Paper Talk - 22 January 2013

Victor Wanyama: On Arsenal's watch-list

Paper Talk: Wenger ponders Wanyama bid

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering a move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, while Jose Mourinho has been texting Roman Abramovich.

Daily Mirror
  • West Ham want to hijack Newcastle's move for Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara.
  • New Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has joined the chase for Anderlecht's £8m-rated midfielder Lucas Biglia, 26 and also wants to sign Malaga striker Sebastian Fernandez, 27, on loan with view to a permanent deal.
  • West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie, 31, wants to speak to QPR and may hand in a transfer request if Albion continue to block him.
  • Championship side Brighton have beaten Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland in the race to sign FC Groningen defender Virgil van Dijk.
  • Theo Walcott has claimed Arsenal must show more belief and commitment if they want to catch bitter rivals Tottenham.
  • Long-serving Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, 34, says game-time could determine whether he will end his career with the club.
The Sun
  • QPR look set to miss out on Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, 22, with Russian side Rubin Kazan now favourites to sign him.
  • Theo Walcott says Arsenal must stop doubting themselves or risk missing out on the Champions League next season.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has been ordered by the FA to explain his rant at linesman Simon Beck.
  • League Two side Rochdale are ready to take Keith Hill - recently sacked by Barnsley - back as manager after axing John Coleman.
Daily Star
  • Jose Mourinho has been paving the way for a sensational return to Chelsea by regularly texting and phoning Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
  • Arsene Wenger has held crisis talks with his Arsenal squad in a desperate attempt to save their season.
  • Meanwhile, Wenger is considering whether to take Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, 26, on loan.
  • Reading expect to complete the signing of Zambian defender Stopilla Sunzu, 23, when he returns from the African Nations Cup.
  • Charlton want to sign QPR winger Hogan Ephraim, 24, on loan after failing to sign Notts County midfielder Alan Judge.
  • Championship rivals Ipswich and Burnley are tracking 26-year-old Tranmere defender Zoumana Bakayogo.
Daily Mail
  • Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola claims Manchester City will not sell the 22-year-old striker to AC Milan this month.
  • QPR boss Harry Redknapp is showing interest in Dynamo Kiev's former Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar.
  • Stoke have taken USA winger Brek Shea, 22, on a week-long trial ahead of a potential £2.5m move from FC Dallas.
  • Fulham are considering a move for Blackpool midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre, 28.
  • Nigel Adkins was handed a humiliating final snub by Southampton as he was airbrushed out of the match programme.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson faces a misconduct charge after the FA asked the Manchester United manager to explain comments he made about the linesman following Sunday's draw at Tottenham.
  • QPR have suspended highly-rated youth team coach Mark Langton amid allegations of racism.
Daily Express
  • Jose Mourinho has sent text messages to Roman Abramovich to pave the way for a return to Chelsea.
  • Manchester United have upped their bid to £17m for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in an attempt to beat off Arsenal.
  • Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been given the green light to bring in three players after 10 defeats in their last 13 matches.
  • Pepe Reina's father says the Liverpool stopper would be an 'ideal' signing for Barcelona.
Daily Telegraph
  • Manchester United are actively searching for an experienced and imposing goalkeeper to replace David de Gea at the end of the season because of a growing acceptance at Old Trafford that the Spaniard is unsuitable for the demands of English football.
  • Newcastle United's troubles are showing no signs of easing after Montpellier centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa did not arrive for a planned medical and skipper Fabricio Coloccini failed to resolve his future at a meeting with club officials.
  • John Terry's long-term future at Chelsea remains in doubt, with the club unlikely to open discussions about an extension to the 32-year-old's contract until the end of the season.
The Guardian
  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of signing Wilfried Zaha, 20, for £12m from Crystal Palace by the end of the week, with the aim of loaning the winger back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season.
Independent
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering making a move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21, as he attempts to improve the Gunners' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
The Times
  • Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring Victor Valdes' situation at Barcelona as the Manchester United manager weighs up a move for a new goalkeeper.
  • Theo Walcott has admitted that a lack of belief amongst Arsenal's players has contributed to defeats in their past two Premier League matches.

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