Paper Talk - 21 November 2012

Given: Staying at Villa

Regional Paper Talk: Villa keep Shay

Aston Villa have snubbed Hull's bid for Shay Given, Ashley Williams dislikes Luis Suarez and Lothar Matthaus is interested in the Scotland job.

Birmingham Mail
  • Out-of-favour goalkeeper Shay Given will remain at Aston Villa after manager Paul Lambert rejected a loan bid from Championship club Hull.
  • Paul Lambert has reiterated he is not trying to sell Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent in January, insisting: "No, honestly".
  • Papa Bouba Diop has signed on at Birmingham City for another month. The free-agent midfielder penned a 28-day contract after showing up well on trial.
  • Wolves boss Stale Solbakken has played down his spat with Roger Johnson during Saturday's defeat at Watford.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Ashley Williams has ramped up the heat ahead of Liverpool's visit to Swansea by revealing he dislikes Luis Suarez more than any other player.
  • Swansea defender Darnel Situ has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles, but Kyle Bartley is back in full training after being sidelined with a thigh injury picked up in training in September.
The Scotsman
  • Lothar Matthaus has spoken for the first time about replacing Craig Levein as Scotland manager following speculation that the German World Cup winner would be among the candidates under consideration by the SFA. "Scotland is a football-loving country, and this would be an interesting challenge," said Matthaus.
London Evening Standard
  • Steven Caulker could return to the Tottenham team for Thursday's Europa League tie at Lazio, despite continuing to suffer from the knee problem that caused him to miss the derby defeat by Arsenal.
  • Tottenham youngsters Alex Pritchard and Shaquille Coulthirst are reportedly attracting the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen admits victory is vital in Thursday night's "pivotal" Europa League clash with Young Boys at Anfield.
  • Lucas Leiva will step up his comeback from injury this week by taking part in his first competitive game of football - though it is unclear how far away he is to a Liverpool first-team return.
  • Liverpool are understood to have received no contact from Middlesbrough over the potential loan signing of Stewart Downing.
  • Sylvain Distin has hailed the imminent return of Everton midfielder Darron Gibson - as he insisted the Blues need him more than ever.
  • Everton's shareholders association wants to meet with the club's owners to discuss its finances and push for the return of annual general meetings.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew has underlined his intentions when it comes to Newcastle United's Europa League campaign by stating: "We're in it to win it."
  • Steven Taylor says only a morale-boosting win on Thursday night against Maritimo will do in the Europa League.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Phil Bardsley insists Sunderland have emerged from "the dumps buzzing" following Sunday's first win in seven games.
Sunderland Echo
  • Sunderland's Lee Cattermole believes back-to-back home games will give him the perfect chance to get fully match-fit again.
  • John Egan's loan spell at Bradford City was brought to a cruel and premature end on Tuesday night when he suffered a suspected broken leg.
Manchester Evening News
  • Defender Phil Jones was left to rue slack set-piece defending that cost Manchester United a 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray in their Champions League clash in Istanbul.
Northern Echo
  • Middlesbrough accept time is running out to engineer a loan move for former winger Stewart Downing this week, but will rekindle their interest in January if they are unable to strike a deal ahead of Thursday's Football League deadline.
Evening Gazette
  • George Friend is backing Middlesbrough to bounce back when they face basement battlers Bristol City on Saturday.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Ryo Miyaichi has begged Wigan boss Roberto Martinez to let him loose on Reading this weekend.
Express & Star
  • Zoltan Gera has insisted he has embraced Steve Clarke's rotation policy and is happy to take his turn on the West Bromwich Albion bench.
  • Relieved Wolves defender Christophe Berra has expressed his delight at the FA's decision to overturn his red card at Watford after a successful appeal by the club.
Reading Post
  • Jay Tabb believes Reading's 2-1 victory over Everton could be the turning point of the season.
The Sentinel
  • Robert Huth says Ryan Shawcross should be judged on his performances for Stoke City, not just 15 minutes as a substitute for England.
The Bolton News
  • Dougie Freedman reckons he is getting a "clearer picture" of what he must do to transform Bolton Wanderers into promotion candidates.
  • Fabrice Muamba insists he has no regrets after the cardiac arrest that ended his Wanderers career.
  • Joey O'Brien is glad he resisted the temptation to move into coaching whilst enduring injury hell at Wanderers.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • A club record £7million sale of Jay Rodriguez has led to Burnley reporting a £3.16million profit for the last financial year.
  • Burnley have yet to begin talks with Dean Marney over a new deal to keep the midfielder at Turf Moor.
  • Blackburn's Leon Best is aiming for a January Rovers return after admitting being forced to watch the first three months of the campaign from the sidelines has been 'killing him'.
The Star
  • Danny Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, is "optimistic" of entering the loan market ahead of Thursday's deadline for emergency loan signings.



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