Football: Regional paper talk

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The top stories making the back pages of today’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Tottenham have no interest in selling Jan Vertonghen this summer and have opened talks with the Belgium defender over a new contract.
Patrick van Aanholt  has revealed he “is done” at Chelsea following their decision to sign Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Alvaro Negredo has rubbished talk that he is keen to leave Manchester City this summer.
Nicky Butt kept United’s dossier on Ander Herrera updated last season and is delighted that his journeys to Spain were not all wasted.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool’s bid to sign Alberto Moreno from Sevilla has collapsed, with the club now set to pursue alternative targets.
Rickie Lambert says he was itching to get back into training as he looks to start his Liverpool career with a bang.
Daniel Sturridge says he will continue to play the role of “big brother” with Raheem Sterling – and has backed the teenager to continue his rapid rise at Liverpool this season.
Joe Royle wants to help Roberto Martinez build a team brimming with local talent at Everton.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United are expected to tie up the deals for Daryl Janmaat and Emmanuel Riviere after the pair jetted in to Tyneside.
THE JOURNAL
Sunderland have included Cagliari defender Davide Astori on their list of defender targets as they look to bury their Ashley Williams disappointment.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Real Betis have come back in for Sunderland’s Alfred N’Diaye and are hopeful of snapping up the midfielder for a bargain price.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans will stay in the first-team frame at the Hawthorns after signing a new and improved three-year contract.
A second Burnley offer for Craig Dawson has been dismissed as “derisory” by West Brom, as they continue to play hard ball in the transfer market.
Jores Okore insists he is ready to form a crucial partnership with Ron Vlaar which will solve Aston Villa’s defensive woes.
Wolves were today ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of Harry Maguire as Kenny Jackett suggested the Sheffield United defender will move “imminently.”
THE SENTINEL
Stoke City are pondering a second bid for winger Nathan Redmond in order to test Norwich City’s resolve to hang on to one of their star assets.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
QPR are set to bid £4m for Ron Vlaar as the ideal partner for Rio Ferdinand.
Harry Redknapp expects to complete the signing of Rio Ferdinand this week and hopes the capture of the former Manchester United defender will persuade Steven Caulker to follow suit.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea City will fight on in their bid to keep Wilfried Bony – but he is likely to go if they receive an offer of above £20m.
Swansea City have rejected a bid thought to be worth £8m from Liverpool for Ben Davies.
THE PINK UN
Neil Adams scotched the latest rumours suggesting Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond are set to follow Joe Royle out of Carrow Road after Tuesday’s 6-1 pre-season friendly romp at Braintree.
THE DAILY ECHO
Saints have made an improved contract offer to Jay Rodriguez, with negotiations expected to continue after the pre-season trip to Belgium.
Saints and their Premier League rivals Stoke City are reported to have had £3m bids for Norwich winger Nathan Redmond turned down.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City are ready to tempt Sheffield United with an improved offer for highly-rated defender Harry Maguire.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United remain in the hunt to sign right-back Gaetano Berardi and will attempt to land two new centre-backs before the start of the season after running into problems with the proposed transfers of Jonathan Rossini and Giuseppe Bellusci.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest are close to completing a deal, thought to be worth around £1m, to sign versatile former Chelsea starlet Michael Mancienne.
Nottingham Forest look to have pulled off a transfer coup by signing highly-rated Barcelona defender Roger Riera.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Jamie Vardy has been offered a new four-year contract by Leicester City and talks over personal terms are said to be positive, the Mercury understands.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
New signing Lukas Jutkiewicz is out to make a “big contribution” to Burnley after completing his move from Middlesbrough to Turf Moor.
Reigning player of the year Tom Cairney believes Blackburn Rovers have already done their most important business of the summer – tying talisman Jordan Rhodes down to a new contract.
WIGAN EVENING POST
James McClean has become the latest confirmed addition to Wigan Athletic’s walking wounded – with a major question mark also hanging over the fitness of Marc-Antoine Fortune.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Karl Oyston has held crisis talks with Blackpool manager Jose Riga in an attempt to finally end their transfer stalemate.
EVENING GAZETTE
Middlesbrough’s Emmanuel Ledesma will almost certainly miss the start of the season after breaking a bone in his foot.
THE STAR
Sheffield Wednesday have expressed an interest in signing Brazilian-born French striker Brandao.
Kenny Jackett, the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager, appears to have pulled-out of the race to sign Harry Maguire.
DONCASTER FREE PRESS
Jon Maxted’s agent has hit back at claims made by Rovers boss Paul Dickov that the young goalkeeper chose a trial with Walsall over a new contract.
THE ARGUS
Albion are coming under increasing pressure from Leicester City to sell Leo Ulloa.
Albion want Jesse Lingard back from Manchester United.
EVENING TIMES
Ally McCoist admits some dodgy defending cost his side dear after Rangers crashed to a shock 3-1 defeat to Ventura County Fusion.

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