Regional Paper Talk: Mancini rules out trio

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has ruled out moves for three players and Wolves winger Bakary Sako is going nowhere in January.

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Stephane El Shaarawy: Won't be joining Manchester City in January

Stephane El Shaarawy: Won't be joining Manchester City in January

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Scott Parker is set to return to the Tottenham squad for the first time this season against Swansea but the England midfielder will struggle to nail down a regular spot under Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea will make signing a defensive midfielder one of their top priorities next month following the news that Oriol Romeu has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Steve Sidwell has urged Fulham to press ahead with Brede Hangeland's contract negotiations and keep the captain at Craven Cottage.

Harry Redknapp has revealed the challenge of keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League is already giving him sleepless nights.

West Ham will consult fans over the proposed move to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium at an emergency meeting of the Supporter Advisory Board on Tuesday.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted at his January transfer plans by saying Mario Balotelli is not for sale and that the Blues are not in for Wesley Sneijder, Daniele de Rossi and Stephane El Shaarawy.

Manchester United skipper Patrice Evra is not in a hurry to swap the Manchester skyline with its Beetham Tower landmark for the lure of his home city Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

Manchester City's post-derby gloom has been lifted by news that Vincent Kompany's groin injury is not as serious as first feared.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Glen Johnson says Liverpool are looking up as they prepare for what promises to be a crucial festive period, and believes the Premier League's unpredictable nature can aid the Reds in their quest to climb the table

Steven Pienaar turned back the clock at Goodison Park on Sunday with his first headed goal for more than a decade and the Everton schemer hopes that his landmark strike can be a springboard for a season of celebration at Goodison.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Martin O'Neill has ordered Sunderland to take the initiative in their crucial basement clash against Reading on Tuesday night.

Danny Simpson insists that Newcastle United's beleaguered troops are "just as frustrated" as the Toon Army after their poor start to the season.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

John O'Shea admits Sunderland need to be mentally strong to emerge victorious from Tuesday night's crunch relegation scrap with Reading.

NORTHERN ECHO

The regeneration of Sunderland is not a quick fix, according to manager manager Martin O'Neill.

THE SENTINEL

Peter Coates believes manager Tony Pulis could be the best defensive coach in the country as Stoke City home in on a clean-sheet record.

Michael Owen has declared himself fit to play for Stoke ... and desperate to make up for lost time.

DAILY ECHO

Nigel Adkins insists the hard work won't stop at Southampton just because they have a two-week gap in the fixture list.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Roberto Martinez is tipping Shaun Maloney to pick up where he left off after blasting back into the Latics side at the weekend

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Steve Clarke reckons Albion's festive games will shape the remainder of their campaign.

Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland is in the frame for the England Under-21 Player-of-the-Year award.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves have insisted matchwinner Bakary Sako is going nowhere in January - but admitted there could be a 'surprise' player exit.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will not be given any additional security protection on his first visit to Norwich City since his acrimonious exit last summer.

Luckless Wolves winger Razak Boukari has flown to France to try to find a cure for his rare injury.

THE PINK UN

Russell Martin owes Paul Lambert for his shot at the big time but there are no divided loyalties as Norwich hunt a Capital One Cup quarter-final win on Tuesday night over Aston Villa at Carrow Road.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Kyle Bartley has declared he is ready for action if called upon for Swansea City's Capital One Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Sam Ricketts says Bolton need to learn how to kill off games if they are to turn draws into wins and climb the Championship table.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Henning Berg believes he will be allowed to improve his squad in the January transfer window - but insists he will be only bring in players who will improve the team.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

The clock is ticking regarding the future of El-Hadji Diouf - with his representative still awaiting contact from Leeds United regarding their next move.

Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge said that the Derby defeat on Saturday was a wake-up call for the Whites.

THE STAR

Sheffield Wednesday captain Martin Taylor says Saturday's South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley is the perfect match for the Owls to show they've got what it takes to survive in the Championship.

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has called on football's governing bodies to review its disciplinary code after expressing his frustration at the challenge which threatens to rule Kevin McDonald out of Saturday's game against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon has sent a chilling warning to every one of his players as they prepare to face Arbroath in the Scottish Cup replay.

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown has played down speculation linking want-away winger Ryan Fraser with a summer switch to Rangers.

Rangers legend Mark Hateley has called on the Ibrox support to stick with chief executive Charles Green.

THE SCOTSMAN

Rangers are hoping to block potential compensation claims from PFA Scotland on behalf of 67 unnamed players.

CELTIC are facing a fixture congestions headache after the man in charge of arranging SPL fixtures said rearranging the club's domestic fixtures could lead to a "nightmare".

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