Football: Regional paper talk

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The top stories making the back pages of Monday’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Veteran striker Didier Drogba is on the brink of finalising a dramatic return to Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger does not believe that Arsenal need to sign a striker during the transfer window.
Denmark international Daniel Agger has refused to rule out leaving Liverpool this summer, after failing to secure a regular first team spot last season.
Arsenal have agreed a fee of around £3million with Nice for goalkeeper David Ospina.
John Terry has already set his sights on earning another new contract at Chelsea for next season.
Bryan Robson expects Robin van Persie to captain Manchester United next season.
Juventus are closing in on the signing of Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will miss the start of the Premier League season but should be back in full training by the end of August and playing again soon afterwards, manager Arsene Wenger said.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists Louis van Gaal will be given the money required to ‘to win the title’.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo will be out of action for a few months after suffering a fracture to his fifth metatarsal.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be set to repeat the Dutch blueprint he’s taken with him on his travels around Europe since 1997 and the Red Devils chief could bolster his squad with Feyenoord’s 22-year-old defender Stefan de Vrij and Ajax left-back-cum-wing back Daley Blind.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini will listen to offers for Alvaro Negredo, Matija Nastasic and Javi Garcia.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool are closing in on the £20m signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton.
Fabio Borini has headed off on Liverpool’s tour of the USA with his move to Sunderland very much in the balance.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has thanked Sunderland fans for their response to the deaths of United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney.
Andy Carroll – linked with a return to Newcastle – has revealed he is focused on nothing but getting back to full fitness with West Ham United this summer.
Gus Poyet is prepared to be patient as Sunderland look to follow their swoop for Fabio Borini by bringing another of last season’s loan stars Marcos Alonso back to Wearside.
THE JOURNAL
Fabio Borini’s return to Sunderland would constitute a “really big deal, a great signing and drive the club on”, says Sebastian Larsson.
Newcastle United’s pursuit of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is now over after the player revealed he is staying at the French club.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Gus Poyet hopes Sunderland can finally agree a deal for Marcos Alonso, as the Black Cats wait to speak with fellow former loanee Fabio Borini.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Power and pace is what West Bromwich Albion fans can expect from record signing Brown Ideye, according to fellow Albion striker Victor Anichebe
Aleksandar Tonev and Antonio Luna are among the notable absentees from the Aston Villa squad for this week’s Texas tour.
Alan Irvine claims Brendan Rodgers’ character reference of Andre Wisdom played a big part in West Bromwich Albion pursuing the Liverpool defender – as the Baggies chase Rosenborg right-back Cristian Gamboa.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom today announced they will be unveiling a statue of legend Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown at the Hawthorns before the start of the season.
Wolves captain Sam Ricketts has told fans to expect a Championship battle but believes promotion is a real target.
New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted he wants Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar if Dejan Lovren joins Liverpool.
THE SENTINEL
Mark Hughes hopes to hear in the next 48 hours whether Bojan will agree to leave Barcelona and join Stoke City on a season-long loan.
Wilson Palacios has reportedly failed a medical and so his proposed move to Qatar Sporting Club is off.
THE DAILY ECHO
Dejan Lovren could soon become the third Saints player to move to Liverpool this summer.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City striker Nick Proschwitz could finally seal his escape from the KC Stadium after being linked with a move to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Hull City pair Maynor Figueroa and Nikica Jelavic will not be rushed back to feature in the club’s Europa League debut next week as Steve Bruce looks to protect his World Cup stars.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leonardo Ulloa is set to undergo a medical today ahead of his record-breaking transfer to Leicester City. sources in Brighton say the deal consists of a payment of £8m and the fee could rise to as much as £10m after add-ons.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Gylfi Sigurdsson is heading back to Swansea City in a straight swap deal for Ben Davies.
NEWHAM RECORDER
Midfielder Dean Cox has committed his future to Leyton Orient until the summer of 2017.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
QPR striker Loic Remy is hopping across the pond to finalise his move to Liverpool. The French striker is due to fly to Boston today to join up with the Reds squad
Didier Drogba’s return to Chelsea could be confirmed as early as this week.
Brentford have completed the signing of Rochdale striker Scott Hogan.
Adel Taarabt has been left out of the QPR squad for this week’s pre-season tour to Germany.
SOUTH LONDON PRESS
Crystal Palace right-back Jack Hunt is set to join Nottingham Forest on loan.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Teenager Lewis Cook marked himself out as Leeds United’s next academy success story against Guiseley as coach David Hockaday hinted that the 17-year-old will be in the thick of the forthcoming season.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
New signing George Thorne is confident Derby County are heading back to the top flight.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest are facing an anxious wait to discover if Henri Lansbury has suffered a serious knee injury.
Forest are understood to have agreed a deal to take Crystal Palace defender Jack Hunt on loan.
EVENING GAZETTE
Chelsea’s Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo has confirmed his intention to return to Middlesbrough on a season-long loan in a message on Twitter.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Dougie Freedman has put contract talks with goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on hold – for now – to give time for speculation over his Bolton Wanderers future to subside.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Blackpool’s power struggle is showing no signs of being resolved after Jose Riga banned all his players and staff from speaking to the media.
Blackpool are hoping to conclude a deal to sign goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.
THE ARGUS
Leo Ulloa is set to complete his record-breaking move to Leicester City today – as Brighton and Hove Albion look to add to their squad for the new season.
THE STAR
Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, is refusing to admit defeat in his battle to resign Cardiff City defender John Brayford.
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Danny Ward is determined to earn a new Huddersfield Town deal.
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth are sweating on the fitness of Ryan Fraser after the winger sustained a knee injury during their pre-season friendly at Dorchester on Saturday.
EVENING TIMES
Celtic boss Ronny Deila is targeting an injection of pace and quality to help the Hoops qualify for the Group Stage of the Champions League but Mexican winger Javier Aquino will not be moving from Villarreal to Parkhead on loan.

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