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Hatem Ben Arfa insists he is "very loyal" and committed to the Newcastle cause, while Paul Dickov is set to be named as Doncaster manager.

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea will hand Jose Mourinho the funds to go on a huge spending spree this summer, with Robert Lewandowski, Falcao, Andre Schurrle, Isco and Marouane Fellaini all targeted.

Yossi Benayoun has confirmed he will quit Chelsea in the summer when his contract runs out.

Adel Taarabt has admitted he does not know if he will stay at QPR and help them win promotion next season.

Arsene Wenger has suggested for the first time he could stay at Arsenal beyond the expiry of his contract in 2014.

Gary Cahill has urged his team-mates to write their name into the record books by beating Benfica in the Europa League final.

Hugo Lloris believes Tottenham will have no chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League if they fail to beat Southampton.

Uwe Rosler hopes to avoid another Brentford spot-kick farce against Swindon by putting a sheet up in the dressing room naming the penalty taker so all the players get the message.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Harry Redknapp insists QPR would still have gone down with their current squad, even if he had been in place at the start of the season.

Redknapp has warned Arsenal that Julio Cesar will not leave QPR on the cheap this summer.

Rafael Benitez has offered no guarantees that John Terry will be given a chance in Amsterdam to make up for missing last season's Champions League final.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

United will look to bring in "one or two" players in the summer transfer window, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed.

Scott Sinclair could be on his way out of Manchester City after Roberto Mancini said he might be better off away from the Etihad Stadium.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Stewart Downing believes Liverpool have a psychological edge over Everton going into Sunday's derby.

The Kop will display a giant message of thanks to Everton and their fans for their support over the Hillsborough Disaster.

Marouane Fellaini is not guaranteed to leave Everton in search of Champions League football this summer, insists Sylvain Distin.

Everton have teamed up with Ajax to launch a new Chinese TV venture aimed at finding the nation's next footballing superstars.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Hatem Ben Arfa has angrily denied any suggestion that he is not fully committed to Newcastle's relegation battle and has been "terribly shocked" by suggestions he is not devoted to the cause.

Cheick Tiote admits Newcastle must 'fight for their lives' against West Ham.

Papiss Cisse insists the whole Newcastle squad is pulling together.

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio says he won't be making any plans for new signings until safety is assured.

Stephane Sessegnon's suspension won't put Sunderland's survival hope in danger, insists Seb Larsson

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew has mounted a staunch defence of his French imports - insisting they are committed to the cause and that inexperience has been the only problem.

Pardew is leaving no stone unturned in Newcastle's survival bid, claiming he worries about everything, including 'how many sugars Cabaye has in his tea'.

Paolo Di Canio has this week tested his players' mental strength after Sunderland's thrashing at Villa Park.

NORTHERN ECHO

Tony Mowbray has urged Middlesbrough supporters to be realistic in their expectations of summer arrivals.

Paolo Di Canio has admitted Sunderland's players were guilty of chronic complacency at Aston Villa.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michel Vorm admits he is relishing the prospect of a Premier League South Wales derby next term

Michael Laudrup has hinted that he could bid to bring Scott Sinclair back to Swansea next season.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Lee Clark has warned that Birmingham are not the club of old when it comes to financial muscle.

Paul Lambert has revealed some of youngsters could be rewarded with improved contracts if they keep Aston Villa in the Premier League and dismissed rumours of a buy-out clause in Christian Benteke's contract.

Steve Clarke has criticised TV presenter Adrian Chiles for his attack on Peter Odemwingie at last weekend's end-of-season dinner.

Clarke claims West Brom have made great strides towards securing the futures of Gareth McAuley, Shane Long and Youssouf Mulumbu.

Wolves boss Dean Saunders says his pride has been smashed and he is hurt and angry at his side's plight.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves manager Dean Saunders has urged the club's fallen stars to salvage some pride by going out on a high at Brighton.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has revealed he is ready to talk about extending his Hawthorns contract - but admitted he is yet to open negotiations with the club.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Brian McDermott vowed that Leeds would play their part in a dramatic Championship finale, claiming the club "owe it to the league" to take a full-blooded approach to the clash with Watford.

El-Hadji Diouf will be absent from Vicarage Road after receiving permission from Leeds to travel to Senegal and start his summer break early.

DAILY ECHO

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes to be pitting his wits against good friend Jose Mourinho next season.

READING POST

Nigel Adkins is keen to have Jason Roberts back in the Reading side for life in the Championship next season.

Australian left-back Craig Goodwin has returned to his homeland following a trial with Reading.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke's chief scout Lindsay Parsons is expected to learn his fate at a meeting next week after he criticised Tony Pulis' style of play.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Dave Whelan is looking to forward to the FA Cup final more than most - but even the Wigan chairman admits Saturday's trip to West Brom pips it in terms of significance.

Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell is set to make a return to the starting line up at The Hawthorns after Roberto Martinez ruled out Maynor Figueroa for the rest of the season.

BOLTON NEWS

Jay Spearing could be brought back into the Bolton camp ahead of schedule after having a cast removed from his broken toe next week.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Caretaker boss Gary Bowyer is keen for his future to be resolved swiftly following Blackburn's final game of the season and is willing to fly to India if necessary.

Scott Dann has urged the Blackburn hierarchy to take their time and make the right managerial appointment in the summer.

Blackburn are lining up the possibility of bringing a new board member into the club to lead the decision making at Ewood Park.

THE STAR

Paul Dickov is the red-hot favourite to replace Bryan Flynn, who has moved upstairs from his position as Doncaster boss.

EVENING TIMES

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has revealed he has made an approach for free-scoring Queen of the South striker Nicky Clark.

THE SCOTSMAN

Hearts officials are to hold critical talks with Ukio Bankas administrators to discuss the £15million they owe the Lithuanian bank.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was again at the centre of an abuse investigation by police after being sent a threatening Tweet.

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