Football: Regional paper talk

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A round-up of the best football stories making the back pages of Monday’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is prepared to take a “gamble” by signing teenage defender Calum Chambers from Southampton.
Tottenham have been given a major boost ahead of the new season, with Jan Vertonghen confirming he hopes to stay at White Hart Lane.
Former England defender Sol Campbell believes his fellow black players are “too scared” to speak out about racism.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manuel Pellegrini is not fuelling any speculation about Manchester City target Eliaquim Mangala.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Blues fans are about to find out why the club paid £22m for Stevan Jovetic.
Rafael has left Manchester United’s pre-season tour to try and recover from his groin injury.
Juan Mata has revealed Louis van Gaal had some stern words for his players after their win over Roma in Denver.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Everton need to prepare a plan B if they are unable to do a deal for Romelu Lukaku before the start of the season, insists Roberto Martinez.
Brendan Rodgers praised the performance of his Liverpool squad in their 1-0 win over Olympiakos – both in attack and defence.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will catch up with his board this week in a bid to push on his search for a new striker.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland appear to be edging closer to a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Cristian Rodriguez after his agent reportedly held talks with the Black Cats over the weekend.
Patrick van Aanholt says he snubbed interest from the Continent to prove his credentials in the Premier League.
Emanuele Giaccherini insists he has moved on from his World Cup heartache and is ready to be a bigger influence for Sunderland in the new season – if the Black Cats choose to keep him.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Paul Lambert is set to renew his interest in Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng with the Aston Villa manager admitting he wants to further bolster Villa’s squad. 
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom boss Alan Irvine is targeting another striker for the Premier League season despite smashing the Baggies’ transfer record for Brown Ideye.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert expects Joe Cole to be fully fit for the start of the Premier League season despite picking up a thigh injury.
Captain Sam Ricketts today declared he wants to stay at Wolves for life.
THE SENTINEL
Mark Hughes is refusing to abandon his on-going attempt to try to prise Oussama Assaidi away from Liverpool before the end of the summer window.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes his players more than held their own in their pre-season victory over Everton in Thailand.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is keen to make further additions to his Burnley squad – and could be about to move to Celtic’s big Nigerian Efe Ambrose.
Blackburn Rovers will assess Rudy Gestede before deciding whether the striker is well enough to make a 10,000-mile round trip to Malawi just days before the start of the new season.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Gylfi Sigurdsson insisted he is a better player now than when he last played for Swansea City after stealing the show on his second debut for the club yesterday.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
QPR boss Harry Redknapp is confident of fending off competition from Premier League rivals Burnley and Leicester to land Watford star Troy Deeney.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has reignited his interest in Dynamo Kiev forward Niko Kranjcar.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Federico Viviani’s advisors will hold a last round of talks with Leeds United today in an attempt to salvage his move to Elland Road.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Karl Darlow today insisted he is happy at Nottingham Forest – and believes he is better off playing more first-team football under Stuart Pearce.
EVENING GAZETTE
Middlesbrough could land several of their summer targets if all goes to plan in the coming week.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Dougie Freedman is asking for patience from supporters as his striker search continues at Wanderers.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Blackpool are closing in on Costa Rica World Cup star Jose Miguel Cubero in their desperate quest for new signings.
THE ARGUS
Brighton boss Sami Hyypia says it will not be a disaster if the squad is not complete before the big kick-off.
THE STAR
Head coach Stuart Gray is unfazed over the delay in Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover of Sheffield Wednesday.
Sheffield United’s managing director Mal Brannigan has today confirmed the League One club have “reluctantly accepted” Hull City’s latest offer for Harry Maguire.
EVENING TIMES
Tony Watt’s time at Celtic appears to be over after the Hoops agreed to sell him to Standard Liege for £1.2million.
Virgil van Dijk’s hopes of making a big-money move to England could be blocked – by his Hoops team-mate, Efe Ambrose.
Ally McCoist is set to hold talks with Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace this week to see if he can add to his squad before the transfer window closes.

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