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All the news, views and transfer talk from today’s regional newspapers.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool are planning a summer move for Newcastle United right-back Daryl Janmaat with Reds scouts monitoring the Dutchman.
Brendan Rodgers insists young defender Jon Flanagan remains “a big part of the future” at Liverpool.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud believes he has hit top form just at the right time ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Monaco.
Gary Cahill believes Chelsea have been guilty of playing with too much fear and need a win to restore their fragile confidence.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Marouane Fellaini has revealed Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United’s players a ‘very important speech’ ahead of their win over Tottenham.
Ben Amos knew his days at Manchester United were numbered when he went from a promise of becoming David De Gea’s deputy to fourth choice.
Pablo Zabaleta stopped himself from complaining to the bog-eyed referee at Burnley – because he didn’t want to be like the Chelsea “babies”
Burnley forward George Boyd declared Manchester City’s tracking back as suspect – but says they have a chance against Barcelona.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
John Carver cut a frustrated figure after the fall-out from Newcastle United’s latest defeat left them minus their captain and with only one fit centre-back for the Wear-Tyne derby.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Gus Poyet is taking training as normal today, as speculation continues over the Sunderland head coach’s future.
Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio believes Gus Poyet is not solely to blame for the Black Cats’ current plight.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Tim Sherwood reckons revitalised Villa have removed the shackles and are “almost unrecognisable” from the videos he watched when he first joined.
Leandro Bacuna has completed a video crash course in becoming a right-back – and passed with flying colours, according to Tim Sherwood.
Tony Pulis says he has learnt a lot about Stephane Sessegnon’s personality after the winger put a family bereavement behind him to turn in a match-winning display against Stoke.
Wolverhampton Wanderers club captain Sam Ricketts is understood to be on the verge of a move down the M6 to Coventry City with talks expected today.
Gary Rowett has clarified the financial situation at Blues after a week of upheaval at the club’s parent company and also expressed his ‘huge optimism’ for the future.
EXPRESS & STAR
Baggies boss Tony Pulis has lifted the lid on how he masterminded West Brom’s return to winning ways – by banning himself from the training ground.
Nouha Dicko looks set for a recall as Wolves prepare to gamble in attack in their Molineux double-header as they bid to hit the play-off zone this week.
THE SENTINEL
Mark Hughes is demanding and expecting some “boing, boing” bouncebackability after accusing as many as seven players of going AWOL at West Brom on Saturday.
THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton keeper Fraser Forster was hailed by his teammates after he produced a match-saving performance at Stamford Bridge.
Ryan Bertrand admitted it was a strange experience to line up against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but was delighted with the reception he got on his return to the club.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City defender Alex Bruce fears the Premier League has gone soft after he found himself in the eye of a storm during a 0-0 draw at Leicester City.
Abel Hernandez could yet be the hero in Hull City’s fight against relegation, according to manager Steve Bruce.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Striker Chris Brown says the unwavering belief Gary Bowyer has shown in his players is one of the key reasons why Blackburn Rovers have put their season firmly back on track.
Rovers are sweating on the fitness of 10 players ahead of tomorrow’s big Ewood Park clash with Brentford.
George Boyd hailed his stunning matchwinner against Premier League champions Manchester City as the most important goal of his career – and thinks three or four more wins will keep Burnley in the top flight.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Hull manager Steve Bruce accused Leicester City’s players of trying to get his defenders sent off during their 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson insists he is happy to be at Swansea City rather than Liverpool.
Garry Monk has challenged Jonjo Shelvey to grab the headlines for all the right reasons when former club Liverpool visit the Liberty tonight.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
David Button has taken responsibility for Brentford’s 2-1 defeat to Cardiff after two mistakes gifted the Bluebirds their goals in a match the Bees dominated.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Defender Scott Wootton claimed a top-10 finish at the end of a turbulent season would be a “real positive” for Leeds United after a gritty goalless draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County are hoping George Thorne will be ready to return to the squad against Middlesbrough tomorrow but there are fears Omar Mascarell faces a lengthy spell out.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest are reported to be battling it out with Middlesbrough once again for the signature of an unnamed striker.
THE PINK UN
Defiant Alex Neil warned not to write off his Norwich City players after John Ruddy’s spill gifted Derby County a point in their Championship promotion duel at Carrow Road.
EVENING GAZETTE
Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer has praised Aitor Karanka’s refusal to be drawn on Boro’s reported interest in Jordan Rhodes.
WALES ONLINE
Simon Moore, the young goalkeeper standing in for injured David Marshall, admits his memories of the closing stages of Cardiff City’s match at Brentford are “just a blur”.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Neil Lennon is considering making changes to his squad at Ipswich Town tomorrow night, with one eye on the trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
READING POST
Reading Steve Clarke has told his players they must aim higher than just an FA Cup semi-final appearance.
THE ARGUS
Brighton boss Chris Hughton is standing by David Stockdale after the goalkeeper’s latest mistake.
IPSWICH STAR
Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has no regrets about sticking with his preferred back four after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.
THE STAR
Stevie May is confident Sheffield Wednesday possess the strength in depth to cope without a number of first-team players as they prepare to take on play-off hopefuls Wolves.
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has challenged his players to raise the bar even further as they look to keep the heat on their rivals during the run-in.
EVENING TIMES
Anthony Stokes last night raised a glass to skipper Scott Brown – and toasted him for leading Celtic to a League Cup triumph against Dundee United at Hampden on Sunday.
Kenny Miller today insisted Rangers can emerge from their form slump and win promotion to the SPFL Premiership under new boss Stuart McCall.

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