Defender in £12m talks with QPR

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A round up of sporting headlines from national newspapers including news from Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, QPR, Arsenal, Liverpool & Everton.

THE TIMES: Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United recovered from an early setback to squeeze past Southampton at Old Trafford last night and extend their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table to seven points. Also: Not for the first time, Harry Redknapp will be the busiest manager on the final day of the transfer window today, with the Queens Park Rangers manager expected to tie up deals to sign Peter Crouch and Christopher Samba, while not ruling out a move for David Beckham.

THE INDEPENDENT: The Queens Park Rangers manager, Harry Redknapp, is shattering his club’s wage structure in a desperate quest for Premier League survival, pressing ahead with a deal for £12.5million defender Chris Samba six months after his predecessor Mark Hughes decided that the centre-half’s pay demands were too big. Also: Roy Hodgson will leave Raheem Sterling, Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey out of his senior England squad today in order for them to be picked for the Under-21s next week.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Dennis Bergkamp will be among the candidates to replace Liam Brady as Arsenal’s academy director and head of youth development when the 56-year-old leaves his current job at the end of the season. Also: Chelsea’s season of turmoil took another twist last night as Reading conjured the most unlikely of recoveries to prevent a victory that had seemed a formality for the away team.

THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson has decided Raheem Sterling should play in this summer’s Under-21 European Championship in June but wants to keep Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the senior team as he prepares for the next World Cup. Also: Mario Balotelli is in Milan undergoing a medical ahead of a £17m transfer to Milan, with the striker saying he “ran” to the Italian club from Manchester City.

DAILY STAR: West Brom’s dramatic slide continued as they went down to a Leighton Baines double at Champions League chasing Everton. Also: Tom Wood is geared up for another Twickenham dust-up as England go from being the hunters to the hunted in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown with Scotland.

DAILY MIRROR: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is mulling over a move for Kenwyne Jones, 28, after the Stoke striker priced himself out of a move to Swansea. Also: Theo Walcott’s rocket completed a fantastic Arsenal comeback last night.

THE SUN: Theo Walcott last night hauled boss Arsene Wenger out of jail and roared: “That’s why you must play me up front.” Also: Wayne Rooney put the Saints into Room 101 as his Old Trafford goal haul surged into three figures.

DAILY MAIL: Wigan Athletic, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are ready to offer full-back Danny Simpson, 26, an escape route from Newcastle United.

DAILY EXPRESS: Everton are ready to make an ambitious bid for Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo with the funds that had been set aside for midfielder Leroy Fer. Also: Steven Taylor has his revenge for Aston Villa fans’ relegation taunts when Newcastle went down four years ago.

METRO: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is prepared to send defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 28, to Inter Milan in a swap deal which would take his former Porto defender Alvaro Pereira, 27, to White Hart Lane. Also: Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, 20 is reportedly set for a surprise loan move to Stoke.