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Celtic are said to be eyeing Bolton midfielder Marcos Alonso, while Jay Spearing looks certain to return to Liverpool this summer.

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Marcos Alonso: A reported target for Celtic

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

John Obi Mikel is the first Chelsea player to publicly admit they have been affected by the toxic atmosphere created by supporters this season.

Hugo Lloris has urged Tottenham to maintain the belief required to qualify for the Champions League after suffering their first League defeat this year.

Mohamed Diame today claimed West Ham's win at Stoke last week has given the squad the belief they can get a result at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Bobby Zamora is playing through the pain barrier to help keep QPR in the top-flight.

Harry Redknapp hopes to have Julio Cesar, Armand Traore and Adel Taarabt fit for Saturday's relegation six-pointer at Aston Villa.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Stewart Downing believes Liverpool's 3-2 win over Tottenham shows how far they have come under Brendan Rodgers this season.

David Moyes admitted he must accept a share of the blame for Everton's woeful FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Wigan.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew today roared: "Bring on Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League."

Sylvain Marveaux has expressed his relief after admitting Newcastle United are "nearly there" when it comes to securing their Premier League status.

Alan Pardew has revealed he had "no qualms" about handing Geordie boy Adam Campbell his Premier League debut against Stoke City yesterday.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Martin O'Neill has predicted a tough hard end to a difficult Sunderland season.

Connor Wickham will wait on talks over his loan spell this week, despite admitting his contentment at Sheffield Wednesday after breaking his duck for the Owls.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Ashley Williams refused to blame the officials for Swansea City's defeat at West Brom.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom midfielder James Morrison today insisted the club can make Europe - but admitted it would stretch the Baggies' squad.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today declared that any of the bottom eight teams in the Premier League can consider themselves in the battle to beat the drop.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan today insisted Premier League survival should not be the only thing his team-mates strive for as he eyed a mid-table finish.

Wolves manager Dean Saunders today targeted doing relegation rivals Bristol City some "damage" in Saturday's six-pointer Molineux showdown.

THE DAILY ECHO

Artur Boruc insists he is leaving discussions over an extension to his Saints contract in the hands of his agent and the club.

The Football Association could consider asking for the Premier League match between Saints and Chelsea later this month to be postponed in order to help resolve the FA Cup's fixture mess.

READING POST

Noel Hunt laid into the officials following Reading's 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Dougie Freedman is delighted with his loan boys Jay Spearing and Craig Dawson but wants to build his squad for keeps. The central pair were right at the heart of Saturday's gritty 1-0 win over Brighton but the Whites boss remains firm in his view that both will be returning to their parent clubs at the end of the campaign.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Michael Appleton believes Scott Dann will prove to be an excellent captain of Blackburn Rovers after confirming that the armband has now been officially taken away from Danny Murphy.

EVENING TIMES

Celtic are just one defeat away from posting the lowest ever winning tally in the history of the SPL championship.

Lee McCulloch last night laid into Rangers flop stars after the embarrassing defeat to Annan.

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic and Rangers have their sights set on summer signings, with Neil Lennon targeting Bolton midfielder Marcos Alonso while Nicky Law considers overtures from Rangers.

Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law has refused to rule out a move to Rangers, admitting he was "flattered" by the Ibrox outfit's interest.

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has called on match officials to explain their decisions publicly after referee Euan Norris failed to award a legitimate Leigh Griffiths goal yesterday.

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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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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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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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