Paper Talk - 26 November 2012

Ryan Shawcross: Staying at Stoke

Regional Paper Talk: Joy of six for Ryan

Ryan Shawcross has agreed a new six-year contract at Stoke, while Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is hoping for January reinforcements.

London Evening Standard
  • Rafael Benitez insisted Fernando Torres could become the player he once was after watching the striker's woes continue in their first game back working together.
  • Petr Cech believes his team-mates must accept the way owner Roman Abramovich treats his managers or leave.
  • Harry Redknapp revealed today he had received good luck messages from David Beckham and Daniel Levy as he began what he believes to be his toughest job.
  • After a quiet start to his Tottenham career, Clint Dempsey is regaining his optimism.
  • Arsene Wenger has reassured Arsenal fans over Jack Wilshere's fitness after the midfielder suffered inflammation to the ankle which kept him out of action for more than a year.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Harry Redknapp has revealed he has been in touch with David Beckham - but hasn't discussed the possibility of the midfielder joining him at QPR.
  • Harry Redknapp remained tight-lipped on the future of axed QPR captain Joey Barton this morning.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester City striker John Guidetti is now starting to train outside after recovering slowly from a virus which left him with a numb leg seven months ago.
  • Anders Lindegaard has described United's "bad habit" of falling behind in matches this season as a major concern to everyone at Old Trafford.
Liverpool Echo
  • Glen Johnson says Liverpool were wrongly denied victory at Swansea City after seeing Jose Enrique's strike controversially ruled out.
  • Bryan Oviedo insists Everton cannot afford to keep conceding late goals if they are to realise their Champions League dream.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew today admitted he is enduring his toughest time yet as Newcastle United manager.
  • Stephane Sessegnon admits tomorrow's home clash with bottom-club QPR is a must-win for Sunderland.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Alan Pardew told his Newcastle United players last night only they can lift the club out of its current slump.
Sunderland Echo
  • Martin O'Neill admits a foray into the transfer market may be needed in January to add muscle and bite to a Sunderland side which struggle physically when Lee Cattermole is removed from the equation.
Birmingham Mail
  • Peter Pannu has accused Gianni Paladini of trying to get Blues 'on the cheap'.
  • Aston Villa will check on the fitness of captain Ron Vlaar ahead of tomorrow's early survival six-pointer against Reading at Villa Park.
Express & Star
  • West Brom boss Steve Clarke today told his side they can consider a challenge for Europe - if they reach their 40-point survival target by January.
  • Under-pressure Wolves boss Stale Solbakken today admitted players have become "afraid and scared" after their season hit a new low.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Jerome Thomas picked up the man-of-the-match award on his debut for Leeds United and insisted the club had seen only a glimpse of his ability in their 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
  • New Leeds United director David Haigh saluted a "great start" to GFH Capital's reign at Elland Road after the club thrilled their future owners with a defiant win over 
Crystal Palace.
The Pink un
  • Sebastien Bassong believes Norwich City deserved their Premier League point at Goodison Park, as he chose the perfect time to open his Canaries account.
The Daily Echo
  • Saints captain Adam Lallana says the club's players have discovered greater belief in themselves following their recent upturn in form.
The Sentinel
  • Ryan Shawcross is ready to devote the peak of his career to Stoke City after agreeing the longest-ever contract in the club's history.
  • Charlie Adam says Ryan Shawcross's new contract will be a major boost to the Stoke squad as well as the fans.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez could be without as many as SEVEN first-teamers for Wigan Athletic's visit of Reading tomorrow.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes his players are showing the mental toughness required to become a Championship force to be reckoned with.
  • Rovers boss Henning Berg insists if his side can become more clinical there will be plenty of positives this season.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic will have to offer at least £700,000 if they are to stand any chance of landing Frank Acheampong, after the Ghanaian international's club turned down a £625,000 bid from German side Borussia Moenchengladbach.
  • The Scottish Football League could reach a decision as early as tomorrow on how to deal with Elgin City, after the club's Third Division match with Rangers was called off because too many tickets had been sold.
  • Hearts directors and Supporters Direct Scotland are to resume talks next week, with the fans' organisation increasingly hopeful that the club will agree to community ownership.

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