Regional Paper Talk: Spurs eye Hulk

Andre Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to make a club-record bid for Brazil striker Hulk, while Aston Villa say Christian Benteke is not for sale.

Last Updated: 03/05/13 at 09:09 Post Comment

Hulk: Reportedly a Spurs target

Hulk: Reportedly a Spurs target

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Andre Villas-Boas wants Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to back him in the transfer market this summer with a club-record bid for Brazil international Hulk, who currently plays for Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is confident the club will be able to cull their large squad in the summer and still be able to compete for promotion in the Championship next season.

Arsenal's form in the second half of the season has convinced Santi Cazorla they will challenge for the Premier League title next year.

Michael Essien is determined to win his place back in the Chelsea first team after spending this season at Real Madrid.

Gareth Bale has demanded a sprint finish from Tottenham to seal the Champions League place they hope will keep him at White Hart Lane.

Sascha Riether admits Fulham may struggle to keep hold of their best players again this summer but is confident they will continue to progress under Martin Jol.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Junior Hoilett will thrash out his QPR future at the end of the season - but admits he would prefer to remain in the top flight.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United have vowed they won't be outbid in the race to sign the Premier League's top target Gareth Bale. The Red Devils, Manchester City and Real Madrid head the list of top club's chasing the newly-crowned double PFA player of the year.

Manchester City manager Robert Mancini aims to give some of his thrusting youngsters such as Marcos Lopes, Denis Suarez and Abdul Razak their first-team chance this season, but not until second place is secure.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Jose Enrique has revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers speaks his kind of language - literally! And now Enrique is trying to pass on some Spanish tips to team-mate Glen Johnson as well. Manager Rodgers is a fluent Spanish speaker and Enrique has revealed that Rodgers tries to get up close and personal with as many players as possible.

Leon Osman admits it's high time Everton broke new ground this century - by finally winning at Anfield. The veteran Blues midfielder insists the reason for his side's long-running angst across the park is unclear, but they are determined to end their 14-year winless streak at Liverpool on Sunday.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew believes it is "showtime" for Newcastle United ahead of his return to Upton Park this weekend. Pardew wants to see an improvement on United's shocking form on their travels, with the United boss knowing his side have moved closer to the relegation zone.

Paolo Di Canio will not stake Sunderland's Premier League future on rookies - regardless of whether Stephane Sessegnon's red card is overturned on Wednesday. The Black Cats will find out on Wednesday afternoon if their appeal against the Benin international's red card in Monday's 6-1 hammering at Aston Villa has been successful.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is weighing up an ambitious summer move for Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy. The Lancashire outfit have told would-be suitors they want £15million for their best player, who is still only 22.

Alfred N'Diaye says Sunderland's players must rise to the challenge of plugging the creative gap left by Stephane Sessegnon's suspension - as the Black Cats are set to learn today whether he misses the rest of the season.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Paolo Di Canio is unlikely to turn to youth while Sunderland's Premier League status remains on a knife-edge.

The role of Sunderland chief scout is set to to go to an Italian as Paolo Di Canio looks overseas for a new head of player recruitment.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Gary Caldwell says he is ready, willing and able to lead Latics' survival bid. The skipper has had a watching brief for much of the last few weeks, after overcoming a recurrence of a hip problem.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Christian Benteke's hat-trick heroics have strengthened Aston Villa's resolve to keep the sought-after striker - even if it means rejecting record bids of up to £30million.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has declared the club will clear-out players if relegation is confirmed on Saturday - as he pledged to "make the club" great again.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has admitted he wants Aston Villa to win their survival battle - and hinted he would like Wolves back in the Premier League, and revealed he will not rush into a decision on striker Marc-Antoine Fortune's future at the Hawthorns.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton have no intention of selling Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, even if a reported £10m bid from Arsenal materialises.

READING POST

Relegation from the Premier League will cost Reading approximately £60million. Nigel Adkins' side, who were relegated on Sunday following the goalless draw with QPR, will miss out on a share of a £3billion television deal, which starts next season, for top-flight clubs.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Ki Sung-Yueng has admitted Swansea City must "grow up" when they face the big clubs ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester City.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City have confirmed they will play Houston Dynamo as part of their USA pre-season tour this summer. The Potters will face Geoff Cameron's old club on Wednesday July 24 before facing Brek Shea's former club, FC Dallas, three days later.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Ken Bates will officially step down as Leeds United chairman at the end of next month - and start a three-year term as club president.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Venky's will hold meetings in India in the next couple of weeks to discuss the way forward for Blackburn Rovers following a turbulent season.

Burnley midfielder Dean Marney has today signed a new two-year deal at Turf Moor.

THE PINK UN

Jonny Howson admits Norwich City have to look after number one when former boss Paul Lambert brings Aston Villa to Carrow Road on Saturday.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Bolton are on course to eclipse their biggest crowd of the season in Saturday's showdown clash with Blackpool.

THE STAR

Doncaster skipper Rob Jones will savour the moment as a League One winner before turning his attention to the challenge in waiting.

Sheffield United manager Chris Morgan has revealed he could spring some selection surprises for Friday's League One play-off semi-final against Yeovil Town.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric believes that togetherness can aid the Owls' cause.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald is braced for another summer of speculation over his future - and is ready to shrug it off.

EVENING TIMES

Celtic striker Gary Hooper wants Celtic to end the season with an SPL and Scottish Cup double.

Ibrox legend Mark Hateley has called for Rangers to be reinstated back into the SPL next season

THE SCOTSMAN

Licensing chiefs have refused pubs in Dingwall early opening on Sundays for Ross County matches against Celtic and Highland rivals Inverness - as it would disturb churchgoers, but have allowed the club's own bar to serve booze.

Football finance expert Neil Patey believes the time for any potential Hearts buyers to strike is now as the future of Ukio Bankas approaches its judgement day.

Celtic striker Tony Watt is aiming to give Neil Lennon a Scottish Cup final headache by making the most of his opportunities before the Hampden showdown with Hibernian.

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