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Last Updated: May 17, 2013 4:33pm
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsene Wenger today claimed Arsenal have made no contact with Manchester United about signing Wayne Rooney but confirmed the club are in advanced talks to bring Yaya Sanogo in from Auxerre.
Wenger, meanwhile, has claimed he would relish the prospect of a third place play-off with Chelsea but has urged his team to concentrate on beating Newcastle to guarantee their 16th consecutive top-four finish.
Chelsea players hope the fans applaud Rafael Benitez on Sunday despite barracking him throughout his seven months as interim manager.
Kieran Richardson has played his last game for Fulham this season after being ruled out of Sunday's Premier League finale at Swansea.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Roque Santa Cruz could return to Man City to lead the line in the Premier League next season after thriving under Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga.
Retiring Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson gave his final pre-match press conference on Friday with wine, jokes and emotion all featuring.
Liverpool FC will attempt to bring Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori to Anfield this summer. The Reds have had the 20-year-old centre-back watched on a number of occasions.
Paolo Di Canio insists Sunderland have plenty to play for in Sunday's final game at Spurs - pride, professionalism and the small matter of £4.5m!
Alan Pardew has played down the significance of Mike Ashley's flying visit to Newcastle United's training ground today - but says a full review will take place after the Arsenal game.
Paolo Di Canio has ear-marked a major role for Jack Colback in his Sunderland revolution - and has told the club's Cleadon Academy he wants them to produce more players like him in the future.
Middlesbrough will be playing in Adidas kits for a further three seasons after putting pen to paper on a contract extension.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Spanish star Michu ended a season-long stream of plaudits by bagging The Evening Post Supporters' Player of the Year trophy at Swansea City's annual awards bash.
Paul Caddis' move to St Andrew's is off because Birmingham can't afford to sign him for £250,000, throwing Lee Clark's summer plans into turmoil.
Paul Lambert has used his German connections to arrange Aston Villa's pre-season tour this summer. Villa will play three matches during an eight-day stay in Germany, while four domestic friendlies at Wycombe, Luton, Crewe and Walsall have also been announced.
EXPRESS & STAR
Wolves player of the year Bakary Sako has emerged as a summer transfer target for arch-rivals West Brom. Sources close to the 25-year-old say initial talks have already taken place with the Baggies and Fulham, who have both targeted a left-sided midfielder during this window.
Wolves defender Jody Craddock today confirmed his retirement as it was announced the Football League had officially granted him a testimonial year.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Sam Byram's place in the provisional squad for England's Under-20 World Cup campaign has been confirmed.
Southampton legend Terry Paine insists the club are capable of finishing in the top four of the Premier League next season.
Eamonn Dolan has urged Alex McCarthy to make the most of his England call-up - and put himself in the frame for the 2014 World Cup squad.
WIGAN EVENING POST
Latics legend Neill Rimmer is hoping there will be a carnival atmosphere at Sunday's visit of Aston Villa to celebrate the club's Premier League adventure and FA Cup success.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis remains in the dark over his future ahead of Sunday's final fixture of the season at Southampton - and he shrugged his shoulders during Friday's press conference when asked about rumours that chairman Peter Coates was prepared to step down this summer.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Bolton look set to hand a second chance to West Ham winger Robert Hall.
After a two-month loan spell that saw him play just 36 minutes of football in the season just finished, Dougie Freedman is keen to bring Hall back to The Reebok on a permanent basis to play a much more prominent role.
Burnley have confirmed the capture of goalkeeper Tom Heaton as manager Sean Dyche's first permanent signing. The former Bristol City stopper has agreed a two-year deal, with a further 12-month option, and will make his move official on July 1.
Blackburn decided not to sign loan keeper Greg Sandomierski because of a £1m asking price. Rovers informed Genk this week that they would not be signing the Pole on a permanent deal, after lining up the free transfer signing of Portsmouth's Simon Eastwood.
Sheffield United have resolved to focus their search for a new manager on candidates with experience of the English game despite receiving several applications from coaches based abroad.
Nicky Clark has revealed he is set to sign a three-year deal with boyhood heroes Rangers next week. The 21-year-old, who scored 41 goals in all competitions for Queen of the South, has reached a verbal agreement with Ally McCoist on his dream move to Ibrox.
Wolves have confirmed that they have taken up a one-year contract extension option on Scottish striker Leigh Griffiths, who has been on loan at Hibs for the past 18 months.