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Sunderland are considering a move for Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu, while Liverpool have "major concerns" over some Zenit St Petersberg fans.

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Stoppila Sunzu: Being watched by Sunderland

Stoppila Sunzu: Being watched by Sunderland

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

QPR loanee Andros Townsend used to clean Aaron Lennon's boots at Tottenham but he plans to show Andre Villas-Boas he is capable of filling them.

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has admitted he is struggling to stay focused in matches after a drop in form.

Didier Drogba will be able to fully concentrate on his Champions League return for Galatasaray after FIFA dismissed Shanghai Shenhua's protests over his transfer.

Boudewijn Zenden fears Sparta Prague's winter break has handed the Czech side a huge advantage over Chelsea.

William Gallas is likely to make his first start since Boxing Day when Tottenham take on Lyon in the Europa League.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Clint Hill is in line for a new contract at QPR, even if Rangers are relegated.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell has stressed to the club's fans that he and his team-mates are working hard on their warm weather training camp.

Sir Alex Ferguson has defended David De Gea as the goalkeeper returns to Madrid on Wednesday night.

Passengers on Manchester's Metrolink could be hearing Roberto Mancini, Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and James Milner over the tannoy during future journeys. That's because the Blues boss and first teamers Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and James Milner, have all recorded matchday announcements to feature on the Metrolink's new east Manchester line.

A year after his refusal to come off the bench, Carlos Tevez is back in the good books of Manchester City fans.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger admitted his performance against West Brom was 'not good enough'.

The High Court judge to oversee the Hillsborough inquests has been appointed.

Liverpool players will not walk off the pitch if they are subjected to racist abuse by Zenit St Petersburg fans.

Chief executive Ian Ayre has admitted Liverpool have "major concerns" over the attitude of some Zenit St Petersburg supporters.

John Stones could quickly become an Everton first team contender after impressing on his debut for the club's Under-21s, says Alan Stubbs.

Sylvain Distin is more settled than ever at Everton.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Ahead of Newcastle's Europa League clash with Metalist Kharkiv, Moussa Sissoko insisted: "Anything is possible with our fans behind us".

Alan Pardew is expected to name his strongest starting line-up yet in the Europa League.

James Perch has insisted relegation has barely been muttered within the Newcastle dressing room.

Sunderland are weighing up a move for Zambian international defender Stoppila Sunzu.

Martin O'Neill says his side needs to go on the offensive when they resume their Premier League campaign at West Bromwich Albion.

THE JOURNAL

Steven Taylor has launched a staunch defence of Newcastle's young players and insists the club are deadly serious about their Europa League campaign

Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has spoken of his hopes for son and United youngster Freddie.

Sunderland's Jack Colback says the Premier League break has come at a bad time for his side.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Adam Reed admits he may need to leave Sunderland in the summer,

Sunderland are running the rule over highly-rated Zambian international centre-half Stoppila Sunzu.

Martin O'Neill says Sunderland need to get their wingers more involved higher up the pitch.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Huw Jenkins has revealed that "one or two" transfer window near-misses will finally join Swansea in the summer.

Michael Laudrup's agent says the Swansea manager is ready to discuss a new contract at the Liberty Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan says hard work on the training ground during the Premier League break will be more beneficial than a week getting a suntan.

Steven Reid admits to being pleasantly surprised by the quality of Romelu Lukaku.

Wade Elliott wants Birmingham just to focus on keeping their good run going rather than worrying about their rivals.

Wolves boss Dean Saunders says Kaspars Gorkss is his first piece in his Premier League jigsaw, and admits he wants two more loan signings.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom's players have "no qualms" about welcoming Peter Odemwingie back into the dressing room.

Brad Guzan is happy to be staying in the Midlands cold while other Premier League sides jet off for warm weather training.

Wolves boss Dean Saunders is not finished in the loan market.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Neil Warnock vowed to fight on in search of an increasingly unlikely play-off place despite fresh protests against him.

A judge has condemned a group of young Leeds supporters for their mindless and senseless violence during disorder in Huddersfield.

THE PINK UN

Chris Hughton believes the quality he has added to the Norwich squad will greatly improve their prospects of Premier League survival.

Norwich's short Premier League break has come at the perfect time for Kei Kamara.

READING POST

Jobi McAnuff has covered close to 20,000 miles this past week but believes Reading's training trip to Dubai can help them knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke's Marc Wilson is hoping to return to action at Fulham on February 23.

WIGAN EVENING POST

David Jones believes this weekend's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Huddersfield represents a "great opportunity" for Wigan Athletic.

BOLTON NEWS

Marvin Sordell has encouraged more footballers to speak out about racist abuse.

Steve de Ridder hopes an influx of fresh faces in the Bolton dressing room will help finally kickstart the club's campaign.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Sean Dyche has described Mark Howard as "the outstanding candidate" after Burnley confirmed the appointment of their new head of sports science.

Sam Vokes will have scans on the foot injury he sustained in a friendly win against Stoke, but the Burnley striker's fears over a broken foot have already been allayed.

THE STAR

Chris Porter is poised to join Shrewsbury Town on loan after Sheffield United signed Dominic Poleon.

EVENING TIMES

Mikael Lustig admits Celtic are left clawing at a miracle after the defeat by Juventus.

Kris Commons says Celtic would require one of the best results in the club's history if they are to rescue their Champions League dreams.

Rangers captain Lee McCulloch will see a specialist over an ankle problem which threatens to rule him out of the Third Division title run-in.

THE SCOTSMAN

A furious Kris Commons made plain his disgust at team-mate Efe Ambrose after Celtic's defeat to Juventus.

Neil Lennon described the result as the "harsh reality of football at this level".

Pat Fenlon already knows the outcome of Saturday's SPL clash with St Mirren if Hibs produce a repeat of the nightmare performance they gave against St Johnstone.

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