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Regional Paper Talk: Swans target Botia

Alberto Botia is a summer target for Swansea City and the Kick It Out chairman wants the FA to act over 'vile' chants aimed at Rio Ferdinand.

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Alberto Botia: Swans target

Alberto Botia: Swans target

THE BOLTON NEWS

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says striker Kevin Davies still has a big part to play.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn loanee DJ Campbell has confirmed that he will miss the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal.

Burnley will see out the season at full strength after rejecting loan bids from Wolves for Martin Paterson and Blackpool for Chris McCann.

THE STAR

Sheffield United star Kevin McDonald has rubbished claims that a shock defeat at Stevenage earlier this month wrecked Sheffield United's hopes of securing automatic promotion.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has advised Barnsley to concentrate on themselves ahead of tomorrow's South Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Dave Jones is thinking big for Sheffield Wednesday after signing Seyi Olofinjana, Steve Howard and Stuart Holden on loan.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United's Nani (hamstring), Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) have all recovered from their knocks to face Sunderland.

Vincent Kompany has been told to get his priorities right - and put Manchester City first.

Rio Ferdinand has hit out at the fans who sang abusive songs about him and his brother Anton during England's win over San Marino last week.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Jordan Henderson says Liverpool must be willing to go toe-to-toe with those fighting for survival in order to keep alive hopes of Europe.

Victor Anichebe wants to ensure his most prolific season yet ends in double figures for the first time in his Everton career.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

After a positive reaction to a period of rest during the international break there is hope that Hatem Ben Arfa could appear again for Newcastle this season.

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi says history will count for nothing when the Magpies take on Manchester City on Saturday.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes Danny Graham will thrive under the pressure of replacing injured hitman Steven Fletcher.

THE JOURNAL

After the controversy of Wigan, Alan Pardew makes a constructive suggestion to improve the standard of top-flight refereeing.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough have eight cup finals left to save their season, said a fired-up Jason Steele today.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has backed January signing Danny Graham to come good in the club's hour of need.

DAILY ECHO

Rickie Lambert is aiming to celebrate another major milestone in style as he prepares to face a weakened Chelsea team at St Mary's tomorrow.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Roberto Martinez admits he will sit back and "let football make the decision" regarding team selection for the rest of the campaign.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Paul Lambert challenged suggestions Aston Villa are a dirty team with the same exuberance his players use to challenge opponents after surprise statistics revealed the claret and blues have the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark says his young players' energetic style of play has taken the club in a new direction.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves have defended their low-key business in the loan window and blamed clubs' unwillingness to let players go.

Wolves were dealt a further blow today with the news Razak Boukari is out for the rest of the season.

Angry West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke today accused Peter Odemwingie of stealing the limelight from the Baggies' stellar Premier League season.

Darren Bent today handed Aston Villa a survival boost after returning to training ahead of the vital run in.

THE PINK UN

Chris Hughton revealed yesterday Norwich City did not have to try the hard sell on new Dutch international club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley today called on the Football Association to take a stance on the 'vile' and 'abusive' chants by England fans aimed at Rio and Anton Ferdinand.

READING POST

Alex McCarthy could be in line for a Reading recall after a four-month injury lay-off.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup has admitted Alberto Botia is on Swansea City's list of summer targets - but has once again batted away talk of Ashley Williams leaving the Liberty.

THE SENTINEL

Tony Pulis has dismissed any mutterings about his passion for the job by insisting: "I'm still hungry and ready to fight."

EVENING TIMES

SPL champions-elect Celtic will have played three Champions League qualifiers by the time they begin the defence of their title next season.

Ian Durrant has insisted that no stone will be left unturned as Rangers get to work on building a squad for next season.

THE SCOTSMAN

Rangers' chief scout Neil Murray has reportedly been suspended by the club, pending an investigation into last summer's transfers at Ibrox.

The manner in which John Daly yesterday fielded questions over a possible move to Rangers gave every reason to suspect that the Dundee United captain will become the first man born in the Republic of Ireland to play for the Ibrox club.

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ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

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rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

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