WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Birminham City, Manchester City, Sheffield United and Stoke City.
DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Aston Villa winger Ashley Young - and are also eyeing his club and England team-mate Stewart Downing.
Tottenham are ready to move for Birmingham’s England international Ben Foster to replace under-fire goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Strikers Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko could also be sold in a summer shake-up at Spurs.
Four Fifa officials asked for bribes to back England’s 2018 World Cup bid, former FA chairman Lord Triesman told MPs yesterday. ALSO: Brazilian superstar Kaka is poised to start Chelsea’s multi-million pound overhaul after his mother declared his family is coming to London....Manchester City will launch an assault on the Champions League next season after clinching a top-four place last night.
THE TIMES: Six Fifa officials offered to work as fixers for Qatar’s bid to host the World Cup - and all of them suggested paying “huge bribes” as part of a strategy to win the race, according to explosive new revelations. ALSO: Sir Clive Woodward is ready to turn his back on a return to Twickenham after the scale of his proposed new job was downgraded dramatically and any involvement with the England team removed, The Times can reveal.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Never mind Oasis, this was Nirvana. On a night of high anxiety at Eastlands, Manchester City eventually enjoyed the sweetest of moments when the final whistle confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League. ALSO: Fifa is facing the most serious allegations in its recent history after it was alleged that the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was riddled with corruption and inappropriate behaviour by executive committee members.
THE INDEPENDENT: One fan thought it was all over 30 seconds too soon and was arrested for his premature embrace of James Milner and Nigel de Jong, but there was no denying Manchester City last night, as their 983-day pursuit of Champions League football since entering Abu Dhabi ownership finally reached fruition. ALSO: The Premier League’s difficult relationship with former FA chairman Lord Triesman was at breaking point last night after he claimed he was asked to back plans for the controversial “39th game” in return for the league’s support over the 2018 World Cup bid.
THE GUARDIAN: Lord Triesman, the former chairman of the FA, yesterday reignited the row over allegations of corruption at the heart of football’s governing body by accusing four leading members of Fifa of seeking bribes to back England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup. ALSO: Sir Alex Ferguson’s preparations for the Champions League final are threatening to have repercussions for some of the Premier League’s relegation-threatened teams after it transpired he was planning to play a virtual reserve side against Blackpool in Manchester United’s final game.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson would have guided any of the current top-four clubs to this season’s Premier League title, it was claimed last night. ALSO: Manchester City are in the Champions League - thanks to the man who denied them a place last year.
DAILY MAIL: FIFA were accused of being rotten to the core yesterday as six members of their executive committee faced allegations of corruption in the House of Commons. ALSO: Manchester City fulfilled their dream of Champions League football last night after victory over Tottenham guaranteed Roberto Mancini’s side a top-four finish.
THE SUN: Roberto Mancini wants Cesc Fabregas to power Manchester City to the title next season. ALSO: Kaka’s mum has revealed the family will be moving to London in August....Micky Adams was last night sacked as Sheffield United boss.
DAILY STAR: FIFA delegates demanded cash and a knighthood as David Beckham and England’s World Cup bid team tried to win support to host the 2018 tournament, it was revealed by ex-FA chairman Lord Triesman yesterday. ALSO: Manchester City kicked off their preparations for Saturday’s FA Cup Final by booking a Champions League slot last night....Stoke’s Robert Huth is sweet on his chances of making the FA Cup Final after having a sugar injection in his dodgy knee.