Football: Regional Paper Talk

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The top stories and transfer rumours making the back pages of the regional newspapers on Thursday afternoon.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea and Tottenham are on high alert after Roma put Mattia Destro on sale. The Italian striker is said to be valued at £20m.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United’s new signing Marcos Rojo revealed it is his ‘dream’ to play under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
Alvaro Negredo is set to be the fall guy as Manchester City chop their Champions League squad down to size.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Roberto Martinez insists Everton must prepare to face a fit and firing Arsenal on Saturday – and not expect them to be suffering from a European hangover.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett could get nod for Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after starting season in Magpies starting line-up.
THE JOURNAL
Newcastle United have doubts over the future of their key midfielder Cheick Tiote as a number of big clubs prepare bids.
Alan Pardew believes Moussa Sissoko can become a natural leader for Newcastle United this season – and even fill the boots of Yohan Cabaye.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Gus Poyet and Ellis Short have held a further round of talks to clarify Sunderland’s strategy for the final 10 days of the transfer window.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Tom Fox, the former Arsenal chief commercial officer, as their chief executive.
THE SENTINEL
Stoke new boy Victor Moses is ready to put his Liverpool blues behind him by kick-starting his career under Mark Hughes.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
QPR’s Alejandro Faurlin would dearly like to put one over Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday – if only to bring a smile to the faces of pals at home in Argentina.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea City could push through a deal for Benjamin Stambouli next after completing a record-breaking move for Federico Fernandez.
WALES ONLINE
Cardiff City believe they had to report Malky Mackay and Iain Moody to the Football Association because club lawyers told them they were compelled to under football rules.
THE PINK UN
Norwich City fans have been warned not to try to buy tickets in home areas for Saturday’s local derby at Ipswich.
THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton will walk away from their pursuit of Andros Townsend if Tottenham insist Morgan Schneiderlin has to be part of any deal to bring the England winger to St Mary’s.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United last night sealed the signing of Mirco Antenucci, landing the striker on a two-year deal from Italian club Ternana.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Steve McClaren has explained why he made a tactical switch at half-time during Derby County’s defeat by Charlton Athletic – saying he was unhappy at the goals conceded.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest’s in-form front line is only going to get more prolific, warns Reds coach Brian Eastick.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is in no doubt that Riyad Mahrez has what it takes to light up the Premier League.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Michael Duff wants Burnley to make a positive away impression in the Premier League – starting with Saturday’s trip to Swansea.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Bolton aim to banish their early season blues by signing Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe on loan.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Jose Riga says he still doesn’t feel like a proper manager at Blackpool.
EVENING GAZETTE
Middlesbrough face an anxious wait for Patrick Bamford to make his final decision on a switch to the Riverside.
THE STAR
Manager Nigel Clough has assured Sheffield United’s out-of-favour players that they will get their chance, as the Bramall Lane club prepare for another arduous League One season.
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Neil Lennon is the latest bookies’ favourite to be the new Huddersfield Town manager.
DONCASTER FREE PRESS
David Blunt has been unveiled as the new chairman of Doncaster Rovers.
THE ARGUS
Irish club Cork City have accepted an offer from an un-named club for full-back Brian Lenihan. Brighton and a host of Premier League clubs, headed by Hull and Crystal Palace, have been linked with the 20-year-old, regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the League of Ireland.
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt Adam Smith’s man-of-the-match exploits against Nottingham Forest had highlighted the importance of a strong squad.
EVENING TIMES
Former Rangers star Paul Gascoigne has signed for a Sunday league side. The 47 year-old, who has had a well-publicised battle with alcohol, signed for Bournemouth Sunday League Division Four outfit Abbey.

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