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West Ham v Birmingham
Papa Bouba Diop could make his first start for three months in front of West Ham’s back four, but Joey O’Brien is still doubtful with a thigh injury so Guy Demel will keep his place at right back.
Birmingham have no new injury worries following their win over Crystal Palace but the game comes too soon for Jonathan Spector (thigh) and Pablo Ibanez (hamstring).
rsene Wenger fears that Manchester City - who have already tempted Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor away from the Gunners - could be back for more of his players.
The Times (subscription)
Fulham goal ace Clint Dempsey, 29, has refused to rule out a move away from Craven Cottage this summer despite having another year left on his contract. Arsenal and Tottenham are interested.
Clint Dempsey is interesting Arsenal and Spurs
Sunderland want to offer Manchester City winger Adam Johnson a return to the north east.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle is a £4m target for Premier League promotion hopefuls Southampton.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could quit the club if manager Kenny Dalglish is sacked in the summer.
Injured Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has kicked his last ball for Arsenal as the Gunners prepare to sell the centre-back at the end of the season.
Manchester City have denied rumours of a post-match dressing room punch-up after Sunday's defeat at Arsenal.
Tony Pulis is backing his in-form Stoke striker Peter Crouch for a return to the England squad.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he will need four or five new signings if they qualify for Europe.
Sunday Sun (Newcastle)
Aston Villa's Richard Dunne has decided against going to owner Randy Lerner's American football franchise the Cleveland Browns for treatment on his broken collarbone.
: Birmingham Mail
Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner has refused to get involved in a war of words with Harry Redknapp after the Tottenham Hotspur manager questioned his worth to parent club Arsenal.
Kevin Doyle has scored four goals in 30 league appearances this season
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic could be facing a ban from the Football Association after he appeared to punch Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun Maloney in the stomach in the build-up to his side's winning goal on Saturday.
Manchester City old boy Rodney Marsh thinks "there is a possibility there could be an enormous clear out" at the Etihad after their disappointing end to the season.
Liverpool's American owners will fly in to meet manager Kenny Dalglish ahead of the club's FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday.
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers says he wants his team to finish high up the table with the likes of Liverpool and Everton.
Brazilian league player Volante Derlan had to be restrained by police during a match after he punched the referee following his sending off.
Roberto Mancini will sell Mario Balotelli this summer after his antics at Arsenal.
Fabrice Muamba hopes to be back in the North West by the end of the week.
Hoffenheim want Gylfi Sigurdsson back at the end of his loan at Swansea.
Norwich striker Chris Martin is a £1.2million target for Brighton.
John Madejski insists the Russian takeover of Reading will still go through.
Kevin Doyle is in line for a £4million move to Southampton.
Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli will never play for Manchester City again and blamed him for blowing the title.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle will be offered a way out of his Molineux nightmare by Southampton.
Norwich striker Chris Martin is a £1.2million target for Brighton boss Gus Poyet.
Blackpool face competition from Reading for Scott Dobbie.
Roberto Mancini last night told Mario Balotelli: You've played your last game for Manchester City.
Mark Hughes has launched a furious attack on the standard of referees.
Hatem Ben Arfa says Newcastle's togetherness can help them gatecrash the top four.
Roberto Mancini admitted Mario Balotelli may never play for Manchester City again after the club's title hopes all but disintegrated.
Clint Dempsey has admitted he could leave Fulham at the end of the season.
Ashley Cole is a major injury worry for Chelsea as the season reaches its conclusion.
Mario Balotelli may have played his last game for Manchester City.
Ashley Young was touted as an Olympic diving partner for Tom Daley after being caught up in a cheat storm at Old Trafford.
Tottenham's Scott Parker is ready for a Champions League scrap against two of his former sides.
Peter Lawwell last night set Neil Lennon a Champions League target and vowed to back the Celtic manager in his bid to seal the club's return to Europe's top table.
Joe Ledley says SPL glory has convinced him he wants to stay at Celtic for life.
Kelvin Wilson insists Celtic are ready to crack the Champions League.
Carlos Bocanegra says Rangers have the same global appeal as Manchester United and Liverpool.
Kanny King Kenny, ruler of The Kop, is set for talks with Liverpool's American owners, a meeting in which John W Henry is expected to hold up a picture of Andy Carroll and ask him what the hell he thought he was playing at, to which the only acceptable answer will be that Mario Balotelli put on his best Scottish accent and posed as Dalglish when Liverpool splurged £35m on the Giant Ponytail. Carroll's time on Merseyside is up anyway, and he would not be averse to a move back to Newcastle, it says here. Probably wasn't the best idea to behave like a horse on a medicine ball last week then, Andy. Liverpool will console themselves by signing Juan Vargas from Fiorentina, 15th in Serie A. The good times are back baby!
Perennial victim Roberto Mancini says Balotelli will be sold in the summer, just like he said Carlos Tevez would never play for Manchester City again. City are planning a £7m swoop for Lille's teenage left-back Lucas Digne. The last two left-backs signed by Mancini were Gaël Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, who'll be sold in the summer, so that should fill everyone with confidence. At this rate, he's two steps away from bringing in Djimi Traoré. Self-awareness's Kolo Touré is in a hot funk about being left out of the squad against Arsenal and will storm off to Russian romantics Anzhi Makhachkala.
Fulham face a fight to hold on to goal ace Clint Dempsey, a £10m target for Arsenal and Tottenham. Manchester United, who already have a couple of popular Americans in the boardroom, are also interested. Ramires reckons Chelsea target Axel Witsel, currently of Benfica, will be a big hit, assuming he's not too busy treading on toes and uncovering conspiracies in Beverly Hills.
Kevin Doyle's expert exhibition of how to sit on a bench at Wolves will earn him a £4m move to Southampton, regardless of whether Saints are promoted to the Premier League. Coldplay's Chris Martin, on loan at Crystal Palace, is set to join Brighton & Hove Albion for £1.2m.
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CH..your a legend Sir..check your news everyday and am a little bit lost when it doesnt appear in the thread list.. i always mean to say thanks but today i actually will..
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headphones on as i am typing this out i say no more
THE SUN: Mario Balotelli's tackle landed him on the front pages at the weekend. And a horror tackle on Arsenal's Alex Song has cost him his Manchester City career. Also: Paul Scholes kept up his inspired form to put Alex Ferguson's men on the brink of the title..
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini told Mario Balotelli he will never play for Manchester City again and blamed him for blowing the title.
DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini last night told Mario Balotelli: You've played your last game for Manchester City. Also: Mark Hughes last night launched a furious attack on the standard of referees after his QPR side became the latest victim of their cock-ups.
DAILY EXPRESS: Mario Balotelli may have played his last game for Manchester City after being sent off in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal yesterday that has all but ended the club's title challenge.
DAILY MAIL: Roberto Mancini watched Manchester City's title hopes all but disintegrate yesterday after a crushing defeat at Arsenal and admitted Mario Balotelli might not play for the club again. Also: As Manchester City collapse spectacularly and painfully, their closest neighbours and rivals roll on.
THE TIMES: Roberto Mancini said last night that he has run out of patience with Mario Balotelli.
THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini suggested last night that Mario Balotelli has played his last game for Manchester City after their 1-0 defeat at Arsenal left his side eight points from the top of the Premier League and effectively curtailed the club's pursuit of a first league title in 44 years.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Mario Balotelli wore gloves but he left his fingerprints all over the scene of the crime in north London, the scene surely of Manchester City's surrender to Manchester United in the race for the Premier League. Also: Mario Balotelli appears to have played his last game for Manchester City after Roberto Mancini declared that his wayward striker's season was over and that he would "probably" try to sell him this summer.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Mancini opened the door to the possibility that Mario Balotelli could be sold this summer following a performance in which he was sent off for the second time this season in a 1-0 defeat that was catastrophic for Manchester City's title hopes. Also: Mark Hughes, the Queens Park Rangers manager, last night suggested that managers have lost faith in referees after the dubious dismissal of his captain, Shaun Derry, had rendered defeat even more inevitable to a Manchester United side who can now afford to lose two games and still be crowned Premier League champions.
i pray they all die in a fire everynight
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