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Manchester United have launched a bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, while Alan Pardew has been assured of his Newcastle future.

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Cesc Fabregas: Target for Manchester United

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Manchester United have launched a stunning bid to sign former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas from Spanish champions Barcelona.

The futures of Carlton Cole and Gary O'Neil at West Ham are in the balance as Sam Allardyce starts planning for next season.

Emmanuel Adebayor has backed FA Cup winners Wigan to beat Arsenal tomorrow to put Tottenham on the brink of Champions League qualification.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Martin Jol reckons Fulham need as many as SIX new players this summer.

Harry Redknapp has warned that the QPR side he has at his disposal is not good enough to even finish in the top half of the Championship next season.

Jose Bosingwa had to be taken off at half-time because the vitriol raining down on the ex-Chelsea defender was damaging Rangers' hopes of getting back in the match, said Harry Redknapp.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manuel Pellegrini insists he has no deal in place with any club for next season and is currently focused only on trying to help Malaga secure a Europa League place s he has no deal in place with any club for next season and is currently focused only on trying to help Malaga secure a Europa League place.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has put in a transfer request at Manchester United - but that the striker would not be sold.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Daniel Sturridge believes improving his mental strength has helped him make such a flying start to his Liverpool career.

David Moyes insists he is leaving an Everton side which can match the top clubs in the Premier League.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew is understood to have been assured of his future with Newcastle United next season.

Yoan Gouffran says his goal against Queens Park Rangers was "for the fans" after writing his name into Newcastle United's history books.

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew believes Newcastle United will improve next season after pledging to learn the lessons from his Magpies' scrape with relegation.

Paolo Di Canio last night insisted it would be a miracle when, as he expects, Sunderland escape relegation because the club was "dead" before his arrival.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Phil Bardsley hopes he has ensured Sunderland's survival after a season which he has branded a personal "disaster".

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough have the financial clout to be competitive in the Championship next season, insists chief executive Neil Bausor.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup has challenged Swansea City to win their league when they face Fulham next weekend - and asked Sir Alex Ferguson to help them along.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City have been told that attracting quality players to the club is set to become increasingly difficult. Departing vice-captain Steven Caldwell said the policy of slashing the budget and wage bill to keep the financially-troubled club operating would have knock-on effects.

EXPRESS & STAR

Steve Clarke today admitted West Bromwich Albion's end-of-season form could change his summer transfer plans as he confirmed he expects Peter Odemwingie to leave.

Former England boss Steve McClaren today emerged as a contender for the vacant Wolves head coach's job.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today vowed never to shackle Christian Benteke - despite the striker's red card ruling him out of Villa's final day showdown at Wigan.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United's swift move to appoint Brian McDermott as manager will benefit the club next season, according to midfielder Michael Tonge.

THE PINK UN

Chris Hughton rates Norwich City clinching another season in the Premier League as his proudest moment as a manager - and is delighted to have repaid the faith shown in him by the club's directors when they appointed him as Paul Lambert's successor last June.

THE DAILY ECHO

Saints executive chairman Nicola Cortese is considering his position at the club, according to reports.

Jason Puncheon insisted Saints deserve to stay up after scoring the goal that effectively wrapped up Premier League survival.

READING POST

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says that generating a winning factor is crucial to ensure the side begin next year's Championship campaign in positive fashion.

THE SENTINEL

In-demand Asmir Begovic says he is planning to still be at Stoke City next season.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Ben Watson reflected on "the greatest moment of my career" after his goal won the FA Cup for Wigan Athletic.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists there is no need for the club to sell Charlie Austin this summer, although he is braced for bids for the 28-goal top scorer.

THE STAR

Sheffield United plan to interview the first candidates vying to fill the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane later this week.

EVENING TIMES

Scott Brown today revealed he has put the champagne on ice - until Celtic land the Scottish Cup and complete a domestic double.

James Forrest today said the return of Scott Brown has given the Celtic players a huge lift ahead of the Scottish Cup final.

Former Rangers keeper Graeme Smith hopes Neil Alexander will be fondly remembered by the Light Blue legions if he bows out at Ibrox this summer.

THE SCOTSMAN

Rangers keeper Graeme Smith hopes Neil Alexander will be fondly remembered by the Light Blue legions if he bows out at Ibrox this summer.

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