Paper Talk - 11 January 2013

Gary Hooper: Norwich deny making a big-money bid

Regional Paper Talk: Norwich deny GH bid

Norwich have denied bidding for Gary Hooper, while Roberto Di Matteo and Christian Gross could replace Nigel Adkins if Southampton sack him.

London Evening Standard
  • Chelsea face defeat in their race to sign Taison after Metalist Kharkhiv raised the asking price to £12.4m to push him closer to a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • Harry Redknapp today insisted the clash between Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham is not a grudge match between himself and Andre Villas-Boas and he will shake hands with him after the match.
Manchester Evening News
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed the heightened speculation surrounding his club as part of the silly season, but it is understood Wilfried Zaha could become a Manchester United player before the end of the transfer window.
  • He also says there is "nothing to report" following further talk around moves for Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole.Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has once again attempted to quash rumours linking controversial striker Mario Balotelli with a move back to Italy.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Stoke gaffer Tony Pulis has refused to rule out the prospect of selling Kenwyne Jones to Swansea City this month.
Express & Star
  • West Brom boss Steve Clarke today insisted Jonas Olsson is committed to the club despite being forced to admit the defender has a summer exit clause in his contract.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Dominic Matteo says talk of interest in Luciano Becchio and Sam Byram is much more than speculation, having seen scouts that he knew at Leeds United's recent FA Cup tie with Birmingham City.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has denied the Canaries have made a multi-million pound offer for Celtic hitman Gary Hooper.
  • "No, that is not correct," said Hughton, when questioned directly on reports of a move for Hooper following his recent scouting trip to Parkhead.
The Daily Echo
  • Nigel Adkins has again received the support of the Saints fans despite fresh reports suggesting the club are reviewing his position.
  • Roberto Di Matteo and Christian Gross are reportedly being lined up for the job by St Mary's chairman Nicola Cortese, should Adkins be sacked.
Reading Post
  • Reading are on the verge of signing Fulham's Stephen Kelly. The 29-year-old defender is undergoing a medical today.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Latics boss Roberto Martinez has challenged Nouha Dicko to make a name for himself in the first team, after being recalled from a successful loan spell at Blackpool, and urged him to take advantage of his opportunity due to injuries and Arouna Kone's absence whilst at the African Cup of Nations.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Michael Appleton's imminent appointment has not gone down well with some senior players, after they attempted a last-ditch intervention to get caretaker boss Gary Bowyer the Rovers top job on a permanent basis.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones refused to deny that the club are interested in signing Cardiff's Robert Earnshaw, claiming that him and chairman Milan Mandaric are in the hunt for players.
  • However the player stated he is looking to prove himself at Cardiff, and get back into Malky Mackay's plans.
Evening Times
  • Celtic assistant Johan Mjallby believes Neil Lennon will use his allocated changes when naming his Champions League squad for the knockout stage. Loanee Rami Gershon, trialist Tom Rogic and the returning Al Bangura are all in contention for a call-up.

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