WE take a look around the papers for the latest from Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Liverpool, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion.
DAILY MAIL: Fulham have opened talks with playmaker Moussa Dembele in attempt to prevent interest from Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.
There was misery in Europe again for Manchester last night, as both United and City crashed out for the second time this season. ALSO: Big Buck’s yesterday created racing history with his fourth win in the feature Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
THE TIMES: Manchester football fans, usually such bitter rivals, were joined in misery last night after both United and City crashed out of Europe for the second time in four months. ALSO: The deepest affections of racing folk tread delicately between joy and despair. Seldom will that line seem finer than this afternoon, when Kauto Star emerges to run in his sixth Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, striving to win back the crown for a second time at the age of 12.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Welcome to Manchester. Facing Europa League humiliation, only a 95th-minute save from a Joe Hart header denied Manchester City an amazing passage to the quarter-finals. Just like Manchester United, City will not take their place in today’s draw for the last eight. ALSO: Stuart Lancaster showed no signs yesterday of taking his foot off the accelerator in pursuit of his “dream job”, despite the fact that tomorrow’s RBS Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at Twickenham might be the last occasion on which he prepares the senior England team.
THE INDEPENDENT: Now we come to the most compelling question, the one that this afternoon carries the power to both rivet and maybe haunt all those who care about Kauto Star. ALSO: Were it not for a steadfast determination to do things the hardest way possible, Manchester City might yet be in the draw for the Europa League quarter-finals today rather than wondering how they find themselves eliminated by Portugal’s fourth best team.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that he could have no complaints after Manchester United were knocked out of the Europa League by an outstanding Athletic Bilbao side who he hopes will go on to win the competition. ALSO: A stable worker from Lambourn has gone into hiding after apparently landing the bet of a lifetime, winning a sum that rumours suggest was approaching £1m.
DAILY EXPRESS: It was a dismal evening for Manchester as United and City were both dumped out of Europe for a second time despite the latter’s thrilling fightback. ALSO: Petr Cech says the confidence has returned to Chelsea and they fear no one in today’s Champions League quarter-final draw.
DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City just failed to complete a magnificent comeback on an incredible night at the Etihad Stadium. ALSO: Louis Saha last night admitted he is dreaming of playing his way into the France team to face England at the Euros.
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has warned the club that big signings are needed and that “you cannot live on bargains alone”.
THE SUN: Joe Hart came within inches of snatching a dramatic Europa League winner for City. ALSO: Didier Drogba insists he wants to stay at Chelsea after keeping his Champions League dream alive.
DAILY STAR: Manchester drew a Euro double blank last night as both United and City were dumped out of the Europa League. ALSO: Roberto Di Matteo wants to be in charge of Chelsea next season, according to his No.2 Eddie Newton.