Here are Wednesday 5th March's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Blackburn Rovers set to offer free-scoring striker Jordan Rhodes a lucrative five-and-a-half year deal (Daily Telegraph): Blackburn Rovers have offered £8million forward Jordan Rhodes a mammoth new contract.

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden suffers fresh knee setback (BBC Sport): The American international has suffered a fresh setback in his comeback from a third serious knee injury, while playing for the reserves.

Burnley midfielder David Jones eyeing a third promotion (Burnley Express): Jones has twice before won promotion to the Premier League, with Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and the midfielder wants a hat-trick of promotion successes.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins braced for 'biggest week of season so far' (Local Berkshire): Royals boss Nigel Adkins is bracing himself for a defining week in their Sky Bet Championship season as they attempt to bounce back from their Yeovil Town debacle.

Queens Park Rangers' Clint Hill sets date for retirement (Get West London): The QPR captain wants another season after this one - and he hopes it's at Rangers. He then intends to go into coaching, also with the Hoops if possible.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe - Ryan Fraser can be a real weapon (Bournemouth Echo): Howe believes that the winger has a "big future ahead of him" and can be a "real weapon" for the Sky Bet Championship club.

Wembley to honour Sir Tom Finney (Lancashire Evening Post): England and Denmark players will both wear black armbands when they meet at Wembley Stadium tonight, in honour of the Preston North End legend who passed away last month, aged 91.

Carlisle United want to keep loan stars until the end of the season (News and Star): Boss Graham Kavanagh wants to seal deals to keep Jordan Pickford and Danny Redmond at Brunton Park for the remainder of the Sky Bet League 1 campaign.

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley - Danny Seabourne is a leader (Coventry Telegraph): Coventry City manager says central defender has the leadership qualities to captain side after wearing the armband against Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.

Tranmere Rovers striker Ryan Lowe can top the League 1 scoring charts (Liverpool Echo): The veteran front man is being backed by caretaker manager John McMahon to top the scoring charts in Sky Bet League 1 this season.

Scunthorpe United hope Gary McSheffrey is close to returning from injury (Scunthorpe Telegraph): Winger McSheffrey remains an injury doubt ahead of their Sky Bet League 2 clash with Northampton Town due to a back injury.

Southend United's Phil Brown would love to snap up Hogan Ephraim on loan from Queens Park Rangers (Echo): The Shrimpers boss has made an enquiry about bringing Ephraim to Roots Hall on a loan deal.

Aaron Morris injury has AFC Wimbledon stumped (Wimbledon Guardian): In trying to get Aaron Morris back into action this weekend, the AFC Wimbledon medical team has been struggling to solve a mystery.

Portsmouth's Ryan Taylor set for training return (Portsmouth News): Taylor is to make is awaited return to training with the Sky Bet League 2 club his week after a recent groin injury.

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