Paper Talk - 29 November 2012

Taison: Linked with Chelsea

Regional Paper Talk: Blues target Taison

Chelsea have been linked with a January move for Metalist Kharkiv forward Taison, while Rafa Benitez is angry about their busy fixture list.

London Evening Standard
  • Clint Dempsey claims he would have stayed at Fulham had the club given him the recognition he felt he deserved.
  • Rafael Benitez has blamed Chelsea's busy fixture list for his struggle to make much of an impact so far.
  • Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may struggle to hold on to Gareth Bale after watching the Welsh winger end Liverpool's eight-match unbeaten run in fine style last night.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Brazilian forward Taison - who currently plays for Ukrainian outfit Metalist Kharkiv - has emerged as a January transfer target for Chelsea.
  • Ryan Nelsen believes Harry Redknapp can save QPR.
Manchester Evening News
  • Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Rafael after the Manchester United left-back shone in the 1-0 win over West Ham.
  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was pleased for Mario Balotelli after his perseverance with the striker was rewarded with a crucial goal at Wigan.
Liverpool Echo
  • Jose Enrique was left to rue the "bad decision" which contributed to Liverpool's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.
  • Steven Pienaar believes Everton were unlucky not to be awarded a potentially match-winning penalty after he was fouled by former team-mate Mikel Arteta during their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
The Chronicle
  • Papiss Cisse hopes his change in fortunes will quickly be followed by a similar turnaround for Newcastle United. The Toon No 9 looked like he had scored the winning goal in the Potteries as he snatched his fourth of the season in all competitions.
  • Matt Kilgallon has vowed to make the most of his big chance after being given a rare Premier League outing this week. Kilgallon made his first league appearance since May when he was drafted in to replace calf-injury victim John O'Shea for Sunderland's midweek game against lowly QPR.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Phil Bardsley admits Sunderland are "struggling" to get the best out of their "guile and flair" players and has called on all of his team-mates to start supplementing Steven Fletcher in the goalscoring stakes.
Sunderland Echo
  • Martin O'Neill has challenged his Sunderland players to follow the example of Danny Rose and banish the fear factor. On-loan Spurs left-back Rose was one of the few Sunderland players to emerge with any credit from Tuesday's game with QPR.
  • MIDDLESBROUGH GAZETTE
  • Scott McDonald has hailed the hungry young lions who are adding bite to Boro.
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Northern Echo
  • Alan Pardew was defeated but not depressed last night after watching Stoke City condemn Newcastle United to a fourth consecutive loss with two late goals at the Britannia Stadium.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke believes Paul Lambert is building a good side for the future
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock has warned influential defender Jason Pearce that he faces a fight to regain his starting place after returning from suspension to find Leeds United back in form.
The Daily Echo
  • Saints striker Rickie Lambert said there was no need for goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to apologise to his team-mates following his blunder against Norwich.
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Evening Times
  • Kris Commons has urged his Celtic team-mates to use their convincing victory over Hearts as the springboard to a surge in their title defence.
The Scotsman
  • Hearts will remain at their "spiritual home" of Tynecastle if a Scots consortium wrest control from Vladimir Romanov, it has emerged.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Kieran Trippier believes the time is right for Burnley to end over three decades of hurt and get one over bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

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