Regional Paper Talk: Prem pair eye VvD

Arsenal and Man City are tracking Virgil van Dijk, Everton are closing in on Aiden McGeady, while City remain keen on Porto's Eliaquim Mangala.

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Virgil van Dijk: Linked with Arsenal and Man City

Virgil van Dijk: Linked with Arsenal and Man City

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes this is the toughest season in the history of the Premier League, but is confident his team are up to the challenge of winning the title.

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their bid to sign a striker this month after Real Madrid informed them they will not allow Alvaro Morata to leave the club.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has urged Victor Moses to buck up his ideas or risk having his season-long loan move from Chelsea terminated.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

David Moyes says he senses embattled Manchester United are about to turn a corner despite the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Sunderland.

Joleon Lescott's Manchester City future is in the balance with West Ham believed to be interested, while Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be interested in Eliaquim Mangala.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Spartak Moscow winger Aidan McGeady is close to signing a pre-contract agreement with Everton, while Thomas Ince is also a target for the Toffees.

Liverpool are awaiting news on Daniel Agger's calf injury after the defender underwent a scan.

Liverpool target Martin Montoya says he is relaxed about his future despite being yet to agree a new contract with current club Barcelona.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United have warned their supporters that they may not buy a single player this month.

Fabio Borini says Sunderland's crunch relegation six-pointer at Fulham is more important that their Capital One Cup win against Manchester United.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland's attempts to sign Brighton's Liam Bridcutt could be a step closer, after the midfielder told the Seagulls he wants to leave.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Wes Hoolahan has told Norwich tells team-mates he never wants to play for the club again as Aston Villa await decision on £1.5million bid.

West Brom have held talks with prospective managerial candidates with a final decision expected to be made on Wednesday or Thursday.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wes Hoolahan's future was today a mystery after claims he had slapped in a transfer request a Norwich.

Wolves continue to sweat over a new deal for Danny Batth, a player Kenny Jackett believes has no superior in League One.

NEWHAM RECORDER

West Ham winger Stewart Downing has dumped Man City out of the League Cup semi-final before, now he is looking to do it all again.

THE SENTINEL

Peter Coates says Stoke City's Premier League position is strong enough to avoid the need for any panic buying during the January transfer window.

Stoke City will not be the only club trying to win the long-term allegiance of Oussama Assaidi with Fiorentina and Lazio both keen on the Liverpool star.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea City have once again rejected suggestions that they are chasing Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.

Swansea have been linked with a move to sign Hull City's on-loan Egypt striker Gedo.

WALES ONLINE

Swansea look most likely to land Thomas Ince with the club having left an open bid of £4million with Blackpool.

THE DAILY ECHO

An Italian website claims Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will move to Italy in the summer.

Southampton have again been linked with a move for Italian international centre half Davide Astori.

THE PINK UN

It is understood Norwich have yet to receive a written transfer request from Wes Hoolahan despite claims he is the subject of interest from Aston Villa.

HULL DAILY MAIL

George Boyd is confident Hull City can give Jose Mourinho's star-studded Chelsea side a scare when the Premier League title-chasers arrive at the KC Stadium.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United are attempting to secure Cameron Stewart by signing him on emergency loan with Football League rules preventing the winger from making a permanent transfer to Elland Road.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Craig Bryson is set to hand Derby County a boost ahead of Friday's Championship clash against leaders Leicester City.

THE GAZETTE

Jacob Butterfield insists Boro still have a chance of reaching the play-offs this season.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Notts County will not be extending Morgan Fox's loan at Meadow Lane from Charlton.

Nottingham Forest are keen on Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard and look set to beat Wigan to the permanent signing of defender Jack Hobbs from Hull.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Adam Henley has urged his 'buzzing' Blackburn Rovers team-mates to reproduce their FA Cup heroics in the Championship.

Ever-present Sam Vokes wants to help Burnley to promotion after signing a new deal with the club.

THE STAR

Jamie Murphy has insisted he has no desire to engineer a move away from Sheffield United during this month's transfer window.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray has ruled Michail Antonio out of Saturday's match against Leeds.

READING POST

Groups from America and Oman lead the race for control at Madejski Stadium.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Chris Eagles has nailed his colours to the mast by signalling his intention to earn a new contract with Wanderers.

THE SCOTSMAN

Arsenal and Man City are weighing up £10million moves for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

EVENING TIMES

Scott Fox insists he is willing to sacrifice shut-outs in the pursuit of points as Partick Thistle bid to safeguard their Premiership place this term.

Partick youngster Scott Basalaj has agreed a new contract with the club that will keep him at Firhill until the end of the season.

St Mirren midfield starlet John McGinn has issued a hold-your-fire warning to Premiership bosses taking verbal pot-shots at skipper Jim Goodwin.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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