Paper Talk - 22 January 2013

Asmir Begovic: Highly-rated keeper

Regional Paper Talk: City eye Begovic

Newcastle look to have won the race to sign Moussa Sissoko and Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is attracting serious interest from Manchester City.

London Evening Standard
  • Chelsea are going to hold talks with Belgium international keeper Thibaut Courtois over his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
  • Arsenal are reportedly considering making a move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.
The Bolton News
  • Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says Wanderers fans may have to wait a little longer to see the best of new signing Craig Davies.
  • Bolton chief Dougie Freedman is planning to raid his former club Crystal Palace for midfield enforcer Mile Jedinak - but may have to wait until summer to get his man.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Colin Kazim-Richards says he already feels more comfortable under Michael Appleton's management than he did under Henning Berg.
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche is not anticipating having money to spend in the remainder of the transfer market, despite boosting hopes of a play-off push with a third straight league win.
The Star
  • Danny Wilson will not resort to the long ball in a bid to arrest Sheffield United's slump in form.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are confident of retaining the services of Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe in their fight for survival.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester United defender Phil Jones is confident the Premier League leaders can recover quickly from their weekend setback.
Liverpool Echo
  • Injured Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is being linked with a return to his former club Barcelona.
  • Everton are chasing Younes Belhanda and Burnley's Charlie Austin.
The Chronicle
  • Newcastle look to have won the race to sign Moussa Sissoko - and the deal could be sealed before the transfer window slams shut.
  • Fabricio Coloccini will learn his fate with Newcastle United sooner rather than later.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • After back-to-back Premier League wins featuring six Sunderland goals, John O'Shea believes the Black Cats can start looking up the table with confidence.
Evening Gazette
  • Middlesbrough have not received any offers for George Friend, insists Tony Mowbray.
Sunderland Echo
  • Alfred N'Diaye admits the demands of the Premier League have provided a shock to the system after a first competitive start in more than a month.
  • Fraizer Campbell's departure from Sunderland is not a signal that Sunderland are on the verge of landing a new arrival up front.
Northern Echo
  • Newcastle are set to make a renewed approach for Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran after their initial bid of £750,000 was rejected yesterday.
The Daily Echo
  • Last night's official matchday programme did not even grant a cursory acknowledgement of Nigel Adkins by Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese.
  • Mauricio Pochetinno said he "felt the kindness" from Southampton fans as his first game in charge at St Mary's ended in a goalless draw against Everton.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Shaun Maloney admits Roberto Martinez played a massive role in the decision to pledge his future to Wigan.
Express & Star
  • Wolves manager Dean Saunders today set the scene for a frantic Friday after declaring he will decide on the club's transfer window activity by the end of this week.
  • West Brom captain Chris Brunt today shrugged off criticism from the Hawthorns boo-boys and insisted he has taken the abuse "on the chin."
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United are closing in on a deal to sign former Portsmouth striker Aruna Dindane - who is understood to be in Yorkshire today to meet with club officials.
  • The agent of Bradford City hot-shot Nahki Wells has confirmed Leeds United are one of a host of clubs watching the striker.
The Pink un
  • January will be January for Norwich City - after chief executive David McNally admitted inflated prices are par for the new year course.
Reading Post
  • Reading fans should know better than to leave games early by now, says captain Jobi McAnuff.
South Wales Evening Post
  • KI Sung-Yueng has warned Swansea City not to start dreaming of Wembley ahead of their crunch Capital One Cup semi-final second leg clash with Chelsea.
The Sentinel
  • Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is attracting serious interest from Premier League champions Manchester City.
Evening Times
  • Francisco Sandaza today vowed to repay the Rangers fans for their support during his scoring drought - by banging in the goals that land the Ibrox club silverware.
  • Gary Hooper is not the only Celtic striker who can prove to be worth his weight in goals.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic are determined to keep Gary Hooper for the remainder of the season, but there was an admission yesterday that Burnley striker Charlie Austin heads a list of potential replacements.

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