Midlands latest: Wolves target Premier League striker; De Laet motivated by Simpson arrival

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

Wolves in for Emmanuel Mayuka

The Shropshire Star reports that Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in signing Southampton's Emmanuel Mayuka on loan. 

Wolves have been on the hunt for a new striker for some time now and it appears that Kenny Jackett has identified the Saints man as his ideal target. 

Mayuka has fallen out of favour at St. Mary's after failing to score for the club in 11 appearances in the Premier League

Cissokho praises defensive work

Aly Cissokho has praised the work that Aston Villa's management team do on the training ground with the defence.

The left-back, who signed for Villa this summer, has been part of a solid defensive unit which has been the basis of the Claret and Blue's early season success. 

Cissokho attributes this excellent back-line to the work that Paul Lambert and Roy Keane put in with the team on the training ground.

He said to the Birmingham Mail: “The coach and Roy (Keane) work a lot with the defence.

“The most important thing is to defend altogether then we can attack together. The back four have done well and we also have Ron (Vlaar) to come back soon. All the team are full of confidence."

Ritchie De Laet happy with competition

Ritchie De Laet says that he is happy with Leicester City's signing of Danny Simpson. 

Simpson brings more competition for places in the full-back positions, but De Laet says that his arrival will improve his performances rather than de-motivate him.

"It is good to have Danny on board," he said to the Leicester Mercury.

"It keeps me sharp in training. As long as I do well in games and in training then, hopefully, I will get picked.

"It is up to the gaffer (Nigel Pearson) who he picks and if he wants to change it he can now, but I have the shirt at the moment and as long as I do well it is mine."

Stoke confident away from home

Stoke City defender Marc Wilson says that the club can be confident heading into away games this season.

The side have typically struggled on the road in their Premier League history, but their win over Manchester City this season has threatened to put a halt to this poor form and Wilson believes they can build on that victory. 

"We can be confident going into away matches. The lads we've got within the group are confident guys," Wilson said to the Sentinel.

"We can go to away matches looking to win, definitely. We'll be looking for three points.

Alan Irvine urges patience

Alan Irvine has told West Bromwich Albion fans to be patient with their new signing Ideye Brown. 

The Baggies record transfer has failed to impress in his early performances for the club following his move this summer, but Irvine believes that he will hit form soon. 

"Brown has been one of the ones who have been thrown into the deep end a little bit early as far as I’m concerned but he’ll benefit from that as it goes on," the Daily Independent quote him as saying.

“He shows good things in training and he needs me, the staff, to give him time to settle. It’s been a big ask for him." 

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