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The top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Manchester City could turn to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers if they sack Manuel Pellegrini in the summer. Their top targets remain Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has said that Winston Reid has been made an “exceptionally good offer” to stay at the club beyond this summer.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has admitted he is ‘worried’ Liverpool’s Premier League form could deny the Reds a top-four finish.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Brendan Rodgers believes the wisdom of Liverpool’s recruitment strategy is being borne out by the club’s rise up the Premier League table.
Roberto Martinez insists he can handle the pressure at Everton – but says he will not take the support of chairman Bill Kenwright for granted.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
John Carver claims Mike Ashley is “delighted” with Newcastle United’s progress since he took over and says the Magpies owner retains his “enthusiasm and drive” for the black and white cause.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Jack Rodwell insists next week’s visit of Aston Villa is now “even bigger” than last night’s clash at Hull after the midfielder rescued an unlikely point for Sunderland.
Gus Poyet believes Sunderland’s subs were key to the Black Cats grabbing a point at Hull City.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Tim Sherwood has explained how he checked his pulse after the dramatic derby win as a gesture that Aston Villa are “alive and kicking”.
Gary Rowett is hoping to add one more player to his Birmingham City squad this week bolstered by the arrival of Robert Tesche.
Tony Pulis kept his thoughts about Alan Hutton’s nasty challenge on Saido Berahino to himself after West Bromwich Albion’s defeat to Aston Villa.
EXPRESS & STAR
Kenny Jackett admits Razak Boukari is unlikely to play for Wolves this season.
THE SENTINEL
Ryan Shawcross’ comeback is a matter of weeks, not months, away after recent back trouble.
Mark Hughes has stoked up the war of words with Steve Bruce by claiming Hull City’s Maynor Figueroa deliberately took out one of Stoke City’s most creative players.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Sheffield Wednesday not Liverpool is the focus for Blackburn Rovers right now, but Gary Bowyer is starting to look even further ahead after holding talks with Venky’s about the club’s summer transfer plans.
Alex Baptiste wants to prove he can be a regular in the centre of the Blackburn Rovers defence – after admitting he would be tempted by a permanent stay at Ewood Park.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City are on a sound financial footing and that will not change regardless of what division they are in next season, chief executive Susan Whelan says.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United expect injured midfielder Rodolph Austin to be missing for at least the next fortnight – prompting head coach Neil Redfearn to warn that his squad is at “full stretch”.
Billy Sharp hopes his 150th professional goal will keep him in Leeds United’s starting line-up tonight and give him the opportunity to fire the club beyond the safety of 50 points.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Chris Hughton praised Brighton & Hove Albion for passing a test of character against Derby County.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Media reports suggesting Nottingham Forest are looking to sign loan midfielder Gary Gardner on a permanent deal are likely to be thwarted by the Financial Fair Play embargo imposed on the club.
THE PINK UN
Norwich City boss Alex Neil insists it would be arrogant to dismiss Championship strugglers Wigan and Millwall ahead of stepping up their assault on the top two.
WIGAN EVENING POST
David Sharpe yesterday succeeded his grandad, Dave Whelan, as Wigan Athletic chairman – and insisted the club ‘will remain the same’.
THE ARGUS
Dale Stephens has revealed how much the goal that sent Brighton on their way to victory over Derby meant to him after a long injury lay-off.
IPSWICH STAR
Confident striker Chris Wood is ready to do some damage for Ipswich Town at the business end of the season.
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Chris Powell has hinted Radi Majewski could finally be given a chance to impress at Huddersfield Town.
EVENING TIMES
Ronny Deila admits he will be disappointed if his Celtic side do not win an historic treble this season.
Celtic could be about to lose out to Feyenoord in the battle to make John Guidetti a permanent signing.

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