Paper Talk - 08 November 2012

Charlie Austin: Arsenal will battle a host of clubs for the striker

Regional Paper Talk: Arsenal eye Austin

Burnley hotshot Charlie Austin has emerged as a suprise January target for Arsenal, while Darron Gibson is closing on an Everton return.

London Evening Standard
  • Roy Hodgson today risked the wrath of Arsene Wenger by calling up Jack Wilshere for England's friendly with Sweden.
  • Fernando Torres has warned his Chelsea team-mates they must improve or they face an early exit from the Champions League.
  • Tom Huddlestone has told Tottenham's disgruntled fans they must be more patient as the team are still adapting to the changes made by Andre Villas-Boas.
Manchester Evening News
  • Wayne Rooney admits it took a blackout for United to see the light. A floodlight failure in Braga proved the turning point as Robin van Persie stepped off the bench to inspire a 3-1 win.
  • Roberto Mancini will be able to oversee the remainder of City's Champions League group matches at close quarters after escaping disciplinary action for confronting a referee.
Liverpool Echo
  • Jordan Henderson insists he has no regrets about deciding to stay at Liverpool as he looks to grab his chance to shine in tonight's Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow
  • Darron Gibson's protracted injury ordeal is nearly over with the influential midfielder hoping to make his comeback against Reading in nine days.
  • Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling's rapid rise has continued with his first England squad call up.
  • Leon Osman has been rewarded for his fine start to the season with Everton with a first England call up
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Cheick Tiot√© has issued an apology for "costing" Newcastle United a Wear-Tyne derby win last month - but insists he won't change his combative style to beat the prospect of more bans.
  • Craig Gardner insists Sunderland will not fold but "fight to the death" in pursuit of an upturn in fortune.
Sunderland Echo
  • Lee Cattermole believes the return of fit-again Phil Bardsley provides a welcome boost to Sunderland both on and off-the-field.
  • Tim Krul is confident of success at Club Brugge as Newcastle look to book a place in the Europa League's knockout stage tonight.
Evening Gazette
  • Boro and Matthew Bates have agreed to part company. Discussions took place yesterday aimed at resolving the Stockton-born defender's future
Northern Echo
  • Alan Pardew claims Xisco still has a future at Newcastle United after the Spanish misfit was handed a surprise promotion to the squad for this evening's Europa League game at Club Brugge.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup has told his Swansea City players that attitude will be key as they bid to heap misery on Southampton at St Mary's this weekend.
Birmingham Mail
  • Gary Gardner reckons Aston Villa's senior pros are helping the club's youngsters flourish.
  • Liam Ridgewell has urged West Bromwich Albion to forget the hype and ensure they pick up a positive result at Wigan on Saturday.
Express & Star
  • West Brom lynchpin Jonas Olsson today targeted a place in the Hawthorns '300 club' after signing a new contract last month up until 2016.
  • Steven Reid and James Morrison are hoping to hand Albion a double boost by proving their fitness for Saturday's trip to Wigan.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock plans to take a "gung-ho" approach to Saturday's clash with Watford in an effort to bring fresh impetus to Leeds United's season.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City boss Chris Hughton is reported to be keeping track of Slovenian striker Robert Beric, who played against his Birmingham team last year.
The Daily Echo
  • Under-fire manager Saints boss Nigel Adkins today promised to turn around Southampton's poor start to the season.
Reading Post
  • Teenage star Dominic Samuel is edging closer to a first-team call-up at Reading.
The Sentinel
  • Jon Walters says Stoke must give Peter Crouch more support as they try to improve their poor form in front of goal.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez is adamant he will not jeopardise Antolin Alcaraz's long-term health by rushing the big defender back from injury too soon.
The Bolton News
  • Dougie Freedman is open to the idea of keeping defender Stephen Warnock at the Reebok beyond the turn of next year.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Burnley are set for a battle to keep hold of striker Charlie Austin in January, with Arsenal joining a crop of Premier League clubs clamouring to keep tabs on the current top scorer in Europe.
The Star
  • Dave Jones has compared Owls speed merchant Michail Antonio to England wingers Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon.
  • Leading goalscorer Nick Blackman has revealed his admiration for two of Sheffield United's senior players.
Evening Times
  • Celtic defender Adam Matthews has told England boss Roy Hodgson it's time to cap hero keeper Fraser Forster.
  • Robbie Crawford hopes two goals in four days will be enough to land him his first ever start for Rangers this weekend
The Scotsman
  • Neil Lennon last night hailed Celtic's momentous Champions League victory over Barcelona as the greatest achievement of his life and admits he may never be able to scale a higher peak in his career chart.

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