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Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is top of Manchester United's New Year shopping list, while Sunderland are set to sign Marcos Alonso.

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Ross Barkley: Manchester United's top target

Ross Barkley: Manchester United's top target

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsene Wenger hailed the bullish influence of Olivier Giroud after Arsenal scraped past Newcastle at St James' Park to return to the top of the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho criticised Luis Suarez for making the most of contact from Samuel Eto'o inside the penalty area as Chelsea edged past Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday.

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has claimed he is not interested in personal glory, but instead is fully focused on the team's Premier League title challenge.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Ross Barkley is at the top of David Moyes' New Year wish list.

Vincent Kompany has warned City fans to prepare for an 'incredible' 2014 as the team goes on the hunt for four trophies.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed Joe Hart accepted he needed to be taken out of the firing line for a short spell.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Daniel Agger insists back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea haven't shaken his belief in Liverpool's ability to qualify for the Champions League.

Antolin Alcaraz admitted he could not have asked for a better Everton debut after his composed display helped the Blues end 2013 in the top four.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United's final match of 2013 ended in a defeat to Arsenal, but boss Alan Pardew believes his side have made great progress this year.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not have Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye as a potential target during the January transfer window.

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew has backed his Newcastle United side to more than double their points tally of 33 in the second half of the season.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland are expected to confirm the capture of left-back Marcos Alonso within the next 48 hours.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Albion will hold further talks with Nicolas Anelka on Monday as the Football Association investigate the gesture he made during Saturday's game at West Ham.

Gabby Agbonlahor has passionately declared Aston Villa will get it right as the club heads into 2014 under a cloud.

EXPRESS & STAR

Keith Downing looks set to take charge of Albion into 2014 after their hunt for a new head coach entered its third week.

Albion youngster Saido Berahino today hailed Nicolas Anelka's impact on his Premier League breakthrough as the Frenchman awaited the FA's verdict on his controversial goal celebration.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is backing his players to take recent blows on the chin after seeing them heavily beaten over a miserable festive period at both Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur.

NEWHAM RECORDER

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said his side are paying the price for an extensive injury list but admits he needs to get his crocked players fit as soon as possible to turn their luck around.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Steve Sidwell has issued an apology to Fulham's travelling fans after they suffered a 6-0 thrashing at Hull.

Rene Meulensteen has defended his decision to ring the changes to his Fulham side after they were hit for six at Hull.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson expects to lose Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford in January as Championship clubs scramble for his signature.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup is ready to step up the search for a new front player after Swansea City's frustrating draw at Aston Villa.

WALES ONLINE

Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa and Blackpool boss Paul Ince could emerge as shock candidates for the Cardiff City job if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turns down the Bluebirds.

THE PINK UN

Norwich City's impressive midfielder Leroy Fer has admitted his first few months in England have toughened him up after revealing it felt like a form of 'depression'.

THE DAILY ECHO

Angry Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has called for his side to be treated fairly by referees and not judged on their age or looks.

James Ward-Prowse targeted a top-six finish despite a disappointing end to 2013 at Everton.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City's man of the moment Tom Huddlestone has thanked manager Steve Bruce for injecting a new lease of life into his Premier League career at the KC Stadium.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Brian McDermott has given Leeds United a list of four transfer targets with the group behind a takeover of the club expecting to secure Football League approval within days of the January window opening.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Billy Davies has warned it is vital Nottingham Forest do "good business" in the January transfer window, to avoid seeing their promotion push burn out in the second half of the campaign.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Uwe Rosler expects to find out by New Year's Day whether Nick Powell will be staying with Wigan Athletic for the rest of the campaign.

EVENING GAZETTE

Aitor Karanka has praised Shay Given for his role in Boro's revival and is hopeful the Villa keeper will extend his loan deal in the New Year.

THE STAR

Hibernian are monitoring Jamie Murphy's situation at Bramall Lane ahead of next month's transfer window.

Stuart Gray has raised hopes that the Owls will be able to extend Connor Wickham's loan.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Paul Dickov is busy "sowing the seeds" ahead of the January transfer window - and confident he can act quickly in the market.

EVENING TIMES

Oliver Norwood is on Neil Lennon's radar as the Celtic boss prepares for the opening of the transfer window at midnight tomorrow.

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