Paper Talk - 21 December 2012

Terry: Set for talks

Regional Paper Talk: JT talks planned

John Terry is set to be offered a new deal at Chelsea in January, while Papiss Cisse has been warned he must start scoring goals for Newcastle.

London Evening Standard
  • Chelsea plan to open contract talks with John Terry in the new year with the captain eager to end his career at Stamford Bridge.
  • Arsene Wenger has been known to pluck players from obscurity but the Arsenal manager believes Wigan's scouting system surpasses all others in scouring the globe for the next big talent.
  • Brad Friedel insists his relationship with Tottenham rival Hugo Lloris remains positive despite the unusual goalkeeping situation at the club.
  • Martin Jol has turned to pop legend Michael Jackson in a bid to convince his struggling Fulham team they have enough lovers and it is time a few fighters made their presence felt.
  • Second in League One after a nine-game unbeaten run and with an FA Cup third-round tie on the horizon, Brentford have introduced a 'pay what you can' initiative for fans attending Saturday's game against Stevenage.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Mysterious back complaints have robbed QPR of both Julio Cesar and Jose Bosingwa ahead of Saturday's clash at Newcastle. Keeper Cesar and full-back Bosingwa 'must have picked up the injuries in training' said a perplexed Harry Redknapp.
  • Harry Redknapp insists a 'couple of new players' at QPR in the January transfer window will make or break their season.
  • Martin Jol admits he's powerless to stop Mahamadou Diarra playing in the Africa Cup of Nations if the Fulham midfielder returns to full fitness.
  • Fulham boss Martin Jol says he will consider allowing Marcello Trotta to remain at Brentford beyond January.
Manchester Evening News
  • Pregnant Coleen Rooney and her Manchester United star husband Wayne have confirmed their second baby will be another boy.
  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting a 'vintage' occasion for Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford in the Champions League last 16.
  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes striker Mario Balotelli accepted his responsibilities by dropping his challenge to a club fine this week.
Liverpool Echo
  • The Football Association appeared to have "total apathy" towards fan safety at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, a former senior football figure claimed on Friday. David Griffiths was chief executive of Wembley Stadium in the 1970s and 80s and said there was a "culture of complacency" in the FA's safety inspection regime.
  • Raheem Sterling has set his sights on a long and successful career at Liverpool after signing a new five-year contract on Friday.
The Chronicle
  • Papiss Cisse has been given the next two games to keep his place in the Newcastle United team, manager Alan Pardew has suggested.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Forthright Alan Pardew admits the mood in his Newcastle camp is "doom and gloom" as they attempt to spark a Festive revival and avoid being dragged into the dogfight.
  • Sunderland hope to have Steven Fletcher and Danny Rose available for Saturday's critical Premier League clash at Southampton.
Evening Gazette
  • Tony Mowbray won't be signing players in January just for the sake of it. The Middlesbrough boss is reasonably happy with the make up of his first-team squad and doesn't want to upset the balance by making unnecessary signings.
Sunderland Echo
  • Martin O'Neill says Sunderland can get value for money in next month's transfer window - as he proved when he signed Ashley Young for Aston Villa.
  • Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner admits Saturday's basement scrap at Southampton is a "six-pointer".
  • Martin O'Neill says he is not interested in bemoaning his injury list ahead of a demanding festive fixture list which will test his Sunderland squad to the limit.
Northern Echo
  • John O'Shea believes Sunderland would have been lost without Steven Fletcher's goals this season as the fitagain Scotland striker prepares for a crucial trip to Southampton on Saturday.
The Daily Echo
  • Jack Cork has put Southampton's recent upturn in fortunes down to a set of frank discussions held among the players and manager Nigel Adkins earlier in the season.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is hoping Manchester United starlet Angelo Henrique can follow in the footsteps of compatriot Jean Beausejour and give Latics another mid-season boost.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland is available for the Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
  • Birmingham City boss Lee Clark expects Burnley to be a tougher nut to crack than usual.
Express & Star
  • West Brom boss Steve Clarke has refused to write off Chris Wood's career at the club and insisted the in-form youngster could still play a part at the Hawthorns.
  • West Brom boss Steve Clarke has ruled Claudio Yacob out of the clash with Norwich but backed his squad to cope with a midfield reshuffle.
  • Mick McCarthy is planning a sensational swoop on Wolves for up to three players next month to crank up the stakes for his Molineux return with Ipswich in eight days' time. Ronald Zubar, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Richard Stearman are all in the Town manager's sights.
  • Wolves players have been given Christmas Day off to help cope with their busy festive programme.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United's new owners promised a "fresh start" and a "bright future" at Elland Road as they faced up to the challenge of returning the club to the Premier League.
  • Neil Warnock reiterated the need for telling investment in Leeds United's squad as he turned his attention to Saturday's clash with Middlesbrough and the crucial run of games which follows it.
  • Michael Tonge will make the final appearance of his loan at Leeds United against Middlesbrough - but the midfielder remains hopeful of returning to Elland Road in 10 days' time.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City keeper Mark Bunn wants to join the Canaries' growing international jet set - and his club manager Chris Hughton has backed him to force his way into the Republic of Ireland set-up.
  • Chris Hughton says Norwich City can cope if inspirational captain Grant Holt is ruled out of the festive Premier League opener at West Brom on Saturday through injury.
Reading Post
  • Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie are in contention to face champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. However, Reading striker Jason Roberts (hip) will not be fit in time to face Roberto Mancini's side.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Swansea City have laughed off talk that they could sign David Villa on loan from Barcelona during the January transfer window.
  • Danny Graham is getting tired of the rumours linking him with a move away from Swansea City and insists: "I don't see a reason to leave."
The Sentinel
  • Tonyy Pulis has told a grief-stricken Charlie Adam to name his own comeback date after the death of his father this week. Adam seems certain to miss Stoke's trip to Tottenham on Saturday after being granted compassionate leave.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Burnley's Martin Paterson has called for the January transfer window to be scrapped, claiming it is of no benefit to clubs or players.
  • Henning Berg believes he can handle the growing pressure after insisting he is still relishing the challenge of being Blackburn Rovers boss.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric and manager Dave Jones are making plans for the January transfer window.
  • Danny Wilson has warned rival clubs against making bids for George Long and Harry Maguire after revealing he will "fight tooth and nail" to ensure the pair are still Sheffield United players after next month's transfer window.
The Scotsman
  • Rangers boss Ally McCoist has called on the club's fans to listen to proposals to rename Ibrox, while backing the fans' rights to protest against them.

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