Paper Talk - 23 April 2013

Andy Carroll: Linked with Newcastle return

Regional Paper Talk: Carroll cool on Toon

Andy Carroll is not expecting to return to Newcastle, while Vincent Kompany says Champions League success is "inevitable" for Manchester City.

London Evening Standard
  • John Terry will open talks with Chelsea over a new contract in the summer to secure his future at Stamford Bridge.
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes Sunday's game against Manchester United holds the key not just to Arsenal's Champions League ambitions but their Premier League aspirations next season.
  • Hugo Lloris says the team spirit behind Tottenham's stunning comeback victory over Manchester City will stand his club in good stead for the climax to the season.
  • Chelsea will issue a life ban to any supporter found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse aimed at Yossi Benayoun.
  • West Ham fans will have an opportunity over the next week to air their views about the club's move to the Olympic Stadium.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said his Manchester United side had joined the club's greats after they wrapped up a record 20th league title with victory over Aston Villa.
  • Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City winning the Champions League is "inevitable" - but admits the Blues have fallen short this season.
Liverpool Echo
  • Luis Suarez's season is over after the Liverpool FC striker was charged with violent conduct for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. The Uruguayan is facing the prospect of a six to eight-game ban after the Football Association ruled that a standard three-match suspension was "clearly insufficient".
  • Marouane Fellaini admitted tiredness played a part in Everton's first defeat by Sunderland for a decade - a loss which ended the Blues' challenge for a place in next season's Champions League.
The Chronicle
  • Andy Carroll is NOT expecting to be back at Newcastle United next season. The Chronicle understands that while United will always hold a special place in his heart, Carroll is not building up his hopes of being back at St James' Park. And despite talk that the Magpies will submit a bid for his services this summer, the Geordie striker is planning for nothing else but a return to Anfield for pre-season training in July.
  • Newcastle United number nine Papiss Cisse has jetted to Paris to see a specialist in a bid to try to cure a rib injury.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Ryan Taylor could be sent to the man who saved Alan Shearer's career in a bid to ensure he plays again for Newcastle United.
  • Alan Pardew believes that the return of Fabricio Coloccini will be the "big boost" that Newcastle United need to see out their draining surviving fight.
  • John O'Shea insists Paolo Di Canio's tactics are playing a bigger role than his passion in firing Sunderland's end-of-season revival.
Sunderland Echo
  • Jack Colback insists Sunderland's threadbare options leave no room for tantrums at being thrust into unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Paolo Di Canio aims to persist with two contrasting frontmen when he has a full quota of strikers to choose from at Sunderland.
  • The boss of Black Cats chairman Ellis Short's favourite Wearside restaurant has spoken of his delight after he left a £1,800 tip following his latest visit.
The Daily Echo
  • Morgan Schneiderlin deserves to receive an international call-up from France, according to Jack Cork, his midfield partner at Saints.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Emmerson Boyce says it's imperative Wigan Athletic get back to winning ways as quickly as possible - to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom.
Birmingham Mail
  • Paul Lambert has praised Aston Villa for recovering their composure to protect their confidence and goal difference from a battering during Manchester United's title triumph.
  • Tributes have been paid to former West Brom and Walsall star Tony Grealish who has died aged 56 after a long battle against cancer.
  • Andrew Shinnie has been backed to make an impact at Birmingham City. The Scotland international midfielder 'ticks all the boxes' for Blues boss Lee Clark.
Express & Star
  • Stephen Hunt has told Wolves players to prepare for "the biggest game of our lives" against Burnley on Saturday.
  • West Brom defender Billy Jones has insisted the chance to be record-breakers will spur his team-mates to end their season in style.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • The Brian McDermott effect at Leeds United has already won him a significant number of admirers just 11 days into his Elland Road tenure. Jason Pearce said: "The manager has been really positive, everything he's saying is positive, and I think it's had a positive effect."
Reading Post
  • Reading midfielder Jay Tabb says he wants to make his loan move to Championship side Ipswich Town permanent.
The Pink un
  • Preston boss Simon Grayson would love to link up again with Norwich City's on-loan England Under-21 keeper Declan Rudd next season at Deepdale.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Jonathan de Guzman reckons the honour of wearing Swansea City colours in the Premier League will ensure Michael Laudrup's men avoid a late-season collapse.
  • Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has indicated that his top priority this summer will be to sign a centre-forward.
Evening Gazette
  • Julio Arca is the first player to leave as Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough summer reshuffle gets underway.
Evening Times
  • Neil Lennon is targeting some old Bhoys as he finalises his plans for the opening of the transfer window. The Celtic boss wants more experience in his ranks and could try to again sign Wolves' Kevin Doyle.
  • Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been told that boardroom unrest at the Ibrox club will NOT scupper bids to strengthen his squad.
  • Dorin Goian says he's not interested in an emotional return to Steaua Bucharest because he's desperate to come back to Rangers.

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