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Regional Paper Talk: Toivonen Toon-bound

Manchester City's ambitions are 'large and unlimited' and Newcastle are set to be offered Swedish striker Ola Toivonen in January.

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Ola Toivonen: Linked to Newcastle

Ola Toivonen: Linked to Newcastle

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsene Wenger today revealed his version of events behind Robin van Persie's controversial sale to Manchester United - but claims he still views the striker as "an Arsenal player".

Frank Lampard believes the return of Jose Mourinho as manager has removed the instability that has undermined Chelsea's title challenge for the past two years.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City ambitions are 'large and unlimited' according to Blues owner Sheikh Mansour, who added in a rare public statement that the club is only part way though its 'upgrading' process.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie will always be "an Arsenal man" to Arsene Wenger.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers analyses defeat at Arsenal and says: We're closing the gap.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United are set to be offered Swedish international Ola Toivonen in January if PSV fail to agree new deal with the striker.

Gus Poyet hopes his side can take advantage of Manchester City's poor away form, as Sunderland prepare to face the title contenders this weekend.

THE JOURNAL

Mike Williamson turned down a summer move to Cardiff City because he thought he still had a part to play at Newcastle United.

Sebastian Larsson believes Sunderland will play a brand of football which tires out the opposition under Gustavo Poyet.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Gus Poyet is unlikely to sanction any further loan departures after seeing his Sunderland squad begin to be hit by injuries and suspensions.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa's back-up strikeforce Libor Kozak and Nicklas Helenius have been challenged to help Christian Benteke end the claret and blues' goal drought this weekend.

Lee Clark has admitted his Birmingham City side have to prove the Championship table is misleading.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom boss Steve Clarke today pleaded for Saido Berahino to be given time to develop after the Baggies young-gun missed out on the latest England squad.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph could return tomorrow after illness after missing out on an England call-up.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

QPR are ready to go back for Jermain Defoe - if they get promotion to the Premier League.

Alex Kacaniklic insists he's got no regrets on his decision to quit Liverpool ahead of his Anfield return tomorrow.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup has told Swansea City they can do the double over Valencia after suffering another Europa League heartbreaker against Kuban Krasnodar last night.

WALES ONLINE

The Cardiff manager says he intends to be managing the club in the Premier League a year from now despite the off-field problems that have engulfed the club recently.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City boss Steve Bruce is considering recalling Matty Fryatt from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, in the wake of Sone Aluko's injury blow.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Scott Wootton admitted last night that Leeds United's form on the road was standing between them and a serious bid for promotion, claiming: "We''e not too far away."

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby County have not ruled out the possibility of offering Mali international Kalifa Cisse a short-term deal.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Paul Konchesky and Jamie Vardy could return to the Leicester City squad for the visit of Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

On-loan star Tom Cairney has claimed Blackburn Rovers have the same team spirit that inspired Hull City to a shock promotion back to the Premier League.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Sam Ricketts says the bitterness of leaving Wanderers has subsided now he is enjoying a fresh lease of life with Wolves.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Owen Coyle admitted he was 'annoyed' at Wigan Athetic's 1-0 defeat to Rubin Kazan last night.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Neal Bishop has agreed a new contract at Bloomfield Road.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough caretaker manager Mark Venus accepts he is on the front line - but says club's fortunes are not going to be turned around overnight.

THE STAR

Simon Lappin has revealed he could join Sheffield United on a permanent basis.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

The Doncaster boardroom fall-out which has overshadowed the build-up to tomorrow's South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley could be eminently visible at Oakwell.

READING POST

Royals have come in for stinging criticism this week following the disastrous 5-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.

IPSWICH STAR

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is ready to abandon his favoured 4-4-2 formation in order to accommodate Stephen Hunt and Paul Taylor.

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