Regional Paper Talk: AVB's Moutinho hopes

Andre Villas-Boas still hopes Tottenham can sign Joao Moutinho but Rafael van der Vaart could leave and Manchester City want Javi Martinez.

Last Updated: 24/08/12 at 16:06 Post Comment

Moutinho: Villas-Boas still wants midfielder

Moutinho: Villas-Boas still wants midfielder

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Andre Villas-Boas still hopes Tottenham will be able to sign Joao Moutinho as his top target is keen to leave FC Porto but Rafael van der Vaart could be reaching the end of his White Hart Lane career.

Liverpool's interest in Nuri Sahin has been revived after Arsene Wenger cast doubts over the Real Madrid midfielder's suitability for Arsenal.

West Ham are expecting to complete the £10.75million signing of Wolves winger Matt Jarvis within the next 24 hours.

Gary Cahill believes Fernando Torres will shine at Chelsea now he is the first-choice striker.

Tony Fernandes denies that Queens Park Rangers have overspent this summer.

Roberto Di Matteo challenged his Chelsea side to find the right balance between defence and attack after their rollercoaster 4-2 win over Reading.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City are still hoping to pinch Athletic Bilbao star Javi Martinez from under the noses of Bayern Munich.

Manchester United duo Dimitar Berbatov and Nani are attracting interest from European clubs as the transfer window edges towards closing.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool have a glimmer of hope in the race to sign Nuri Sahin after his proposed move to Arsenal hit a snag.

Jordan Henderson is determined to use Liverpool's Europa League clash with Hearts to force his way into boss Brendan Rodgers' plans for the Premier League.

Maltese outfit Floriana FC have named former Liverpool defender Mark Wright as their new manager - after the club came under the control of a Merseyside businessman.

Tim Howard believes Everton are perfectly placed to continue their flying form - but warned that it is too early to claim they have banished the curse of their slow Premier League starts.

Bill Kenwright believes that pushing through a hard-fought deal for Steven Pienaar's return has been key to the high spirits around Everton this summer.

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew has pleaded guilty to the FA's misconduct charge for pushing assistant referee Peter Kirkup in the 2-1 win over Tottenham - but he admits he is looking no further than steering his side to victory over Atromitos on Thursday night.

Ellis Short is ready to bankroll three more high-calibre signings after Sunderland finally brokered a deal for their top target, Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

Fraizer Campbell, Kieran Richardson, Ji Dong-Won, Connor Wickham and Ryan Noble could all be set for Sunderland exits.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Sunderland are hoping to finalise a move for Steven Fletcher - after finally agreeing a fee for the Wolves striker.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

KI Sung-Yueng is due in Wales on Friday to complete a £5million-plus move to Swansea City.

Swansea are waiting for Manchester City to come back in for Scott Sinclair as it emerged Chelsea will benefit if the winger quits the Liberty.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar is determined to make up for his disappointing debut defeat when he plays in front of the Villa Park faithful for the first time this weekend.

West Brom have resumed their interest in Copenhagen left-back Bryan Oviedo.

Graham Dorrans has been reassured he will be absorbed back into Albion's first-team fold when he fully returns to the club.

Romelu Lukaku insists this Saturday's game will be between West Brom and Tottenham - not a personal grudge match involving himself and Andre Villas-Boas.

EXPRESS & STAR

Steve Clarke is relishing the chance to go 'head-to-head' with a fellow former lieutenant from Jose Mourinho's trophy-laden era at Chelsea.

DAILY ECHO

The agent of Bologna's Gaston Ramirez has been quoted as saying the Uruguayan international's proposed £12m move to Saints has collapsed.

READING POST

Jobi McAnuff vowed that Reading will continue to "leave everything out on the pitch" despite their 4-2 defeat at Chelsea.

THE SENTINEL

Former Port Vale midfielder Robbie Earle believes Tom Huddlestone will bring more silk than steel to Stoke's midfield.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Roberto Martinez says Wigan have to match the "enthusiasm, energy and positivity" of Southampton if they are to be party poopers this weekend.

Roberto Martinez has laughed off suggestions Wigan side are a team full of hatchet men.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Owen Coyle has warned his players that he won't accept second best heading into Friday night's clash with Nottingham Forest.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Colin Kazim-Richards will undergo a scan on his knee on Thursday afternoon to determine the extent of the injury suffered on Wednesday night.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon is set to unleash a fit and dangerous James Forrest on Helsingborgs when they come to Glasgow next week.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist hopes to see Dorin Goian back at Ibrox next season.

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