A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 48 hours.
The report claims that Villa are prepared to meet the French club’s £18 million asking price, while the Magpies are reluctant to do so – seemingly paving the way for Tim Sherwood to get his man.
The move is thought to be dependent on West Brom strengthening in defence but could be in danger after the collapse of Federico Fazio’s proposed switch from Spurs.
The highly-rated Bury stopper is a former Rangers academy product and joined the League One side last summer after they beat out a number of top clubs for his signature.
“Adama came on and did fantastic for the goal. It’s a defender’s worst nightmare, having someone come on with that much pace running at you,” said the Irishman.
“He caused a lot of problems and hopefully there’ll be more of those times ahead.”
Finally, Tim Sherwood has spoken of the need to shift some players before further recruits are brought in, in quotes published by the Birmingham Mail.
“We will add, if there’s any money and if we can find someone who is better,” he said.
“We maybe need to generate some money, though.
“I think we’ve done well. The chairman has backed us and has given us an opportunity to build a squad for the future so we’ll see.”