WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Sunderland, Coventry City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Bolton Wanderers and QPR.
DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City are closing in on a £20m move for Bolton defender Gary Cahill, with Nedum Onuoha and Dedryck Boyata moving to the Reebok Stadium as part of the deal.
Carlo Ancelotti is set to be offered an immediate Premier League return with QPR. Also: West Ham have made a string of explosive claims to the Premier League, insisting Sunderland have tapped up Demba Ba.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: FIFA presidential challenger Mohamed Bin Hammam and controversial power broker Jack Warner will be accused of offering $40,000 cash bribes to national football associations when they appear before a FIFA ethics committee hearing on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. Also: Kolo Toure, the Manchester City defender, is set to discover today whether he faces a two-year worldwide ban from football after testing positive for a specified substance earlier this month.
GUARDIAN: Sunderland look set to swoop for Coventry City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
World football’s governing body, already reeling from a string of corruption claims, was thrown into fresh turmoil yesterday by serious bribery allegations concerning two of the most senior figures on FIFA’s executive committee. Also: Andrew Strauss resumes the captaincy of an England Test side that after their Ashes success have now become, in the words of Sri Lanka’s coach Stuart Law, “the toughest deal on the planet”.
THE TIMES: Fabio Capello’s problems deepened last night when Jermain Defoe became the latest England player to withdraw from the squad for next week’s European Championship qualifying match against Switzerland. Also: The civil war that broke out within the power structures of FIFA yesterday looks to be another excruciating public embarrassment and a battle that will be fought to the finish.
THE INDEPENDENT: The power brokers in world football’s controversial world governing body FIFA turned on one another yesterday in an unprecedented 24 hours of bribery allegations that could precipitate a meltdown in the secretive much-criticised organisation. Also: Fabio Capello’s striker shortage for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland a week on Saturday became more acute yesterday when Jermain Defoe became the latest player to pull out of the squad.
DAILY EXPRESS: Darren Fletcher is bracing himself for Champions League final heartbreak for a third time. Also: Newcastle will not offer Joey Barton a new contract - and that means he looks certain to leave St James’ Park this summer.
DAILY MAIL: FIFA were in meltdown last night, with allegations of top-level bribery and counterclaims of a dirty tricks campaign engulfing next week’s presidential election. Also: Queens Park Rangers fans were furious yesterday after learning they will be charged up to £72 to watch their team in the Barclays Premier League next season - a 106 per cent rise on this term.
THE SUN: Tottenham duo Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone, along with Aston Villa’s Ashley Young, will fly to Marbella to join the cast of TV show The Only Way Is Essex.
Jose Mourinho last night ruled out a return to Chelsea. Also: Alex Ferguson will pick his Schalke stunners for Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona.
DAILY STAR: Darren Fletcher was last night facing Champions League heartbreak for the third time. Also: Furious West Ham last night accused Sunderland of tapping-up Demba Ba.