Club ready to send £50,000-a-week midfielder on loan

Alan Smith
Alan Smith

WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

DAILY MIRROR: Newcastle are reportedly preparing to send midfielder Alan Smith out on loan.

Fabio Capello is ready to pick John Terry and Rio Ferdinand for England duty in 10 days.

Also: Manchester City continued their goal-rush last night, demolishing Wolves to reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

DAILY STAR: Ashley Cole will be interviewed by the FA over the John Terry race row. Also: Edin Dzeko hit two as Manchester City went goal crazy again last night.

DAILY EXPRESS: England manager Fabio Capello will be free to pick skipper John Terry for next month’s friendly internationals against Spain and Sweden at Wembley. Also: Carlos Tevez has a case for suing Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for defamation of character, according to a leading lawyer.

DAILY MAIL: John Terry will be confronted by evidence from three QPR players who have backed Anton Ferdinand in the FA’s race row inquiry. Also: Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour has told manager Roberto Mancini he will personally pay his legal bills if he is sued by his former captain Carlos Tevez.

THE SUN: Ashley Cole will tell the FA he did not hear John Terry making any racist comments to QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Also: Andy Flower’s plans for a major shake-up of England’s one-day cricket will mean the axe for several players.

THE GUARDIAN: Fabio Capello is unlikely to select Rio Ferdinand for England’s friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month, sparing John Terry the awkward situation of linking up with his senior international team-mate while the Football Association is investigating whether he racially abused the Manchester United defender’s younger brother, Anton. Also: Manchester City remain unmoved from their stance that Carlos Tevez will not be sold for a cut-price fee in January despite claims to the contrary from Corinthians and the threat of legal action by the player against Roberto Mancini for defamation.

THE INDEPENDENT: Already mired in acrimony with Carlos Tevez, Manchester City are bracing themselves for a battle with another of the club’s former captains after it emerged Kolo Toure plans to contest any potential punishment levelled at him for his six-month suspension for a failed drugs test. Also: John Terry will continue to be selected for England, and captain the national team, while he awaits the outcome of a Football Association investigation into his alleged racist abuse of the Queen’s Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Graham Henry, New Zealand’s World Cup winning coach, does not want Martin Johnson’s job, but he would be very interested in talking to the Rugby Football Union about managing a programme to produce better England-qualified coaches. Also: Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender, should “demonstrate courage”, remember the sacrifices black players made in the past and state publicly what he believes Chelsea’s John Terry allegedly said to him, according to Lord Ouseley, chairman of the Kick It Out anti-racism group and a Football Association Council member.

THE TIMES: Manchester United served notice of their remarkable strength in depth last night when they thrashed Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-2 at Molineux to reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. Also: Members of the Say No Chelsea Pitch Owners (SNCPO) campaign group expressed concern yesterday that they will lose the crucial vote on Chelsea’s proposal to buy back the Stamford Bridge freehold.