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Regional Paper Talk: Baines committed

Roberto Martinez is sure Leighton Baines is committed to Everton, while Aleksandar Kolarov insists he never wanted to leave Manchester City.

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Leighton Baines: Was a target for Manchester United

Leighton Baines: Was a target for Manchester United

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Real Madrid assistant coach Zinedine Zidane has claimed Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal only because he was unwilling to fight for his first-team place at the Bernabeu.

Andre Villas-Boas has warned Tottenham fans not to expect too much too soon from club record signing Erik Lamela.

Thomas Vermaelen could feature for Arsenal in tomorrow's clash at Sunderland after being sidelined since the summer with a back injury.

Ledley King has revealed why Harry Redknapp wanted him at QPR after he retired.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov says there was nothing in the rumours he wanted to go and is determined to earn his first-team place.

Marouane Fellaini will immediately be in contention to make his United debut against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

Young Manchester United talent Nick Powell wants to repeat Tom Cleverley's loan experience at Wigan after admitting the England man helped persuade him to go.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Leighton Baines will not let his commitment to Everton falter as he overcomes being unsettled by Manchester United's summer attention, insists Roberto Martinez.

Michael Owen says he has no regrets about the decisions he made during his career but insists Liverpool FC remains close to his heart.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew admitted that had Newcastle pulled off a "marquee signing" during the window the transaction would have taken the Magpies into their overdraft facility.

Alan Pardew could field a Newcastle United overseas XI tomorrow at Villa Park - but insists that his long-term vision as Toon boss is to continue to scour the grassroots areas of Tyneside in order to get the right balance of stars in black-and-white shirts.

Loic Remy believes Newcastle can be a force to be reckoned with this season - insisting he sees no reason to fear the challenge ahead in the Premier League.

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew has urged Newcastle United supporters to reserve judgment on his squad until the next eight Premier League games have passed.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Paolo Di Canio insists Lee Cattermole must abide by his rules if he is to force his way back into first-team contention.

EVENING GAZETTE

Tony Mowbray insists he's got the best group of players at his disposal since his appointment as manager three years ago.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Huw Jenkins has admitted he did not like the idea of spending £12million on one player - and says Swansea City will not make a habit of splashing big cash.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark says the pressure is on QPR and they don't fear Harry Redknapp's side.

EXPRESS & STAR

Richard Garlick today insisted Albion are well-equipped for the challenges ahead as he reflected on the club's summer transfer business.

Boss Paul Lambert today declared he is ready to unleash Villa new-boy Libor Kozak on the Premier League - and backed him to become an instant hit.

Wolves flop Roger Johnson today took a sizeable pay cut to join Sheffield Wednesday.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Sam Byram is on the verge of a first-team comeback for Leeds United - but the club look likely to delay his return until after Saturday's clash with Bolton Wanderers.

THE SENTINEL

Marko Arnautovic is ready to hit Manchester City head on if selected to start his first game for Stoke City at the Britannia tomorrow.

Stoke City today refused to deny reports that midfielder Steven Nzonzi allegedly knocked a cyclist off his bike in Manchester.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Nick Powell has admitted a glowing reference from Tom Cleverley persuaded him to join Wigan Athletic.

EVENING TIMES

Anthony Stokes has yet to sign the contract extension that was offered to him before the end of last season.

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone today challenged the SFA to punish every Scottish player who bets on football after banning Ian Black.

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