Paper Talk - 29 December 2012

Alvaro Negredo: Reportedly on Rafael Benitez's wanted list

Paper Talk: Blues boss keen on Negredo

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez wants to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo and Manchester City are set to offload Joleon Lescott in January.

Daily Mirror
  • Furious Sir Alex Ferguson launched a savage attack on Alan Pardew and belittled Newcastle by branding them a "wee club in the North East".
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Sir Alex Ferguson to return his Robin van Persie "favour" - by agreeing to sell him Nani in the January transfer window.
  • Michael Laudrup admits Swansea are ready to bring in a new striker.
  • Birmingham chief Peter Pannu admits the club's dire finances will force more sales next month - with Jack Butland leading the exodus.
  • West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is planning to hit the January sales after terminating Yossi Benayoun's loan deal.
  • Wigan striker Franco Di Santo will not be sold in January - even if it means the Latics miss out on a big fee.
  • Fulham and QPR are both eyeing a January move for Clermont midfielder Yacouba Sylla.
  • Manchester City are watching Millonarios defender Pedro Franco.
  • John Heitinga is considering quitting Everton.
  • Arsenal target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says he dreams of playing in England - but with Manchester United.
  • Stephen Warnock is heading back to Aston Villa after a full-time move to Bolton fell through.
  • Leicester are set to sign Blackpool centre-half Alex Baptiste in a surprise £500,000 deal.
The Sun
  • Sir Alex Ferguson sparked outrage last night as he labelled Newcastle 'a wee club in the North East'.
  • Arsene Wenger insists Sir Alex Ferguson deserves to be punished for his bust-up with Mike Dean.
  • Manchester City are set to offload Joleon Lescott in January.
  • Andre Villas-Boas insists he does not need to boost his Spurs squad in January.
  • Harry Redknapp hopes he can find enough 'mugs' like him stupid enough to join QPR and help save their season.
  • Brendan Rodgers has warned his stuttering Liverpool stars they could be heading for the exit unless they find the winning mentality required.
  • Kevin MacDonald hopes to be confirmed as head coach of Blackburn this weekend.
  • Birmingham are ready to sell goalkeeper Jack Butland to Liverpool for £6million next month.
  • Swansea defender Alan Tate will remain on loan at Leeds until next summer.
  • Cardiff want to keep on-loan Norwich midfielder Simon Lappin.
Daily Mail
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed Newcastle as a "wee club in the North East" in a stinging attack that has provoked fury on Tyneside.
  • Arsenal are using Manchester United's swoop for Robin van Persie as leverage in their chase for misfit Nani
  • Rafa Benitez wants Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo after providing Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with a transfer wishlist.
  • Manchester United are increasingly confident of signing Leighton Baines next month.
  • Real Madrid believe they have first refusal to sign Gareth Bale next summer but will test Tottenham's resolve with £33million offer in January.
Daily Express
  • Sir Alex Ferguson branded Alan Pardew a hypocrite and Newcastle a small club yesterday - forgetting his own outrage when Rafa Benitez said the same about Everton.
  • Leighton Baines is at the centre of a £15m fight between Paris St Germain, Manchester United and Chelsea.
  • West Ham will make a January move to end Marouane Chamakh's Arsenal nightmare.
The Times
  • Joleon Lescott's days with Manchester City appear to be coming to an end after the defender was deemed surplus to requirements.

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