Paper Talk - 16 January 2013

Iago Aspas: Could be set for Reading

Regional Paper Talk: Royals target Aspas

Reading are reportedly willing to pay £8.3million for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, while West Ham could be set to give up on Martin Olsson.

London Evening Standard
  • Theo Walcott has agreed the framework of a new three-and-half-year deal and Arsenal are expecting him to sign it next week. It is thought Walcott could earn as much as £100,000 a week, including bonuses and other performance-related incentives. The new contract does not contain any formal assurance that the 23-year-old will play as a centre-forward.
  • Jay Bothroyd is confident he can compete for a place in the first team with new £8million striker Loic Remy and play a part in keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Fulham boss Martin Jol admits he is sweating over the fitness of Bryan Ruiz - again.
Manchester Evening News
  • Michael Johnson has revealed the tortured battle with inner demons which has led to him being released by City.
Liverpool Echo
  • Everton fans may have to wait a little longer to see exciting wide man Kevin Mirallas back in a Blue shirt. But the Belgian should be back for the second half of what could be a memorable campaign for the Blues.
The Chronicle
  • Fabricio Coloccini is expected to lead Newcastle United into battle for Saturday's crucial home clash with relegation rivals Reading.
  • Shola Ameobi has insisted that Newcastle United can still salvage something from their troubled season.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Newcastle United will hold a meeting with skipper Fabricio Coloccini today to thrash out a solution to keep him on Tyneside.
Sunderland Echo
  • Louis Saha is ready to cut short his stint at Sunderland, with an unnamed South African club prepared to offer him an escape route.
  • Martin O'Neill bristled at suggestions that a low attendance of just 17,505 at the Stadium of Light might have contributed to Sunderland's dismal exit from the FA Cup.
  • Phil Bardsley today labelled Sunderland's FA Cup exit as a "disaster" after being at a loss to explain the Black Cats' contrasting form.
Northern Echo
  • Martin O'Neill last night admitted Sunderland's latest cup capitulation could force him to reassess the future of some of his players.
Birmingham Mail
  • Jack Butland could be on the move to Alan Pardew's Newcastle United after the North East club may contact with Birmingham City over the availability of the young goalkeeper.
Express & Star
  • Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp today hinted he is ready to abandon the club's pursuit of West Brom duo Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie.
  • Wolves today were weighing up a £1million move for Norwich hitman Simeon Jackson - as they let Twitter race-row striker Leigh Griffiths return to Hibernian.
  • Charles N'Zogbia today admitted he will adapt his game to whatever position he is asked to play by Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.
Reading Post
  • Reading are willing to smash their transfer record by meeting in-demand Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas' £8.3million release clause.
The Sentinel
  • Jon Walters bounced back from his Chelsea misery to spearhead Stoke's FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace last night and admitted: "I feel great after this one."
Lancashire Telegraph
  • West Ham United look to set to admit defeat in their pursuit of Martin Olsson with Blackburn Rovers continuing to price the Swedish international out of the market.
  • Burnley manager Sean Dyche is not expecting to lose any of his out-of-contract stars this month, even if new deals cannot be agreed before the end of the transfer window.
Evening Times
  • Motherwell manager Stuart McCall believes his side's improving home form can pave the way for a Euro surge.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic will enter negotiations with Australia midfielder Tom Rogic after a fee was agreed between the Scottish Premier League champions and Central Coast Mariners.
  • Blue Square Bet Premier chairman Brian Lee has refused to rule out the possibility of Rangers joining his division.

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