Paper Talk - 20 June 2013

Christian Atsu: Wanted at Anfield

Regional Paper Talk: Liverpool track Atsu

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Porto's Christian Atsu, West Brom want Yossi Benayoun, and Billy Sharp has denied he is joining Reading.

London Evening Standard
  • Arsenal are set to make Gonzalo Higuain the club's highest-paid player once a transfer fee is agreed with Real Madrid.
  • Andy Carroll sees no reason why he cannot help fire West Ham to some long-overdue silverware.
The Bolton News
  • Bolton insist there has been no firm offer for Matt Mills from Leeds United, despite mounting speculation that he is heading out of the club.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Blackburn Rovers are in discussions over a shirt sponsorship deal for the new season - but they intend to steer clear of the controversy that marred link-ups at Newcastle and Bolton.
The Star
  • Sheffield United manager David Weir will use the transfer market to bring "different skills sets" to Bramall Lane.
  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones is expected to significantly beef up his forward line this summer as he aims to stablise the club in the Championship.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Fernando Torres has rubbished talk of a Chelsea exit this summer.
Manchester Evening News
  • New £30million signing Fernandinho says the Man City fans deserve to taste success in Europe's top tournament for the first time.
  • Speculation that Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara could be on his way to Manchester United has intensified after a message from David de Gea.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool are in pole position to sign Christian Atsu this summer - but the Reds fear they will have to wait if they are to secure the FC Porto winger.
  • Roberto Martinez will look to bolster Everton's goalkeeping options this summer but Tim Howard has revealed how he plans to stay as first choice.
The Chronicle
  • Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has hit out at the Magpies and labelled the current mess as a 'PR disaster'.
  • Sunderland have landed one of Sweden's most highly-rated youngsters, teenager David Moberg-Karlsson becoming the latest player to join Paolo Di Canio's Wearside revolution.
Evening Gazette
  • Middlesbrough are working hard to try to land their first summer capture before the start of pre-season training on Monday.
The Daily Echo
  • Southampton striker Billy Sharp has denied reports he has agreed to join Reading.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Wigan Athletic will have to get used to being the prize scalp in the Championship next term, according to chief executive Jonathan Jackson.
Birmingham Mail
  • Gareth Southgate says moving to Aston Villa was a brave decision by Joe Bennett.
  • Chris Brunt hopes to banish West Brom's mid-winter slump once and for all.
Express & Star
  • West Brom are on the trail of playmaker Yossi Benayoun as their summer transfer plans begin to take shape.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United manager Brian McDermott will meet with club bosses today in a bid to kick-start some transfer business - with a number of his summer targets ready and waiting to join.
Reading Post
  • Alex Pearce is close to signing a new deal with Reading after talks over a new contract took a step forward during the past fortnight.
Evening Times
  • Davie Weir believes Rangers manager Ally McCoist has made summer signings which can propel the Ibrox club back to the forefront of the Scottish game.
  • Celtic are today expected to complete the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk on a four-year deal as he arrived in Glasgow.
The Scotsman
  • Staff at the crisis-hit football club Hearts will be made redundant later today, the administrator has said.

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