Paper Talk - 03 December 2012

Darren Bent: Not on Fulham's shopping list

Regional Paper Talk: Cottagers cool on duo

Fulham have cooled links to Darren Bent and David Beckham, Demba Ba is set to sign a new deal, and Christian Benteke will stay at Aston Villa.

London Evening Standard
  • Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas went out of his way to hail Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson for their contributions towards his side's dramatic rise to fourth place in the Premier League.
  • Wojciech Szczesny today urged Arsenal supporters not to give up on their team after admitting the Gunners were "battered" by Swansea.
  • Jamie Mackie has warned some of the bigger stars at Queens Park Rangers their reputations count for nothing in the battle to beat the drop.
  • Steve Sidwell has called on Fulham to make a positive response after seeing his side fall from sixth to 13th in the table following a run of seven games without a win.
  • Andrea Pirlo is adamant Juventus and Shakhtar will not set out to play for a draw on Wednesday night to ensure they both progress to the Champions League knockout stages at Chelsea's expense.
Evening Times
  • Neil Lennon has warned Celtic's players and fans against being lulled into a false sense of security by Spartak Moscow's ongoing problems.
  • Charles Green insisted Rangers won't "play ball" over league reconstruction as he took another swipe at a "busted flush" Scottish Premier League.
The Scotsman
  • Hibs manager Pat Fenlon insisted last night that his team's victory against Hearts should not be regarded as revenge for their 5-1 humiliation in the Scottish Cup final in May.
  • Celtic forward Miku is heading towards the exit door at Parkhead after reports that the striker is unsettled at the club - despite only being at the club for three months.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Martin Jol concedes that Tottenham's first goal killed his side's spirit as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat.
  • Martin Jol admits he is lukewarm about the prospect of being re-united with Darren Bent at Craven Cottage - and once again dismissed suggestions he might be keen on signing David Beckham.
  • Chelsea face at least another game, possibly two, without desperately-needed captain John Terry.
  • Rafael Benitez says he has found life at Chelsea much harder than he was expecting.
  • Benitez is ready to throw Marko Marin into the fray as he searches for his first win as Chelsea boss.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester United's derby double disaster last season cost the Reds the Premier League title says Darren Fletcher and the midfielder is warning it can't happen again.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho could be the man to replace him at Manchester United.
  • Maicon believes Manchester City will be kings of Europe one day, despite their struggles over the past two seasons.
Liverpool Echo
  • Andy Carroll will remain at West Ham - despite the Liverpool striker facing up to eight weeks out with a knee injury.
  • Joe Allen has hailed the return of Lucas Leiva as a major boost to Liverpool's hopes of securing Champions League qualification this season.
  • Tim Howard believes he is capable of pushing himself just as hard as any under-study could as he bids to help Everton into the top four.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew today insisted that Newcastle United need the Toon Army "more than ever" ahead of their crucial clash with Wigan Athletic
  • Demba Ba is likely to be going nowhere in January - because the overall package to lure him away from Newcastle is proving "too expensive" for interested suitors, while the player himself has once again insisted he wants to stay at St James' Park.
  • Martin O'Neill is preparing to spend in the January sales as he looks to strengthen his midfield following the loss of Lee Cattermole to a knee injury.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Alan Pardew believes Papiss Cisse's Newcastle United career is ripe for a renaissance after his "re-energised" performance at Stoke.
  • Demba Ba has turned down Newcastle's latest contract offer, sparking fresh fears he could trigger a £7.5million release clause.
  • Alan Pardew has the support of the boardroom as he faces down the hardest period of his time at St James' Park.
Sunderland Echo
  • Patient Connor Wickham is eager to prove his Premier League credentials after his longest first-team run-out since January.
  • Sunderland admit knee-injury victim Lee Cattermole faces an extended period on the sidelines, while the club are also anxiously awaiting the result of scans on the injured ankle of leading scorer Steven Fletcher.
  • Craig Gardner admits Sunderland's actions need to speak louder than their words after a third defeat in five kept the Black Cats precariously perched above the relegation zone.
Northern Echo
  • Tony Mowbray admits Middlesbrough have missed Jonathan Woodgate's defensive reliability in recent matches, but concedes the centre-half's appearance record is not something that is going to radically improve in the remainder of the season.
Birmingham Mail
  • Lee Clark believes Birmingham still have a chance of promotion this season as long as they can keep leading scorer Marlon King fit.
  • Paul Lambert has called Brett Holman one of the club's great leaders following a fine run of form lately.
  • West Brom's hopes of keeping Romelu Lukaku have been given a boost after Rafa Benitez cast doubt over a potential January recall.
Express & Star
  • Relieved Stale Solbakken today insisted Wolves' return to winning ways was a triumph for his footballing philosophy.
  • Wolves have been dealt a further injury blow after Dave Edwards was ruled out until the new year.
  • Zoltan Gera today tipped West Bromwich Albion to respond to their back-to-back defeats - and insisted Steve Clarke's six changes were not to blame for their loss to Stoke.
  • Paul Lambert today laughed off the prospect of a surprise bid for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in January.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock claimed Leeds United's troubles were behind them after a thrilling victory over Huddersfield Town moved the club back into the top half of the Championship.
The Pink un
  • Mark Bunn hopes the champagne keeps flowing following his Man of the Match display against Sunderland as he settles in at Norwich City.
The Sentinel
  • Tony Pulis believes Stoke City drew the short straw after being dispatched to Championship high-flyers Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez insists Franco di Santo remains fully focused on starring for Wigan Athletic despite his ongoing contract situation.
  • David Jones admits he's enjoying his run in the Wigan Athletic side - and intends to make it as hard as possible for Roberto Martinez to leave him out.
The Bolton News
  • Keith Andrews reckons Bolton must learn how to put on the blinkers if they are to make the Reebok a happy home.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Henning Berg expressed his frustration that Blackburn Rovers were unable to secure all three points in Sunday's East Lancashire derby at Turf Moor after admitting that they were "so close" to victory.
  • Sean Dyche felt a point was the least his players deserved on derby day, declaring it would have been "a travesty" if Burnley had been beaten.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is banking on his players' effort and willpower to boost their survival bid.
  • FA Cup hero Shaun Miller has insisted success in knockout competition can help drive Sheffield United towards promotion.



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