From the back pages, May 22: Manchester City partner New York Yankees to form MLS club

From the back pages
From the back pages

MANCHESTER CITY have set new ground by becoming the first Premier League club to own a Major League Soccer team. (The Express)

Tony Pulis looks set to leave Stoke City after a meeting with chairman Peter Coates this morning, the Stoke Sentinel is reporting. (The Independent)

West Ham United have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £15million to make Andy Carroll’s move from Liverpool permanent. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger will be given a huge budget to transform Arsenal back into genuine contenders next season by making summer signings. The Gunners’ chief executive Ivan Gazidis will back Wenger with a transfer war-chest, thanks to lucrative new commercial tie-ups with airline Emirates and sportswear giants Puma as well as the Premier League’s huge new TV deal that comes into effect in August. Wenger will be able to spend the £70million-plus windfall on fees, as a major summer clear-out could clear more than £350,000-a-week off the wage bill. (The Mirror)

NAPOLI have told Manchester City they can have Edinson Cavani — in a swap deal for Edin Dzeko. (The Sun)

The England and Wales Cricket Board has unveiled a raft of ambitious targets, promising to increase county cricket attendances by 200,000 and produce an England team that can win the Ashes, the World Cup in 2015 and the inaugural World Test Championship two years later. (The Guardian)

The use of broom-handle and belly putters will be banned from January 1, 2016, golf’s rule makers have confirmed. Players such as Adam Scott, the Masters champion, will no longer be able to anchor their putters after the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association approved a proposal put forward in November. (The Times)