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Liverpool's Martin Skrtel
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel
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WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City, Southampton and West Ham United.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City are preparing a £20m bid for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 27, as a cheaper alternative to Thiago Silva.

Norwich City are the latest club to show an interest in signing England and Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, which will pave the way for John Ruddy, 25, to link up with former boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

Italy’s players claim England blundered by getting rid of manager Fabio Capello. Also: Ashley Young has given England an injury scare ahead of Sunday’s quarter-final.

THE GUARDIAN: Mario Balotelli has been warned to stay calm and “take responsibility” for his actions in Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Euro 2012 quarter-final, with Italy concerned that England’s players may seek to exploit the Manchester City striker’s combustible temperament when the teams meet in Kiev. Also: Andre Villas-Boas is threatening to pull out of talks about replacing Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur because he is angry the club are planning to speak to other candidates at the same time as talking to him about the job.

DAILY MAIL: Newcastle have entered the race for Manchester City’s John Guidetti. The 20-year-old striker, who scored 20 goals in 23 games while on loan at Feyenoord last season, was watched extensively by Sunderland last season.

Swansea are keen to sign PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal, 27, with the Dutchman seen as the ideal replacement for Liverpool-bound Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Roy Hodgson has called on his England players to cast off the burden of past failures and show the mental toughness to win at penalties. Also: Mario Balotelli has been told to grow up if he is to fulfil his potential as one of the great players of Euro 2012.

DAILY STAR: Wolves are facing a triple-pronged attack to get England winger Matt Jarvis, 26, out of Molineux. Stoke and Southampton are lining up bids for the £6m-rated star, while West Ham are still interested despite having a £4m offer turned down.

Roy Hodgson last night warned Italy: Wayne Rooney will hit top form against you. Also: England yesterday started some frantic research on Italy - because they were convinced they would face Spain in the last eight.

THE INDEPENDENT: The Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was warned yesterday by Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi that he must behave and accept the authority of the coach Cesare Prandelli or risk undermining his team in their Euro 2012 quarter-final against England on Sunday. Also: Roy Hodgson admitted in the aftermath of England’s progress to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals that Italy remain an unknown quantity to him and that he had not watched their 2-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland on Monday night, because of the likelihood that his team’s quarter-final opponents would be defending champions Spain.

DAILY EXPRESS: Mario Balotelli has been told to grow up and stop rebelling against Italy coach Cesare Prandelli. Also: Roy Hodgson has put his players down for extra penalty practice as he leaves nothing to chance in his bid to finally put an end to England’s shoot-out hoodoo...Britain’s medal hopes at the London Olympics have been hit by a new triple blow.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roy Hodgson is acting the ghostbuster, fighting spectres that have long haunted England. Having banished one banshee by surviving a goal-line controversy against Ukraine, Hodgson now faces up to another of England’s demons with the chilling prospect of penalties against Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev. Also: It spoke volumes for Wayne Rooney’s competitive zeal that he was annoyed at being replaced during England’s 1-0 win over Ukraine.

THE TIMES: Mario Balotelli has been warned to be on his best behaviour for the European Championship quarter-final between England and Italy after one of his Manchester City team-mates said that he will attempt to provoke the controversial striker on Sunday. Also: Theo Walcott claimed last night that England can beat any of the remaining teams at Euro 2012.

THE SUN: Yakubu is set to land a bumper £5m-a-year move to China. The 29-year-old Nigerian has quit relegated Blackburn and will join Guangzhou R&F this week.

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, 31, wants to stay at Spurs now Harry Redknapp has left.

Alan Shearer has told Wayne Rooney: Smash my England goals record. Also: Rangers are looking at an astonishing plan to buy out League One club Bury - so they can play in England...Euro 2012 is gearing up for one of the most explosive match-ups of the tournament so far: Wayne Rooney v Mario Balotelli.