Paper Talk - 28 February 2013

Leandro Damiao: Remains a target for Tottenham

Regional Paper Talk: AVB eyes strikers

Tottenham could sell Emmanuel Adebayor to fund moves for Leandro Damiao or Eder this summer, while Avram Grant may soon return to Chelsea.

London Evening Standard
  • Rafael Benitez will be in charge for Saturday's game against West Brom but Chelsea are considering replacing him with Avram Grant until the end of the season before bringing Jose Mourinho back as manager in the summer.
  • Tottenham will listen to offers for Emmanuel Adebayor in the summer after Andre Villas-Boas placed Leandro Damiao and Portugal forward Eder at the top of his list of striker targets.
  • Marc Overmars today claimed he would one day be willing to return to Arsenal as part of the club's backroom staff.
  • Esteban Granero is enjoying life at Loftus Road and relishing the challenge of keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.
Newham Recorder
  • West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan plus Mark Noble and James Tomkins are all likely to miss the trip to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester Evening News
  • Roberto Mancini has admitted that one of the chinks in City's armour is a lack of width, which is one reason why Alexis Sanchez's unrest at Barcelona will have caught his attention.
Liverpool Echo
  • Lucas Leiva believes Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez should be crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year in recognition of his "amazing" season.
The Chronicle
  • Yoan Gouffran says that Newcastle United could not have a better man to step into Fabricio Coloccini's boots than Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at Swansea City.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Rob Elliot may have won his personal competition with Steve Harper, but the Newcastle United goalkeeper still regards his rival as a valuable team-mate.
  • Sunderland will offer Simon Mignolet a new contract after the Belgian refuted claims from his own agent that he may be faced to move elsewhere.
Sunderland Echo
  • Stephane Sessegnon is confident Sunderland's new-look formation can end the Black Cats' lean spell in front of goal.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Huw Jenkins reckons Premier League managers who claim their clubs cannot compete in Europe are talking "a load of rubbish".
  • Leon Britton is relishing the prospect of European drama at Swansea City next season - because it will save him from the soaps.
Express & Star
  • West Brom today set 50 points as their next major Premier League target - but the Baggies' players were given the all-clear to aim for Europe.
  • Fabian Delph today gave Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert his personal vote of confidence and claimed his team-mates "have faith" in the Scot's ability to keep the club up.
  • Wolves manager Dean Saunders today urged fans to put the team first after their protest at the home clash with Watford.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock admitted today that he was increasingly reluctant to make further additions to Leeds United's squad, claiming the arrival of a new winger would put him under pressure to change an in-form team.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City captain Grant Holt insists the Canaries still aren't safe from the Premier League trapdoor.
The Sentinel
  • Marc Wilson and Geoff Cameron are being kept guessing over who replaces Robert Huth against West Ham on Saturday.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez says Antolin Alcaraz will bring "incredible experience and real know-how" to Wigan Athletic's survival bid.
The Bolton News
  • Dougie Freedman wants Stuart Holden to stay at the Reebok - and hopes Wanderers' upturn in form can help make it happen.
  • Chris Eagles is not seeking a move away from Wanderers, according to Dougie Freedman.
The Star
  • Milan Mandaric is ready to back Dave Jones if the Owls manager feels a need to make one last dip into the loan market.
Evening Times
  • Motherwell boss Stuart McCall was thrilled with last night's win over Celtic - but still doesn't want to build himself up for talk of second place.

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