Paper Talk - 30 November 2012

Hooper: Linked with Sunderland

Regional Paper Talk: Cats eye Hooper

Celtic striker Gary Hooper could be a £10million January transfer target for Sunderland, while Wolves may turn to Gordon Strachan.

Evening Times
  • Sunderland are the latest club linked with a January move for Celtic hot-shot Gary Hooper - but Martin O'Neill will need to kick off the bidding at £10million.
The Scotsman
  • Gordon Strachan is rumoured to be the number one target for Wolves if they choose to remove current manager Stale Solbakken.
London Evening Standard
  • Neal Ardley has backed AFC Wimbledon fans planning to boycott Sunday's FA Cup game against MK Dons.
  • James Collins believes West Ham are capable of exploiting any signs of Chelsea unrest when the two teams meet at Upton Park.
  • Former Tottenham and England defender Ledley King says there is a chance he could get into coaching in the future, having already passed his coaching theory exam.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Ryan Nelsen has urged Adel Taarabt to ignore speculation about his future and focus on firing QPR to safety.
  • Harry Redknapp has ruled out new faces in the January transfer window unless struggling QPR get wins in the next seven games.
  • Roberto Di Matteo was less to blame for Chelsea's failings than the players themselves, says full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
Manchester Evening News
  • Carlos Tevez is set to come in from the cold as Manchester City take on Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Tevez has been a substitute for the last three games.
  • David De Gea pities any Premier League goalkeeper that has to face Red-hot Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.
Liverpool Echo
  • Tony Hibbert insists Everton will not be daunted by the task of ending Manchester City's mammoth unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium.
The Chronicle
  • Papiss Cisse is confident he can return to his predatory old self with Newcastle United - providing the service from his Toon team-mates continues to improve.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Vurnon Anita admits there is no hiding place for Newcastle United's under-fire players as their season heads towards breaking point on Monday night.
  • Lee Cattermole is set to miss the busy Festive period through injury. Unconfirmed reports suggest the Sunderland captain could be ruled out for two months with a knee injury, his second in four days. The fear is he has damaged medial ligaments in his right knee.
Sunderland Echo
  • Martin O'Neill hopes Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon can resume his resurgence at Norwich City this weekend.
  • Martin O'Neill has ordered his Sunderland players to start looking for "cheap" goals by anticipating the prospect of a tap-in.
Northern Echo
  • Tony Mowbray is confident Middlesbrough's new-found financial stability will prevent him having to sell anyone during the January transfer window.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa should brace themselves for cut-price offers for Darren Bent in the January transfer window following the record signing's controversial first-team exile under Paul Lambert. QPR, Fulham, Stoke and Liverpool are all in the frame.
  • Peter Odemwingie believes West Brom must stick to their own strengths for Saturday's game against Stoke.
Express & Star
  • Stale Solbakken has defended Wolves' switch to zonal marking and insists it will improve the team.
  • Straight-talking defender Gareth McAuley has ordered West Brom to "come out fighting" against Stoke on Saturday as they look to hit back from defeat at Swansea.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Adam Clayton has described the "hammer blow" of learning that he was to be sold by Leeds United as part of the close-season overhaul carried out by Elland Road manager Neil Warnock.
The Pink un
  • Alex Tettey owes Norwich City a debt of gratitude, according to Canaries' boss Chris Hughton.
  • Norwich City remain without a Premier League win on the road this season, but Robert Snodgrass does not fear added pressure on their home form.
  • Matt Kilgallon has praised the determination of former central defensive partner Michael Turner for overcoming a harrowing start to his Norwich City career.
The Sentinel
  • Cameron Jerome's reward for scoring Stoke's dramatic winner against Newcastle is likely to be a return to the subs' bench.
Wigan Evening Post
  • David Jones admits he's enjoying his run in the Wigan Athletic side - and intends to make it as hard as possible for Roberto Martinez to leave him out.
The Bolton News
  • Zat Knight reckons Bolton's newly-emerging stubborn streak could get them back into the promotion picture.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Blackburn will assess the fitness of David Dunn and Fabio Nunes ahead of Sunday's East Lancashire derby at Burnley.
The Star
  • Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has acknowledged that Micky Adams' presence at Port Vale makes reaching the third round of the FA Cup an even harder task for his team.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are considering an early return to Hillsborough for Mark Beevers to help them through their injury problems.

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