Paper Talk - 25 March 2013

Wilfried Bony: Target for West Ham and Fulham

Regional Paper Talk: Fulham eye Bony

Fulham could rival West Ham for Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, while Reading's search for a new manager looks to have ground to a halt.

London Evening Standard
  • West Ham could face competition from Fulham in the race to sign Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony.
  • Lukas Podolski is flattered at being linked with other clubs but says he will not leave Arsenal this summer despite losing his place in the first XI.
  • Gianfranco Zola confirmed that Matej Vydra wants to stay at Watford after the on-loan Udinese striker was named Championship Player of the Year last night.
Liverpool Echo
  • Lucas Leiva has revealed how he came close to leaving Liverpool during the reign of Roy Hodgson.
  • Daniel Sturridge insists his motivation is not to prove the doubters wrong but to fulfil his potential.
  • Seamus Coleman believes he is currently playing the best football of his Everton career - after adding defensive meanness to the attacking flair he has shown all season.
The Chronicle
  • Cheick Tiote insists Newcastle United still have some work to do before their Premier League safety is assured.
  • Newcastle United want to get their pre-season plans nailed early this year - and avoid a repeat of last summer's complex itinerary.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Shola Ameobi believes the next four weeks will be the most important of his 13 years at Newcastle United.
Sunderland Echo
  • Ellis Short continues to see Martin O'Neill as the best man to lead Sunderland, despite weekend reports linking Everton boss David Moyes with the Black Cats hot-seat.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Huw Jenkins is convinced Swansea City can continue upsetting the odds by building on their glorious first season under Michael Laudrup.
Express & Star
  • Wolves' worst fears were confirmed today when injured trio Carl Ikeme, Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards were ruled out for the season.
  • West Bromwich Albion defender Liam Ridgewell today claimed Hawthorns No.1 Ben Foster should be classed alongside England rival Joe Hart as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The Pink un
  • New signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel has spoken of his desire to help Norwich City become a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.
Reading Post
  • Reading's hunt for Brian McDermott's replacement looks to be grinding to a halt.
  • Noel Hunt says he would love to stay at Reading beyond this summer.
The Sentinel
  • Robert Huth is fit and ready to return to bolster Stoke City's flagging fortunes - despite an enforced four-week break on the sidelines.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Antolin Alcaraz has banished all talk of Wembley at least for the time being.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Lee Grant is deep into negotiations with Burnley over a new contract.
Evening Times
  • Rangers boss Ally McCoist has warned his young players they must improve to meet the demands of the Ibrox fans.
  • Robbie Crawford today insisted the Rangers young guns are coming of age as a result of the Ibrox club's current slump.
  • Barry Bannan has told Gordon Strachan that he is ready and willing to play in tomorrow's tie in Serbia.
  • Aberdeen remain on course to appoint Derek McInnes as their new manager in the coming days.
The Scotsman
  • Charles Green has restated his belief that Rangers will be playing in England in the next five years, while claiming that a pair of English football clubs have been offered to him as surrogates for a Rangers move.



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