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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Tottenham face strong competition from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund in their attempts to sign Heung-Min Son.

Roma have joined AC Milan in the race to land QPR keeper Julio Cesar at the end of the season.

Theo Walcott claims he can fill the void left by Olivier Giroud and is urging Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to play him as a central striker as the club bid to secure Champions League football next season.

Juan Mata has warned Chelsea of the dangers of Basle and complacency as the Blues bid to reach a European final for a second successive season.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City are in hot pursuit of £17million-rated Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

Manchester United could cash in on several stars to help fund marquee signings this summer.

Premier League champions Manchester United released strong financial figures on Thursday with record turnover of £91.7m and expected annual income expected at £360m.

Manchester City's Etihad Stadium has been selected as one of 13 stadiums to host a game for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale pipped Manchester United's Robin van Persie to the 2013 Football Writers' Association player of the year award.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brendan Rodgers insists he will have the final word on all transfers at Liverpool this summer.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is hoping for one last Merseyside derby hurrah.

Everton's swashbuckling right-back Seamus Coleman is making a case for the defence.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

St James' Park will play host to Scotland v South Africa, New Zealand against Tonga and Samoa v Scotland at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Steven Taylor has insisted that Newcastle United are still very much in it "together" ahead of their crunch trip to West Ham on Saturday.

Carlos Cuellar has accepted his share of the blame for Sunderland's 6-1 mauling at the hands of Aston Villa - and insists he took the result harder than anyone as his Villa Park return ended in humiliation.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle would be the "preferred choice" for Nigerian striker Brown Ideye, who has been heavily linked with a move to Tyneside.

Adam Johnson has revealed he never believed the FA would even consider overturning Stephane Sessegnon's red card.

EVENING GAZETTE

Jason Steele insists Middlesbrough must put on a show for the club's "magnificent" fans at Hillsborough on Saturday.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland have survived without the services of top scorer Steven Fletcher and they can do likewise without fellow forward Stephane Sessegnon, according to Seb Larsson.

NORTHERN ECHO

Adam Johnson is adamant Monday night's thrashing at Aston Villa won't undo the progress Sunderland have made since Paolo Di Canio's appointment and insists the squad are keen to make up for it by ensuring their Premier League status against Stoke City.

DAILY ECHO

Southampton will discover early next week whether they are still in with a shot of a Europa League place next season.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has hailed the impact Paul Scharner has had following his return to the DW Stadium in January.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says his side must forget Sunderland game and prepare for Norwich this weekend.

Villa Park has been confirmed as a venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and will host two matches.

Romelu Lukaku claims he was inspired as a youngster by Peter Odemwingie's exploits in Belgian football as he homes in on the Nigerian's record 15-goal Premier League haul.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom target Wilfried Bony has admitted he would relish a move to the Premier League.

THE PINK UN

Stoke City are lining up a summer move for Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington.

READING POST

Jobi McAnuff says defeats against teams near the bottom of the Premier League cost Reading their place in the top flight.

THE SENTINEL

Brek Shea is desperate to prove himself at the Britannia Stadium and hasn't given up hope of being picked again this season.

THE BOLTON NEWS

David Wheater is the red-hot favourite to answer Dougie Freedman's defensive dilemma for Saturday lunchtime's showdown with Blackpool.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Genk are seeking a quick answer from Blackburn Rovers about Greg Sandomierski's future with a number of clubs interested in signing the goalkeeper.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Ken Bates' wish to remain at Elland Road in some capacity was fundamental to the sale of the club to gfh capital.

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack says the club's squad have been playing for their futures during Brian McDermott's short reign as manager, claiming an influx of signings is inevitable this summer.

EVENING TIMES

Stuart McCall has warned Motherwell fans to expect more cuts next season.

THE SCOTSMAN

Thursday's hearing in Lithuania about the future of Ukio Bankas is unlikely to reach any conclusions which could damage Hearts, according to Ian Murray, the new chairman of the united fans' group which hopes to take over the club.

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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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