Regional Paper Talk: Lovren bid too low

Southampton reportedly want more than the £20million Liverpool have offered for Dejan Lovren, while Arsenal have made a bid for Sami Khedira.

Last Updated: 09/07/14 at 07:05 Post Comment

Dejan Lovren: Liverpool have bid £20m for Southampton defender

Dejan Lovren: Liverpool have bid £20m for Southampton defender

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal believe they are ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez this summer.

Arsenal also expect to complete a £12m deal for Newcastle and France right back Mathieu Debuchy and have lodged a £23.8m offer for Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

But the Gunners have withdrawn their interest in AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli after his poor displays at the World Cup for Italy, who went out at the group stage.

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed he came close to selling striker Mario Balotelli to an unnamed Premier League club prior to the start of the World Cup.

Andy Carroll is looking forward to seeing what West Ham new boys Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate can bring to the team for the new season.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

United will monitor Alexis Sanchez's situation after the Chilean forward became a target for Arsenal and Liverpool.

Bruno Zuculini will sign for City on Friday - but he is not expected to be challenging for a first-team place this season.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool have offered Southampton £20million for Dejan Lovren - but are being frustrated in their attempts to wrap up a deal for the centre-back.

Emre Can set his sights on helping Liverpool clinch the Premier League title after completing his £9.75million transfer from Bayer Leverkusen.

Pepe Reina's agent says the goalkeeper will return to Liverpool for pre-season training later this month.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United transfer target Clement Grenier says he is ready to quit Lyon this summer - but only if the move benefits his club financially. Newcastle are working through their list of targets but are bracing themselves for bids for right-back Mathieu Debuchy. And the Chronicle understands they turned down the chance to sign Micah Richards after the Manchester City man was offered their way.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle United's new signing Siem de Jong has stated his desire to play in a No 10 role and insisted he is not a natural striker.

Sunderland forward Jozy Altidore could struggle to be fit for the start of the season after he revealed he has a grade two hamstring tear.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Paul Lambert plans talks with a trio of key Aston Villa stars when they return for pre-season training, vowing that nobody will leave the club against his wishes.

EXPRESS & STAR

Albion today turned their attentions to new left-back targets after No.1 choice Aaron Cresswell signed for West Ham.

Wolves were today ready to move onto fresh targets after Coventry gave permission to two clubs to speak to number one target Callum Wilson.

THE SENTINEL

Mark Hughes will be judging character as well as ability as he prepares to put the finishing touches to his squad for the new season.

NEWHAM RECORDER

West Ham's two new signings Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate were introduced to the rest of the squad on the first day of pre-season training yesterday and skipper Kevin Nolan is keen for the new boys to bond into the team as soon as possible.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Nottingham Forest have rejected QPR's £4million bid for defender Jamaal Lascelles.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Neil Taylor's Swansea City future hinges on whether Ben Davies remains at the Liberty, according to his agent.

WALES ONLINE

Gary Medel has hinted he wants out of Cardiff City after his World Cup heroics - and admitted there is interest from Italy after being linked to a shock move to Inter Milan.

THE PINK UN

Coventry City hot shot Callum Wilson has been advised to do what is right for his career and stick with the Sky Blues after Norwich City and Bournemouth were reportedly given permission to speak to the striker over a potential transfer.

THE DAILY ECHO

Saints are set to begin their contribution to potentially the biggest summer of spending in Premier League history. The club are close to signing striker Graziano Pelle, having raised their offer for the player this week to around £6.4m (€8m), and a deal is hoped to be completed within the next few days. They are also hopeful of signing FC Twente midfielder Dusan Tadic, which would cost them about another £9m.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City have launched a bid to sign Dundee United youngster Andy Robertson as moves for Blackpool's Tom Ince and Tottenham's Michael Dawson inch ever closer to completion.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United are targeting a successful move for former Italian U21 goalkeeper Marco Silvestri - and could land him for a bargain fee of £450,000.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Steve McClaren admits he thought Derby County had lost player-of-the-year Craig Bryson to Burnley.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Nottingham Forest will rebuff any attempt to poach any of their best young talent - and will reject the bid from QPR for Jamaal Lascelles.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Fraizer Campbell could be the perfect fit for Leicester City, according to club legend Steve Walsh.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Burnley have been forced to turn their attentions to new midfield targets after Craig Bryson staged a shock U-turn to stay at Derby County, but the Clarets have not given up on a club record move for Watford striker Troy Deeney, despite a rejected offer.

Blackburn Rovers season ticket sales are up 30 per cent on this time last year.

THE BOLTON NEWS

It's all eyes on the exit door at Wanderers as Marvin Sordell and Keith Andrews continue to edge their way out of the club.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Eric Black is back at Wigan Athletic. The 50-year-old has joined Uwe Rosler's coaching staff - five years after leaving Latics for Sunderland with Steve Bruce.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Blackpool are poised to lose one of their hottest young prospects Harrison McGahey - the teenage defender is set to join League One side Sheffield United.

EVENING GAZETTE

Aitor Karanka is keeping a close eye on Huddersfield Town's fast-improving midfield star Adam Clayton.

THE STAR

Sheffield Wednesday have not given up hope of bringing Sam Hutchinson back to Hillsborough - despite Premier League outfit WBA having expressed an interest in signing the utility player.

Harrison McGahey is poised to complete his move to Sheffield United.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Free agent Peter Clarke has held talks with Rovers boss Paul Dickov.

THE ARGUS

Albion have cooled their interest in signing Australian A-League midfielder Luke Brattan.

IPSWICH STAR

Ipswich Town are set to sign former Crystal Palace left-back Jonathan Parr, according to reports in Norway.

EVENING TIMES

Craig Gordon insists he has not joined Celtic to replace Fraser Forster, or Lukasz Zaluska - but to challenge them.

Ally McCoist has admitted he is keen to add Don Cowie to his Rangers squad after the midfielder turned down a new deal with Cardiff City.

THE SCOTSMAN

New Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he never really came close to joining Old Firm rivals Rangers - despite the huge part the Ibrox club played in his recovery from injury.

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