Paper Talk - 15 January 2013

Jack Butland: Linked with move to St James' Park

Regional Paper Talk: Toon ready JB bid

Newcastle are set to bid £4m for Jack Butland and also want Danny Graham, while Chelsea and Tottenham are stepping up efforts to sign Willian.

London Evening Standard
  • Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham this month but they will demand about £20million for the Brazilian playmaker.
  • Joey Barton has apologised after becoming embroiled in yet another Twitter row - this time with his former team-mate Didi Hamman over QPR's potential signing of Loic Remy.
  • Marseille striker Loic Remy has still not decided whether to join Newcastle or QPR, according to OM's sporting director Jose Anigo.
  • World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann wants England to stage the tournament again in recognition for the Football Association bringing "credibility" to the game.
  • Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has claimed Manchester City have tried to lure a number of people to the Etihad Stadium from the Nou Camp.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester City have finally released midfielder Michael Johnson, the player once compared to Colin Bell and tipped to be a regular England international.
  • Manchester United were over obsessed with neighbours City last season says Patrice Evra - and it cost them the title.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool winger Stewart Downing insists the Reds can press their way into the Premier League's elite bunch, by adding a nasty streak to their patient passing style.
  • Swansea could hijack Liverpool's bid to re-sign Blackpool's Tom Ince.
  • Steven Pienaar has urged Everton not to lose focus during the extra wait before their quest for a top four place resumes.
The Chronicle
  • Newcastle United are eyeing Birmingham City's England international goalkeeper Jack Butland and are readying a £4million bid.
  • Newcastle will move for either Danny Graham or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after losing out to QPR for Loic Remy, who will join Harry Redknapp's side on an £85,000 a week deal.
  • Steven Taylor is hoping to make his return to first-team action against Reading on Saturday.
The Bolton News
  • Bolton defender Marcos Alonso is fully focused on dumping Premier League Swansea out of the FA Cup this month - rather than plying his trade there.
  • Dougie Freedman believes Josh Vela can be a regular Wanderers first-team player after being impressed by the young Salfordian in training.
  • Bolton manager Dougie Freedman could hand Stuart Holden a first-team start at Sunderland on Tuesday as he looks to get the American midfielder back into senior action after 15 months out.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Blackburn Rovers' under-fire owners Venky's are set to be at Ewood Park this weekend - with club matriarch Anuradha Desai preparing for just her second visit since The Walker Trust sold up in November 2010.
  • Jordan Rhodes believes Blackburn Rovers' squad will all have a point to prove this week - as he prepares to play under his ninth manager within the last 12 months
The Star
  • Kieran Lee hopes Sheffield Wednesday keep taking the fast track to success ahead of Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay away at MK Dons.
  • Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones said Gary Madine still has a job to do for the club despite speculation linking the striker with a move to Millwall.
  • Sheffield United will this week press ahead with their efforts to reshape Danny Wilson's squad following the arrival of Jamie Murphy and Danny Higginbotham at Bramall Lane.
  • Barnsley director Don Rowing believes new manager David Flitcroft will stamp his own identity on the club.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Martin Jol is prepared to let Pajtim Kasami leave Fulham on loan - providing he's guaranteed regular football.
  • QPR's Nedum Onuoha has revealed the personal turmoil he's faced following the death of his mother.
  • Rafael Benitez says the return of John Terry will restore Chelsea's character, but what they really need is sharpness up front.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Sunderland made their second signing in less than a week on Monday, but Martin O'Neill has warned they cannot afford to stop there, with a striker likely to be his next new addition.
Evening Gazette
  • Stick together and cut out the mistakes - that's the recipe for promotion, according to Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele.
Sunderland Echo
  • Phil Bardsley says Sunderland cannot adopt a defeatist attitude over the 'reward' for victory in Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay.
The Daily Echo
  • Southampton are closing in on their first signing of the January transfer window with defender Vegard Forren expected at the club on Tuesday to discuss personal terms ahead of a £4million move.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez is likely to dip into the transfer market for a central defensive recruit after losing Ivan Ramis for several months.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and Ciaran Clark believe Christian Benteke will soon be back on the goal trail
  • Birmingham City boss Lee Clark hopes to beat Leeds United to go on a cup run and give everyone at the club a huge lift.
  • Wolves boss Dean Saunders says he knows the secret formula for success and how to win promotion from the Championship.
Express & Star
  • Wolves manager Dean Saunders insisted his side must 'toughen up' on the road and get back to liking the ugly stuff if they are to climb the table.
  • Bjorn Sigurdarson is set to hand Wolves a boost by returning for their trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Aston Villa have been handed a major boost after it emerged experienced defender Richard Dunne will resume training this week.
  • West Brom have backed Queens Park Rangers targets Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie to shine against their suitors in their FA Cup third-round replay at The Hawthorns.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock will assess Luciano Becchio's state of mind before deciding if he lines up in Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay at St Andrews.
  • Neil Warnock admits he is facing a critical six-week spell in his Elland Road tenure - amid growing discontent from Leeds United supporters at the club's poor recent performances.
The Pink un
  • Chris Hughton is acutely aware Norwich City need to pick up the Premier League pace again to avoid becoming embroiled in the heat of a gathering relegation battle.
Reading Post
  • Reading goalkeeping coach Sal Bibbo says Adam Federici is playing with a smile on his face again after shaking off a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Swansea have the option to make Roland Lamah's stay at the club permanent at any time during the winger's 18-month loan from Osasuna.
The Sentinel
  • Tony Pulis has declared Jon Walters psychologically ship-shape and mentally fit to play in Tuesday night's FA Cup third-round replay against Crystal Palace, despite the trauma of his nightmare display against Chelsea on Saturday.
Evening Times
  • Neil Lennon says he will not be surprised if there are bids for Victor Wanyama before this transfer window closes - but he will be surprised if any are accepted.
  • David van Zanten hopes the winter break hasn't ruined St Mirren's mid-season momentum.
  • Celtic's chief scout John Park has been in Portugal this week trying to unearth the next Bhoys superstar to follow in the footsteps Victor Wanyama and Beram Kayal.
  • Lee Wallace has vowed to do all he could to increase Rangers' clean-sheet haul after another second-half slip-up.
  • Gary Hooper's former coach Ian Baraclough believes the striker will have no trouble winning a place in the England squad - if and when he leaves Parkhead.
The Scotsman
  • Hibs boss Pat Fenlon is on the trail of Portuguese winger Pedro Santos but faces competition from German outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf for the 24-year-old's signature.
  • Dundee United will consider Derek McInnes as their new manager should they lose Peter Houston.

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