Regional Paper Talk: Sam eyes Figueroa

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is monitoring Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa, while Marouane Fellaini is yet to decide on his Everton future.

Last Updated: 26/02/13 at 14:07 Post Comment

Maynor Figueroa: A possible target for West Ham

Maynor Figueroa: A possible target for West Ham

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Sam Allardyce has admitted he is monitoring Maynor Figueroa's contract situation with a view to signing the Wigan defender in the summer.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

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LIVERPOOL ECHO

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SUNDERLAND ECHO

Stephane Sessegnon says Sunderland must find an imminent solution to their wastefulness after dropping back to the fringes of the relegation scrap.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup toasted his finest hour in football as Swansea City demolished Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final.

Ashley Williams revealed Swansea City's players were in dreamland after they captured the Capital One Cup.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Wolves manager Dean Saunders hopes to bring one more loan signing to the club in the next 24 hours.

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West Brom goal hero Romelu Lukaku today admitted he is in the dark about his future after he fired the Baggies to 40 points.

Wolves manager Dean Saunders today defended his change in formation for the 2-1 defeat against Cardiff as the club's crisis deepened.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Neil Warnock insisted today that Leeds United would be poised for a strong finish to the season if they kept their promotion bid alive heading into the last 10 games.

THE DAILY ECHO

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READING POST

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THE SENTINEL

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WIGAN EVENING POST

Arouna Kone admits the Wigan Athletic players are thriving on the pressure to pull away from the bottom of the table.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

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