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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Tottenham have agreed personal terms with Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian and are expected to confirm he has completed a £30m transfer today.

Jose Mourinho revealed he already has other targets in mind - reported to be Samuel Eto'o and Robert Lewandowski - if he fails to sign Wayne Rooney for Chelsea this summer. When asked what he will do if Rooney doesn't join, Mourinho said: "We have plan B and C, don't ask me any names because it's difficult to speak about players from other clubs.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

QPR winger Hogan Ephraim is training with Wolverhampton Wanderers with a view to a move to Molineux.

QPR have identified Old Oak Common as one of the possible sites for a new stadium

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he's wary of the threat posed by Aston Villa ahead of tonight's clash at Stamford Bridge.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Erik Lamela's agent Pablo Sabbag insists that the player isn't in London to complete a move to Tottenham.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes London rivals Tottenham have a "fantastic squad" and insists they can mount a title challenge this season.

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta insists Arsenal have no chance of signing midfielder Paul Pogba.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United have signalled their intentions to sign Southampton's £10m-rated left-back Luke Shaw after dropping their interest in Leighton Baines.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Kyriakos Papadopoulos is reportedly close to becoming a Liverpool FC player as his current club Sckalke "admit defeat" in trying to keep hold of him.

Liverpool are poised to win the race for highly rated Derby midfielder Will Hughes, with the club set to lodge a £6million bid this week.

Liverpool FC have been left frustrated in their pursuit of Willian - with the Anzhi Makhachkala winger now set to join Tottenham Hotspur in a £30m deal.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew has admitted that his current Newcastle United squad are as eager as the Toon Army to see new blood arrived at St James' Park.

Haris Vuckic is mulling over a loan deal to Bradford City.

Paolo Di Canio expects 'one or two' more departures before the transfer window closes - but insists no one will be frozen out if they do not move on.

Paolo Di Canio is set to end a transfer saga as Greek winger Charis Mavrias is on Wearside to complete a £2.5m move from Panathinaikos.

THE JOURNAL

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is confident that things will get better for Newcastle United despite their bad start to the season.

Sunderland are set to make their eleventh signing of the summer with the imminent capture of Greek winger Charis Mavrias.

EVENING GAZETTE

Tony Mowbray was today weighing up whether to stick or twist after Leeds rejected Boro's latest bid for Ross McCormack.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea City winger Roland Lamah is being linked with a move to Danish side FC Copenhagen.

Swansea are being linked with a string of centre-backs despite their latest denial over Arsenal's interest in Ashley Williams and Michu. Scott Dann, Frenchman Yohan Benalouane and Mexican international Hector Moreno have all been touted as potential movers to the Liberty Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Teenage Birmingham City striker Reece Hales has had a taste of first-team action - and is after more.

Kevin McDonald is ready for his first start in a Wolverhampton Wanderers shirt, says boss Kenny Jackett.

EXPRESS & STAR

Italian side Napoli was been linked with a move for West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie in a search for a backup striker.

Celtic have been put off by Wolves' £2 million asking price for Republic of Ireland international striker Kevin Doyle.

Meanwhile Razak Boukari is back training with Wolves despite continuing negotiations over a proposed season-long loan to French Ligue 1 side Sochaux.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United have turned down a third offer from Middlesbrough for Ross McCormack in a move which could end Boro's attempt to sign the Scotland international.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton are tracking the progress of Maribor's Slovenia midfielder Goran Cvijanovi, 26.

THE SENTINEL

Jon Walters is ready to bounce back from his penalty misery by volunteering to take Stoke City's next spot-kick.

READING POST

Royston Drenthe says he feels 'at home' with Reading and hopes he will stay with the club for a long time.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Jermaine Beckford could return to the starting line-up this weekend against QPR as he looks to break his duck for Bolton and maintain a good early-season career goal record.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Jordan Rhodes has been backed to return to top goalscoring form as the Blackburn Rovers forward still searches for his first strike of the new season.

THE STAR

Sheffield United manager David Weir will continue to hold auditions for the attacking midfield role vacated by Kevin McDonald, despite receiving permission to enter the transfer market.

EVENING TIMES

James Forrest pulled no punches when he admitted Celtic blew a great chance - or chances - to take a healthy lead into the return leg of their play-off against Shakhter Karagandy.

THE SCOTSMAN

Scotland star Steven Fletcher has been involved in a training ground bust up with a member of the Sunderland coaching staff.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon says youngster Sam Stanton is on track to become a first team star.

Lee McCulloch has been warned that he must fight for his place at Rangers, despite scoring last weekend against Stranraer.

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson is to fight a £200,000 bill for 'development costs' regarding ex-striker Damian Casalinuovo.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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