert Adomah.

Forest are set to be raided by Newcastle today for two of their top talents in Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles and it was thought they could be set to reinvest some of those funds in Adomah, but ‘Boro have insisted there is no truth in the links.

5) Leandro Bacuna amazed by Benteke

Leandro Bacuna says he has been amazed by Christian Benteke’s positivity, despite the severe injury he picked up last season.

Benteke ruptured his Achilles tendon towards the back of last campaign and it ruled him out of the World Cup, as well as the start of the season.

However, Bacuna says that the strong centre-forward has been admirable in his approach to his recovery – and hasn’t allowed his injury to affect him in a negative way.

"The time he got injured was just before the World Cup," said Bacuna.

"I felt really bad for him. I saw him smiling and stuff and I said to him 'do you not feel it'?"

"He said that God just taught him to be happy. That's also what his parents taught him."

"Everybody who gets a big injury before a World Cup would feel it because everyone has feelings."

"But he just tried to take the positives out it and move on.”

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