Midlands latest: Leicester midfield star could leave; West Brom boss 'frustrated'

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Andy King linked with Leicester departure

Leicester City's midfield ace, Andy King, could depart the club this summer, according to reports.

The central-midfielder is considered a key player for Nigel Pearson’s side, but he has only 12 months left on his contract and if no extension can be agreed his future is in doubt.

The club do not want to lose him on a free and, with Sunderland and Hull both reportedly interested, he could be allowed to leave for as little as £2.5 million if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

Joe Cole still a top player

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes that Joe Cole is still a top player.

The veteran midfielder is entering the twilight of his career now, but Lambert still feels that he has a lot to offer Villa.

“You watch him train and it is exciting,” he told the club’s official site. “He has got so much to offer, It's exciting, he makes things happen.

“You can see it with talking to him. Joe Cole is and has been a top player.”

Victor Moses in-line for Stoke debut

Victor Moses will make his first Stoke City appearance tonight in the Potters’ game against Portsmouth.

Mark Hughes’s side take on the League Two side at the Britannia Stadium in the League Cup tonight and the manager has identified it as a perfect starting point for his new loan addition from Chelsea.

"It's important he [Moses] gets the shirt on and starts playing again," Hughes said to the Sentinel. "He's eager and motivated to play.”

Irvine annoyed despite win

Alan Irvine is frustrated that it took his West Bromwich Albion side until penalties to knock out League Two Oxford United last night.

The Baggies won a mammoth penalty shoot-out 7-6 to progress in the League Cup, but the 1-1 draw with with their lower-league opponents in normal time has left the WBA boss frustrated.

“No-one will have been more frustrated than me standing on the sidelines watching that,” Irvine told reporters after the match.

“I am relieved that we got through the tie but I was very disappointed with lots of aspects of our performance and with lots of the decisions we made.”

Jackett delighted to welcome George Saville

Kenny Jackett is delighted that Wolverhampton Wanderers have been able to acquire George Saville from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old midfielder signed a three year deal at Wolves this week and Jackett believes he is a player who can offer a lot to the first-team.

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“I think Saville can do a bit of everything, but generally he likes to attack,” Jackett explained to the Shropshire Star.

“He’s a very good all-round midfielder that we’ve done well to get."

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