WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Manchester City, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
DAILY MIRROR: Bolton are close to signing Burnley duo Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears in a £2.75m joint deal, and free agent midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. They also want a striker, but Liverpool’s £6m valuation of David Ngog could see them pursue Birmingham’s Cameron Jerome instead.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is keen to sign Spurs defender Alan Hutton, but must fund the move by selling defenders Habib Beye, Luke Young and Carlos Cuellar.
Manchester City are considering a move for Stoke’s Thomas Sorensen as a potential backup to keeper Joe Hart, after selling Shay Given to Aston Villa last week.
Andrew Strauss set his sights on world domination after England’s “perfect” triumph at Lord’s. Also: Mario Balotelli has been warned to grow up quick - or risk throwing his career away.
THE SUN: Nigel De Jong has warned Mario Balotelli: Sort yourself out or you will waste your talent. Also: Kevin Pietersen reckons it could be 2005 all over again after England thumped the world’s best.
DAILY STAR: Joey Barton has labelled Mario Balotelli a lunatic after his latest Manchester City bust-up. Also: Kevin Pietersen last night told England fans to get ready for a summer as special as the 2005 Ashes triumph.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andrew Strauss saluted “the perfect bowling performance” as England beat India by 196 runs in a thrilling finale to the Lord’s Test. Also: Mario Balotelli landed back in Manchester yesterday with the criticism of boss Roberto Mancini for his backheel showboating still ringing in his ears.
DAILY MAIL: Andrew Strauss last night hailed his bowling attack as ‘close to perfect’ after they moved a step towards the summer’s goal of becoming the world’s No 1 test nation. Also: Mario Balotelli has been warned by his Manchester City team-mates that he is in danger of ‘wasting his talent’.
THE TIMES: James Anderson led the bowling attack brilliantly in what Andrew Strauss, the captain, called a near-perfect performance as England beat India by 196 runs at Lord’s in the 2,000th Test match. Also: “Maybe in a beer league, things like that go on. Not in a game like this.” That was how Mike Magee, the Los Angeles Galaxy striker, summed up the mood of bemusement at Mario Balotelli’s bizarre antics in the United States.
THE INDEPENDENT: England took another big step towards the top of the world at Lord’s last night when they completed a stunning, and thoroughly deserved, 196-run victory over India in the first Test. Also: Aston Villa have agreed a fee, believed to be in the region of £9.5m, with Wigan Athletic for the signing of winger Charles N’Zogbia.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: It is unfair that the terms used to describe brilliant bowlers have negative connotations. Batsmen achieve, build or stage a good innings. Bowlers blast out, wreck or destroy oppositions. Also: Thierry Henry insists he will play out his career in the United States after claiming he is “done with Europe” and has no intention of seeking a loan move in the MLS off-season.
THE GUARDIAN: Any disgruntled Wolverhampton Wanderers player on Twitter might want to think twice before expressing their inner thoughts next season after Mick McCarthy stated his intention to clamp down on the social networking site that he fears will be used by a “disgruntled numpty” within his squad to reveal his starting line-up. Also: The best Test team in the world have been beaten.