LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has defended his London meeting with former team-mate Lionel Messi after a photograph of the pair dining in Harrods sparked more talk of a move to Stamford Bridge for the Barcelona star.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Roberto Mancini will force Manchester City to make a decision over Yaya Toure this summer after stepping up his pursuit of the Ivorian international.
Everton will play in the Barclays Asia Trophy this summer as part of their pre-season schedule.
Loan deals for several young Liverpool prospects are expected to be finalised in the next few days following discussions between Brendan Rodgers and Academy director Alex Inglethorpe. Jerome Sinclair and Jack Dunn are two widely expected to be farmed out.
Liverpool youngster Rafael Paez is in limbo after his proposed loan move to Spanish side Eibar was blocked by FIFA.
Liverpool have run the rule over Newcastle United’s in-form right-back Daryl Janmaat, whose fine first season in the Premier League has attracted heavyweight interest.
Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in Magpies frontman Ayoze Perez.
Connor Wickham is looking to rediscover some consistency to reclaim a regular place in the Sunderland team.
West Brom skipper Darren Fletcher says the club are focused on getting to 40 points and have already put their double Villa Park whammy to one side.
Gary Rowett insists the renaissance which has effectively secured Birmingham City’s Championship status won’t lead to a period of ‘ridiculous experimentation’.
EXPRESS & STAR
Wolves captain Sam Ricketts has admitted for the first time that he needs to leave Molineux for the sake of his career.
Bakary Sako has forgiven Fernando Forestieri after the Watford man’s antics resulted in the Wolves winger’s now-rescinded red card.
Stoke playmaker Bojan Krkic has updated fans on his progress as he steps up his recovery from a knee ligament injury.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Steve Bruce is likely to resist the temptation to throw Mo Diame straight back into Hull City’s fight for survival this weekend.
Burnley winger George Boyd remains convinced Burnley can defy the odds and stay in the Premier League this season.
Meanwhile Clarets captain Jason Shackell says Premier League survival would be a bigger achievement than winning promotion last season, and his best in football.
Jordan Rhodes will be recalled to the Blackburn starting line-up for tonight’s derby at home to Bolton after Gary Bowyer ruled out sending the £8m striker out on loan.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is set to stick with his five-man defence for the vital Premier League visit of Hull on Saturday.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Bafetimbi Gomis will return to training today and should be fit for Swansea City’s meeting with Liverpool.
Garry Monk reckons the chance to pass Brendan Rodgers’s record Swansea City points tally will inspire his players for a final push this season.
SOUTH LONDON PRESS
Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch will be out of action until the start of April with a thigh strain.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds have reached a deal which will lift a winding-up order from the club’s former parent company, Leeds City Holdings (LCH).
January signing Granddi Ngoyi has been pencilled in for an appearance with Leeds’s U21s on Friday with the Frenchman bidding to prove his fitness and play a part in the Sky Bet Championship run-in.
Cardiff exile Adam Le Fondre has revealed his shock when Russell Slade told him he could leave the club on loan as he travelled to an away match.
Swansea centre back Jordi Amat has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him in South Wales until 2018.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer stoked up tonight’s derby by claiming Bolton have been “fortunate” to bring in so many reinforcements this season.
Lee Clark has described Blackpool’s pre-season shambles as the “cancer” which brought about the club’s almost certain relegation.
Steve Clarke launched an angry tirade at the standard of refereeing in the Championship after watching his side beat Brighton.
Chris O’Grady admitted it was a frustrating night for Brighton despite bagging his first league goal for the club.
Mick McCarthy is optimistic that striker David McGoldrick can still play a big part in Ipswich’s promotion push.
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has challenged defender John Brayford to improve his form, and rediscover the heights he hit during a successful loan spell at Bramall Lane last season.
Meanwhile Clough will resist the temptation to rush back Stefan Scougall until the Scot is back to full fitness, following a knee ligament injury.
Joe Lolley has brushed off fitness concerns – and set his sights on another Huddersfield outing at former club Birmingham on Saturday.
Charlie Daniels insists team-mate Brett Pitman should receive greater acclaim for his contribution to the Bournemouth cause.