Paper Talk - 22 February 2013

Sam Allardyce: West Ham contract up in the summer

Regional Paper Talk: Sam could leave

Sam Allardyce expects to leave West Ham if the club are relegated, while Championship clubs Wolves and Blackburn are targeting loan signings.

London Evening Standard
  • West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: 'If we're safe we will talk about a new deal but, if not, there's no contract to discuss."
  • Andre Villas-Boas thinks it is unlikely that anyone will be able to stop Tottenham winning the Europa League if they overcome Inter Milan next month.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester United are trying to negotiate a deal to keep Nani at Old Trafford with boss Sir Alex Ferguson describing him as "one of the best matchwinners in the game".
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has told Roberto Mancini to drop the mind games as the title race enters its final furlong. Ahead of a pivotal weekend in the race for the Premier League crown, Ferguson as good as dismissed City's hopes of overturning United's 12-point lead at the top of the table.
  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini rejected speculation linking Manuel Pellegrini with his job at the Etihad Stadium in the strongest possible terms at Friday's press conference.
Liverpool Echo
  • Steven Pienaar believes Everton can still qualify for the Champions League - but insists any European football next season would be welcome.
  • Pepe Reina insisted Liverpool could 'hold their heads high' after they exited the Europa League on a dramatic night at Anfield.
  • Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen hailed the 'spirit' of Brendan Rodgers' side as he admitted bowing out of the Europa League was a bitter pill to swallow.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew today praised his players and Geordie fans in unison after their victory in Kharkiv and admitted: "You all did your city proud."
  • Shola Ameobi insisted Newcastle United have no fear when it comes to taking on Anzhi Makhachkala in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Sunderland Echo
  • Danny Rose has returned to parent club Tottenham for treatment on the hamstring injury which has ruled him out of Sunderland's trip to West Brom tomorrow.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup has set his sights on a Wembley hat-trick this weekend as Swansea City go in search of Capital One Cup glory.
  • Liberty stalwart Alan Tate is poised to miss Swansea City's trip to Wembley - because he's on his way to Huddersfield Town.
  • Ashley Williams insists Sunday's Capital One Cup final will be the finest day of his career - as long as Swansea City win.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor says Villa should not fear Arsenal and pretty football is not important as they chase victory.
  • Steve Clarke predicts up to six changes of the Baggies side in the summer.
Express & Star
  • Wolves today declared they still want at least one more signing before the loan window shuts to boost their ailing squad against a second successive relegation.
  • Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton is determined to finish his debut season in the Premier League as an ever-present in the starting line-up.
  • West Brom star Romelu Lukaku today claimed the Baggies are ready to surpass their stunning early-season form.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock admitted he was under pressure to name an unchanged line-up at Blackburn Rovers after Leeds United's victory over Blackpool raised their hopes of reaching the play-offs.
Reading Post
  • Brian McDermott feels there is more to come from his Reading players as they enter their final 12 games of the season.
The Sentinel
  • Michael Owen will be kept waiting until the end of the season before learning his fate at Stoke City.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez would be "very surprised" if defender Antolin Alcaraz isn't in the squad for Saturday's huge game at Reading.
The Bolton News
  • Dynamo Kiev are laying a big money move on the line for Wanderers striker David Ngog in a bid to tempt him away from the Reebok.
  • Michael Appleton will step up his search for reinforcements in the loan market after Blackburn's new signing Lee Williamson was ruled out for a minimum of six weeks with an ankle injury.
Evening Times
  • Celtic star Charlie Mulgrew today insisted the surprise slip-up against St Johnstone has not dented confidence ahead of the title run-in.
The Scotsman
  • John McGlynn has told disgruntled Hearts fans their team is still on the verge of "an amazing season" against all the odds.
  • Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has revealed he could return to Ireland to further strengthen his Easter Road squad having mounted a spying trip to watch Irish youngsters there in international action.



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