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West Brom striker Shane Long and Fulham's Damien Duff are set for new deals, whilst Mesut Ozil is threatening Real Madrid with legal action.

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Damien Duff: Could be offered a new contract at Fulham

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is threatening to sue former club Real Madrid over what he believes is a smear campaign against him.

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish explains why club are convinced that a 40,000-seat ground is the best way forward.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Fulham are weighing up a new deal for veteran winger Damien Duff.

Charlie Austin reckons odds on his first goal in the Championship have shortened since Niko Kranjcar joined Queens Park Rangers.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United will be battling to avoid an unwanted scoring record against Crystal Palace on Saturday, but David Moyes will not be rushing Wayne Rooney back into action.

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has revealed that he not only remains interested in taking over at Boundary Park - but that he has also set his sights on adding Championship One Roughyeds to his portfolio and wants to build a new stadium in Oldham for the pair.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

After leaving the promise of European football behind at Wigan James McCarthy international is keen to taste continental action with Everton.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew is confident that Newcastle United's summer "disruption" is behind them - and insists the Magpies still have a solid platform to build on for the rest of the campaign.

Fabio Borini insists the spotlight set to be shone on Mesut Ozil can work in Sunderland's favour when they welcome Arsenal to the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Former Milan defender Paolo Maldini was taken aback by the passion of Newcastle United fans ahead of Harper's testimonial on Wednesday night.

THE JOURNAL

Lee Cattermole is set to re-join the ranks at Sunderland after his future at Sunderland had been up in the air for most of the close season.

Steve Harper brought the curtain down on the end of an era at Newcastle United by thanking supporters for their tremendous support of his 20 years charity match.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Jack Colback's Sunderland future remains up in the air, with contract talks failing to bear fruit so far.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Pablo Hernandez believes Swansea City can topple Liverpool and Valencia this week.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Steve Clarke hopes West Bromwich Albion and Shane Long will finally come to an agreement over a new contract following his failed move to Hull City.

Derby County Nigel Clough admits he wants to sign Birmingham City star Chris Burke.

EXPRESS & STAR

Libor Kozak today admitted he is still in the dark over his Villa role but insisted it would be a dream to make his Premier league bow.

Wolves fans are paying almost as much as their Albion and Villa counterparts as a study showed a fall in average ticket prices around the country.

THE SENTINEL

Alan Hudson has urged Stephen Ireland to follow his lead and become an instant hero if he gets the nod to make his Stoke debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

THE PINK UN

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton could be a target for the FAI as they look to fill the hole left by Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.

THE DAILY ECHO

Rickie Lambert's season has already been filled with some treasured memories, and the Saints striker is set to add another one to the list this weekend, as he prepares to make his 200th appearance for the club.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Manager Brian McDermott has reaffirmed his commitment to Leeds United after he was named as a contender for the vacant Republic of Ireland job.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Andre Moritz has urged Bolton to bring out the heavy artillery as they aim to bounce back to form against Leeds United.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Callum McManaman's return from suspension this weekend will be like a new signing for Wigan Athletic, says Owen Coyle.

EVENING GAZETTE

Kei Kamara has confirmed that he now has the relevant paperwork and is set to fly into the UK today to finally begin his Middlesbrough career.

THE STAR

David Weir is ready to ignore the clamour for him to make an immediate entry into the emergency loan market.

READING POST

Danny Williams is unfazed by the possible arrival of Momo Sissoko and the increased competition it would mean for a place in Reading's midfield.

EVENING TIMES

Hearts have handed assistant manager Billy Brown a short-term contract after the experienced coach returned to the administration-hit club on a voluntary basis.

Dundee have signed former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie.

THE SCOTSMAN

Edinburgh has beaten off competition from Dundee and Stirling to host the new national sports performance centre, ministers announced this morning.

The SFA are acutely aware that a precedent will be set with the punishment meted out to Ian Black by the Judicial Panel today - if they find the Rangers midfielder guilty of breaching rules on football betting.

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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