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The football stories making the back pages of today’s regional newspapers
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels his side can head into the new Barclays Premier League season with cautious optimism after dismantling defending champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that Dutch players’ value for money may persuade him to sign some of his compatriots in the coming weeks.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised the performance of new signing Calum Chambers in central defence against Manchester City, but would like to add another centre-back before the end of the month.
With Manchester City planning to unveil Eliaquim Mangala at City Live, Matija Nastasic may find himself at the centre of a bidding war.
Louis van Gaal is set to make his Premier League bow on Saturday without adding any of his transfer targets to the United squad.
Louis van Gaal has cooled his interest in Mats Hummels, despite missing out on Thomas Vermaelen.
Daley Blind says he is flattered by interest from United – but has suggested he would prefer a move to Spain.
Everton have agreed a deal to bring Chelsea winger Christian Atsu to Goodison Park on a season-long loan.
Roberto Martinez admits Everton lacked sharpness in their final pre-season defeat and accepts they must improve in order to ensure a strong start to the season.
Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool FC are yet to receive any offers for Daniel Agger.
Alan Pardew is understood to have told his board he still wants one more new face before the transfer window closes, with Alexandre Lacazette, Loic Remy, Connor Wickham and Wilfried Zaha amongst his targets.
Gus Poyet has not ruled out throwing any late arrivals in at the deep end in Sunderland’s Premier League opener.
Lee Cattermole insists Sunderland will be a different proposition this season, after last year’s relegation struggle.
Siem de Jong and Cheick Tiote are facing a battle to be ready for next Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.
A refreshed Steven Fletcher completed his pre-season happy he has given Gustavo Poyet a decision to make.
Rolando Aarons’ stunning pre-season form has attracted interest from Championship clubs – but Newcastle United are set to keep the winger at St James’ Park for the first half of the season. Bradford City are also understood to be interested.
West Ham have made a formal bid for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, according to reports today.
Leeds United right-back Sam Byram IS thought to be a genuine target for Sunderland.
Sunderland have been linked with a loan move for Spurs winger Nacer Chadli.
Birmingham City are poised to sign David Davis from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Aleksandar Tonev’s Aston Villa nightmare is almost over – for a year at least – with the winger set to join Celtic on a season-long loan.
Wolves are close to signing Leicester City striker Chris Wood.
Chris Brunt has pledged his long-term future to West Brom by signing a new three-year contract.
Wolves are locked in talks with Crewe over compensation for striker Max Clayton as they look to avoid a tribunal hearing, with boss Kenny Jackett hopeful of keeping the out-of-contract star after a successful trial.
Wolves match-winner Dave Edwards has revealed he had previously roasted Rajiv van La Parra for not putting in the sort of cross that beat Norwich City.
Mark Hughes has insisted that Peter Crouch remains a big part of his plans for the new season, despite the striker being linked with a move to West Ham.
Stephen Ireland has vowed to keep growing a beard until he has scored five times this season.
Southampton are deciding whether to increase their offer for Sam Byram after having an initial bid turned down by Leeds.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce admits his plans for this weekend’s Premier League opener at Queens Park Rangers are up in the air after watching pre-season conclude with an impressive 2-1 win at VfB Stuttgart yesterday.
Hull City’s Ahmed Elmohamady is reportedly a target for Turkish side Besiktas.
Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says the versatility of Alex Baptiste and Jason Lowe is going to be crucial if he is unable to recruit the defensive reinforcements his squad desperately require, but Bowyer insists he’ll ask owners Venky’s for reinforcement funds.
Lukas Jutkiewicz is fired up for the Premier League, says Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Nigel Pearson has admitted that Leicester City are interested in signing the Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso, but the City boss branded the source who leaked details of the talks as “a clown”.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are trying to sign Leicester City striker Chris Wood, but Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has dismissed reports a deal has been agreed.
Garry Monk is keen to strengthen his resources ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against Manchester United – while admitting Swansea City cannot afford to play the waiting game over Jonathan de Guzman’s future.
Swansea City have been linked with a move for Nice star Timothee Kolodziejczak.
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that the Dutch side are closing in on a deal to sign striker and West Ham target Samuel Eto’o this summer.
Harry Redknapp is concerned QPR’s pre-season preparations have not fully prepared them for the rigours of the Premier League season.
Brentford will hold talks with Wigan target Adam Forshaw at the beginning of next week in a bid to thrash out his future.
The future of Sam Byram is set to dominate the final stages of the transfer window after Leeds United rejected a bid from Southampton for the talented right-back.
Derby County skipper Richard Keogh says he owes tonight’s opponents Carlisle United a lot but he will still look to dump them out of the Capital One Cup.
Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce revealed he cleared the air with Fawaz Al Hasawi before his side swept Blackpool aside, joking: “We had a little kiss and a cuddle.”
Martin Olsson said sorry to his team-mates after Norwich City endured a nightmare start to their Championship return with defeat at League One champions Wolves.
Jacob Butterfield has been left in limbo after yet another dramatic twist in the Adam Clayton transfer saga. Midfielder Butterfield had all but sealed a £750,000 move to Huddersfield as the replacement for Clayton, who was Boro-bound on Friday afternoon. But with an initial £1.5m deal and personal terms agreed, Clayton failed to turn up for a planned Rockliffe medical.
Boro are set to be without defender Ben Gibson for the next five games after a scan ruled him out for a month.
Cardiff City have moved a step closer to securing Manchester United central defender Michael Keane.
Swansea City will try and wrap-up a deal for Federico Fernandez in the next 48 hours after Garry Monk admitted his squad needs strengthening ahead of the big Premier League kick-off.
Kevin McNaughton hopes Saturday’s demoralising defeat at Watford proves to be a wake-up call for Bolton.
Dougie Freedman appealed for calm among fans after suffering a nightmare opening day defeat at Watford.
Uwe Rosler will step up his attempts to bring in new blood after seeing Wigan Athletic grab a draw from the clutches of defeat in their Championship opener.
Jose Riga vowed to continue to try to do his job as Blackpool manager despite what he called the “big, big, big difficulties” which left him with only nine registered players on Saturday.
Reading will announce the signing of Anton Ferdinand today. The former West Ham and Queens Park Rangers centre-back will join on a free transfer.
Brighton target Adam Clayton’s proposed move to Championships rivals Middlesbrough has taken another twist after the Huddersfield midfielder failed to turn up for a medical.
Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy hailed the positive performance of homegrown midfielder Luke Hyam after his side kick-started their Championship campaign with an impressive 2-1 home win over newly-relegated Fulham.
Nigel Clough has denied claims that Michael Doyle has been stripped of the Sheffield United captaincy.
Sheffield Wednesday’s weekend matchwinner Giles Coke says new Owls recruit Stevie May will need time to adjust to life in the Championship.
Huddersfield Town have confirmed Mark Lillis will take temporary charge after Mark Robins’ departure as manager.
Brighton are reported to be back in the hunt for Adam Clayton, but for the time being at least, the midfielder remains a Town player.
Impressed boss Eddie Howe insisted two-goal Callum Wilson’s sensational Cherries debut had been deserving of a hat-trick – despite the new boy’s blip from the penalty spot.
Defender Simon Francis admitted Huddersfield’s deficiencies had been too “obvious” to ignore after clinical Cherries had mercilessly ripped apart their Yorkshire rivals.
Celtic refuse to submit to what they consider is emotional blackmail from Legia Warsaw.
Aleksandar Tonev will today become Ronny Deila’s third signing when he arrives at Celtic on loan from Aston Villa.
Ally McCoist has questioned the timing of Charles Green’s latest return to the spotlight and admitted the former chief executive’s comments have sparked a reaction amongst his Ibrox stars.Former chief executive Green announced he could be on his way back to the club as he claimed he was behind a multi-million pound investment bid.
Graham Wallace admits Rangers need £4million worth of investment to provide “financial support” this year.

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