Paper Talk - 07 November 2012

Pierre Aubameyang: Linked with January move to Villa

Regional Paper Talk: Pierre in Villa's sights

Pierre Aubameyang is emerging as Aston Villa's top target with Fulham chasing Darren Bent, and Ipswich hope to re-sign Connor Wickham on loan.

London Evening Standard
  • Ryan Bertrand is set to be thrown in at the deep end for Chelsea again on Wednesday as he braced himself to fill the void left by Ashley Cole for both club and country.
  • Charlton manager Chris Powell hailed a superb display from his side and believes they may have turned the corner after edging out Championship leaders Cardiff in a nine-goal thriller at The Valley.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez is hoping Lee Nicholls will be ready to put pressure on Ali Al Habsi's first-team spot when he returns from his latest loan spell at Northampton.
Manchester Evening News
  • Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United are capable of reaching their fourth Champions League final in six years this season.
  • Pablo Zabaleta is blaming the officials in last night's game for costing Manchester City the chance of Champions League progress.
Liverpool Echo
  • Steven Gerrard will go down as all-time football great, says former Liverpool FC team-mate Xabi Alonso.
  • Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi believes he is improving fast under boss Brendan Rodgers.
  • Jerzy Dudek's Liverpool FC shirt has sold for £8,300 at a London auction.
  • Everton forward Kevin Mirallas aiming to reach double figures in goals in his first season in English football.
  • Louis Saha is desperate to get off the mark for Sunderland when he returns to Everton this weekend.
The Chronicle
  • Shola Ameobi has revealed that Alan Shearer still inspires him when it comes to the big nights in Europe with Newcastle.
  • Steven Taylor has urged his younger Newcastle United team-mates to watch and learn tomorrow night in the Europa League against Club Brugge - but has warned them: "Don't get too shirty."
  • Martin O'Neill believes Craig Gardner's 10-goal haul from midfield at Birmingham should be the rule - not the exception.
Birmingham Mail
  • St Etienne striker Pierre Aubameyang is emerging as Aston Villa's top target in January amid growing rumours that Darren Bent will be sold to Fulham.
  • Peter Odemwingie believes Romelu Lukaku's presence at West Bromwich Albion can help the club claim a top-seven Premier League finish.
Express & Star
  • Stale Solbakken has admitted Wolves' position is becoming "more serious" and ordered his players to get tough after the 2-1 defeat at Hull.
  • West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has challenged Albion to keep silencing their doubters as they geared up for Saturday's trip to Wigan.
  • Ron Vlaar has claimed Aston Villa's forwards have given him the best possible preparation for the Premier League's most dangerous strikers in Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
  • Matthew Lowton has revealed a bond has begun to develop among Villa's defenders as they go in search of another clean sheet against Manchester United.
The Daily Echo
  • Nigel Adkins will continue as Southampton boss after surviving crunch talks with executive chairman Nicola Cortese.
Reading Post
  • Alex McCarthy is an injury doubt for Reading's game against Norwich City on Saturday after injuring his right shoulder in a freak collision with a post.
  • Alex Pearce is set for advanced contract talks with Reading this week.
The Scotsman
  • Neil Lennon believes Gordon Strachan is the obvious candidate to take charge of Scotland.
Sunderland Echo
  • Lee Cattermole believes the return of fit-again Phil Bardsley provides a welcome boost to Sunderland both on and off-the-field.
  • Vurnon Anita is happy to stay versatile in a bid for a regular place with Newcastle United.
Northern Echo
  • Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is hoping to raid former club Sunderland and take Connor Wickham back to Suffolk on loan.
  • Middlesbrough first-team coach Mark Proctor wants supporters to turn out in force on Friday night with the prospect of climbing to the top of the Championship.
The Pink un
  • Chris Hughton has warned his improving squad not to let their standards drop ahead of this weekend's Premier League trip to Reading.
  • Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson has hailed the impact made by Alexander Tettey after another all-action display from the Norwegian against Stoke City on Saturday.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup has insisted it is too early in the season to gauge the progress of his Swansea City side in the league, saying they must be judged at the end of the season.
  • Chico Flores is winning his race to be fit for Southampton - and Kyle Bartley is edging closer to his Swansea City return.
The Sentinel
  • Thomas Sorensen says he will look for a new club at the end of the season if he can't win regain his place as Stoke City's number one.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United defender Tom Lees could be sidelined for at least a fortnight owing to the eye injury he suffered against Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Bolton News
  • New Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman has, as expected, added Curtis Fleming to his backroom staff as first-team coach.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche paid tribute to Charlie Austin, after the striker beat Andy Lochhead's long-standing record to become the quickest Claret to 20 goals.
The Star
  • Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire claimed 'the best is yet to come' as Danny Wilson's side climbed to the top of League One.
  • Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is counting the cost of missed chances and what he claimed was another wrong no-penalty decision in the 2-0 home defeat by Blackpool.
Evening Gazette
  • Bubbling Boro's sizzling sequence has put a spring in the squad's step - but it has made their rivals more determined to beat them, says midfielder Grant Leadbitter.
Evening Times
  • Scott Brown admits tonight's Champions League game against Barcelona is the big one - but the Hoops skipper says it is not the most important one.
  • Lee McCulloch reckons his old gaffer Walter Smith can put the fear of God back into the Scotland players if he is handed the national job.

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