Paper Talk - 02 January 2013

Taison: Linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge

Regional Paper Talk: Chelsea eye Brazilian

Chelsea look set to add to their Brazilian contingent by bidding for Metalist Kharkiv star Taison, while QPR want Fulham's Brede Hangeland.

London Evening Standard
  • Although Newcastle's Demba Ba looks set to boost Chelsea's striking options, boss Rafa Benitez appears unlikely to stop there. Metalist Kharkiv star Taison is also a target after admitting holding talks with owner Roman Abramovich. The 24 year-old was a guest for the Fulham home game at the end of November, and could join the Blues growing South American influence at the club.
Fulham Chronicle
  • QPR are planning an audacious bid to snatch contract rebel Brede Hangland from under Fulham's noses. Boss Harry Redknapp is a big fan of the Norwegian, who is out of contract in the summer and has seen negotiations stall between his repesentatives and the Cottagers hierarchy, with neither side even close to agreeing terms.
Manchester Evening News
  • Pablo Zabaleta stated that the performance of the team was more important than improving his own goal tally, and was more pleased with the cleansheet than opening the scoring for City on New Year's Day.
  • Bury boss Kevin Blackwell has been linked with the vacant Barnsley managerial post, after becoming increasingly disgruntled with life at Bury under a transfer embargo.
Liverpool Echo
  • Everton manager David Moyes adamantly said he won't push the Toffees' board for transfer funds that the club don't have, but admitted they were still on the lookout for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
  • Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is hoping to make Anfield a fortress again, and also targted a fitter 2013, after suffering several injury problems over the past 12 months.
The Chronicle
  • Martin O'Neill has hinted he will delve into the transfer market in January, but admitted he may have to look at loan signings to add depth to his Sunderland squad.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Davide Santon hopes to be joined in the Newcastle squad by a new right-back, with Mathieu Debuchy's move to Tyneside getting ever closer.
Northern Echo
  • Alan Pardew is urging his Newcastle players to use Wednesday evening's clash with Everton as a springboard to success in 2013.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Despite snatching a late equaliser, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup claimed that his side's wastefulness in-front of goal frustrated him.
Birmingham Mail
  • Newcastle are interested in West Brom star Peter Odemwingie if Demba Ba seals a likely move to Stamford Bridge.
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says that despite conceding a late equaliser at the Liberty stadium against Swansea, the point may go a long way to help the club improve their league position.
Express & Star
  • Wolves boss Stale Solbakken warned fans that the club are in crisis, and the stature of the club counts for nothing. After a run of three straight defeats the Norwegian's side sit just six points off the dropzone, and news of Bakary Sako's latest injury will not help matters.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United boss Neil Warnock admitted he faces a game of patience in the transfer window to bolster his squad. After extending loanee Alan Tate's stay at the club until the end of the month, Warnock insists he will plug away for further reinforcements.
The Pink un
  • Defender Russell Martin insists that the Norwich players' confidence is still high despite slipping to their fourth straight defeat against West Ham.
Reading Post
  • Tomas Rogic is set to join Reading after the Central Coast Mariners accepted a £400,000 bid for the midfielder.
The Daily Echo
  • Boss Nigel Adkins declared his side have come a long way after surveying their performance against Arsenal on New Year's Day.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Blackburn will continue with Gary Bowyer as caretaker boss for the weekend's FA Cup tie with Bristiol City, with the Venky's reluctant to disrupt the momentum the team is building after recent good form.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock admitted that January would be a "vital month" for Leeds United after the club reached the transfer window five points short of the play-offs.
The Scotsman
  • Hearts boss John McGlynn admits he will miss Ryan McGowan, as the Australian is set to travel to China to undergo a medical after Hearts confirmed that a fee has been agreed with Shandong Luneng Taishan.

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