Paper Talk: Potters to win Pieters race

Stoke are set to beat Southampton to the £3.5m signing of PSV defender Erik Pieters and Sunderland are chasing Nancy defender Salif Sane.

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Erik Pieters: Target for Stoke and Southampton

Erik Pieters: Target for Stoke and Southampton

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DAILY MIRROR

Rafa Benitez, currently interim manager at Chelsea, claims he will one day return to Anfield as Liverpool boss.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup hopes the lure of European football next season will help his bid to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who has spent this season on loan at West Brom.

Aston Villa have put contract negotiations with striker Christian Benteke on hold until they are safe from relegation.

Controversial midfielder Joey Barton has told QPR he will not be returning to Loftus Road at the end of his loan stint with French club Marseille.

New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is chasing Nancy's 6ft 4in Senegal defender Salif Sane, 22, who is valued at around £1.5m.

Meanwhile, midfielder Craig Gardner has dismissed suggestions from Di Canio that the Black Cats lack fitness.

THE SUN

Police are to probe claims that Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was racially abused after Monday's 2-1 victory at Manchester United.

Stoke are set to beat Premier League rivals Southampton to the £3.5m signing of PSV Eindhoven's 24-year-old defender Erik Pieters.

Andrey Arshavin can be revealed as the Premier League's richest sub after pocketing an astonishing £7,800 per minute played this season.

Reading's Republic of Ireland striker Noel Hunt, 30, who will be a free agent in the summer, is a target for Brighton and Millwall.

Fulham boss Martin Jol will run the rule over former Blackburn winger Simon Vukcevic, 27, who is now a free agent.

Liverpool frontman Raheem Sterling, 18, is set to miss the rest of the Premier League season and England's U21 Euro campaign in Israel to nurse a long-term thigh problem.

Striker Carlton Cole, 29, hopes he can do enough to earn a new deal at West Ham after playing the full 90 minutes in Sunday's draw at Liverpool.

DAILY STAR

Jose Mourinho has agreed a return as Chelsea manager in the summer and has put Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk at the top of his shopping list.

Demba Ba is set to ease Chelsea's injury worries by shaking off an ankle injury in time for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is set to snub interest from Leeds and wait for a bigger job offer.

Yeovil striker Paddy Madden, who has hit 22 goals for the League One side this side, is a target for Bristol City and Hibernian.

DAILY MAIL

Russian forward Andrey Arshavin, 31, could retire from football when his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season.

Stoke, Aston Villa, QPR and Hull are all interested in Phil Neville, 36, who has announced he will leave Everton this summer.

Former FA chief executive Graham Kelly is leading calls to mark Baroness Thatcher's death with a minute's silence at Barclays Premier League and FA Cup games this weekend.

DAILY EXPRESS

Rafa Benitez has risked angering Chelsea fans again by revealing he still yearns for a return to former club Liverpool.

THE TIMES

Football's authorities are determined to resist growing pressure, both from inside and outside the sport, to hold a minute's silence for Baroness Thatcher before this week's fixtures.

Rafael Benitez risked being subjected to more criticism from Chelsea fans last night by raising the prospect of returning to Liverpool.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Arsenal are leading the race to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the summer - providing they meet the £15m price tag.

James Milner claims Manchester City still have a chance of snatching the Premier League title from Manchester United's grasp after their derby victory on Monday.

Aston Villa have told striker Christian Benteke he will have to wait until they have guaranteed their Premier League status before they will open contract talks with the Belgian.

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