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Regional Paper Talk: WHU's Defoe chase

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has admitted to tracking the likes of Jermain Defoe and Demba Ba, while Steve Sidwell could get a new Fulham deal.

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Jermain Defoe: Was a summer target for West Ham

Jermain Defoe: Was a summer target for West Ham

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that Jermain Defoe, Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba, two players from Juventus and Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, who joined Stoke, were all on his radar over the summer.

It has been more than eight years since Arsenal last won a trophy - a drought Theo Walcott believes the current squad can bring to an end this season.

Michael Dawson wants Tottenham to qualify from their Europa League group as soon as possible so they can focus their attention on crucial Premier League games.

Vlad Chiriches has been given the green light to play for Tottenham after finally receiving his work permit.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Sir Alex Ferguson has opened the door to a new deal for Wayne Rooney after declaring the striker is back to his best.

Manchester United have a pair of aces in Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, but Rio Ferdinand has said even those two must battle hard for a starting place.

The Fergie factor may have gone but Pablo Zabaleta is warning his Blue team-mates that the derby will still be business as usual.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brendan Rodgers admits Philippe Coutinho will be sorely missed after the Liverpool midfielder underwent surgery on his shoulder.

Arouna Kone will get his chance to shine for Everton this season - as Roberto Martinez insisted he will rotate his forward line to keep them fresh.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Mathieu Debuchy has thanked the Toon Army for helping him settle into life at Newcastle United - and is so confident the Magpies can bring them success this season he has already put his shirt on it.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits striker Papiss Cisse's form is a "concern", but he's not going to axe him yet.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Wes Brown has gone straight back on the treatment table, despite earning a place on the bench against Arsenal.

Jack Colback admits it came as a surprise to Sunderland's squad when Stephane Sessegnon departed for West Brom on the final day of the transfer window.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Karim El Ahmadi says Aston Villa's midfield must start scoring more to help the strikers.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has hinted at changes for the game against Norwich City.

Birmingham City will try to keep Jesse Lingard for as long as possible this season, Lee Clark has admitted.

David Murphy is ready if we need him, says Lee Clark.

EXPRESS & STAR

Steve Clarke today insisted Nicolas Anelka is not guaranteed a starting place at Albion ahead of tomorrow's Hawthorns showdown with Sunderland.

Kenny Jackett today admitted he wants to emulate Graham Turner as he welcomed the expected hero's reception from the gold and black army for the former Wolves boss at Shrewsbury tomorrow.

THE SENTINEL

Jon Walters will have no psychological issues over missed chances when he faces in-form Arsenal on Sunday.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Andy Carroll will travel across the globe in search of the best treatment for the heel injury which has curtailed the start of his full-time West Ham career.

FULHAM RECORDER

Fulham have opened talks with Steve Sidwell over a new deal at Craven Cottage.

Scott Parker has warned his new Fulham team-mates that Jose Mourinho gives Chelsea a whole new dimension.

Matty Phillips has unfinished business with the Premier League and Scotland - and admits he has been in touch with manager Gordon Strachan to find out where he stands.

WALES ONLINE

After Peter Whittingham showed the world he is a Premier League player with his goal at Hull, fellow Bluebirds midfielder Aron Gunnarsson insists the squad never doubted him.

Andrew Taylor played for Middlesbrough in the Premier League and Europe, but says: "Cardiff City fans top the lot!"

THE PINK UN

Chris Hughton revealed yesterday Aston Villa's Premier League visit this weekend is a reminder of the lowest point of his Norwich City reign.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City defender Curtis Davies will never give up hope of an England return - but claims his best hopes of an international call-up hinge on the form of team-mates Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.

Joe Dudgeon has been told he can join an increasing band of Hull City players out on loan as he bids to make up the lost ground from almost a year on the sidelines.

Nick Proschwitz will be rewarded for his four-goal salvo in midweek with a return to Hull City's travelling squad for tomorrow's clash with Newcastle United.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Sheffield United were today hoping to conclude a deal to sign out-of-favour Leeds United winger Ryan Hall on loan.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Clubs have asked about taking Derby County striker Mason Bennett on loan but Nigel Clough says the teenager is going nowhere at the moment.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Leon Best has been handed the chance to revive his Blackburn Rovers career after saying sorry for criticising his manager's team selection in public.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Tom Eaves was sent out on loan to Rotherham United yesterday, with Dougie Freedman insisting the young striker is not quite ready for the Championship.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Owen Coyle hailed 'an outstanding European debut' as Wigan Athletic kicked off their campaign with a point in Belgium.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Blackpool have been given an extension to respond to FA charges against Paul Ince.

READING POST

Reading are bracing themselves for news on the extent of Jem Karacan's knee injury amid fears he could miss the remainder of the season.

EVENING TIMES

Derk Boerrigter has warned Celtic they must find a killer touch to survive in the cut and thrust of the Champions League.

Ally McCoist insists Rangers won't be gunning for revenge against Forfar on Sunday.

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