Midlands latest: Villa beat Premier League duo to midfielder? Walters could leave Stoke City

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

1) Aston Villa win race to sign Carlos Sanchez

Aston Villa have beaten Everton and QPR to the signing of Carlos Sanchez, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

The Colombian has been made available by his current club, Elche, this summer and was highly sought after, but Villa have won the race for his signature.

Sanchez’s move to Villa Park, for £1.5 million, is now expected to be announced in the near future.

2) Wolves end interest in Chris Wood

Wolverhampton Wanderers have ended their interest in signing Chris Wood from Leicester City.

The newly promoted Championship side have been on the trail of the striker for some time now, but have not been able to agree a deal and Kenny Jackett admits that they are now looking at other targets.

“It looks like that one has passed now and we’re moving on,” he said.

“We didn’t get a deal agreed with the club or the player, we did make an approach but we haven’t made further contact and we’re moving on.

“It is what is, we have to accept that and it’s something which has come out, we understand, and it’s left me answering the situation.

“It doesn’t look like it’ll be resurrected and we’re moving on.”

3) Jon Walters may leave Stoke

Jon Walters has confirmed that an exit from Stoke City is possible this summer.

The Irish international had been a mainstay in the side under Tony Pulis, but as the side move away from his rigid approach and towards Mark Hughes’ more aesthetically pleasing style he has found his chances limited and he admits that his time in the Potteries could be coming to an end.

“We now have a huge squad and I’m pretty sure the club will want to get players out,” he said.

“There will be speculation because I haven’t played as much and I see there have been rumours about myself and Peter Crouch.

“It’s not for me to consider, it’s for the club. But if the manager turns round and says we’ve got enough players and we are accepting an offer, what can you do?

4) West Brom cool interest in Jonathan Biabiany

West Bromwich Albion have taken a step back in their pursuit of Parma player, Jonathan Biabiany.

The jet-heeled winger had been on manager, Alan Irvine’s, wishlist this summer, but increased competition to sign the 26-year-old from Everton and Parma’s high-asking price has put the Baggies off.

5) Michael Mancienne red-card was harsh, says Wigley

Nottingham Forest coach, Steve Wigley, has said that he feels that the red card which Michael Mancienne picked up during the side’s 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers was harsh.

Forest made it through the League Cup tie at the expense of their League Two opponents, but had to battle through most of the second-half after Mancienne was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The newly signed England youth international will now miss Forest’s Championship match against Bolton at the weekend, but Wigley has some sympathy with his new signing.

"We were disappointed, because we felt the referee was a bit quick with his cards," Wigley said. "We also felt as though their lad played for it a little bit, because he hit the ball at him quite quickly, before he had the chance to move."

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