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Swansea are reportedly lining up a £5million bid for Tottenham's Andros Townsend, while Southampton could be set for a Europa League spot.

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Mikel Arteta admits his stint at Arsenal "has gone probably better than I expected". The Spaniard also believes Arsenal's experience in overhauling Tottenham last season gives them the psychological edge in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Younes Kaboul's chances of playing for Tottenham this season suffered another setback on Monday night when he limped out of an Under-21 game.

Andros Townsend has become a £5million transfer target for Swansea thanks to his strong performances on loan at QPR in the second half of the season.

Chelsea are set to receive a major boost in time for the hectic climax of their season with injured duo Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill due to return to the first-team squad.

It's been four games without a goal and six games since Crystal Palace picked up their last win but Yannick Bolasie is still dreaming of the Premier League.

Eyong Enoh says he is ready to reveal to Fulham fans what they have been missing and make his mark in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Pablo Zabaleta reckons in-form Manchester City have proved their team spirit is alive and kicking. And the underlying message is the dressing room is united - and that there is no need to make wholesale changes in the summer.

Potential Manchester City target Edinson Cavani has hinted he could be ready for a move away from Napoli this summer.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Steve Harper is on standby for Newcastle's crucial battle with West Brom on Saturday. Fabricio Coloccini (back) also looks set to miss out.

Alan Pardew has told his battered and bruised Newcastle United players that the battle to regain some North East pride starts NOW by proving the Magpies are a "bigger and better club".

Yobs behind Newcastle's demolition derby disgrace had not even been at the game, it emerged on Tuesday.

THE JOURNAL

Mathieu Debuchy has asked Newcastle fans to stick with their team in the wake of Sunday's humiliating derby defeat.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Alfred N'Diaye says Sunderland still require two wins from their remaining five games to ensure their derby euphoria provides the foundation for Premier League survival.

Adam Johnson says he is claiming the bragging rights among Sunderland's three derby scorers after striking the fatal wound at St James' Park.

DAILY ECHO

Southampton are closing in on a potential Europa League spot. With just five games remaining in the season, there is a very real chance that Mauricio Pochettino's men could qualify for European competition via the Fair Play League.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Emmerson Boyce admits Wigan Athletic learnt from their past mistakes to book their place in the final of the FA Cup for the first time.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Fabian Delph has revealed he is ready to miss the birth of his first child to show his commitment to the Aston Villa cause as he recovers from his own-goal misery.

Lee Clark has admitted that Birmingham City 'wasted' three months of the season - and has lamented the fact that their upturn in form has come too late to put them in the reckoning for promotion from the Championship.

Dean Saunders admits his Wolves future will be mapped out by results - and the whims of chairman Steve Morgan.

EXPRESS & STAR

Bullish boss Dean Saunders has vowed Wolves will not go down as he prepared for the crunch visit of Hull to Molineux.

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has admitted he has no assurances on his future at the club.

Wolves winger Bakary Sako is poised to rejoin the club's survival fight - as striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was ruled out for six months.

THE PINK UN

Norwich City's Under-18s chief Neil Adams insists his young Canaries will relish performing in front of a raucous Carrow Road home support in Tuesday night's FA Youth Cup, semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest.

READING POST

Stephen Kelly says the clean sheet Reading secured in their goalless draw with Liverpool on Saturday is something for the side to build on.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Former Paris Saint-Germain coach Antoine Kombouare has claimed he was approached over the Swansea City manager's job last summer.

Swansea City have laughed off stories suggesting Michel Vorm flew out for transfer talks with Barcelona last weekend.

Swansea City are being linked with a summer move for Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend.

Michael Laudrup has raised the stakes ahead of Swansea City's home clash with Southampton, insisting: "It's clear that this game is key."

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City's embattled players were at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday in search of some Churchillian spirit for their fight against Premier League relegation.

EVENING GAZETTE

Emmanuel Ledesma's season appears to be over. Middlesbrough's Argentinian playmaker is struggling to overcome an ankle injury that has plagued him for most of 2013 and Tony Mowbray doesn't expect the 24-year-old to play again this season.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Brian McDermott is backing Leeds United striker Steve Morison to come good - despite a slow start to his career at Elland Road.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Bolton have moved into the Championship's prime-time slots at the perfect moment and now stand-in skipper Zat Knight wants a return to the spotlight of the Premier League.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Henning Berg's compensation claim hearing against Blackburn Rovers is due to take place in Manchester on Tuesday. Berg was sacked as Rovers manager in December and has been pursuing a claim of around £2million.

Gary Bowyer admits he expects Premier League clubs to be interested in Jordan Rhodes this summer - but warned it would take a big offer for Blackburn Rovers to even consider parting with their star striker.

THE STAR

Sheffield United's Jamie Murphy wants Bramall Lane to become a ground where opponents fear to tread.

Versatile Frenchman Jeremy Helan insists helping Sheffield Wednesday avoid relegation is his sole objective ahead of their trip to Blackpool on Tuesday night.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon has revealed Celtic's Mikael Lustig complained of heart palpitations when he was taken off during Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Dundee United.

Luca Gasparotto has targeted an extended run in the Rangers team after enjoying a dream debut against Clyde.

Lee McCulloch believes Rangers have laid the foundations to build their second successive title on - a new-found defensive solidity.

THE SCOTSMAN

Partick Thistle are on the brink of being an SPL side again and a win over Raith Rovers on Tuesday night will see them crowned First Division champions - and end a nine-year top-flight absence that also included a one-year spell in the Second Division.

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