LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Fernando Torres admitted it was “another dream” to
rejoin boyhood club Atletico Madrid on loan, just two
days after agreeing a permanent move to AC Milan
Newcastle have given Crystal Palace permission to
speak to manager Alan Pardew over the vacancy at
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard is set for a
tour of Manchester City’s new City Football Academy
as Europe’s biggest clubs bid for his signature.
David de Gea has described his development from
skinny youngster to impregnable stopper at United to
that of Captain America’s physical transformation.
Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s new boys are
starting to show their class after he starred in their
impressive 4-1 rout of Swansea City at Anfield.
Roberto Martinez has called for “togetherness” as he
looks to guide Everton out of an alarming slump in
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is leaving the
club on good terms – and had been told Moussa
Sissoko would be staying at the club.
Fabricio Coloccini is not currently under consideration
for the Newcastle United manager’s job.
Charis Mavrias is expected to spend the second half
of the season out on loan by departing in the January
Billy Jones is eagerly awaiting the return of fellow
full-backs Patrick van Aanholt and Anthony Reveillere,
so he can return to his favoured right-back role.
West Brom coaches Rob Kelly and Keith Downing will
share caretaker duties of the first team for the New
Year’s Day trip to West Ham following the departure
of Alan Irvine, but the long-term prospects for the
former Wolves players could be bleak.
Chris Brunt says West Bromwich Albion’s players are
to blame for their perilous league position.
EXPRESS & STAR
Kortney Hause has called on Wolves to keep putting
their bodies on the line after claiming all is to play for
in the New Year.
Albion are braced for a January wave of speculation
over Saido Berahino – but the Baggies have not held
talks with Liverpool about the striker.
Stoke City fans must have been chuckling into their
cornflakes this morning after waking to the news that
Tony Pulis is among the favourites for the manager’s
job at West Brom.
Running man Steven Nzonzi has covered more miles
this season than any other player in the Premier
THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton are being linked with a £12m January
transfer window move for Scottish international
striker Jordan Rhodes.
Midfielder Victor Wanyama is hoping Saints will
continue to prove people wrong this season.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is said to be
‘interested’ in joining Newcastle United, according to
reports on Tyneside today.
Hull City maintain it is business as usual ahead of the
New Year’s Day clash with Everton, despite reports
linking manager Steve Bruce with a move to
Blackburn Rovers are waiting to hear whether loan
stars Jason Steele, Alex Baptiste and Ryan Tunnicliffe
will be recalled by their parent clubs next month.
Simon Eastwood hopes he has done enough to
convince Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer to keep
him between the posts for the FA Cup clash with
Burnley’s stunning Manchester City comeback shows
how far they have come in the first half of the season,
according to Danny Ings.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Swansea City are on the brink of finalising a deal
worth around £1.75 million for Exeter City midfielder
Garry Monk revealed he does not expect either Jonjo
Shelvey or Raheem Sterling to face retrospective
action following separate clashes during Swansea
City’s defeat to Liverpool.
West Ham defender Joey O’Brien believes the West
Brom clash is absolutely vital.
Didier Drogba has warned his Chelsea team-mates
the title race starts now as they prepare for a New
Year’s Day derby at Tottenham Hotspur.
QPR captain Joey Barton reckons there is no
pressure to beat Swansea on New Year’s Day –
because Hoops are already ahead of their survival
Rangers midfielder Lewis MacLeod is on the verge of
a £1million move to Brentford after being
recommended by David Weir.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Neil Redfearn is eyeing some incoming business early
in the January transfer window – after admitting that
Leeds United ‘need a bit of help’ to kick-start their
season after an alarming winter run.
Tom Ince is unlikely to return to the City Ground in the
near future after admitting his loan spell with
Nottingham Forest was a flop.
THE PINK UN
Neil Adams knows it is win or bust in Norwich City’s
bid to target automatic promotion from the
Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton has set his
sights on an FA Cup run and admitted the team can’t
wait to head to Barnsley.
Sheffield United will attempt to re-sign Chris O’Grady
when the transfer window reopens next week, after
the striker was recalled by parent club Brighton and
Sheffield Wednesday may have to play a game of
patience to snare their top transfer targets next
month, admits Owls head coach Stuart Gray.
Celtic have been placed on alert after Rosenborg
announced that Mikkel ‘Mix’ Diskerud, a summer
transfer target for the SPFL Premiership champions,
has left the club after failing to agree a new contract.
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