Paper Talk - 17 January 2013

Kenwyne Jones: Stoke striker wanted by Swansea

Regional Paper Talk: Jones bid rebuffed

Stoke have rejected a Swansea bid for Kenwyne Jones, while QPR's Loic Remy chose to stay in bed rather than see what Newcastle could offer.

London Evening Standard
  • Tottenham are confident of completing a move for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby six months ahead of schedule after Sandro underwent knee surgery.
  • QPR are suddenly facing a battle to sign Yann M'Vila after Rennes confirmed several clubs have made a late move for the midfielder.
  • Arsene Wenger says he is more focused than ever on lifting the FA Cup as it will help boost Arsenal's flagging morale.
  • Wenger admits Jack Wilshere is ahead of schedule after the midfielder fired Arsenal into the FA Cup fourth round with a brilliant late winner against Swansea.
  • Chelsea have received no offers for Florent Malouda in the January transfer window.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Rafa Benitez is refusing to look beyond Sunday's visit of Arsenal and will not say whether Chelsea are still in the title hunt.
  • Djibril Cisse is in talks with Qatar side Al-Gharafa with view to a possible loan move.
  • Fabio da Silva is desperate to avoid a return to reserve football at Manchester United, but has no idea if QPR want to keep him beyond the end of the season.
Manchester Evening News
  • Ryan Giggs has refused to confirm if he will play on beyond this season, despite Sir Alex Ferguson insisting the veteran midfielder will continue into his 40s.
  • Ferguson insists Manchester United are not a one-man team reliant on Robin van Persie.
  • Jack Rodwell has changed his pillow, traded in his car and moved closer to the Manchester City training ground in a bid to improve his injury luck.
  • Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says Premier League survival will continue to take priority over potential FA Cup glory.
Liverpool Echo
  • Fabio Borini is determined to make up for lost time after the Liverpool striker recovered from a broken bone in his foot.
  • Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists principal owner John W Henry remains totally committed to taking Liverpool forward.
  • Ayre believes it's vital that the Premier League follows UEFA's lead by adopting Financial Fair Play.
  • Liverpool have adopted a new approach to players' contracts with lower basic salaries and more performance-related bonuses.
  • Liverpool's £150million project to redevelop Anfield remains on track with the club hoping to submit a planning application in the spring.
  • Jon Flanagan is facing two months out after a scan revealed knee ligament damage.
  • Nikica Jelavic is having to learn to cope with the scrutiny prompted by his prolific start at Everton, admits Phil Jagielka.
  • Thomas Hitzlsperger is determined to prolong his Everton career beyond the summer after admitting he once feared he had no future in the game.
  • Everton's vibrant attacking football this season has inspired thousands of extra fans to flood through the Goodison Park turnstiles.
The Chronicle
  • Loic Remy snubbed the chance to see what Newcastle had to offer in favour of a lie-in.
  • Tim Krul has no intention of leaving Newcastle in January despite reports that AC Milan are chasing him.
  • Sunderland's hopes of landing Danny Graham hang in the balance after Swansea reportedly had a £3m bid for Stoke's Kenwyne Jones rejected.
  • Sunderland have joined the pack of Premier League clubs monitoring Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore.
  • Ahmed Elmohamady is unlikely to stay at Sunderland for long, despite being recalled from his loan spell at Hull.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Nancy defender Massadio Haidara has given out encouraging signs that he would welcome a move to Newcastle.
  • Phil Bardsley has admitted Sunderland got what they deserved in their FA Cup defeat by Bolton and refused to make any excuses.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Swansea have been told to up their offer for Kenwyne Jones after seeing a £3million bid rejected.
  • Sunderland are believed to have made a bid for Swansea forward Danny Graham.
Birmingham Mail
  • Gritters on standby to ensure West Brom v Aston Villa gets the green light to beat the predicted snow.
  • Paul Lambert says Christian Benteke has been a revelation for Aston Villa.
  • The grandson of one of the founding fathers of Birmingham City has hit out at its current owners and said the club should be sold to a Blues fan.
  • David Beckham was in Birmingham today to meet patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
  • Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle is remaining calm ahead of the prospect of becoming number one should Jack Butland be sold this month.
  • West Brom boss Steve Clarke has paid tribute to Romelu Lukaku and Garaeth McAuley ahead of the weekend's clash with Villa.
Express & Star
  • West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is keen to speak to QPR about a possible transfer.
  • Dean Saunders has given Adam Hammill a chance to rescue his Wolves career.
  • Ciaran Clark has predicted Aston Villa will stick "three or four" goals past an opponent in the near future.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez has played down speculation linking Wigan with a move for Leeds striker Luciano Becchio.
  • Neil Warnock is confident that he retains the support of the club's owners following positive discussions in the wake of the defeat to Barnsley.
  • Leeds' search for an established left-back is set to continue with Adam Drury facing another spell on the sidelines.
The Pink un
  • Wolves are reported to be considering a £1m move for City striker Simeon Jackson.
The Daily Echo
  • Jason Puncheon revealed after Wednesday night's Stamford Bridge heroics that he hopes to sign a new contract at Southampton.
  • Southampton defender Dan Seaborne is set to join Bournemouth on loan until the end of the season.
Reading Post
  • Jem Karacan believes Zambia star Stopilla Sunzu would be a top signing for Reading.
The Sentinel
  • Stoke have rejected a bid of £3m from Swansea for Kenwyne Jones,
  • Tony Pulis is happy for Stoke to be the underdogs as he plots another FA Cup occasion to remember against Manchester City.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez has admitted the season-ending injury to Ivan Ramis has caused him to rethink his January transfer policy.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Barnsley defender Scott Wiseman has emerged on Blackburn's radar, with a new bid from West Ham for Martin Olsson likey to be rejected by Rovers.
The Star
  • Doncaster will hold a crunch board meeting today that will have a major bearing on who becomes the club's next manager.
Evening Times
  • Neil Lennon has joined a number of leading managers in warning against attempting to replicate Barcelona's much-lauded style of play.
  • Scott Brown has hailed the appointment of Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss and wants to be involved in the new manager's first friendly next month.
  • Peterhead are going all out to ensure their clash with Rangers goes ahead after a severe weather warning.
  • Andy Little has told Rangers team-mate Francisco Sandaza to keep his head up as the Spaniard continues to struggle in front of goal.
The Scotsman
  • Rangers manager Ally McCoist has admitted his interest in a potential move to the fifth tier of English football for Rangers.
  • Former Motherwell and Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee has emerged as the favourite to become Gordon Strachan's assistant.

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