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Chelsea have been linked with a January move for Metalist Kharkiv forward Taison, while Rafa Benitez is angry about their busy fixture list.

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Clint Dempsey claims he would have stayed at Fulham had the club given him the recognition he felt he deserved.

Rafael Benitez has blamed Chelsea's busy fixture list for his struggle to make much of an impact so far.

Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may struggle to hold on to Gareth Bale after watching the Welsh winger end Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run in fine style last night.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Brazilian forward Taison - who currently plays for Ukrainian outfit Metalist Kharkiv - has emerged as a January transfer target for Chelsea.

Ryan Nelsen believes Harry Redknapp can save QPR.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Rafael after the Manchester United left-back shone in the 1-0 win over West Ham.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was pleased for Mario Balotelli after his perseverance with the striker was rewarded with a crucial goal at Wigan.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Jose Enrique was left to rue the "bad decision" which contributed to Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

Steven Pienaar believes Everton were unlucky not to be awarded a potentially match-winning penalty after he was fouled by former team-mate Mikel Arteta during their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Papiss Cisse hopes his change in fortunes will quickly be followed by a similar turnaround for Newcastle United. The Toon No 9 looked like he had scored the winning goal in the Potteries as he snatched his fourth of the season in all competitions.

Matt Kilgallon has vowed to make the most of his big chance after being given a rare Premier League outing this week. Kilgallon made his first league appearance since May when he was drafted in to replace calf-injury victim John O'Shea for Sunderland's midweek game against lowly QPR.

THE JOURNAL

Phil Bardsley admits Sunderland are "struggling" to get the best out of their "guile and flair" players and has called on all of his team-mates to start supplementing Steven Fletcher in the goalscoring stakes.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Martin O'Neill has challenged his Sunderland players to follow the example of Danny Rose and banish the fear factor. On-loan Spurs left-back Rose was one of the few Sunderland players to emerge with any credit from Tuesday's game with QPR.

MIDDLESBROUGH GAZETTE

Scott McDonald has hailed the hungry young lions who are adding bite to Boro.

THE NORTHERN ECHO

Alan Pardew was defeated but not depressed last night after watching Stoke City condemn Newcastle United to a fourth consecutive loss with two late goals at the Britannia Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke believes Paul Lambert is building a good side for the future

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Neil Warnock has warned influential defender Jason Pearce that he faces a fight to regain his starting place after returning from suspension to find Leeds United back in form.

THE DAILY ECHO

Saints striker Rickie Lambert said there was no need for goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to apologise to his team-mates following his blunder against Norwich.

THE EVENING TIMES

Kris Commons has urged his Celtic team-mates to use their convincing victory over Hearts as the springboard to a surge in their title defence.

THE SCOTSMAN

Hearts will remain at their "spiritual home" of Tynecastle if a Scots consortium wrest control from Vladimir Romanov, it has emerged.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Kieran Trippier believes the time is right for Burnley to end over three decades of hurt and get one over bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

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