Regional Paper Talk: Carroll move close

West Ham are stepping up their bid to sign Andy Carroll on a permanent basis, while Aston Villa are said to want Peterborough's Dwight Gayle.

Last Updated: 17/05/13 at 16:36 Post Comment

Andy Carroll: West Ham keen to keep striker

Andy Carroll: West Ham keen to keep striker

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea are expected to confirm they have agreed terms with Frank Lampard over a new contract.

Branislav Ivanovic is urging his Chelsea team-mates to win the Europa League for Rafael Benitez tonight and give him the leaving present he deserves.

Theo Walcott today claimed the Arsenal squad are motivated by their desire not to wreck the club's record of Champions League qualification.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Martin Jol plans to hold talks with keeper Csaba Somogyi over his Fulham future.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Hammers defender Joey O'Brien reveals his faith in God helped him come back from a career-threatening injury.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manuel Pellegrini is in pole position to replace Roberto Mancini at City.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Roberto Martinez's position as favourite to become the next Everton manager was strengthened after Wigan's relegation was confirmed.

Tom Werner has hailed the "immense contribution" of Jamie Carragher to Liverpool as he vowed there will always be a role for the retiring centre-back at Anfield.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

West Ham United are poised to make sure they net the signature of Andy Carroll. And they have planned talks with the on-loan Geordie striker before he plays the final game of his loan period against Reading this weekend.

Hatem Ben Arfa reckons that Newcastle United can be a team to fear in the Premier League again next season.

Ryan Taylor last night left for the United States to undergo an operation he hopes will rescue his career.

THE JOURNAL

Fabricio Coloccini has proved his commitment to Newcastle United since his much-publicised attempts to leave the club, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Sunderland will play Premier League football next season but manager Paolo Di Canio has cast doubt on whether Connor Wickham will still be with them.

EVENING GAZETTE

Jonathan Woodgate has revealed that he wants to try his hand at management when he retires.

The majority of Boro fans believe Tony Mowbray is still the right man to lead the club.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Darren Bent is ready to quit Aston Villa this summer - despite the claret and blues finally securing their Premier League future without even kicking a ball.

Steve Clarke has praised the belated contribution of Graham Dorrans as the midfielder builds up to what could be his last match for West Bromwich Albion.

EXPRESS & STAR

Darren Ferguson was today ruled out of the running for the vacant Wolves head coach's job.

West Bromwich Albion were today linked with a move for Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

Aston Villa were today reportedly ready to fight QPR for Peterborough's £4million rated hot-shot Dwight Gayle.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Swindon Town right-back Nathan Thompson could emerge as a target for Leeds United if the Elland Road club are forced to sell Sam Byram.

READING POST

Ian Harte will leave Reading this summer. The 35-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of June, has found first-team opportunities hard to come by under new boss Nigel Adkins.

THE SENTINEL

Asmir Begovic has been hailed as the Premier League's leading goalkeeper after picking up four trophies at Stoke City's player-of-the-year awards.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan hopes Roberto Martinez will continue to manage the side despite suffering relegation.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Fabrice Muamba believes the re-appliance of science could create the right formula for success at Wanderers next season.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Burnley striker Charlie Austin could be set for an East Lancs head-to-head with Jordan Rhodes this summer as Hull City look to boost their ammunition for a return to the Premier League.

THE STAR

Sheffield United could decide to wait until after Motherwell's final match of the Scottish Premier League season before asking for permission to speak with Stuart McCall about the managerial vacancy at Bramall Lane.

Julian Bennett's career at Sheffield Wednesday is over.

EVENING TIMES

Celtic will host Bundesliga outfit Borussia Munchengladbach in pre-season action this summer.

Former Rangers hero Marvin Andrews is confident Nicky Clark can become a Light Blues star if boss Ally McCoist lands the prolific Queen of the South striker.

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