Football Paper Talk

  • Last Updated: February 13 2014, 7:42 GMT

A round-up of the leading football stories making the back pages of Thursday's national papers

Fernando: Linked with Manchester City
Fernando: Linked with Manchester City


Lukas Podolski has told Arsenal fans he is going nowhere.

Manchester United are set to go on a summer spending spree as they look to banish their 2013-14 Premier League struggles by making a series of big-money signings.

Manchester City could go back in for Porto midfielder Fernando this summer despite being knocked back by him in January and seeing him sign a new contract.

Barry Ferguson is poised to be named as Blackpool's new manager after receiving support from his playing squad.


Tottenham are chasing Ajax and Holland defender Joel Veltman. Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan have also watched the 22-year-old this season.

Chelsea defender David Luiz is top of Barcelona's wanted list again as they prepare for the summer transfer window.

Roberto Mancini, now manager of Turkish side Galatasaray, is considering going back to Manchester City to try to sign defender Matija Nastasic.

Schalke have admitted the £37million buyout clause of Arsenal target midfielder Julian Draxler will still be active this summer.

Bolton are furious after being blocked by the Premier League in their bid to sign West Brom left-back Goran Popov on loan.


Fernando will definitely move to the Premier League in the summer, with Man City the favourites.

Hull defender Paul McShane will not know until next week how long he will be sidelined by an ankle injury - he has to wait for the swelling to go down before having more tests.

Roy Hodgson is expected to give Luke Shaw a chance to shine for England in their friendly with Denmark next month, leaving more doubts about Ashley Cole's international future.

Guly do Prado is set to leave Southampton this summer with no sign of a new contract on the table.

Former Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo is among the applicants for the managerial vacancy at League Two side Oxford.

Charlton hope to sign Blackburn striker Leon Best on loan for the rest of the season.


Manchester City target Fernando could still move to the Barclays Premier League this summer, according to the FC Porto midfielder's agent.

Aston Villa hope to join Bristol City in trialling a safe standing area at Villa Park.


Manchester United's summer spending spree could top £150m with as many as six new faces arriving at Old Trafford.

Inter Milan and their new owner Erick Thohir are looking to raid the Premier League for reinforcements, with Nemanja Vidic and Erik Lamela the top targets.

Charlton have apologised to a supporter who was wrongly accused of racially abusing a player during Saturday's home defeat by Birmingham.


Tom Cleverly has closed his Twitter account just a couple of days after admitting he feels he has been made a scapegoat by Manchester United fans for their poor form.


Coventry are lining up a move for Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd this summer.

Gennaro Gattuso is dreaming of a return to Rangers as part of Ally McCoist's coaching set-up, knocking back a move to the Far East to keep himself free.

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