Paper Talk - 14 November 2012

Arshavin: Royals interest

Regional Paper Talk: Royals route for AA?

Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin could join the Russian connection at Reading, while a rival bid may derail GFH Capital's Leeds United takeover plans.

London Evening Standard
  • Ledley King believes Steven Caulker's call-up to the senior England squad will result in improved performances for Tottenham.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Fulham boss Martin Jol hopes to loan out youngster Pajtim Kasami before the window closes later this month.
  • Alejandro Faurlin has told Adel Taarabt to forget any overtures from Arsenal and concentrate on lifting QPR out of the Premier League danger zone.
  • Zdenek Grygera is due to return to training this week as he bids to prove his fitness to Fulham boss Martin Jol.
Manchester Evening News
  • Patrick Vieira believes Manchester City's blueprint for glory should be a carbon copy of rivals United's tried and trusted recipe for success.
  • Alex Stepney believes David de Gea has won the battle to be Manchester United's number one keeper after sterling displays.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has hailed England's imminent centurion, Steven Gerrard, as his country's most influential player of the last decade.
  • The role of up to 2,444 police officers in the Hillsborough disaster and the cover-up will be investigated it was revealed, as it emerged not all documents have been disclosed.
  • Everton's Kevin Mirallas has avoided a lengthy injury lay-off after scans revealed damage to his hamstring is not as serious as first feared.
  • Thomas Hitzlsperger has promised he will not hesitate if he gets the chance to unleash his hammer-like left-footed shot for Everton.
The Chronicle
  • Shane Ferguson says he's back fitter and stronger as the Newcastle man prepares for Northern Ireland duty on Wednesday.
  • Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa has been nominated for the Puskas Award by FIFA for his fabulous solo goal against Blackburn.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Sammy Ameobi has promised he will never alter his all-out attacking style of play - because big brother Shola told him this was his route to the top of football.
  • Adam Johnson insists he is happy to live with the burden of being one of the players Sunderland will rely upon to save their season.
Evening Gazette
  • Middlesbrough battler Seb Hines has backed the club's latest ticket offer and insists the team gets a buzz from big crowds.
Sunderland Echo
  • Martin O'Neill has backed Adam Johnson to become an England regular - despite the Sunderland star's omission from the side facing Sweden on Wednesday evening.
Wigan Evening Post
  • James McCarthy is looking forward to further establishing himself on the international stage on Wednesday night - and at the same time exorcising the demons of last weekend's defeat to West Brom.
Birmingham Mail
  • Birmingham boss Lee Clark is unlikely to dip into the loan market again for another striker after Leroy Lita's return to Swansea City.
  • Lee Clark ran the rule over former Holland international wideman Romeo Castelen in the Blues under-21 development side's 2-1 defeat at Coventry on Tuesday.
  • Ashley Young is in danger of becoming a 'one-trick pony', according to ex-Aston Villa star Tony Cascarino.
  • Jermaine Pennant deserves to have a scowl on his face, says Wolves boss Stale Solbakken.
  • Steve Clarke remains on the look-out for potential trip-wires, despite West Bromwich Albion's excellent start to the season.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • After six months of work and a seven-figure investment, GFH Capital believes its buy-out of Leeds United is all but immune to external competition. But if recent rumours are correct, Thursday marks the end of the exclusivity clause agreed when the roots of this takeover first began to grow.
  • GFH Capital's bid to buy Leeds United will come under pressure from a rival offer from Saudi Arabia unless the Dubai-based firm completes its takeover before the end of the month. An alternative proposal backed by Saudi Arabian money is due to be made in the next three weeks if GFH Capital fails to finalise its protracted attempt to assume control of Leeds.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City midfielder Robert Snodgrass is backing fit-again compatriot Steven Whittaker to shine for club and country.
Reading Post
  • Jobi McAnuff believes the only way Reading will spend big in January is if they are cut adrift in the relegation zone.
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak has told Andrey Arshavin to come and join him at Reading.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup has hinted that Itay Shechter could make the first start of his Swansea City career this weekend as he considers a reshuffle at Newcastle United.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Burnley joint chairman Mike Garlick has confirmed that manager Sean Dyche will retain full control over signings when a new 'director of football' figure arrives at the club next month.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday star striker Gary Madine has appeared in crown court facing charges over two separate alleged incidents.
Evening Times
  • Celtic's Marcus Fraser watched Tony Watt become a Parkhead hero and is now aiming to follow him into the first team.
The Scotsman
  • Inverness midfielder Andrew Shinnie has been handed his Scotland debut in Wednesday night's friendly in Luxembourg after he was drafted into the squad on Sunday.



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