Football: Regional Paper Talk

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The top stories and transfer rumours making the back pages of Friday’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal and Tottenham are lining up a bid for Danny Welbeck after Manchester United told the England striker he can leave Old Trafford.
Managerless Crystal Palace will sound out David Moyes to see if the former Manchester United boss would be prepared to rebuild his reputation at Selhurst Park.
There will be no swap deal involving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Roma forward Mattia Destro, according to the Italian player’s agent.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester City will not face Mario Balotelli on Monday in the Premier League clash against Liverpool as any deal will not be completed in time for him to feature against the Blues. At least three Italian clubs are now showing a string interest in taking Blues defender Matija Nastasic, with Juventus and Roma leading the pack alongside Napoli.
Frank Lampard could prove to be one of the signings of the season after some “unbelievable” performances in training, according to City skipper Vincent Kompany.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool have warned Mario Balotelli he must agree to clean up his act if he’s going to complete a £16million move to Anfield from AC Milan.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Russian Heavyweights Lokomotiv Moscow are understood to be ready to offer Cheick Tiote a major increase in wages to play in the Russian Premier League. But Newcastle will not do business with the ambitious Russian side unless they step up their paltry opening bid of just £4million.
Newcastle United are unlikely to make a move for Marseille winger Andre Ayew – despite a round of reports from France suggesting he has been offered to the Magpies.
Sunderland misfit Cabral is prepared to drop into the Championship to prolong his stay in England.
THE JOURNAL
Alan Pardew firmly believes Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote won’t be sold during this transfer window.
Vito Mannone insists he is “relaxed” about the increased pressure on his place in Sunderland’s starting line-up from Costel Pantilimon – and believes enhanced competition can make him a better goalkeeper.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Out-of-favour Sunderland midfielder Cabral is targeting a move to the Championship before the transfer deadline.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Paul Lambert believes the arrival of Tom Fox as Chief Executive can take the strain of his mobile – and help Aston Villa nab his remaining transfer targets.
West Brom boss Alan Irvine has played down suggestions that Sebastien Pocognoli is aggressive and believes the Belgian international can adapt to defending in the Premier League.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom today completed a deal to bring Greece international Georgios Samaras back to the Premier League.
Luckless Wolves winger Razak Boukari is set to be out for another three months.
THE SENTINEL
Asmir Begovic insists points are more important than clean sheets as he puts club success over his own reputation.
Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman feels his side are far away from Crewe’s valuation for Max Clayton.
THE DAILY ECHO
Ronald Koeman has revealed that Artur Boruc wants to leave Saints, and that the club are willing to move him on before the transfer window closes.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City will have to smash their record transfer fee to land Jordan Rhodes after Blackburn Rovers slapped a £12m price tag on the striker. Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has come back onto City’s radar and if the England international can iron out a few issues with Spurs, he could come to the KC.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has confirmed that Hull City have made a move for Jordan Rhodes – but the club have turned down the Premier League outfit’s initial offer, which is believed to have been £8m. It would take an offer of £12m for Blackburn Rovers to consider selling their prized asset.
Burnley target Henri Lansbury has signed a new three-year contract with Nottingham Forest.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond believes it is vital his side go to Chelsea and express themselves.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Garry Monk wants three new signings before the transfer window closes in ten days’ time. Swansea have made a move for Montpellier’s Benjamin Stambouli, while Costa Rican World Cup midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda is also thought to have been discussed. Jack Cork is another name on the radar.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
Harry Redknapp has revealed he tried to help suffering Paul Gascoigne by giving him a job at QPR.
Fulham striker Patrick Roberts is on the radar of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool.
SOUTH LONDON PRESS
Tony Pulis has urged Crystal Palace fans to put their full support behind the club in their hour of need.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United’s squad were troubled by a virus during Tuesday night’s sorry defeat to Brighton, according to head coach David Hockaday.
Leeds United are tracking Denmark international Casper Sloth amid a late push to bring new midfielders to Elland Road.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Steve McClaren says wherever Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe ends up on loan, somebody will land a very good player. Ibe is on Derby County’s radar and reports in the North West say the Rams – and not Bolton Wanderers, as had been suggested – lead the race to land the 18-year-old.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Stuart Pearce believes Henri Lansbury signing a new deal will be the final step in bringing a sense of clarity to the Nottingham Forest dressing room.
EVENING GAZETTE
Aitor Karanka has admitted his frustration at Boro’s protracted transfer pursuits but remains hopeful of landing his first-choice targets.
WALES ONLINE
The League Managers Association has apologised after coming under fire for defending text messages involving Malky Mackay. The LMA passed off the texts between former Cardiff City bosses Malky Mackay and Iain Moody as “banter”.
Cardiff City are furious that the League Managers Association defended Malky Mackay’s use of racist texts as the row over the former Bluebirds boss rumbled on today.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Manager Dougie Freedman believes Mark Davies can provide that missing spark when he returns to the Wanderers side this week.
WIGAN EVENING POST
Shaun Maloney is aiming to return for Latics against Blackpool tomorrow – and provide the X-Factor they’ve been lacking so far this season.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Blackpool could turn to El Hadji Diouf as Jose Riga looks to add experience to his squad.
READING POST
Nigel Adkins has admitted that Alex McCarthy could leave Reading this transfer window. But Royals’ boss says the keeper, who is the subject of interest from Queens Park Rangers, would only go if the price is right.
THE ARGUS
Sami Hyypia today called on Albion to improve on their midweek performance at Leeds.
IPSWICH STAR
Ipswich Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth has joined Championship rivals Rotherham United on loan, just a day after manager Mick McCarthy publicly placed him on the transfer list.
EVENING TIMES
Ally McCOIST insists Rangers will take nothing for granted against bottom-of-the-table Dumbarton tomorrow.
Ronny Deila has described the emergence of Callum McGregor since the start of the season as like having a new signing.
Mikael Lustig today warned it will take an even better performance than Celtic delivered in Maribor if they are to march into the Champions League.

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