Paper Talk - 10 December 2012

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Reportedly close to Arsenal move

Regional Paper Talk: Gunners close on duo

Arsenal are confident of signing two strikers next month, Sunderland want to sign Danny Rose permanently and QPR are chasing Jake Livermore.

London Evening Standard
  • Arsenal are hopeful of bolstering their strikeforce next month by signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke and securing Thierry Henry on a second loan spell from New York Red Bulls.
  • William Gallas has admitted Tottenham are not yet at the level of his former club Chelsea and urged his team-mates to show greater concentration after their late collapse at Everton.
  • Brede Hangeland is ready to give vent to pent-up frustrations at Craven Cottage tonight but the Fulham defender has vowed never again to perpetrate anything that might taint a hard-earned reputation for being the "perfect pro".
  • Queens Park Rangers are lining up a loan move for Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore when the transfer window opens next month.
  • Sam Allardyce believes his injury-hit squad is nearing breaking point after learning that midfielder Mohamed Diame could be out for three months with a hamstring injury.
  • Chelsea midfielder Oscar believes his side can gain confidence for the rest of the season by winning the Club World Cup in Japan.
Manchester Evening News
  • Yaya Toure called on Manchester City's "tough guys" to turn round the title race after Manchester United's late, late derby win.
  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has warned striker Mario Balotelli he risks wasting his talent after the Blues lost an action-packed derby 3-2.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson is backing a rejuvenated Wayne Rooney to fire Manchester United to another Premier League title.
  • Patrice Evra has welcomed apparent interest from Paris Saint-Germain but insisted he has no plans to leave Manchester United.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has called for the club to aim for the Champions League following the 3-2 victory at West Ham.
  • David Moyes claims Everton fully deserve to be fourth in the Premier League following their 2-1 win over Tottenham, while Seamus Coleman called the triumph "massive" for the Toffees.
The Daily Echo
  • A two-week break has come at the right time for Saints after skipper Adam Lallana left St Mary's on crutches after the win over Reading.
  • Nigel Adkins praised the professionalism of Kelvin Davis after the keeper kept a clean sheet in his first Premier League start since being dropped in September.
  • Nigel Adkins has stressed the importance of Saints beating the teams around them after they boosted their Premier League survival chances with a well-deserved win against Reading.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew is hoping to use Bobby Robson as his inspiration ahead of tonight's trip to Fulham after becoming the club's longest-serving boss since the legendary manager.
  • Alan Pardew has apologised to Newcastle United fans for boarding up the training ground - a step taken because his team selection and tactics have been continually leaked this season.
  • Shola Ameobi says that Newcastle United have recovered from their confidence crisis - and could not be in a better frame of mind to win their first away game since May tonight when they take on Fulham.
  • Alan Pardew has warned his side of the dangers of switching off against the deceptive backdrop of Craven Cottage tonight.
  • Stand-in skipper John O'Shea insists Sunderland did not need to drop into the bottom three to realise the severity of their relegation plight.
  • Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says James McFadden has yet to prove he is fit enough to return to Premier League duty.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Vurnon Anita comes face to face with the man who shaped his career at Ajax - Fulham manager Martin Jol.
  • Having re-evaluated his approach to managing Newcastle United, Alan Pardew will receive the money he wants to make further changes in January.
  • Alan Pardew insists Davide Santon has transformed from a boy into a man in the Newcastle defence this season.
  • Sunderland will attempt to broker a permanent deal for Danny Rose in the January transfer window after being impressed by the England Under-21 international's "remarkable" form.
  • Adam Johnson insists it is far too early to say if Sunderland are in a relegation dogfight.
  • Phil Bardsley has told Sunderland 'their season starts now' and to put all their efforts into a strong second half to the season.
Fulham Chronicle
  • QPR manager Harry Redknapp has left the door open for DJ Campbell to provide the goals he needs - as well as save the club millions in the January transfer window.
  • Rafael Benitez has admitted he does care what Chelsea fans think of him.
Wigan Evening Post
  • James McCarthy admits he'd happily have traded his two goals against QPR on Saturday for three much-needed points.
Birmingham Mail
  • Darren Bent is staying positive, despite his Villa Park exile, claims defender Ciaran Clark.
  • West Brom manager Steve Clarke refuses to allow his players to emulate cynical diving tactics used by London opponents.
  • Paul Caddis hopes to join Birmingham permanently after putting in a string of impressive displays.
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert vows to keep his head down and get on with it on his return to Norwich, saying: "I hope I'm not the worst thing since sliced bread."
Express & Star
  • Stale Solbakken was hoping Wolves have exorcised their Molineux demons after the 1-0 derby victory over Birmingham.
  • Angry West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke today told his players the next month could define their season after Santi Cazorla's dive helped condemn them to a third successive defeat.
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today urged Norwich City to end their "obsession" with him as he tried to play down his return to Carrow Road tomorrow night.
The Pink un
  • Chris Hughton has been in the professional game too long to get carried away with Norwich's upwardly mobile trajectory and has urged everyone associated with the club to keep their feet on the ground.
  • Chris Hughton had a sharp retort for the conspiracy theorists over the absence of injured duo Alex Tettey and Ryan Bennett, and insists the Norwich duo were left out on Saturday due to injury niggles.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Jonathan de Guzman insists Swansea City's belief and confidence will be unaffected by their 4-3 defeat to Norwich.
  • Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has delivered a simple message after a fan was arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture at a black player - racism has no part in football, "not here, not anywhere".
The Sentinel
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis has attacked the rules for appealing against dismissals after learning he cannpt appeal Ryan Shotton's red card against Aston Villa.
  • Steven Nzonzi says Stoke's next target is to add an attacking threat to go with their magnificent defence.
The Bolton News
  • Mark Davies thought his goal at Huddersfield would put Wanderers en route to victory - but the midfielder insists fans should not be too down after more dropped points.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Henning Berg has called for everyone at Blackburn Rovers to 'keep their heads' after insisting his side are not a 'million miles' from their Premier dream.
  • Kieran Trippier insists Burnley have not become over-reliant on top scorer Charlie Austin.
Evening Gazette
  • Tony Mowbray says Middlesbrough promotion aims are back on track following Saturday's win at Peterborough.
The Star
  • Former Sheffield United star Montgomery could soon be lining-up alongside David Beckham in Central Coast Mariners' midfield.
  • Dave Jones, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, is bemoaning his team's bad luck after their losing streak was extended to seven matches by Bristol City on Saturday.
  • Stephen Foster has called for all of Barnsley players to be "leaders" as the club try to halt an alarming run of nine games without a win.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • GFH Capital remains on course to complete its buy-out of Leeds United on December 21 after the Football League approved the appointment of three of its staff to the board at Elland Road.
Reading Post
  • Reading chairman Sir John Madejski has called on fans to get behind manager Brian McDermott and his team.
  • Nicky Shorey admits that if Reading don't up their quality on the ball then they will continue to get punished.



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