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Regional Paper Talk: Lyon bid for Bale

Lyon have revealed a failed attempt to sign Gareth Bale and eight weeks on from the last buy-out of Leeds fresh takeover are talks looming.

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Gareth Bale: Could have joined Lyon from Southampton

Gareth Bale: Could have joined Lyon from Southampton

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Petr Cech is adamant Chelsea will take the Europa League seriously because the players want another shot at the Uefa Super Cup after their humiliation in Monaco last year.

William Gallas' career at Tottenham may be approaching its conclusion but the Frenchman believes his influence has helped give Spurs a hard edge they have sometimes lacked.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted it was a mistake to try and sell Michael Dawson to QPR at the start of the season.

Lyon boss Remi Garde reveals a failed attempt to sign Gareth Bale from Southampton ahead of Europa League clash v Tottenham on Thursday night.

Benik Afobe believes Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere can become as good for England as Paul Gascoigne was for the Three Lions in his pomp.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned that the first goal at Old Trafford in three weeks could win the Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid after the 1-1 draw in Spain on Wednesday night.

Manchester United's half-year profits have nearly doubled, driven by surging commercial revenues.

Former Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has said he hopes ex-Blues midfielder Michael Johnson 'will find himself again" after his release from the Etihad.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Leighton Baines is ready to turn FA Cup avenger on Saturday night for Everton against Oldham.

Shane Duffy has celebrated the anniversary of his last Premier League appearance at Goodison Park, by appealing for more league action - even if it means going out on loan for Everton.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Stephane Sessesgnon insists he is happy to wait in the wings as Martin O'Neill explores his attacking options.

James Perch believes Newcastle United fans are capable of scaring the living daylights out of opponents - and that without their backing the Magpies would not beat sides like Chelsea.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul explains why he savours every minute of European competition.

Metalist Kharkiv coach Myron Markevich knows he is in England to play a Premier League team - even if his own media believe his side face French opposition on Thursday night.

Ryan Noble has turned down loan offers from a trio of SPL clubs as he heads towards a crossroads in his Sunderland career.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Cheik Tiote is looking to put his African Cup of Nations disappointment behind him - by helping Newcastle progress in the Europa League.

Sunderland star Ahmed Elmohamady will wait until the summer to decide whether his long-term future lies at Hull City.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Andi Weimann has been tipped to bounce back from his missed sitter against West Ham after being hailed as one of the "most natural finishers at the club."

New signing Simon Dawkins says Aston Villa are in a false position in the Premier League.

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera claims he won't quit and he has 'unfinished business' at the Baggies.

The Italian-backed consortium fronted by Gianni Paladini have withdrawn from the running to buy Birmingham City.

THE SENTINEL

Matthew Etherington has set Stoke a Premier League target of 45 to 50 points for the current campaign.

DAILY ECHO

Southampton are within touching distance of qualifying for Europe next season via the Fair Play League.

THE PINK UN

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton insists the club's trip to Abu Dhabi is no holiday.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is hoping that a few days in the Tenerife sunshine will have fast-tracked his return to the first-team picture.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup believes all the pressure will be on Liverpool this weekend - but insists Swansea City heads won't be at Wembley already.

Kyle Bartley is bracing himself for a baptism of fire this weekend as he wonders whether he will land the first Premier League start of his career.

Michael Laudrup has admitted Swansea City considered cancelling their trip to Dubai over the Itay Shechter affair.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Dougie Freedman believes under-fire midfielder Chris Eagles can still give Wanderers the X-factor.

Bolton legend John McGinlay has accepted a role in the new-look Scotland set-up.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Michael Appleton has confirmed that Blackburn Rovers hope to complete a loan deal for Karim Rekik in time for the defender to be available for Saturday's FA Cup match at Arsenal.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Eight weeks on from the last buy-out of Leeds United, the ownership of the club is top of the agenda again as speculation mounts about a fresh takeover at Elland Road.

Neil Warnock admitted he was wrong to promise Ross Barkley a guaranteed start in Leeds first team after agreeing to end the midfielder's short-term loan at Elland Road.

Leeds fans must give the club's new owners a fair chance according to Whites legend Peter Lorimer.

Leeds United have allowed Dominic Poleon to join Sheffield United's League One promotion bid, with manager Neil Warnock backing the young striker to thrive at Bramall Lane.

EVENING GAZETTE

The instant impact made by Curtis Main and Mustapha Carayol is like having two new signings in the side, Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has revealed.

THE STAR

Michail Antonio will be happy to occupy his former position on the wing if Sheffield Wednesday stick to a strike pairing of Lero Lita and Connor Wickham.

Diminic Poleon could be thrust straight into first team action if Jonathan Forte doesn't recover from a minor injury in time for the visit of Colchester United on Saturday.

EXPRESS & STAR

Manager Dean Saunders has insisted he can repair the "sinking ship" of Wolves - but now admits he needs a summer shake-up to set it on the right course.

Wolves winger Bakary Sako has been told he must change his mindset if he is to help save the club from the drop.

EVENING TIMES

Motherwell's Keith Lasley is ready to suffer on the sidelines after admitting frustration led to the red card which earned him a two-game ban.

Rangers' youth supremo reckons the stars who quit when the club plunged into administration hell missed the chance to become Ibrox legends.

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic manager Neil Lennon became embroiled in angry exchanges on Twitter on Wednesday as he defended his decision to play Efe Ambrose in the 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus.

Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson has insisted that Spanish referee Alberto Mallenco and his assistants cannot be held responsible for the crushing defeat suffered against Juventus.

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