Midlands latest: Villa miss out on midfield target; Stoke bid £5m for winger

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We bring you the latest news from Aston Villa, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Derby County.

1) Ki Sung-Yeung to reject Aston Villa

Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung is set to reject a move to Aston Villa in favour of renewing his contract at his current club.

The South Korean international was thought to be available this summer after being sent out on loan to Sunderland last campaign and Villa were keen to recruit the midfield man.

However, Ki has been offered a chance of a new deal at Swansea and is set to take it, leaving Paul Lambert’s search for a midfielder to continue.

2) Kenny Jackett trying to get Chris Wood deal finished

Kenny Jackett says that Wolverhampton Wanderers are working hard to do a deal for Leicester City’s Chris Wood, but will not rush the transfer through.

Wolves take on Rotherham United at the weekend, but Jackett says he will be comfortable going into the game without the powerful striker if a deal cannot be concluded.

“It is being discussed,” he said. “The word is negotiation.

“If it came off in time for Rotherham fine, but the side in my mind for Rotherham is set on what we have. If we have any additions they will be a bonus.”

3) Stoke make Nathan Redmond bid

Stoke City have lodged a £5 million bid to sign Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond.

The Potters have already been busy this summer, but have identified the England under 21 international as someone who can enhance their side and they feel he could be available after the Canaries’ relagation last season.

As such, they have submitted an offer to the East Anglian side and will wait to find out if they have been successful or not in their pursuit, with a response expected soon.

4) David Davis’ transfer to Birmingham backed by Jackett

David Davis completed a move from Wolverhampton Wanderers to Birmingham City yesterday and Kenny Jackett says that is a deal which suits all parties.

The Wolves boss believes that he has ample options in his midfield and was happy to see the youngster find a new challenge for himself at St. Andrews.

“He was behind a number of midfield players,” Jackett said.

“He started the season last year and the dynamics of the midfield didn’t quite look right. I think we improved as the season went on and that left Dave down the pecking order behind several midfield players.

‘‘When the opportunity came for him to go to Birmingham it was a good deal for the club and also the right time for Dave to move on and embrace a new challenge.

5) Steve McClaren calls for Derby to be more ruthless

Steve McClaren was happy with his Derby County side after they breezed past Carlisle United in the Capital One Cup last night, but would have liked to see them be more clinical.

The Rams eased past their League Two opponents, without ever truly being threatened, but it took until the last minutes of the match for them to seal their progress – when Chris Martin put away their second goal of the night to give them an unassailable 2-0 lead.

It was an efficient performance for the Championship promotion hopefuls, but McClaren feels they need to show more cutting edge in attacking positions in the future.

“Credit Carlisle, they gave us a game,” said McClaren.

“We came through in the end, although the second goal came later than I would have liked.

“We are pleased with the attitude and the football and I thought the back four were excellent again.

“We were pleased with everything apart from the final third and the final finish.

“Given the chances we created, we should have scored more goals.”

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