Pair to bid for £20m midfield star

Everton's Jack Rodwell
Everton's Jack Rodwell

WE take a look around football for the latest from Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Real Madrid.

DAILY MAIL: Chelsea have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Everton’s 20-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is ready to open his chequebook in a bid to keep contract rebel Samir Nasri at the club amid interest from Manchester United.

Newcastle hope to fend off late interest from Everton to sign West Ham striker Demba Ba, 26.

Lewis Hamilton has been warned by legendary racer Niki Lauda that his dangerous driving will lead to “someone getting killed” after a crash with McLaren team-mate Jenson Button at a rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix. Also: Alex McLeish is heading for a legal battle with Birmingham City after they refused to accept a shock resignation and warned him not to talk to any other clubs.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: A truly extraordinary Canadian Grand Prix, lasting almost four hours due to torrential rain and five safety cars, ended in the most dramatic fashion imaginable with Jenson Button - having pitted six times during the race - coming through on the final lap for victory. Also: Lewis Hamilton’s attacking style was under fresh scrutiny last night after three-time world champion Niki Lauda warned that if the Briton continued to drive as he has been doing “it will result in someone getting killed”.

THE TIMES: Aston Villa are ready to make a remarkable move to take Alex McLeish across the Second City, but they face another compensation battle after Birmingham City refused last night to accept the resignation that their manager delivered by e-mail. Also: Jenson Button won the race of his life last night in a tumultuous Canadian Grand Prix that had everything from a biblical downpour to the most thrilling finale of this season - or possibly any season.

THE INDEPENDENT: Alex McLeish resigned as Birmingham City manager yesterday, prompting suggestions that he could be in line to take the vacant manager’s job at city rivals Aston Villa. Also: England received a football lesson in their opening match of Group B at the European Under-21 Championship in Herning last night and yet somehow emerged with an invaluable point.

THE GUARDIAN: Alex McLeish resigned as Birmingham City manager last night, fuelling speculation that he is on the verge of making a controversial cross-city move by taking over at Aston Villa. Also: Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the rain-interrupted Canadian Grand Prix - and, realistically, the race for the Formula One championship - on the eighth lap, after a collision with his McLaren team-mate, Jenson Button, here yesterday.

DAILY EXPRESS: Alex McLeish has been slammed for quitting Birmingham City to set himself up for a sensational move across the city to Aston Villa. Also: Lewis Hamilton could kill another driver unless the stewards teach him a lesson.

DAILY MIRROR: Bolton are making a £4m bid to sign striker Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica. The 20-year-old Spaniard made 17 appearances for the Trotters during a season-long loan last season.

Birmingham plan legal action with Alex McLeish set to join bitter rivals Aston Villa after walking out on them. Also: Danny Welbeck rescued England with an 88th-minute leveller - after a handball Spanish goal threatened to wreck Stuart Pearce’s Euro 2011 hope.

DAILY STAR: Randy Lerner has been warned to expect a bitter battle in his bid to appoint Alex McLeish as Aston Villa’s new boss. Also: Steve McClaren will make his return to management as the new Nottingham Forest boss today.

THE SUN: Birmingham accused Alex McLeish of betrayal after he told them he was quitting - by email. Also: Lewis Hamilton was branded “mad” by GP legend Niki Lauda and told: You’re going to get someone killed.