Chelsea make 15m bid for Loic Remy

Chelsea launch late 15m move for Marseille forward Remy

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19:17 GMT, 31 August 2012

Chelsea have opened negotiations with Marseille over a 15million move for Loic Remy.

The France international travelled to London with his agent for talks after Chelsea failed in another move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle.

Leverkusen refused to take Chelsea's calls after sporting director Rudi Voeller insisted there was not enough time to find a replacement for 21-year-old German international Schurrle.

Heading to London Marseille's French forward Loic Remy is in talks with Chelsea

Heading to London Marseille's French forward Loic Remy is in talks with Chelsea

So Chelsea switched to cash-strapped Marseille who need to offload Remy. The 25-year-old, who has also been considered by Tottenham, will provide cover and support for Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge, who was keen to move to Liverpool.

Remy said: 'Yes there were discussions with Tottenham, but they came to nothing and they will not continue.'

Meanwhile, Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones's hopes of a move to Marseille have been dashed by Stephane Mbia’s move to Queen's Park Rangers.

Stoke were holding out hope that Mbia would join them and allow a swap deal for Jones to go the other way.

The deal also hinged on Remy or Jordan Ayew leaving Marseille. Ayew had been offered to Stoke, Wigan and Reading but is staying in France. The French transfer window remains open until Tuesday and a deal for Jones could yet be revived.

US OPEN 2012: Novak Djokovic beats Rogerio Dutra da Silva

Djokovic strolls into US Open third round with straight-sets demolition

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Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

20:12 GMT, 31 August 2012

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20:12 GMT, 31 August 2012

One hour and 39 minutes was all it took for defending champion Novak Djokovic to book his place in the third round of this year`s US Open.

The Serbian, looking to end the year on a high in terms of majors, saw off Rogerio Dutra da Silva in straight sets on Arthur Ashe, beating the unheralded Brazilian 6-2 6-1 6-2.

It was far from a vintage performance from the 25-year-old, who converted just six of the 16 break points that came his way, but he was never in trouble against an opponent who made 36 unforced efforts.

Easy does it: Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Rogerio Dutra Silva

Easy does it: Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Rogerio Dutra Silva

Djokovic was not flawless in that department either, giving away 19 points, but his 29 winners helped him over the line.

By winning, he also ensured he maintained his record of having never lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 at a grand slam tournament.

England beat South Africa by four wickets in third ODI at the Oval

England v South Africa: Dernbach and Morgan put smile back on Flower's face

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20:12 GMT, 31 August 2012

England celebrated their first victory over South Africa this summer
after half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Trott saw them to a
four-wicket win in the third match of the NatWest Series.

Having lost the Test series 2-0 and fallen 1-0 behind after two matches
of the one-day leg, England turned the tide at the Kia Oval courtesy of
Morgan's fluent 73 and a stoic 71 from Trott.

High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar

High times: England's Jade Dernbach, right, celebrates with Craig Kieswetter after claiming the wicket of South Africa's Dean Elgar

The bowlers earlier played their part by dismissing the tourists for 211, Ravi Bopara miserly with one wicket for 31 runs in 10 overs and James Anderson polishing off the tail to close with four for 44.

England briefly looked in bother on 64 for three but Trott played the anchor role in a dogged 125-ball innings, while Morgan added the flair with seven fours and two sixes.

Ian Bell wasted no time getting England's chase going but, after crashing three boundaries in Lonwabo Tsotsobe's first over, he was pinned leg before wicket by Dale Steyn.

Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73

Big hit: Eoin Morgan scored a quickfire 73

Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan

Steady: Jonathan Trott shared a century stand with Morgan

His opening partner Alastair Cook took 18 balls to get off the mark but did so by turning Tsotsobe off his hips for four.
Eleven more came off Steyn's fourth over as Trott arrived at the crease and the hosts reached 45 for one after 10 overs.

Tight lines from Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell saw just 12 runs added in the next five overs.

Cook was particularly sedate and went for a laboured 20 with a tame shot to Robin Peterson.

Bopara then fell for a disputed duck, given caught behind off Morkel.

He immediately reviewed the verdict but the technology was inconclusive and he was forced to depart, albeit reluctantly.

At 69 for three from 20 overs, England had plenty of work to do.

Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch...

Ouch: Morne Morkel falls on the ball after failing to take a catch…

... and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side

… and Graeme Smith, right, sees the funny side

Morgan's arrival added much-needed impetus – not to mention boundaries – as he raced past 30 at better than a run-a-ball.

A wide from Dean Elgar took England's target below 100 and Morgan
thrashed the spinner for the first six of the day in the 32nd over.

All the while, Trott was compiling slowly but surely and reached 50 from 86 deliveries.

Morgan's own half-century came off a breezier 54 balls and he overtook his partner with a flowing four over extra-cover.

A second six followed to the same area off Tsotsobe and his seventh four, off Morkel, brought up the century stand.
Morgan's game-changing knock ended with a looping caught-and-bowled to Peterson and 40 still needed.

Craig Kieswetter cleared the ropes once before being run out for 14,
leaving Trott to shepherd England within five runs of victory.

The impressive Parnell accounted for the number three, via the outside
edge, but Samit Patel was on hand to hit the winning boundary.

Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena

Controversy: England's Ravi Bopara, left, questions dismissal with umpire Kumar Dharmasena

Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch

Questionable: Morgan departs despite Peterson dropping the ball as he went to celebrate catch

South Africa, having won the toss and batted, got off to a promising
start but after reaching 119 for two at the halfway stage they lost
wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out with 3.2 overs remaining.

Hashim Amla, having made a 311 not out on this ground in the Test
series, was quickly into his stride and plundered 11 off James
Anderson's third over.

His partner, Graeme Smith, had 18 of the first 50 runs before he was bowled by Anderson to an ugly stroke.

Cook turned to Bopara and his nagging medium pace soon after and he successfully strangled the scoring.

It was Jade Dernbach who made the key breakthrough, though, swinging a
full delivery past Amla's bat and removing leg stump for 43.

The bowling powerplay boosted England, costing just 21 runs and yielding that prize scalp.

Elgar and AB de Villiers were in danger of getting stuck until they took
13 off a single James Tredwell over, although the off-spinner exacted
his revenge at his next visit.

De Villiers was the man out, chipping to Bell at long-off for 28.

Bopara got a deserved wicket when he bowled Faf du Plessis for one and
Elgar went for a less-than-fluent 42 when he missed a trademark Dernbach
slower ball.

Number seven Parnell had a frenetic eight-ball stay, hitting one
authentic four through midwicket and two edged boundaries before
Dernbach had him caught behind.

That left JP Duminy to repair the innings and he made a diligent 33
before holing out off the bowling of Tredwell looking to up the rate.

Anderson made light work of the lower order, removing Steyn, Morkel and Tsotsobe in the space of eight deliveries.

Bradford Bulls are saved as takeover completed for Super League club

Bradford Bulls are saved as takeover completed for Super League club

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21:04 GMT, 31 August 2012

The long-running saga over the future
of ailing Bradford Bulls was brought to a successful conclusion on
Friday night when the administrators confirmed the sale of the Super
League club to local businessman Omar Khan.

Brendan Guilfoyle, partner at the
Leeds-based P&A Partnership and joint administrator at Bradford
since June 26, revealed in a statement that he had completed the sale of
Bradford Bulls Holdings Limited to OK Bulls Limited for an undisclosed
sum.

Uncertain future: Bradford Bulls

Uncertain future: Bradford Bulls

The sole director of OK Bulls Limited is Omar Khan, who owns the award-winning Bradford restaurants and catering business under his name.
Gerry Sutcliffe, MP for Bradford South and a former Sports Minister, is also involved with the business.

Khan tweeted: 'Omar Khan's and Gerry Sutcliffe Save the Bradford Bulls and are the new owners of the club.'

The RFL also fielded a bid from Bradford Park Avenue football club, while Super League (Europe) Ltd's offer to buy the Bulls was also on the table but this was always seen as a last resort.

Sutcliffe also took to Twitter to say: 'Thanks to all BradfordBulls fans for your incredible patience and support. Hard work starts now. See you all tomorrow coyb.

'And thanks also to (coach) Mick Potter, coaching staff, players and all club staff. Shown devotion above and beyond the call BradfordBulls.'

Khan is thought to have paid around 150,000 to take the club out of administration but it will obviously cost a great deal more to take the club forward and they are still waiting to discover if they will retain their place in Super League.

Guilfoyle said: 'This is a great achievement for Bradford Bulls, the players, fans and the city of Bradford.

'My main duty as administrator is to get the best return for creditors – and this was the best deal on the table.

'Omar Khan has also passed the Rugby Football League's test as being a 'fit and proper person' to run a rugby club as well as being a passionate fan of the Bulls.'

Guilfoyle was originally brought in by former chairman Chris Caisley in April to conduct an independent financial review following the resignation of directors Peter Hood and Andrew Bennett and has been in charge of the four-times Super League champions for the last two months.

One of his first acts was to lay off 16 full-time staff, including head coach Potter and his assistants Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire, although all three have continued to work unpaid.

Guilfoyle added: 'I am really pleased that we were able to retain the playing squad without selling off young stars – which in the end was a crucial decision to achieve the sale.

'There are many people to thank in making this deal possible, not least employees, coaches and the interim chief executive who have all been working without pay.

'But I'm sure they would join me in saying the fans' support has been outstanding and they have played a major part in this rescue.

'And through all this the players have won an extraordinary string of matches.”.

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 4

Chelsea 1 Atletico Madrid 4: Falcao runs riot as Di Matteo's Blues crash and burn

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21:02 GMT, 31 August 2012

Chelsea suffered UEFA Super Cup humiliation as Radamel Falcao showed them what might have been with a devastating hat-trick to help hand Atletico Madrid a crushing win.

The Blues looked anything but European champions in what was one of their most clueless performances since Roman Abramovich first began his quest for the greatest prize in club football.

The Russian also spent 80million this summer in a bid to ensure he would not have to wait another eight years for more Champions League glory.

Party time: Atletico Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Super Cup

Party time: Atletico Madrid's players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Super Cup

MATCH FACTS

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole (Bertrand 89), Mikel, Lampard, Ramires (Oscar 46), Hazard, Mata (Sturridge 81), Torres.

Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Meireles.

Booked: Ivanovic.

Goals: Cahill 74.

Atletico Madrid: Courtois,
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis, Mario Suarez, Gabi, Adrian
(Rodriguez 56), Koke (Raul Garcia 81), Turan, Falcao (Emre 87).

Subs Not Used: Sergio Asenjo, Silvio, Cata Diaz, Diego Costa.

Goals: Falcao 6,19,45,Miranda 60.

Att: 14,312

Ref: Damir Skomina (Slovenia).

But it was the one who got away who came back to haunt him on transfer deadline day this evening as former target Falcao took advantage of some inept defending and tactical naiveti to plunder a first-half treble, with Joao Miranda piling on the misery before Gary Cahill grabbed a consolation.

Falcao's hat-trick was his second in four days and saw him completely outshine Fernando Torres, who endured a nightmare reunion with his boyhood idols just 24 hours after declaring his 18 months of hell was a thing of the past.

The outlook had certainly looked rosy for him and Chelsea at the start of a season which has seen him score three times and storm to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

They did lose the Community Shield to Manchester City, however, and another defeat with a trophy on the line cast doubt on their chances of success this season and manager Roberto Di Matteo's reshaping of the side.

The game was the last Super Cup match to be played at the Stade Louis II, with the fixture touring the continent from next year.

Stunner: Falcao curls home his and Athletico Madrid's second goal against Chelsea

Stunner: Falcao curls home his and Athletico Madrid's second goal against Chelsea

Chelsea had been involved the first time it came to Monaco in 1998, Di Matteo playing in a famous 1-0 win over Real Madrid.

But staging such a showpiece event at such a hopelessly outmoded venue always seemed to defy logic.

The stadium also held bad as well as good memories for Chelsea, whose eight-year Champions League heartache under Roman Abramovich began there in the 2004 semi-finals.

Overun: Falcao scores again as Chelsea fall apart in the Super Cup in Monaco

Overun: Falcao scores again as Chelsea fall apart in the Super Cup in Monaco

There were certainly plenty of empty seats in the blue half of what is only an 18,000-seater ground, perhaps not surprising with a Club World Cup trip to Japan on the horizon.

Those who stayed away were doubtless glad they saved their money as Europa League winners Atletico were allowed to create chances almost at will.

Falcao served a fourth-minute warning when his sliding finish hit the crossbar but he made no mistake three minutes later when he raced clear, waited for Petr Cech to commit and dinked the ball beyond the lunging David Luiz on the line and in off the post.

Helpless: Chelsea players stand in disbelief as Atletico Madrid run riot in Monaco

Helpless: Chelsea players stand in disbelief as Atletico Madrid run riot in Monaco

Chelsea did briefly look a threat at the other end, Eden Hazard drilling over, but their midfield had almost no structure and Adrian Lopez and Arda Turan both went close before Falcao struck again in the 18th minute.

Unbelievably, the Blues defence simply stood off one of the world's most lethal finishers as he curled a delicious 15-yard shot into the top corner.

Chelsea now needed the kind of comeback that helped them secure European glory last season but there was no discipline to their attacking and Cech saved from Gabi after Atletico found themselves five on three.

Hat-trick here: Falcao celebrates grabbing his third goal as Athletico Madrid stun Chelsea

Hat-trick here: Falcao celebrates grabbing his third goal as Athletico Madrid stun Chelsea

Falcao hit the woodwork for the second time when he threw his head at Lopez's air-shot only to see it hit the post – but he completed a deserved hat-trick moments before half-time when Turan was allowed to run 60 yards unchallenged and squared for the unmarked striker to finish.

Torres's first real attempt of the game in the 50th minute was almost laughable by comparison as Chelsea brought on Oscar for Ramires at the restart.

The change failed to have the desired effect as Atletico made it 4-0 on the hour mark, Miranda poking Mario Suarez's lay-off home.

Gloss: Miranda adds a fourth for the Spanish side as Chelsea fall apart again

Gloss: Miranda adds a fourth for the Spanish side as Chelsea fall apart again

Jorge Koke's crossed free-kick almost went straight through but was saved by Cech before Cahill drilled home after Atletico failed to clear Frank Lampard's corner.

The Spaniards looked more than capable of restoring their four-goal cushion and David Luiz even turned Emre Belozoglu's cross against his own post in stoppage-time.

Manchester City sign Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina

City sign the 'new Vidic': Champions complete deal for defender Nastasic from Fiorentina

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 31 August 2012

Manchester City have announced the signing of teenage Serbia defender Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old joins the Barclays Premier League champions in a deal which also sees Montenegro international Stefan Savic moving in the opposite direction.

Nastasic is the fourth player to join City on a hectic final day of the summer transfer window.

More to follow…

City boy: Matija Nastasic has joined Premier League champions Manchester City

City boy: Matija Nastasic has joined Premier League champions Manchester City

Aston Villa sign Ashley Westwood from Crewe

Seventh heaven for Villa as Crewe captain Westwood joins Lambert's revolution

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20:52 GMT, 31 August 2012

Done deal: Ashley Westwood

Done deal: Ashley Westwood

Aston Villa have signed Crewe skipper and midfielder Ashley Westwood for an undisclosed fee, on a four-year contract.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at Villa Park until the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Westwood helped Crewe gain promotion to League One last season and is now relishing a crack at proving himself in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: 'I see myself as a Michael Carrick-type of player, someone who stays out of the limelight and keeps it simple, retaining the ball and laying it off to team-mates.

'From the conversations I've had with the new manager (Paul Lambert) I think that will fit in perfectly here.

'He said to me that he's looking for younger lads to work with him, step up and lift this club to the next level and I'm really looking forward to the challenge.

'This is a fantastic football club, a massive club and I can't wait to get started really. It's a bit surreal right now but I'll get out training with the lads tomorrow morning and take it in my stride.'

Westwood – a product of the Crewe Academy – is Villa's seventh signing of the summer.

Lambert said: 'Being captain of his football club at 21 years of age, I think that says a big thing about Ashley's quality, the responsibility he has taken on his shoulders and his temperament.

'He's also a terrific prospect for this football club – a real, real talent.

'He's had a really good grounding at Crewe and he will fit in with what we're looking to do here. He's a good player and he'll do fine.'

Real Madrid in for Michael Essien on loan

Mourinho makes late bid to bring in Essien on loan as Madrid hijack Gunners approach

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20:23 GMT, 31 August 2012

Real Madrid have emerged as shock contenders in the race to take Chelsea's Michael Essien on loan.

Arsenal had been the first to make an approach for the out-of-favour Ghanian, who was left out of the Blues' squad for their UEFA Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid

Manager Roberto di Mattoe confirmed before that match that Essien was hoping to sort out a temporary switch away from Stamford Bridge, and suggested the destination was not a rival.

Up for grabs: Chelsea's Michael Essien was hoping to secure a loan away from the club

Up for grabs: Chelsea's Michael Essien was hoping to secure a loan away from the club

Meanwhile, Wenger will trust the power of love to keep Theo Walcott at Arsenal but the parties are no closer to reaching an agreement.

An uneasy truce has been struck to allow today’s transfer deadline to pass with a view to holding further talks later this year.

But Walcott’s faith in Wenger and the club has been shaken over the past few days, when he was dropped at Stoke and hit with a thinly-veiled ultimatum to sign or be sold.

He does not want to leave, but told Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis he will not sign a five-year contract worth 75,000 a week. Walcott’s current deal expires in June.

Staying, for now: Theo Walcott looks like continuing on at Arsenal despite only having one year remaining on his contract with the north London club

Staying, for now: Theo Walcott looks like continuing on at Arsenal despite only having one year remaining on his contract with the north London club

‘I don’t know what will happen in January,’ said Wenger. ‘What happens at the end of the season happens. Theo loves the club. He is not obsessed by money. He does not say, “It’s that or not”.’

Meanwhile, Nicklas Bendtner is discussing a loan move to Juventus and Park Ju-young is close to joining Celta Vigo.

Bryan Oviedo joins Everton for 3.5m

Moyes gets his man as Costa Rican Oviedo joins Everton for 3.5m

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21:06 GMT, 31 August 2012

Everton have confirmed they have completed the signing of Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be 3.5million.

The Costa Rican has been a regular starter for FCK after joining from Deportivo Saprissa in his homeland.

New Toffee: Bryan Oviedo poses in his new Everton shirt

New Toffee: Bryan Oviedo poses in his new Everton shirt

The 22-year-old can operate at left-back and on the left side of midfield.

Oviedo said: 'I am so very happy. This is a very good opportunity for me.

'The last two or three days have been very stressful and tiring but I am so happy now. I am feeling good and right now everything is positive.

Done deal: Bryan Oviedo has completed his move to Everton

Done deal: Bryan Oviedo has completed his move to Everton

'I know a lot about Everton. I watch Everton games and Premier League games on the TV and it is a very good league.'

Oviedo's spell in Denmark with Copenhagen began in 2010 and has included a loan stint with FC Nordsjaelland.

He has won the Danish league title and two Danish Cups, played in the Champions League, and is a full Costa Rica international.

Everton assistant boss Steve Round revealed this morning that he, Toffees manager David Moyes and scouts had all been abroad to watch the player in action and Oviedo had not realised it was him they had had their eye on.

He said: 'I was feeling a little nervous because Everton are a very good team and a big club.

'Now I am feeling good, I am happy with everything.

'I knew that sometimes Everton were watching Copenhagen games but not especially to watch me.'

Referring to his versatility, Oviedo said: 'I am a player who likes to attack.

'I can help in attack but also in defence as well. I can play both positions.

Another one in: Oviedo was David Moyes' fourth summer signing

Another one in: Oviedo was David Moyes' fourth summer signing

'I played many years as a left-back, now (more recently) I have been playing further forward.'

He added: 'I need to come here and work hard for a place. I know there are very good players and I will need to train very well to have a chance of getting in the team.'

Everton's players will have to wait to meet their new team-mate as he is jetting off to play for his country in two World Cup qualifiers against Mexico.

Oviedo's transfer deadline day arrival takes the number of new signings for the Toffees this summer to four.

The Merseysiders have also recruited former Rangers forward Steven Naismith, brought back winger Steven Pienaar on a permanent deal from Tottenham and signed front man Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos.

Tottenham lead race for Clint Dempsey

Spurs take lead in Dempsey chase as American's dream Liverpool move falls through

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UPDATED:

21:06 GMT, 31 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Tottenham are poised to pull off an 11th-hour swoop for Fulham's Clint Dempsey.

Aston Villa, Liverpool and Sunderland were interested in signing the American, with the player himself having his heart set on a switch to Merseyside.

However, Tottenham joined the race well into the evening and at 10pm Dempsey was undergoing a medical with the White Hart Lane club.

Villa leapt to the front of the queue on Friday morning when a 7million bid was accepted by the west London side.

Where to now Aston Villa, Sunderland and Liverpool all seem to have missed out

Where to now Aston Villa, Sunderland and Liverpool all seem to have missed out

Boss Paul Lambert was looking for reinforcements to take some of the burden off striker Darren Bent.

The deal was agreed on Thursday night and is cash only – with no add ons and no other players involved.

Fulham
reported Liverpool to the Premier League last week claiming Dempsey had
been tapped up and Craven Cottage boss Martin Jol criticised the player
for not keeping quiet about his wish to move on.

Fulham’s complaint was placed before the August meeting of the Premier League board and Liverpool have been asked for their observations.

The board will decide whether to take the complaint further. It could eventually go before an independent panel, who could impose fines or even suspended point sanctions on the Merseyside club.

Liverpool, however, are more likely to face a four-figure fine if Fulham’s complaint is upheld. The matter would be dropped if the clubs agree a fee for Dempsey, who was Fulham’s top scorer last season.

Spurs were discussing terms with
Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho for most of the say but appeared to
miss out on Andre Villas-Boas' top choice.

In the market: Manager Paul Lambert wants Dempsey at Aston Villa

In the market: Manager Paul Lambert wants Dempsey at Aston Villa

Meanwhile, Lambert received a boost as a 1m deal for 21-year-old Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery is done.

Bowery will move for an initial 400,000 with the rest due on appearances.

Lambert said: 'Potentially he is very good and I've got no worries about throwing him in, none whatsoever.

'It (the signing) might have surprised a few people but it is a great opportunity for him.

'He is one for the future, but if he steps up to the plate I have no fear about playing him.'

Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens is another player Lambert is keen on signing.

He said: 'I've not heard anything back from that one. That is in Charlton's court at the moment.'

Target: Dale Stephens (right) has caught the eye of Villa boss Lambert

Target: Dale Stephens (right) has caught the eye of Villa boss Lambert

Hopes of signing Belgium international striker Christian Benteke appear to be fading after an improved offer of around 6m was also turned down by Genk.

Genk are reported to want at least double that amount and Lambert admitted Villa would not match those sort of financial demands.

He said: 'The situation hasn't changed from the last few days. It is where it is at the minute. Would Villa pay 15 million No.'