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Regional Paper Talk: City target striker

Manchester City plan to sign a world-class striker in the summer, while Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is being tipped for a big move.

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Roberto Mancini: Wants to sign top striker

Roberto Mancini: Wants to sign top striker

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Demba Ba claims Chelsea interim first-team manager Rafael Benitez does have the full support of the dressing room and believes the Spaniard's fall-out with the fans won't harm the club's season.

Michael Dawson has revealed that the pain of previous derby defeats is driving Tottenham to finish above Arsenal this season.

Per Mertesacker has urged his Arsenal team-mates to regroup and focus on winning all 10 remaining League games in order to secure a top-four finish.

Joe Cole will be out for between two weeks and a month after damaging his hamstring in the 1-0 win over Stoke.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Harry Redknapp has revealed QPR rejected a massive offer for Chris Samba from an unknown Russian club last week.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Roberto Mancini has made a world-class striker his top priority when the summer transfer window opens.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Stewart Downing believes Pepe Reina's performance in Liverpool's 4-0 win at Wigan proves the keeper is getting back to his brilliant best.

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow believes Rafa Benitez's stint as Chelsea boss was doomed from the outset.

David Moyes believes that Kevin Mirallas is poised to recapture the form which marked him out as one of the Premier League's brightest new discoveries earlier in the season.

Kevin Mirallas' flair and goals can play an influential part in Everton's bid for Europe, insists Darron Gibson.

David Moyes has called for greater protection for his players, after Phil Jagielka spent Saturday night in hospital having his ankle stitched back together and Tim Howard missed his first Premier League match since September 2007 after a buffetting from Oldham in midweek.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew is hoping to welcome his captain Fabricio Coloccini back within a fortnight.

Steven Taylor has warned Anzhi Makhachkala that Newcastle United are ready to take the frustration of defeat at Swansea City out on them this week.

Alan Pardew says that Newcastle United won't go too far wrong if his French legion continue to stamp their authority on games like they did for long periods at Swansea.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Jack Colback says Sunderland can only judge the merits of a point against Fulham after the forthcoming encounters against QPR and Norwich.

Alfred N'Diaye admits Sunderland need to bring a conclusion to a five-game winless streak at resurgent basement boys QPR this weekend.

EVENING GAZETTE

Tony Mowbray has set his sights on a Wembley play-off final.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Garry Monk believes Swansea City are riding the crest of a wave after they followed their historic Capital One Cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom defender Craig Dawson will return to The Hawthorns despite calls from Bolton fans to "sign him up", Trotters boss Dougie Freedman insisted today.

Albion keeper Ben Foster today insisted Joe Hart remains England's clear No.1 - and revealed Roy Hodgson's relaxed regime was key to his international comeback.

Bullish Paul Lambert today insisted his Aston Villa players are not running scared of Manchester City ahead of the showdown with the defending Premier League champions.

Wolves manager Dean Saunders desperately tried to remain positive today after the Championship survival story took another twist.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Lee Peltier insisted a resurgent Leeds United were in prime position to sneak into the play-offs after Stephen Warnock's penalty earned a 1-0 win over Millwall.

READING POST

Reading are sweating on the fitness of in-form goalkeeper Adam Federici and star winger Jimmy Kebe ahead of the final 10 games of the season.

Brian McDermott has called for his players to be mentally tough in their relegation fight after going down 3-1 at Everton.

THE SENTINEL

Tony Pulis insists he won't turn on the fans who are criticising struggling Stoke.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Roberto Martinez admits nothing less than a "perfect" finish to the season will be good enough to guarantee Wigan Athletic's Premier League future.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Rovers boss Michael Appleton does not expect any of his injured players to return for tomorrow's trip to Bolton Wanderers.

THE STAR

Chris O'Grady will not be returning to Sheffield Wednesday before the end of the season, manager Dave Jones has confirmed.

Dave Kitson revealed that joining Sheffield United has helped him fall back in love with football after helping Danny Wilson's side strengthen their grip on League One's automatic promotion places.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon today hailed super shot stopper Fraser Forster for the save that rubber-stamped Celtic's passport into the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final.

Celtic midfield star Joe Ledley believes that James Forrest is the best youngster he has played alongside.

Rangers fans who shame the Ibrox club by singing sectarian songs are set to be banned for life - with no chance of a reprieve.

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic's star midfielder Victor Wanyama will attract a number of offers from top sides in Europe this summer, according to Juventus ace Andrea Pirlo.

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