Football: Regional paper talk

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A look at the football news and gossip in today’s regional newspapers
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea’s Petr Cech has trained on day off in bid to win back No.1 spot from Thibaut Courtois
West Ham have stepped up their search for a defender and have made enquiries about Manchester City’s Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Alvaro Negredo has emerged as the number one target of new Valencia owner Peter Lim.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Lazar Markovic insists the £20million price tag won’t weigh heavily on his shoulders.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident that Ross Barkley is mentally tough enough to emerge from his latest injury setback unscathed.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United’s next phase of recruitment is under way and it is understood the Magpies are scouring Europe for potential targets for the next two windows.
Gus Poyet says Jozy Altidore has returned to Sunderland reinvigorated after his World Cup disappointment.
THE JOURNAL
Sunderland have missed out on another attacking target with Chile forward Eduardo Vargas on the verge of moving to Queens Park Rangers.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Real Betis will hold a second round of talks with Alfred N’Diaye’s agent today, in a bid to finally seal a deal for the up-for-grabs Sunderland midfielder.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Alan Irvine has conceded that West Brom’s final summer signings might not arrive until after the weekend.
EXPRESS & STAR
Manager Kenny Jackett hinted he is seeking one key signing who can add “10-15 per cent” to Wolves as his striker search dragged on.
West Brom boss Alan Irvine today admitted Cristian Gamboa is unlikely to feature for Albion before the international break.
SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO
Jose Fonte says it “means everything” to have Morgan Schneiderlin back in the Southampton team.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Geoff Cameron has alerted Stoke City that he wants to leave the club – prompting Hull City and other Premier League sides to monitor his availability.
Hull are also interested in Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar as they look for a replacement for Shane Long.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Scott Arfield says Burnley will bounce back from their opening day defeat to title favourites Chelsea, and prove their Premier League worth
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea look to be edging closer to a deal for Benjamin Stambouli amid suggestions they have agreed a fee for the Montpellier midfielder
Jordi Amat has welcomed the challenge brought by Federico Fernandez as he bids to build on Swansea City’s “perfect” start to the season.
NEWHAM RECORDER
Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov has travelled to London to hold talks with West Ham over a possible free transfer to Upton Park.
Bayern Munich have confirmed their interest in signing Arsenal and Chelsea target Sami Khedira from Real Madrid.
SOUTH LONDON PRESS
Brede Hangeland has backed Crystal Palace to have a good season despite Tony Pulis walking away on the cusp of the new season.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Mirco Antenucci should become a Leeds United player in the next 24 hours, according to the striker’s representatives.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Steve McClaren insists Derby County will find their rhythm after watching his team slip to a first defeat of the season last night.
WALES ONLINE
Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng believes his season in exile at Sunderland has actually made him a better player.
BOLTON NEWS
Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe is on the verge of a loan move Bolton and highly-rated Crewe striker Max Clayton could come in on a trial basis.
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Reading are expecting to complete the signing of Huddersfield Town midfielder Oliver Norwood within the next 48 hours according to sources in the south.
EVENING TIMES
Celtic have confirmed they failed in their attempt to register Wakaso Mubarak in time to play in the Champions League play-offs.
Rangers striker Kris Boyd has tipped Lewis Macleod to follow in Barry Ferguson’s footsteps and become the next top Scottish star.

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