Paper Talk - 16 November 2012

Radamel Falcao: Wanted in London

Regional Paper Talk: Falcao staying put

Radamel Falcao has pledged his immediate future to Atletico Madrid and Roberto Mancini has admitted Mario Balotelli has been poor in training.

London Evening Standard
  • Radamel Falcao has pledged his immediate future to Atletico Madrid despite reported interest from Chelsea.
  • John Terry should return to action in early December, Roberto di Matteo said today.
  • Gianfranco Zola insists Steve Beleck is staying at Watford.
The Bolton News
  • Barnsley boss Keith Hill speaks highly of former Oakwell starlet Jacob Butterfield but admitted: "He should have been playing for us."
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Charlie Austin hopes his Championship player of the month award is the first of many.
  • Bradley Orr admits he wanted to get out of Blackburn Rovers 'quick' after claiming he didn't want to start having a 'negative impact' around Ewood Park.
The Star
  • Gary Madine is set to get the chance to prove that he can be the answer to Sheffield Wednesday's goalscoring prayers.
  • Harry Maguire believes Sheffield United team-mate George Long is destined to follow in his footsteps and become an England Under-21 international.
Fulham Chronicle
  • QPR are set to grant manager Mark Hughes a stay of execution until Christmas - despite a death-or-glory tweet from his chairman made in the heat of the moment last Saturday.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted Mario Balotelli's performance in training has not been up to standard.
  • Wayne Rooney is a doubt for Manchester United's trip to Norwich with an ankle injury - but Robin van Persie should be fit.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists progress is being made but is only too aware that it's time to raise the bar.
  • Everton are hoping to beat Fulham to the signature of Norway international defender Vegard Forren in January.
The Chronicle
  • Hatem Ben Arfa says that Newcastle must take out their anger on Swansea City tomorrow - or risk jeopardising the top-five status they worked so hard for last season.
  • Davide Santon has revealed he wants to repay Newcastle United fans for their faith in him by becoming "the Toon's Paolo Maldini".
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Newcastle United are battling to head off a bitter club-versus-country row which could stop Papiss Cissé from spearheading the Magpies' attack against Swansea.
Evening Gazette
  • Middlesbrough trio Josh McEachran, Jonathan Woodgate and Marvin Emnes are in a race against time to be fit for tomorrow's top-of-the- table showdown at Cardiff.
Sunderland Echo
  • Connor Wickham will not be allowed to leave Sunderland on loan ahead of a busy December fixture list.
The Daily Echo
  • Morgan Schneiderlin is the dirtiest player in the top flight - but Southampton could be heading for Europe via the Fair Play League.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez insists he was 100 per cent right to remain with Wigan Athletic when Liverpool came calling in the summer.
Birmingham Mail
  • Paul Lambert has refused to rule out a Villa Park return for Robbie Keane in January.
Express & Star
  • Wolves boss Stale Solbakken today confirmed they have delayed a decision until January to take Emmanuel Frimpong back after declaring he is not fully fit.
  • Steve Clarke today warned West Bromwich Albion they are becoming marked men in the Premier League as he prepared to lock horns with former club Chelsea tomorrow.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • GFH Capital has been granted an extension to the exclusivity period relating to their proposed takeover over of Leeds United.
The Pink un
  • Chris Hughton is braced for the January transfer scramble, but the Norwich City boss is not planning a major New Year spending spree.
Reading Post
  • Alex Pearce has held positive contract talks with Brian McDermott telling the Reading boss 'I want to sign'.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup is promising his Swansea City side are only going to get better this season ahead of tomorrow's tricky trip to Newcastle United.
The Sentinel
  • Stoke star Steven Nzonzi says he is keeping his international options open after being caught in the middle of a France versus Congo tug-of-love.
Evening Times
  • Eengland legend Terry Butcher today dismissed Sven-Goran Eriksson's chances of landing the Scotland job - and urged the SFA to appoint Billy Stark instead.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell believes UEFA is coming round to the idea of expanding leagues beyond borders in a bid to reduce the disparity in European football.
  • Hearts manager John McGlynn and his coaching staff have agreed to defer wages in line with the majority of the club's first-team squad.

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