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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has launched a vigorous defence of owner Stan Kroenke but admits there will be changes in the boardroom as they look to bring in fresh blood.

Jose Mourinho insists owner Roman Abramovich will not solely dictate Chelsea's transfer policy and claims outsiders should not be "obsessed" by the idea of a power struggle at the club.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Bolton will not be taking financial gambles with players as they look to boost their promotion chances for next season.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Jake Kean is determined to fend off the challenge of Paul Robinson and secure the number one jersey at Blackburn Rovers again next season.

Burnley will not rush their summer rebuilding project, says co-chairman Mike Garlick.

THE STAR

David Weir turned down an invitation to remain with Everton in order to take charge of Sheffield United.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O'Grady is poised to join Barnsley.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Jose Mourinho says he has no plans to talk to two of the Spanish players at Chelsea about their futures at Stamford Bridge until they return from the Confederations Cup.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United could be in line for a remarkable double swoop on Barcelona's midfield this summer with Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara in their sights.

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was allowed to play for an hour with a broken nose for Belgium last week - a decision that could have cost him dearly according to one doctor.

Manchester City new boy Jesus Navas cannot wait to get flying in the Premier League alongside his Spain team-mate David Silva.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is linked with Napoli move as Reds prepared to listen to offers for him.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez says he would love to play with Christiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

Everton will start next season with a "Rolls Royce" of a pitch once they have finished a major renovation at Goodison Park.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Departing FC Twente and Newcastle target, defender Douglas, has a meeting about his future planned for next Wednesday with his representatives.

Mike Williamson is wanted by Cardiff City with his former boss Malky Mackay eager to be re-united with the £2million-rated defender.

Sunderland striker James McClean has been handed a rare start by Republic of Ireland.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle have revived their interest in centre-back Douglas - but face competition from Russia and Italy for the former FC Twente man.

Phil Bardsley will be granted a cut-price Sunderland exit after the Black Cats' hierarchy told him to find a new club next season.

EVENING GAZETTE

Former Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd, who is out of contract with Kilmarnock, is being tipped to link up with Sheffield United manager David Weir.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio says Adam Johnson can prove more of a tormentor to Premier League defenders than fellow England winger Aaron Lennon.

Sunderland's first three overseas signings of the summer have been officially confirmed by the club. Deals for Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite have all been done.

DAILY ECHO

Rafa Benitez's Napoli have joined the race for Southampton target Davide Astori.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Wigan Athletic hope to unveil their new manager by the weekend - with even the bookies in the dark as to the identity of the mystery man.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

West Bromwich Albion defender Steven Reid looks set to leave as part of the summer shake-up.

Swansea City are considering a move for Peter Odemwingie.

Paul Lambert's latest transfer target, Denmark defender Jores Okore, has received an enthusiastic endorsement from compatriot and former Aston Villa favourite Martin Laursen.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom defender Steven Reid today dropped the biggest hint so far that he will leave the Hawthorns this summer.

Wolves today set a minimum price of £4million on wantaway player of the year Bakary Sako.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott last night confirmed that he is close to securing a second summer signing following the capture of giant Oldham Athletic striker Matt Smith.

THE PINK UN

Wes Hoolahan will miss the Republic of Ireland's prestige friendly with the world and European champions Spain - but hopes it will be a different story when they return to the serious action.

Plans for a pre-season friendly between Norwich City and Ipswich Town have been scrapped.

READING POST

Reading face competition from Hull City and Norwich City for Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

Reading goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen has joined Danish top-flight side Randers on a year-long loan deal.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Peter Odemwingie has emerged as a new target for Michael Laudrup as he bids to bolster Swansea City's frontline.

EVENING TIMES

Celtic remain in pole position to sign Portuguese striker Amido Balde after a day of intense negotiations in Glasgow.

THE SCOTSMAN

Kenny Shiels has left Kilmarnock with immediate effect by mutual consent, the Scottish Premier League club have confirmed.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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Arsenal interest in Sterling

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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Townsend: I've silenced critics

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