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Everton are monitoring West Brom striker Shane Long, while Argentina starlet Bruno Zuculini is the subject of a Manchester-centric tug-of-war

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Shane Long: Wanted by Everton

Shane Long: Wanted by Everton

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Branislav Ivanovic hopes Chelsea's defence can find their mean streak again after gifting goals to the opposition in early December.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Kevin Strootman won't be joining Manchester United in January, according to his agent.

Manchester United are losing out to City in the chase for Argentine youngster Bruno Zuculini.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Martin Kelly believes he's finally ready to compete for a first-team place at Liverpool FC.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has issues to contend with in central midfield ahead of a difficult trip to Tottenham this weekend.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Hartlepool United's in-demand centre-back Jack Baldwin is being watched by Sunderland who are looking for fresh defensive talent

Yohan Cabaye believes the Christmas period will be the test of Newcastle United's ambitions and will see if they are destined for the Champions League

Newcastle United should go for top six at the very least believes Toon legend Philippe Albert.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Lee Cattermole hopes to draw a line under his latest red card after returning from suspension.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

West Bromwich Albion legend Ally Robertson has urged Jeremy Peace not to sack manager Steve Clarke but to back him in the transfer market instead.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has emerged as a transfer target of Leicester City at a time when Kenny Jackett is hopeful of bringing a new striker to Wolves.

Steve Clarke must fashion an Albion recovery with the players already at the club - and not rely on a fresh wave of January transfers.

EXPRESS & STAR

Scott Sinclair's hopes of securing a permanent deal at West Brom remain in the balance over his latest injury concern. The midfielder is currently on loan at Albion from Manchester City.

Everton are believed to be monitoring the contract situation of West Brom forward Shane Long. The Republic of Ireland international's current deal expires at the end of the current season but Albion have the option to extend it for a further year.

Kenny Jackett today declared Wolves are set for a new year signings boost when the transfer window opens next month.

THE SENTINEL

Erik Pieters believes fellow Dutchman Luuk de Jong can be a big hit in the Premier League if Stoke City pull off his signing in the January window.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that he never spoke to Arsenal about a transfer move and that it was Napoli who showed the greater desire to sign him - which is why he moved to Italy.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Chelsea will only bring in a new striker next if one of the club's three forwards leave during the January transfer window.

SOUTH LONDON PRESS

Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody has revealed it will be about quality - and not quantity - in the January transfer window.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Wilfried Bony, Michel Vorm and Angel Rangel will all be on board today when Swansea City fly out to Switzerland for their Europa League decider against St Gallen.

WALES ONLINE

Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall has insisted team spirit will be the decisive factor as the Bluebirds battle to get their Premier League survival bid back on track.

THE PINK UN

Jonny Howson is loving life at Norwich City but the midfielder knows what could happen if he lets his standards drop.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City boss Steve Bruce believes there is still more to come from Yannick Sagbo as the imposing centre-forward begins to stamp his authority on the Premier League.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United last night cut short Dexter Blackstock's loan from Nottingham Forest after scans revealed that the striker requires surgery on a serious knee injury.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Dexter Blackstock has returned to Nottingham Forest, but will miss the rest of the season through injury.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Nigel Pearson believes Leicester City are in a much better position than when he took over two years ago.

Paul Konchesky has become the latest Leicester City player to express his desire for a new contract.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Former Blackburn Rovers favourite Morten Gamst Pedersen would be 'very sad' if the spot-fixing allegations surrounding his old team-mate DJ Campbell prove to be true.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has praised a team effort for setting him up for personal best clean sheet tally.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Uwe Rosler has played down talk of spending big money in the January transfer window.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Karl Oyston is perfectly happy with Blackpool's discipline.

EVENING GAZETTE

Goal-getting defender Daniel Ayala believes fans will start to see the signs of a new style Boro emerging with the visit of Brighton on Saturday.

THE STAR

Sheffield United are preparing to hold talks with Yorkshire rivals Leeds aimed at retaining the services of Aidy White.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Sean Morrison looks sure to miss out on a Huddersfield Town reunion when Reading visit on Saturday.

READING POST

Former Reading FC manager Steve Coppell has become the new director of football at League Two side Portsmouth.

THE ARGUS

Brighton fringe pair Peter Brezovan and Adam El-Abd are on course for back-to-back appearances in the defence at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

WATFORD OBSERVER

Gianfranco Zola says the reports of corruption in football make him "sick" and believes everyone has a responsibility to "kill off those things".

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Chairman Jeff Mostyn said he had "every confidence" the Cherries playing staff would be "beyond reproach" to the temptation to fix matches.

THE SCOTSMAN

Adam Matthews could return to the Celtic team at the Nou Camp tonight - but James Forrest and Emilio Izagguire are ruled out through injury and suspension respectively.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has begun negotiations on a new contract to extend his stay in Glasgow.

Embattled Rangers finance chief Brian Stockbridge has been left off the newly-formed remuneration committee at Ibrox.

Turkish striker Nadir Ciftci has "found himself" at Dundee United, and the striker says he is the happiest he has been in football.

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