Midlands latest: Villa signing a great example, declares teammate - Striker signs new deal at Leicester

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

1) Joe Cole a great example for Villa youngsters, says Bent

Darren Bent has praised Joe Cole as an example for the Aston Villa youngsters to follow.

The former England international joined the club this summer and Bent believes that the youngsters at the club can learn a lot from the experienced midfielder.

"He [Cole] trains hard and will be an inspiration for the younger lads in the squad looking to make an impact. He's someone to look up to for them," Bent explained. "It's not only looking up to him for how he behaves but he can also pass on his words of wisdom."

"He's a friendly, approachable guy and always happy to help anyone. He will be a big factor for the younger lads."

2) Jamie Vardy over the moon with new deal

Jamie Vardy says that he is over the moon to have signed a new deal at Leicester City.

The striker, who impressed last season in the Championship, put pen to paper on a four-year contract today and is now looking forward to his future at the club.

"I'm over the moon," the former Fleetwood Town striker said. "We all know that the club wants to keep improving and stay in the Premier League, and I definitely want to be a part of that."

3) Peter Coates reveals deals for duo fell through

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has said that the club have seen transfers for Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond and Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi fall through this summer.

The pair of wingers were both on manager Mark Hughes’s wishlist, but no deal could be agreed for either of them and it has meant that Victor Moses has been brought in on loan.

Coates has been criticised for not spending much during the transfer window by certain sections of the Potter’s support, but the chairman has defended himself saying that it wasn’t because the club were not trying to sign players.

"We have made offers for players this year," Coates said. "On Nathan Redmond, we were prepared to pay money."

"We met Norwich's asking price, but the club didn't want to sell and I don't have any quarrel with Norwich for that."

"The point I'm making is simply that we were prepared to spend money, but the club wasn't prepared to sell."

"We also met Liverpool's asking price on Assaidi. That deal fell down on personal terms."

4) No signings this week, Irvine

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine says that the club will not be making any transfers this week.

The Baggies boss has been urged by supporters to make some more recruitments this summer, but it looks like they could be waiting for longer.

Indeed, Irvine said that even when new arrivals do arrive that are likely to be on loan-deals rather than in a permanent capacity.

“We have the option of a domestic loan but we’re not really looking at that at this moment – more so permanent or loan from outside (overseas) but it just depends on the deals we can do,” Irvine revealed.

“I don’t think anything will happen in the next couple of days but there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes."

“We are making enquiries and we’re hoping something drops sooner rather than later. The chairman is certainly keen to do something before the deadline day.”

5) Kenny Jackett still hunting for star

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett says that he is still trying to secure transfers and he is looking for one player who can enhance the squad.

Wolves’ transfer window has been frustrating so far, with just two new players joining, and Jackett admits he is still searching for additions who can improve the side’s performances by a small but significant amount.

“There are big decisions on personnel in our group: Who can do it this season and who can’t?” Jackett said.

“Players coming in is a key one and early on in a season, we’re assessing the squad and seeing what we need to complement the squad to maybe give you another 10-15 per cent in terms of quality."

“For example, George Thorne was a big loss for Derby because he really lifted them last season – sometimes one player can make a difference and a team can really go on a run.”

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