Paper Talk - 02 November 2012

Wanyama: On United's radar

Regional Paper Talk: United eye Wanyama

Manchester United are plotting a move for Victor Wanyama, QPR plan to swoop for Chris Samba, while Wilfried Zaha is too expensive for Bolton.

London Evening Standard
  • Ian Holloway was expected to hold talks with Crystal Palace today with the club confident they could secure permission from Blackpool to speak to their manager.
  • Tom Huddlestone believes Tottenham will qualify for the Champions League this season and establish themselves as regulars in the competition under Andre Villas-Boas.
  • Didier Drogba may be associated with Chelsea's past but no one is more excited about the club's future now they have made radical changes to their style of play.
The Bolton News
  • Dougie Freedman has labelled his former forward and previous Wanderers target Wilfried Zaha "the best player in the Championship" - but admits he is out of their price range.
  • Dougie Freedman is delighted that his former Crystal Palace mentor Lennie Lawrence is following him to the Reebok Stadium, admitting the experience he brings will be invaluable.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Shebby Singh has thrown down the gauntlet to Blackburn Rovers' new boss Henning Berg after warning he has to deliver an instant Premier League return.
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident that the Clarets are ready to start moving forward again after needing time to find their feet following relegation from the Premier League.
The Star
  • Dave Jones has revealed that he hates the Championship "with a passion".
  • Danny Wilson is looking forward to getting the 'tin hat' treatment at Bristol Rovers.
Fulham Chronicle
  • QPR hope it is third time lucky as they plot a move for Chris Samba in the January transfer window.
  • Bryan Ruiz says he feels like a kid in a sweet shop playing with Dimitar Berbatov and wants to build a partnership to terrorise Premier League defences.
Manchester Evening News
  • Roberto Mancini has warned his critics that they won't deflect him from his pursuit of more Manchester City glory.
  • Andy Cole believes Robin van Persie will show on Saturday why he was right to leave Arsenal for Manchester United over the summer.
Liverpool Echo
  • Pepe Reina and Glen Johnson must prove their fitness before the clash against Newcastle United.
  • Everton must beat Fulham or risk losing ground on Champions League chasing pack, says Bryan Oviedo.
The Chronicle
  • Martin O'Neill insists shot-shy Sunderland are putting in the graft required to improve on their meagre goals tally.
  • Jose Enrique will still be a major threat to Newcastle United on Sunday
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Newcastle United's next Europa League opponents Club Brugge have been plunged into turmoil with their manager Georges Leekens facing the sack.
  • Martin O'Neill remains convinced that his Sunderland project is on track, despite a difficult week.
Evening Gazette
  • Middlesbrough have to match George Friend's ambition or risk losing him to the Premier League, warned Tony Mowbray.
Sunderland Echo
  • Jack Colback says Sunderland must forget the despair from their Capital One Cup exit and ensure it is Aston Villa - rather than the Black Cats - who see their misery deepen this weekend.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Wigan Athletic will reap the rewards from Franco di Santo's call-up to the Argentina squad, according to Roberto Martinez.
Birmingham Mail
  • Paul Lambert plans to splash the cash in January.
  • Gianni Paladini has made a formal £30million bid to buy Birmingham City.
Express & Star
  • Wolves were left facing an overhaul of the club's scouting system today as two of ex-boss Mick McCarthy's staunchest allies quit the club. Dave Bowman and Ian 'Taff' Evans are both expected to link up with McCarthy at his new club, Ipswich.
  • Keeper Carl Ikeme believes Wolves remain on the verge of a breakthrough as they prepare to tackle the Championship's top scorers on Saturday, Burnley.
  • Defender Liam Ridgewell has paid tribute to boss Steve Clarke's quiet confidence as West Bromwich Albion look to hit back from two last-gasp defeats.
  • West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans has claimed he is close to full fitness - but admitted he needs regular starts to seal his return to form.
  • Paul Lambert today insisted he is not be fazed by the prospect of coming up against his mentor and former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock called it the "miss of the century" and the rules of dressing-room etiquette mean Luke Varney will never be allowed to forget his howler against Southampton in midweek.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admitted he was delighted to see Wes Hoolahan back in the Republic of Ireland fold for this month's Dublin friendly against Greece.
The Sentinel
  • Ten years ago this week, George Burley was poised to take charge at Stoke. But then Tony Pulis became available and went on to change the look of the Potters altogether.
Reading Post
  • Shaun Cummings is convinced Reading will quickly recover from their Capital One Cup nightmare on Tuesday night.
The Daily Echo
  • West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt is hoping to revive memories of one of the happiest days of his career as he aims to return to fitness in time for the visit of Saints on Monday.
  • Jos Hooiveld is walking a disciplinary tightrope as Saints head into a potentially make or break month in their season.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup has told Swansea City's fans to dream of Wembley - but urged his players to refocus on the Premier League.
Evening Times
  • Joe Ledley insisted Celtic can record a morale-boosting win over Dundee United ahead of their massive Champions League showdown with Barcelona next week.
  • Ally McCoist will turn to David Templeton to inject some zest into his Rangers team on Saturday.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic's star Victor Wanyama is reportedly attracting interest from Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Manchester United manager considering a January bid for the Kenyan midfielder.

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