Paper Talk - 21 January 2013

Philippe Coutinho: Close to Anfield switch

Regional Paper Talk: Coutinho deal close

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho, but QPR and Tottenham look set to miss out on Yann M'Vila.

London Evening Standard
  • Gianfranco Zola claims he is not contemplating returning to Chelsea as the next permanent manager and is only focused on making Watford a success.
  • QPR and Tottenham target Yann M'Vila looks likely to join Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan.
  • Gary Cahill believes Arsenal are no longer a threat to Chelsea in the race for Champions League places and is more concerned with catching Manchester United in the title race.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Clint Hill has challenged his fellow QPR defenders to step up the plate and plug the gap Ryan Nelsen will leave when he departs for the MLS in March.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester United have Wilfried Zaha firmly in their sights as the clock ticks down to transfer deadline day.
  • Carlos Tevez hopes to extend his Manchester City stay before heading back to Argentina to end his career with Boca Juniors.
Liverpool Echo
  • Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho is set to become Liverpool's second signing of the January transfer window.
The Chronicle
  • Newcastle United have turned back to a long-term target in Yoan Gouffran as they look to bolster their forward line this month. The Magpies have had a £680,000 bid turned down but are expected to return for the 26-year-old Bordeaux striker with a fresh bid.
  • Newcastle are expected to give Alan Pardew a major vote of confidence in the next 10 days, by making sure his squad is sufficiently bolstered for the last 15 games of the Premier League season. The Chronicle understands that United - who hope to tie up a deal for Montpellier star Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tomorrow - are also looking to add another two squad players and a striker before the window slams shut at the end of the month.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Newcastle United's board remain absolutely convinced that Alan Pardew is the man to take the club forward despite a disastrous weekend that dragged the club deeper into the relegation fight.
  • Yohan Cabaye says Newcastle fans should blame him and not Alan Pardew for the contentious substitution that riled St James' Park.
Sunderland Echo
  • Stoke boss Tony Pulis admits former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones could join Swansea if the price is right - triggering Danny Graham's move to the Stadium of Light.
  • Steven Fletcher is keeping quiet on his revised goals target after fulfilling his primary objective this season of hitting double figures.
Northern Echo
  • Alan Pardew has vowed to turn things around at Newcastle United after admitting the pressure is mounting following a defeat to Reading which has kept them in a fight to stay out of the Premier League's bottom three.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Jonathan de Guzman has admitted he'd love to remain at Swansea City beyond the end of the season.
Express & Star
  • Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor today told the West Brom supporters to keep winding him up so he can rub their noses in it with goals on the pitch.
  • West Brom were today checking on the fitness of Claudio Yacob after the key midfielder suffered a fresh injury setback.
  • Wolves boss Dean Saunders will leave signing players until as late as possible in the transfer window.
The Pink un
  • Simon Lappin has left Norwich City by mutual consent after both parties reached the decision to help the player seek regular first team football elsewhere.
The Daily Echo
  • Mauricio Pochettino's remarkable work with the Espanyol youth academy helped win him a dream job with Saints - and the backing of ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola!
Reading Post
  • Stopilla Sunzu has claimed he is on the verge of signing for Reading.
The Sentinel
  • Robert Huth says the Stoke players will be desperately sorry to see Kenwyne Jones leave, if he is sold to Swansea.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez has pledged he will not put the future of Wigan Athletic in jeopardy by chasing a quick fix during the transfer window.
  • Ali Al Habsi insists the belief in the Wigan Athletic dressing room is as strong as it's ever been despite the 3-2 home reversal to Sunderland.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Michael Appleton is planning a swift move into the transfer market after admitting his Blackburn Rovers side needs some "freshening up".
  • Celtic are believed to have set their sights on Charlie Austin as a replacement for Premier League target Gary Hooper.
Evening Times
  • Mark McGhee admits his last two managerial appointments, at Aberdeen and Bristol Rovers, were failures and have left his CV stained.
  • Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson today urged his club to make re-signing Michael Higdon the top priority after the big Scouser's second hat-trick of the season secured a 3-2 win over St Johnstone.
The Scotsman
  • Chris Hughton could present Celtic with an improved offer for striker Gary Hooper of between £7million and £8million this week after the Parkhead side knocked back an initial bid from Norwich last week.
  • Derek Adams has emerged as a possible replacement for Craig Brown as the Aberdeen board consider the former Scotland and Motherwell manager's future.

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