Paper Talk - 06 December 2012

Wesley Sneijder: Man City were hoping to sign playmaker

Regional Paper Talk: City's Wes hopes hit

Manchester City's Champions League exit could ruin their hopes of signing Wesley Sneijder and Demba Ba is being tipped to stay at Newcastle.

London Evening Standard
  • Chelsea may have become the first Champions League holders to exit at the group stage, but interim manager Rafael Benitez remained positive as attention turned to Europa League glory.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor fears Tottenham will be punished if they play conservatively against Panathinaikos in Thursday night's decisive Europa League tie.
  • Fulham were dealt a blow on Thursday when manager Martin Jol revealed that midfield star Bryan Ruiz has suffered an injury setback and will be out until after Christmas.
  • AFC Wimbledon supporters allegedly caused more than £10,000 worth of damage during their FA Cup match with MK Dons.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester City's Champions League exit could scupper their hopes of a renewed New Year move for Wesley Sneijder.
  • Manchester United have a midfield crisis on their hands ahead of the derby with five seniors from the engine room set to miss the clash with City.
  • Scott Sinclair claims Manchester City will win their title trial after their Euro eviction.
Liverpool Echo
  • Everton officials said they have received no contact from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg over their reported interest in a January move for Marouane Fellaini.
  • Hillsborough families have warned that the investigation into the police cover-up after the disaster is progressing too slowly.
  • Jose Enrique believes Liverpool's Premier League form will be helped rather than hindered by an extended run in the Europa League.
  • Leighton Baines is Everton's unstoppable driving force, according to goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Daily Echo
  • Southampton fans have laughed off tabloid rumours claiming Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is lining up a £5m bid for Adam Lallana.
The Chronicle
  • Demba Ba is "fully committed" to Newcastle United and is not looking to leave in January - according to former Toon ace Olivier Bernard.
  • James Perch admits that he never thought he'd see the day when he was pulling on a Newcastle United shirt in Europe.
  • Martin O'Neill has called on his Sunderland players to prove they have the courage to turn around their poor record at the Stadium of Light.
  • Fraizer Campbell is unlikely to join promotion-chasing Hull City on loan in the New Year, despite reports linking him with a return to the KC Stadium.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Connor Wickham has been backed to fill the hole left by Steven Fletcher's ankle injury after leaping to the front of the queue to replace the Sunderland striker.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Adrian Lopez looks a certain starter alongside the dependable Emmerson Boyce after Maynor Figueroa's appeal against a one-match ban for his sending-off at Newcastle on Monday was thrown out.
Birmingham Mail
  • Steve Clarke says West Bromwich Albion should feel positive ahead of the clash with Arsenal this weekend.
Express & Star
  • Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has insisted there is no rush for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to sign a new deal despite approaching the end of his contract.
  • Brett Holman has promised Aston Villa fans that his young team-mates will not shrink from the challenge of Stoke on Saturday.
  • Wolves are set to appoint new scouts as they decide on a revamp of their talent-spotting network, boss Stale Solbakken confirmed on Thursday.
  • Boss Dean Smith will be handed cash to strengthen flagging Walsall, chief executive Stefan Gamble has confirmed.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City boss Chris Hughton knows he has a few frustrated players on his hands but would rather have that than an easier life.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Huw Jenkins has admitted Swansea City are scouring Europe for reinforcements in a bid to ensure they do not run out of puff in the second half of the season.
The Sentinel
  • Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp says Kenywne Jones has made a strong case to keep his first-team spot as City assess Peter Crouch's fitness.
The Bolton News
  • Aston Villa have told Bolton they will have to pay cash to land Stephen Warnock in the January transfer window.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Henning Berg hopes Paul Robinson can continue his good form for Blackburn Rovers - but stopped short of guaranteeing that the former England international will remain as the club's long-term goalkeeper.
  • Blackburn have posted an annual pre-tax profit of £4.3m - thanks to a host of player sales.
The Star
  • Mark Beevers has played his last game for Wednesday - as the Owls get set to cash in on a full transfer to Millwall for the centre half.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Rodolph Austin could hand Leeds United a major boost by recovering from injury in time to compensate for Michael Tonge's return to Stoke City.

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