Football rumours - Sheffield Wednesday and United, August 25

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Are Sheffield Wednesday ready to be boosted by a comeback? What’s the feedback after the Blades first defeat? Plus all today’s football gossip and back pages.

David Moyes did insert a caveat into his pre-match warning that no big club is immune to the demise that has afflicted Sheffield United. It was that Everton still retain players to separate them from the rank-and-file, regardless of the financial squeeze from Barclays Bank. The team at least proved their manager correct gainst the Premier League’s fallen giants, now of League One. READ MORE: Guardian

Only Sheffield United, only the Carling Cup. Everton cannot afford much these days: that much became clear last week as first chairman, then manager and finally team, in defeat to QPR, showed the dire extent of Goodison Park’s credit crisis. They certainly cannot afford to be picky. READ MORE: Telegraph

Everton booked their place in the third round of the Carling Cup after coming from behind to complete a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sheffield United at Goodison Park. READ MORE: EuroSport

Rubén Rochina double helps Blackburn Rovers sink Sheffield Wednesday. READ MORE: Guardian

Adam Le Fondre has stunned Rotherham by slapping in a written transfer request. The striker wants to quit the League Two side and is a £500,000 target for Championship duo Reading and Coventry, as well as the Millers’ neighbours, League One Sheffield Wednesday. READ MORE: Mirror

Sheffield Wednesday are set to be boosted by the return of Jermaine Johnson later in the week. READ MORE: GiveMeFootball

Mark Lawn today told City fans expecting a TV cash bonanza: Forget it. The club will be on Sky again next week for the JPT first-round clash with Sheffield Wednesday. READ MORE: BradfordArgus


THE GUARDIAN: In a time of trial for the club, Arsenal showed a bold reaction that took them through to the group phase of the Champions League: Also: Chelsea are to lodge an improved offer for Alvaro Pereira after Porto rejected an opening offer of £16.6m for the Uruguay international.

THE TIMES: Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott scored the goals that lifted the pressure on Arsene Wenger. Also: Joe Cole was handed a lifeline last night with an offer to be reunited with Harry Redknapp at Tottenham.

DAILY EXPRESS: Joey Barton edged closer to the St James` Park exit door last night by insisting that his “hands are tied”. Also: Samir Nasri last night claimed to have joined the new Galacticos after delivering a parting shot at crisis-hit Arsenal.

THE INDEPENDENT: Arsenal proved the doomsayers wrong last night by kick-starting their season. Also: Tottenham Hotspur have been granted permission to challenge the decision that awarded the Olympic Stadium to West Ham.

THE SUN: Arsenal`s heroes produced a £25m Champions League save. Also: Samir Nasri has delivered a stunning insult to Arsenal fans, telling them: You lack passion.

DAILY STAR: Samir Nasri last night sealed his £24m move to the `Galacticos` of Manchester City and fired a parting shot at crisis-hit Arsenal. Also: Harry Redknapp fears Luka Modric will struggle this season if he doesn`t get his dream £30m move to Chelsea.

DAILY MIRROR: Samir Nasri aimed a bitter parting shot at Arsenal and their fans after finally completing his £24million move to Manchester City. Also: Barry Hearn hailed “a great day for the little man” after Tottenham and Leyton Orient won the right to challenge West Ham`s winning bid for the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

DAILY MAIL: Arsenal have had a loan bid rejected for Real Madrid midfielder Kaka. Also: Harry Redknapp last night urged Luka Modric to turn his mind back to football after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy reinforced his stance that their star playmaker is not for sale.

THE TELEGRAPH: Arsenal deservedly joined the Learjet elite in the Champions League rather than the easyJet-set in the Europa League last night. Also: Joey Barton agreed an astonishing £80,000-a-week three-year deal to join Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer yesterday.