Paper Talk - 19 February 2013

Efe Ambrose: Sunderland target

Regional Paper Talk: Cats eye Efe bid

Celtic boss Neil Lennon expects Sunderland to make a bid for Efe Ambrose this summer and Thibaut Courtois says his future lies at Chelsea.

London Evening Standard
  • Wojciech Szczesny claims Arsenal are not afraid of Bayern Munich and insists the German side are not favourites to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.
  • Thibaut Courtois has confirmed his future lies at Chelsea and believes he will replace first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech in two years' time.
  • Brentford today signed Bradley Wright-Phillips on loan from Charlton for the rest of the season.
  • John Terry wants Chelsea to give Frank Lampard a new contract as he cannot imagine his team-mate playing for another club.
  • West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald believes the club's recent trip to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp will benefit Sam Allardyce's team in the final weeks of the season.
The Bolton News
  • Dougie Freedman is intent on rotating his squad to get the most from his personnel but is resisting the temptation to throw January signing Medo Kamara in at the deep end.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists there is no pecking order when it comes to getting current Clarets signed on new deals.
  • David Bentley has apologised to Blackburn Rovers fans for the manner in which he exited the club five years ago.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones has stressed there has been no fall-out with Gary Madine and ruled out the possibility of the striker leaving Hillsborough.
  • Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson has challenged Kevin McDonald to fire the South Yorkshire club towards promotion after claiming he can become one of the division's best goalscoring midfielders.
Fulham Chronicle
  • QPR are on course to claim a shock win over Manchester United this Saturday, reckons boss Harry Redknapp.
  • John Terry says he needs to prove himself to 'interim' boss Rafael Benitez - or he won't get in the team.
Manchester Evening News
  • Kolo Toure has admitted he will be leaving the Blues in the summer - but wants to help manager Roberto Mancini and some of his team-mates keep their jobs.
  • Manchester United's Phil Jones left Old Trafford on crutches after picking up an ankle injury in the FA Cup victory over Reading.
Liverpool Echo
  • Jose Enrique believes a rock-solid defensive display will enable Liverpool to rescue their Europa League campaign against Zenit St Petersburg.
  • Kevin Mirallas hopes David Moyes' popularity at Everton will persuade him to sign a new contract and lead the Blues into Europe next season
The Chronicle
  • Shola Ameobi believes that the bulldog spirit of Sir Bobby Robson can help Newcastle United book their place in the last 16 of the Europa League
  • Alan Pardew believes that Newcastle United's Europa League tie with Metalist Kharkiv is still wide open ahead of Thursday night's last-32, second-leg tie in Ukraine.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects Sunderland to make a bid this summer for his key central defender Efe Ambrose.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa is finally back in training and in contention for Newcastle United as they face the most critical week of their topsy-turvy campaign.
Evening Gazette
  • Tennage Middlesbrough starlet Bryn Morris is on standby for his Championship debut at Burnley tonight.
Sunderland Echo
  • Danny Graham says a handful of familiar faces have already made him feel at home at Sunderland.
The Daily Echo
  • Alan Pardew could rest first team stars for his side's decisive UEFA Cup tie with Metalist Kharkiv - to keep them fresh to face Southampton.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Paul Scharner has spoken of his burning ambition to leave a lasting legacy at Wigan - by guiding them to their first appearance at the new Wembley.
Birmingham Mail
  • Birmingham City have called-up teenage forward Koby Arthur to their squad for tonight's game at St Andrew's.
Express & Star
  • Wolves boss Dean Saunders today branded tonight's crunch clash at Barnsley a relegation "six-pointer" and issued a war-cry to his struggling players.
  • Steve Clarke today hailed Ben Foster as a West Brom match-winner and insisted the Hawthorns No.1 is as vital as the club's goalscoring stars.
The Pink un
  • Norwich's U21s development chief Scott Marshall is confident the Canaries' recent loan signing Kei Kamara will reap the benefits of a 45-minute run out in today's 2-0 second string defeat to Bolton's U21s.
Reading Post
  • Jem Karacan is desperate to keep his Reading place for their crunch relegation battle with Wigan on Saturday.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Garry Monk insists Swansea City's 5-0 "battering" at Liverpool will be no more than a distant memory if they claim a historic victory in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.
The Sentinel
  • Brek Shea is knocking on Tony Pulis' door for a first Premier League appearance for Stoke this weekend.
Evening Times
  • Rangers winger David Templeton today told how he feared the wrath of Ally McCoist on Saturday - just before he sunk a candidate for goal of the season.
  • Kelvin Wilson says Celtic want the SPL title wrapped up by the end of March.
The Scotsman
  • Rangers chief Charles Green has demanded that club chairman Malcolm Murray be removed from his post - or he'll walk away from the club.
  • Motherwell completed a notable coup last night when Scotland international James McFadden returned to the club at which he made a name for himself as a teenager.

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