Paper Talk - 12 January 2013

Modric: Long-term Chelsea target

Paper Talk: Blues plan Modric rescue

Chelsea will look to sign Real Madrid's Luka Modric in the summer, Everton are eyeing a Korean striker and Carlton Cole could leave West Ham.

Daily Mirror
  • Sir Alex Ferguson fears Manchester United could fall victim to Luis Suarez's dirty tricks when Liverpool visit Old Trafford on Sunday.
  • Steven Gerrard has insisted he will celebrate if he scores a handball winner for Liverpool at Old Trafford.
  • One of Arsenal's biggest fans' groups feels it is time for Arsene Wenger to change its approach or leave.
  • QPR manager Harry Redknapp is preparing a £4million move for West Brom's Peter Odemwingie. Redknapp, meanwhile, has admitted he was sacked by Spurs after becoming a victim of politics.
  • Carlton Cole is fuming after being told he can leave West Ham.
  • Sunderland are closing in on Toulouse's £2.5million French midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
  • Southampton and West Ham have both made an enquiry to take Manchester City's John Guidetti on loan.
  • Rafael Benitez has claimed Chelsea fans will fall back in love with Fernando Torres.
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis is stunned Manchester City and Arsenal failed to rival Chelsea for Demba Ba's signature.
  • Leon Osman will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Everton debut by signing a new three-year contract with the club.
  • Fabricio Coloccini will captain Newcastle at Norwich on Saturday - despite asking to quit the club because of personal reasons.
  • West Ham will be offered an eye-watering 1,000 players over the course of this January transfer window, which Sam Allardyce has slammed as "out of control".
Daily Star
  • Sir Alex Ferguson reckons old rivals Liverpool face an uphill battle to get back to the top of English football.
  • Rafael Benitez has leapt to Chelsea striker Fernando Torres' defence - because he has been battling on despite a stomach bug.
  • Fabricio Coloccini could play his last game for Newcastle at Norwich on Saturday.
  • Roberto Mancini fears Carlos Tevez could end up walking out on Manchester City for nothing at the end of next season.
  • Arsene Wenger expects Theo Walcott to sign his near £90,000-a-week new contract at Arsenal before the transfer window shuts.
  • Martin Jol has told Brede Hangeland to hurry up and sign a new contract at Fulham.
  • Harry Redknapp insists Tottenham axed him for political not football reasons.
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis insists he feels vindicated following his attempt to sign Demba Ba two years ago.
  • West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has slammed the January transfer window - revealing he will field 1,000 calls from agents this month.
  • Paul Lambert has told Aston Villa fans to stop dreaming of big-name arrivals this month after admitting they can only afford to shop for bargains.
Daily Mail
  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his fears that the antics of Luis Suarez could prompt referee Howard Webb to give Liverpool crucial decisions in Sunday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
  • The chairman of the Referees Association and his predecessor have resigned in an expenses scandal.
  • Arsene Wenger has backed Theo Walcott to go from strength to strength after confirming the Arsenal striker is close to signing a new contract.
  • Harry Redknapp says he still has no idea why Tottenham sacked him.
  • Newcastle are facing a battle to hold on to talismanic captain Fabricio Coloccini after he told the club he wants to return to Argentina.
  • Rafael Benitez has hit back at the Chelsea critics who call for his head.
  • QPR want West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie and have offered £7.5million for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila.
  • Everton are keen on 6ft 5in South Korea international striker Kim-Shin Wook of Ulsan Hyundai.
  • Sunderland are close to signing French star Moussa Sissoko, 23, in a £3.5million deal from Toulouse.
  • Nottingham Forest and Bolton want Dedryck Boyata on loan from Manchester City.
Daily Express
  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has urged the club's hierarchy to consider a new contract for their one-time rebel striker Carlos Tevez.
  • Unsettled captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to lead Newcastle on Saturday despite growing doubt about his future.
  • Arsene Wenger had a beam on his face on Friday with Theo Walcott set to sign a new £90,000-a-week deal with Arsenal by the end of the month.
  • Chelsea will make a £25million summer move to rescue Luka Modric from his Real Madrid nightmare, and finally get the man they have been chasing for more than two years.
  • Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is set to agree a loan deal for controversial defender Abdou Kader Mangane of Al-Hilal.
  • Paul Lambert says Aston Villa fans are in dreamland if they think the club can afford star names to dig them out of yet another crisis.
  • Swansea have told Real Betis they will not be held to ransom over Jose Canas.
The Sun
  • Liverpool's Luis Suarez will quit the Premier League if people keep having a go at him.
  • Wayne Rooney has handed Manchester United a boost ahead of their crunch match against Liverpool by returning to training.
  • Steven Gerrard says Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez is the best striker he has ever played with: "Van Persie is a top player and I love watching him, but Luis is the best centre-forward I've played with."
  • Chelsea are ready for another crack at landing Luka Modric. Blues owner Roman Abramovich will dangle £22m in front of Real Madrid to land the midfielder.
  • QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes his shock summer sacking by Tottenham had nothing to do with football.
  • Cardiff's Rob Earnshaw is being linked with Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Cardiff boss Malky Mackay plans to loan out Stephen McPhail.
  • Daniel Carrico had to Google Reading before he joined them - as he had no idea where it was.
Daily Telegraph
  • Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, fears a culture of ageism is infiltrating English football, with experienced players being discarded because of a growing obsession with investing solely in youth.
  • Harry Redknapp says he was sacked by Tottenham for "political" reasons rather than results.
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has risked breaching Football Association rules governing discussion of officials before games, having been drawn into a debate about Luis Suarez which was initiated by Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, has raised the prospect of a 12-month contract extension for Carlos Tevez - an extraordinary turnaround for a player who was in an outright state of civil war with the club just a year ago.
The Guardian
  • Premier League clubs are expected to consider a range of proposals, including a suggestion that all 20 offer free coach travel to away supporters for every match, against a backdrop of growing outrage from fans over the price of away tickets.
  • Rafael Benitez has launched a resolute defence of Fernando Torres after the striker was booed off the pitch during Chelsea's defeat against Swansea, insisting the supporters "will love him again" when his form improves.



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