Football: Regional paper talk

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A look at the football news and gossip in today’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Tim Sherwood and Malky Mackay are locked in a battle to be the new manager of Crystal Palace, with an appointment set to be made in the next 48 hours.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United are edging closer to sealing the complicated deal to bring Sporting Lisbon’s Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford. However, the Reds have no interest in Roma’s 27-year-old giant defender Mehdi Benatia.
Edin Dzeko will this week become the fifth City player of the season to sign a new five-year deal. But manager Manuel Pellegrini has sounded the death knell on the City careers of Matija Nastasic, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti by confirming the club will sell them all if reasonable offers come in.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Ross Barkley will undergo a second scan this week to help Everton understand the full extent of his knee injury.
Roberto Martinez says injury to Ross Barkley forced him to hand a starting place to club record signing Romelu Lukaku sooner than planned.
Rickie Lambert saluted the brilliance of Simon Mignolet after Liverpool kicked off their Premier League campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton at Anfield.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Alan Pardew says that Newcastle United will continue to “watch the market” in the last two weeks of the transfer window – but was happy with his side’s display against Manchester City.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Gus Poyet insists Sunderland will NOT welcome any bids for strikers Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham over the final fortnight of the transfer window.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has thanked club owner Randy Lerner for his financial backing as he chases two more signings in the next fortnight.
EXPRESS & STAR
Manager Paul Lambert paid tribute to “outstanding” Aston Villa after they won at Stoke City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Albion striker Saido Berahino claims he has learned lessons from last season’s off-field scrapes after kicking off the new campaign with a double strike against Sunderland.
Boss Kenny Jackett today reassured fans he is looking for new signings to bolster his Wolves side.
THE SENTINEL
Mark Hughes will fast-track new signing Victor Moses into his first-team plans after being left smarting by Stoke’s opening-day loss to Aston Villa.
Derby County have made an offer to take Ryan Shotton loan on a half or season-long loan. But Stoke have cold-shouldered the offer for now because they want to sell the versatile defender-cum-midfielder.
THE DAILY ECHO
Ronald Koeman has backed Morgan Schneiderlin to be a key player for his side this season after bringing him into the team to face Liverpool.
Saints have reportedly had a £10m bid rejected for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City face an anxious wait to find out the extent of new signing Robert Snodgrass’s injury after he damaged his knee in the Premier League opening game against QPR.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST 
Swansea City are set for another boost in the wake of their extraordinary victory at Manchester United with Federico Fernandez poised to complete his move from Napoli.
NEWHAM RECORDER
West Ham talisman Mark Noble has vowed to step up for the next Hammers penalty despite missing against deadly rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Upton Park.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
David Hockaday secured his first league victory as Leeds United head coach and then vowed to vindicate Massimo Cellino’s controversial decision to pick him for the job at Elland Road.
THE PINK UN
Striker Cameron Jerome is set to sign for Norwich City in a £2million deal, according to reports in Scotland.
READING POST
Nigel Adkins said he would not be ‘splashing the cash,’ despite the sale of Sean Morrison to Championship rivals Cardiff City.
THE ARGUS
Brighton have further intensified the fight for midfield places by signing Dutchman Danny Holla on a three-year deal.
IPSWICH STAR
Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison is training with the club.
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Alex McLeish is the latest name to be linked with the Huddersfield Town managerial vacancy.
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Eddie Howe insists Bournemouth will not make any panic signings ahead of the closing of the transfer window – with Andrew Surman still believed to be his number-one target.
EVENING TIMES
Celtic are racing against the the clock to bring winger Wakaso Mubarak in on loan in time to play in Wednesday’s Champions League play-off against NK Maribor.
Rangers could sell off the naming rights to Ibrox as part of a deal that would see Mike Ashley underwrite the £4million share issue.

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