Paper Talk - 06 November 2012

Huntelaar: Linked with Spurs

Regional Paper Talk: Spurs' Klaas act?

Tottenham could land Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for £7million in January, while Wigan's Ali Al Habsi has played down a link to Liverpool.

London Evening Standard
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a January target for Tottenham as the Schalke forward could be available for a reduced fee of about £7million during the next transfer window.
  • Defender Bacary Sagna has targeted maximum points from Arsenal's three remaining Champions League matches as the north Londoners look to make amends for their recent poor form.
  • Chelsea have been handed a major boost ahead of their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, with Juan Mata and David Luiz both returning to training.
  • QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists the club will not spend big in the January transfer window to get themselves out of relegation trouble.
  • Ian Holloway takes charge of Crystal Palace for the first time against Ipswich at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night hoping to recreate the magic that swept his former club Blackpool into the Premier League.
  • Chris Powell is confident his Charlton team have enough character to turn their form around and pull clear of the Championship relegation zone.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Ali Al Habsi has laughed off rumours linking him with Liverpool - and insists he remains 100 per cent committed to Wigan Athletic.
Manchester Evening News
  • Gareth Barry has dismissed a suggestion that Manchester City's Champions League challenge has faltered through a lack of team spirit.
  • Manchester United are to unveil a statue of manager Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford later this month. Ferguson, who was appointed to the United hotseat 26 years ago on Tuesday, will be honoured with the work by sculptor Philip Jackson, to be revealed on Friday, November 23.
Liverpool Echo
  • Everton are better than title-chasing Manchester rivals United and City, according to Fulham's German defender Sascha Riether.
  • Former Everton midfielder Ian Snodin is sure Nikica Jelavic will come good, despite his recent lack of form.
  • Liverpool need to mix up their tactics to take the burden off Luis Suarez, according to Reds legend John Aldridge.
The Chronicle
  • Newcastle United will unleash Cheick Tiote on a Club Brugge side whose season is going from bad to worse.
  • Sammy Ameobi admits he is not taking anything for granted at Newcastle - despite being on the end of some high praise from both his elder brother Shola and manager Alan Pardew.
  • Kevin Nolan has compared life in Newcastle with living in a "fishbowl" ahead of his St James' return with West Ham this weekend.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa insists Newcastle United must get over the devastation of Fabricio Coloccini's red card at Anfield, admitting: "The next five games can shape our season."
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa are reported to be lining up a bid for Maribor striker Robert Beric.
  • Paul Robinson is adamant that Birmingham City are better than their league position suggests - but he says that they have to start showing it on a consistent basis.
  • Marlon King was never going to Blackpool as a swap for Barry Ferguson, says Birmingham boss Lee Clark.
Express & Star
  • Steve Clarke has warned in-form West Brom the Premier League is ready to bite them if they get carried away with their superb start to the season.
  • Stale Solbakken is hoping his players' actions will be as good as their words as Wolves look to get back to winning ways in the Championship on Tuesday night.
The Daily Echo
  • Nigel Adkins has been installed as second favourite to take over at Championship club Blackpool - behind Portsmouth's Michael Appleton and even though he is still in charge at Southampton.
  • Under-fire Adkins has the full support of the Saints squad, according to captain Adam Lallana.
  • Adkins admits he should be favourite to get the sack because of Saints' precarious position in the Premier League but has pleaded not to be given "the dreaded vote of confidence".
Fulham Chronicle
  • Mark Hughes has ordered his QPR players to stand up and be counted ahead of Saturday's trip to Stoke.
Sunderland Echo
  • Louis Saha is eager for his first Sunderland goal to be a meaningful one as he looks to break his duck at former club Everton this weekend.
Northern Echo
  • Martin O'Neill had Sunderland's players back on the training ground on Tuesday morning and intends to spend the rest of the week desperately searching for a solution to the team's problems in front of goal.
  • Hartlepool chief executive Russ Green says Saturday's 6-1 FA Cup defeat at Chesterfield was "the worst performance I have ever witnessed by a Pools' team since I have been at the club."
The Pink un
  • Norwich City boss Chris Hughton believes the scrap to cash in on the Premier League's multi-billion pound new television rights deal will not make his task any easier this season.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Swansea City captain Garry Monk has revealed he is happier with life at the club following his first Premier League appearance of the season.
The Sentinel
  • Record-breaking Jon Walters is among a handful of Stoke players fearing for their places ahead of Saturday's clash with QPR. Walters, together with the likes of Michael Kightly and Dean Whitehead, are all under the spotlight as boss Tony Pulis considers freshening up his starting line-up.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United may still be searching for their Premiership nirvana, but it certainly smells like team spirit at Elland Road these days. Neil Warnock: "All a manager can do is get the best out of what he has got and I think the lads are giving everything at the minute. I can't fault any of them."
  • Neil Warnock has been handed a welcome double striking boost with injured duo Ross McCormack and Davide Somma set to step up their comebacks in training next week.
The Bolton News
  • Dougie Freedman hopes having the lowdown on Leicester will help his Wanderers side beat the Foxes at the Reebok on Tuesday night.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Charlie Austin has more goals than Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and David Villa put together this season, but Sean Dyche wants to get even more out of Burnley's star striker.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday's Jose Semedo is tipping on-loan Everton starlet Ross Barkley to become one of the best midfield players in the country.
  • Owls manager Dave Jones believes he is doing his bit to improve refereeing standards by compiling examples of decisions that have wrongly gone against his team.
  • Sheffield United defender Neill Collins has insisted he could not wish to play for a bigger club after confirming talks aimed at extending his contract should be officially completed soon.
Evening Gazette
  • Ineligible hitman Ishmael Miller will be a keen spectator as bubbling Boro go to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night. The fit-again frontman is barred from playing under the terms of his loan deal, but he is eager to get back into action for what he believes is quickly shaping up as a team with promotion potential.
Evening Times
  • Neil Lennon insists facing Barcelona at Celtic Park will present his side with an even tougher challenge than tackling them at the Nou Camp.
  • Emilson Cribari is loving life at Rangers so much he wants to extend his deal.

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