Football: Regional paper talk

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A round-up of the football stories making the back pages of Wednesday’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Danny Welbeck claims he used to imagine playing for Arsenal during his time at Manchester United.
Fernando Torres insists he doesn’t bear a grudge against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after being frozen out of Stamford Bridge.
Tony Fernandes has backed forgotten man Adel Taarabt to be the surprise package in the Premier League this season and help keep QPR in the top flight.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Radamel Falcao’s father has revealed Manchester United beat off competition from City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus to land the Colombian striker on deadline day.
Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker insists ‘awful’ Wayne Rooney must be dropped to make way for Radamel Falcao.
Manchester United new boy Angel Di Maria wanted to move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to the French club’s president.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has rejected claims he requires knee surgery.
Micah Richards has revealed he rejected a lucrative contract offer from Manchester City to seek out first-team football.
Manchester City’s injury fears over Vincent Kompany have been eased by Belgium boss Marc Wilmots.
City are hopeful that Fernando may be fit for next week’s clash with Arsenal.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool have wrapped up the signing of Spain U17 midfielder Madger from Villarreal.
Andriy Shevchenko believes Mario Balotelli should be aiming for Champions League glory with Liverpool.
Leighton Baines says Samuel Eto’o oozes class and still has the killer instinct that made him one of the world’s best strikers.
Darron Gibson admits it is a case of “now or never” as he attempts to establish himself as a regular for club and country.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Hatem Ben Arfa has paid tribute to the Toon Army after his Newcastle United career came to a dramatic end on deadline day.
The deal that took Hatem Ben Arfa to Hull City has no recall clause, which means that the France forward has kicked his last ball for Newcastle United.
Newcastle United’s big summer signing Remy Cabella says he will beef up to become a Premier League success.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland’s summer pursuit of Ki Sung-Yueng ended abruptly when they were quoted a £10million asking price for the former Black Cats loanee, the Echo can reveal.
EXPRESS & STAR
Chairman Jeremy Peace insists West Brom are stronger and happier after a summer overhaul of the Hawthorns squad.
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster is a doubt for the home game with Everton on September 13 after returning from England duty with a thumb injury.
Kenny Jackett today insisted Wolves’ transfer policy is right as he hinted they will continue to chase value-for-money signings such as Nouha Dicko.
THE SENTINEL
Stoke legend Denis Smith has applauded the club’s summer spending strategy and its decisive deadline-day move for Oussama Assaidi.
THE DAILY ECHO
Fraser Forster is hoping for the chance to stake his claim for the England number one spot at Wembley tonight.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Steve Bruce says the quality of Hull City’s dealings in the transfer market prove the club is making significant progress.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Burnley could look to make Michael Keane a permanent signing in the new year, after landing the Manchester United defender on loan until January in a transfer deadline day deal.
Blackburn Rovers’ trio of deadline day captures are ready to go straight into the first team, insists Gary Bowyer.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City goalscorer Leonardo Ulloa says he is loving life in the Premier League.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Garry Monk reckons Wilfried Bony will soon be firing again for Swansea City after revealing the striker did not look for a route out of the Liberty.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Matt Smith has spoken of his shock at being told Leeds United were looking to sell him – just 72 hours after signing a new three-year deal.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Chief executive Sam Rush is confident Derby County skipper Richard Keogh will commit his long-term future to the club.
EVENING GAZETTE
Boro are still hopeful of signing young Chelsea star Lewis Baker – but a lack of midfield cover at Stamford Bridge could put the brakes on the deal for the time being.
THE BOLTON NEWS
David Wheater faces up to a month out of action with a back injury.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Blackpool FC supporters’ groups are united in their dismay over the situation at Bloomfield Road.
READING POST
Glenn Murray will sign for Reading on a permanent basis – should he prove his fitness during a loan spell at the club.
IPSWICH STAR
Former loan favourite Jonny Williams could be set for a second temporary spell at Ipswich Town, while a deal for free agent Jack Collison could be completed next week.
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Eddie Howe believes English football would benefit from stepping away from a transfer window system that encourages “panic and poor decisions”.
EVENING TIMES
Stefan Scepovic has invited Celtic fans sceptical about the route he took to Paradise to judge him on what he does on the pitch – not what has happened to get him there.
Lewis Macleod insists Rangers can challenge strongly for silverware this season after holding on to their top players on the transfer window’s final day.

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