Paper Talk - 23 January 2013

Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Newcastle link

Regional Paper Talk: Ricky keen on Toon

QPR boss Harry Redknapp wants two new defenders, while Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is said to be open to a move to Newcastle.

London Evening Standard
  • Lewis Holtby wants to complete his move to Tottenham this month and has already undergone a medical at the club.
  • Harry Redknapp is stepping up his bid to sign two centre-halves before the transfer window shuts because Ryan Nelsen and Anton Ferdinand are set to leave Queens Park Rangers.
  • Ashley Cole admits he has already set his sights on earning another new deal at Chelsea having just agreed a one-year contract to stay at the club.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Fulham winger Kerim Frei has had an operation in Germany in a bid to cure a niggling groin injury.
Manchester Evening News
  • Swedish striker John Guidetti is determined to prove he is worth a place in Manchester City's stellar strikeforce after recovering from injury.
  • Former Blue Patrick Vieira reckons City's new £100m facility will attract the best young football talent on the globe.
Liverpool Echo
  • Jordan Henderson is happy to carry on giving boss Brendan Rodgers a headache - as he admits the arrival of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield could give him a new lease of life.
The Chronicle
  • Newcastle today welcomed new boys Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haidara. The arrival of Toulouse's box-to-box midfielder Moussa Sissoko is next on United's wish-list.
  • Yohan Cabaye has emerged as a leading candidate to captain Newcastle United - if Fabricio Coloccini quits the Geordies to return to Argentina.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Newcastle United have completed the signing of Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for an undisclosed fee - with three more French players set to join him. Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran revealed on Twitter last night he was on the verge of a move to Tyneside, with Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissko and Nancy left-back Maassadio Haidara believed to be on their way. Highly-rated Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is also open to a move to Newcastle if a deal can be struck with Sporting Lisbon.
  • The signing of Mapou Yanga-M'Biwa does not necessarily mean Fabricio Coloccini will leave Newcastle this month - according to the Argentinian's father.
Sunderland Echo
  • Danny Rose will be a Sunderland player for the rest of the season after Spurs allowed their recall clause on the England Under 21 international to lapse.
  • Sunderland are preparing to clear the decks at Academy level with a raft of young talent set to leave.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Alan Tate is back at Swansea City after his loan spell at Leeds United came to an end a week early.
  • Garry Monk believes the home crowd will have a key part to play when Swansea City host a Chelsea side primed to attack tonight.
Express & Star
  • West Brom winger Jerome Thomas today praised "spot on" boss Steve Clarke and urged Baggies fans to stay patient during the Hawthorns chief's "learning curve."
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Neil Warnock admitted he was prioritising attacking additions to the squad at Leeds United after ending his interest in re-signing Swansea City's Alan Tate.
  • Ross Barkley has been denied permission to play in Leeds United's FA Cup clash with Spurs - but the Elland Road club are not ruling out the possibility of fielding him.
The Pink un
  • Chief executive David McNally has ruled out the prospect of Grant Holt being used to help Norwich City land Celtic striker Gary Hooper - or any other player.
The Daily Echo
  • New Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will focus his attention on the Spanish Primera Division when the time comes to strengthen his squad.
Reading Post
  • Danny Guthrie felt his Reading career was over less than a month ago.
The Sentinel
  • Stoke striker Michael Owen has put himself in pole position to play a major part in trying to knock Manchester City out of the FA Cup this weekend.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Shaun Maloney admits Roberto Martinez played a massive role in the decision to pledge his future to Latics.
  • Wigan Athletic last night revealed a tantalising glimpse of the future as plans were unveiled to develop their training ground into a leading football academy for its young players.
The Bolton News
  • Nottingham Forest may be poised to gatecrash Marcos Alonso's contract negotiations with Wanderers.
The Star
  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones wants to sign TWO strikers before the transfer deadline - and he could be helped by the loan exit of Chris Lines.
The Scotsman
  • Hearts are understood to be making a bid to sign Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo on loan.

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