Premier League trio battle for £2m defender

WE take a look around the world of football for the latest news and gossip.

The usual names are mentioned with Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, Wolves, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United all talked about.

DAILY MAIL: Bolton hope to finalise a 2m deal for Middlesbrough defender David Wheater over the next 24 hours. Wolves, Everton and Aston Villa are also interested in the 23-year-old centre-back.

Aston Villa will step up their bid to sign midfielder Joey Barton, 28, from Newcastle this week and could offer 26-year-old Nigel Reo-Coker in part exchange.

Kenny Dalglish last night branded the penalty that ruined his return to Liverpool a ``joke'' as his 10-man side went out of the FA Cup. Also: As the son of a farmer, Carlo Ancelotti will know all about the relief a tractor can offer to those sinking deeper into the mire.

DAILY MIRROR: Derby have told Rangers that they will have to stump up 750,000 if they want to sign 27-year-old winger Kris Commons.

Kenny Dalglish walked back into management - and straight back into controversy. Also: David Beckham's loan to Tottenham is still on despite Harry Redknapp seeming to rule out the deal yesterday.

THE TIMES: Ryan Babel could become the first player to be charged with improper conduct for comments made on Twitter. Also: The final phase of Paul Collingwood's career moved into unexpected territory yesterday when he joined forces with the biggest critic of his years as a Test player.

THE GUARDIAN: There was no triumphant return as Liverpool manager for Kenny Dalglish today, only the familiarity of a dispute with Sir Alex Ferguson as he condemned the decisions that gave Manchester United victory in the third round of the FA Cup. Also: England's Ashes heroes will have plenty to prove in the World Cup this spring after the majority of them were snubbed in the auction for the Indian Premier League.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: For a man often castigated for jumping ship as Liverpool manager 20 years ago, Kenny Dalglish's return to the role was rather fitting. Also: Despite presiding over Chelsea's worst run in the Premier League for almost 15 years, Ancelotti's name was chanted at Stamford Bridge.

THE INDEPENDENT: Kenny Dalglish was immediately plunged back into the heat of managerial controversy last night, declaring after he had insisted he could handle the pressure which persuaded him to quit the Liverpool manager's job 20 years ago that the penalty which put Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Manchester United was "a joke".

THE SUN: Kenny Dalglish walked straight into a red card penalty storm on his return as Liverpool boss. Also: Ryan Babel faces an FA rap for posting mocked-up pictures of ref Howard Webb wearing a United shirt on his Twitter page.

DAILY STAR: Kenny Dalglish led Liverpool's outrage last night after blasting referee Howard Webb as his managerial return ended in defeat at Old Trafford. Also: Spurs were desperately trying to resurrect a loan move for David Beckham last night.

DAILY EXPRESS: Kenny Dalglish says he is not afraid of putting his reputation on the line at Liverpool and his return as a caretaker manager was a ``no-brainer''. Also: Ryan Babel posted a picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt on Twitter last night and blamed him for Liverpool's FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford.