Midlands latest: Villa ace wants move away; Wolves still hunting for additions

Saido Berahino

We bring you the latest news from Aston Villa, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

1) Karim El Ahmadi set to leave Villa

Karim El Ahmadi says that he is almost certain to leave Aston Villa when his contract expires at the end of this season.

The midfielder is already thinking about his next move and says that he wants a return to Holland when his time at Villa Park is up.

“I will be out of contract next summer and all options are open,” he revealed.

"But there is a big chance I will return to the Netherlands. I will turn 30 and it would be a good moment to play a couple of years in the Netherlands.

"I have lived in England for a couple of years now, but the Netherlands is still my home. I miss my family over here.

2) Rod Fanni set for Leicester City medical

Marseille right-back Rod Fanni is set to join Leicester City and will complete a medical at the club in the coming week.

The 32-year-old had been earmarked as one of Nigel Pearson’s targets as he looks to strengthen his Leicester side for their season in the Premier League after getting promoted from the Championship last campaign.

And it seems that he has got his man, with Fanni widely expected to sign a deal at the King Power Stadium in the near future.

3) Saido Berahino has learnt from last season

Saido Berahino says that he is a better person after learning from the mistakes that he made last season.

The striker was caught up in dressing-room arguments towards the back-end of last campaign, but he insists he has changed his attitude now.

“I have learned a lot,” said Berahino. “It’s made me a better player and a better person off the field.

“I am more aware of stuff that goes on in and around football so it’s made me a much better and a stronger person.”

Berahino scored twice in West Bromwich Albion’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season.

4) Lee Clark praises Birmingham City squad

Lee Clark says that his current Birmingham City squad are a pleasure to work with and are full of belief for the season.

The Blues picked up their first home league win of the calendar year on Saturday, by beating Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0, and Clark says that is no surprise that this squad are starting to pick up results.

“It’s the players who believe in what I am trying to say to them. This is the group,’’ said Clark.

“It makes a big impact for me because that’s the way I was in my previous job and that’s why we got lots of positive results.

“This is the way I like the game to be played, high tempo. I call it front-foot football

5) Kenny Jackett still seeking additions

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett insists that he is still trying to sign more players this summer.

The Wolves manager has only managed to sign two new players during the transfer window so far with a series of deals collapsing, but he has ensured supporters that he is still hoping to do more business before the end of the month.

He said: “We are always trying to improve the team if we can.

“It is very easy to collect players in the Championship, for us to improve our side we need quality players.

“That’s the key for us now going forward, that it is the right people added to what is a good group.”

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