Paper Talk - 07 October 2012

Jovetic: Wanted at The Etihad

Paper Talk: Cole axe, Jovetic targeted

Ashley Cole is set to be omitted from England's game against San Marino, while Man City want Stevan Jovetic and Man Utd want Alen Halilovic.

Mail On Sunday
  • Ashley Cole could face an FA investigation into his conduct if the governing body decide there is enough evidence that he tried to mislead the disciplinary commission which found Chelsea captain John Terry guilty of racial abuse.
  • Mark Hughes has pleaded for more time to show what his rock-bottom QPR team can do in the face of calls for his head last night.
  • Sulky Mario Balotelli stormed down the tunnel when substituted by manager Roberto Mancini after just 55 minutes of Manchester City's victory against Sunderland and within hours had boarded a budget airline flight back to his homeland.
Sunday Express
  • Alan Shearer has sensationally admitted he is open to the possibility of becoming Blackburn boss.
  • Ashley Cole will not be rewarded with the captain's armband as he celebrates his 100th England cap in the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Poland.
  • Controversial Italian Mario Balotelli divided opinions among Manchester City's coaching staff following the 3-0 victory over Sunderland.
  • Mark Hughes' future as QPR manager was under threat last night from an internet campaign calling for his head.
The Sun
  • Ashley Cole is facing severe punishment from Chelsea and the FA after his foul-mouthed "bunch of t****" tweet.
  • Stewart Downing has blasted back at Brendan Rodgers for questioning his desire to be a Liverpool star.
  • Brazilian superstar Neymar has revealed that Oscar is trying to persuade him to leave Santos to join Chelsea next season.
  • Ashley Cole was hit by a double hammer blow last night as a disastrous week ended in more misery.
  • Nemanja Vidic's Manchester United future is in doubt again, with Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus trying to lure away the Old Trafford captain.
  • Potential Blackburn boss Tim Sherwood wants money to spend if he is to ride to the rescue at Ewood Park.
Sunday Mirror
  • Manchester City are ready to ditch Mario Balotelli.
  • Arsene Wenger has been assured that he will have £35million-plus to invest in new players during the January transfer window.
  • Stewart Downing has blasted Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for publicly questioning his bravery.
  • Manchester United are targeting 'the new Messi' - Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Alen Halilovic.
Daily Star Sunday
  • Manchester City are closing in on £25million Fiorentina starlet Stevan Jovetic.
  • Alan Pardew has joined the Wayne Rooney love-in, labelling him "England's best player".
Sunday Telegraph
  • Ashley Cole is set to be omitted from England's World Cup qualifier at home to San Marino on Friday, sparing him an awkward pre-match handshake with Football Association chairman David Bernstein and a potentially hostile reception from the Wembley crowd.
  • Queens Park Rangers will not sack Mark Hughes even if the club are involved in a relegation battle for the rest of the season.
Sunday Times
  • Ashley Cole is likely to be fined for calling the Football Association a "bunch of t****" on Twitter when the FA meets tomorrow to discuss what punishment to level against the Chelsea defender.
The Observer
  • Roy Hodgson has paid a glowing tribute to Ashley Cole as the player approaches the milestone of 100 caps for his country, despite the fresh problems the left-back has heaped on the England set up on the eve of two crucial World Cup qualifiers.
  • Ashley Cole can expect to face sanctions from both Chelsea and the Football Association for referring to the FA as "a bunch of t****" in a tweet on Friday.
  • The Football Association faces a new investigation into racism after Bolton striker Marvin Sordell claimed that he and team-mates were subjected to racial abuse during their 2-1 defeat to Millwall.
Sunday Mail
  • Neil Lennon is in line for a new contract at Celtic after helping the likes of Charlie Mulgrew, James Forrest and Adam Matthews earn bumper new deals.
  • Martin O'Neill has tipped Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher to be Craig Levein's Scotland saviour.
  • Rangers boss Ally McCoist insists he is not embarrassed despite the humiliating 1-0 defeat to Stirling Albion on Saturday.



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