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Regional Paper Talk: Blues want Kondogbia

Chelsea want to sign Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, Sunderland are closing on more deals, and West Brom may move for Nicolas Anelka.

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Nicolas Anelka: A possible target for West Brom

Nicolas Anelka: A possible target for West Brom

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea are hoping to use their new relationship with Sevilla to win the race for midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Julio Cesar has dropped his biggest hint yet that he will leave QPR for Arsenal this summer by admitting he wants to continue living in London.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Although the majority of his players are not due in until Wednesday, it is thought David Moyes plans to talk to Wayne Rooney on Tuesday amid speculation the England striker has decided his future lies away from Manchester United.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool continue to search for reinforcements at centre-half - but Paris Saint-Germain's Mamadou Sakho is not on the club's wanted list.

Everton back room trio Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden have joined former boss David Moyes at Manchester United. It paves the way for Wigan coaches Graeme Jones, Kevin Reeves and Inaki Bergara to swap the DW Stadium for similar roles under their former manager Roberto Martinez at Finch Farm.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United target Darren Bent reported back for pre-season training with Aston Villa hoping to convince the Midlands club to sell him for a reasonable price.

Michael Owen says being relegated at Newcastle United was one of the lowest points of his glittering career.

Sunderland are lining up a loan swoop for Inter Milan youngster Daniel Bessa. But the Black Cats' attempts to land two more Inter men - midfielder Alfred Duncan and centre-back Ibrahim Mbaye - have hit the buffers.

THE JOURNAL

Joe Kinnear has urged Mike Ashley to kick-start Newcastle United's recruitment drive this week as the club ponder a second bid for top striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland are moving closer to boosting their threadbare full-back ranks, with the Black Cats nearing deals for coveted pair Gino Peruzzi and Benjamin Mendy.

EVENING GAZETTE

Dean Whitehead was due to undergo a medical at Rockliffe Park this morning before putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Jordi Amat has revealed Swansea City's style proved the major pull when he was offered a chance to switch to the Liberty Stadium.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham manager Lee Clark is hopeful that both Kyle Bartley and Dan Burn join on loan this week, from Swansea City and Fulham respectively. And St Andrew's star Nathan Redmond will decide on his future, with Norwich City and Swansea in pole position to sign him.

David Murphy and Will Packwood are both stepping up rehabilitation after bad injuries last season.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom were today plotting a possible move to bring veteran striker Nicolas Anelka back to the Premier League.

West Brom's academy is facing a major blow with mounting speculation that teenage star Isaiah Brown will leave for Chelsea.

Wolves were today set to suffer a transfer blow as Crewe midfielder Luke Murphy looked poised to sign for Leeds.

Emile Heskey today hailed Villa star Christian Benteke and insisted the striker has "no weakness."

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United are closing in on a deal to sign Crewe Alexandra captain Luke Murphy.

THE PINK UN

Grant Holt says he is not surprised by the transfer speculation surrounding Canaries keeper John Ruddy - and says it is the price the club are paying for their success.

Norwich City transfer target Ola Toivonen has until next week to decide on a Carrow Road move, according to his current club PSV Eindhoven.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton's search for a new foreign striker has seen them linked with a move for the top scorer in the London 2012 Olympic football tournament. They are the latest Premier League club believed to be interested in £17million-rated Internacional ace Leandro Damiao, who struck six goals in five appearances as Brazil finished runners-up in last year's Olympic tournament.

READING POST

Exciting young striker Uche Ikpeazu has left Reading to join Championship rivals Watford on a three-year deal.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has urged unsettled midfielder Steven Nzonzi to concentrate on impressing for the Potters.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Republic of Ireland international defender Richard Dunne.

EVENING TIMES

Steven Mouyokolo will be handed the chance to seal a contract with Celtic after booking his place on this evening's flight to their training camp in Germany.

Dorin Goian walked away from Rangers with a cool £427,000 in his pocket, according to his agent.

Craig Brown reckons Rangers can muscle in on cup silverware this season after Ally McCoist's summer signing splurge.

THE SCOTSMAN

Danny Wilson will remain with Hearts after the Scottish Professional Football League sanctioned his registration yesterday and the defender agreed to take a wage cut.

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