Regional Paper Talk: Cats eye Hooper

Celtic striker Gary Hooper could be a £10million January transfer target for Sunderland, while Wolves may turn to Gordon Strachan.

Last Updated: 02/12/12 at 13:02 Post Comment

Hooper: Linked with Sunderland

Hooper: Linked with Sunderland

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EVENING TIMES

Sunderland are the latest club linked with a January move for Celtic hot-shot Gary Hooper - but Martin O'Neill will need to kick off the bidding at £10million.

THE SCOTSMAN

Gordon Strachan is rumoured to be the number one target for Wolves if they choose to remove current manager Stale Solbakken.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Neal Ardley has backed AFC Wimbledon fans planning to boycott Sunday's FA Cup game against MK Dons.

James Collins believes West Ham are capable of exploiting any signs of Chelsea unrest when the two teams meet at Upton Park.

Former Tottenham and England defender Ledley King says there is a chance he could get into coaching in the future, having already passed his coaching theory exam.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Ryan Nelsen has urged Adel Taarabt to ignore speculation about his future and focus on firing QPR to safety.

Harry Redknapp has ruled out new faces in the January transfer window unless struggling QPR get wins in the next seven games.

Roberto Di Matteo was less to blame for Chelsea's failings than the players themselves, says full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Carlos Tevez is set to come in from the cold as Manchester City take on Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Tevez has been a substitute for the last three games.

David De Gea pities any Premier League goalkeeper that has to face Red-hot Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Tony Hibbert insists Everton will not be daunted by the task of ending Manchester City's mammoth unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Papiss Cisse is confident he can return to his predatory old self with Newcastle United - providing the service from his Toon team-mates continues to improve.

THE JOURNAL

Vurnon Anita admits there is no hiding place for Newcastle United's under-fire players as their season heads towards breaking point on Monday night.

Lee Cattermole is set to miss the busy Festive period through injury. Unconfirmed reports suggest the Sunderland captain could be ruled out for two months with a knee injury, his second in four days. The fear is he has damaged medial ligaments in his right knee.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Martin O'Neill hopes Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon can resume his resurgence at Norwich City this weekend.

Martin O'Neill has ordered his Sunderland players to start looking for "cheap" goals by anticipating the prospect of a tap-in.

NORTHERN ECHO

Tony Mowbray is confident Middlesbrough's new-found financial stability will prevent him having to sell anyone during the January transfer window.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa should brace themselves for cut-price offers for Darren Bent in the January transfer window following the record signing's controversial first-team exile under Paul Lambert. QPR, Fulham, Stoke and Liverpool are all in the frame.

Peter Odemwingie believes West Brom must stick to their own strengths for Saturday's game against Stoke.

EXPRESS & STAR

Stale Solbakken has defended Wolves' switch to zonal marking and insists it will improve the team.

Straight-talking defender Gareth McAuley has ordered West Brom to "come out fighting" against Stoke on Saturday as they look to hit back from defeat at Swansea.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Adam Clayton has described the "hammer blow" of learning that he was to be sold by Leeds United as part of the close-season overhaul carried out by Elland Road manager Neil Warnock.

THE PINK UN

Alex Tettey owes Norwich City a debt of gratitude, according to Canaries' boss Chris Hughton.

Norwich City remain without a Premier League win on the road this season, but Robert Snodgrass does not fear added pressure on their home form.

Matt Kilgallon has praised the determination of former central defensive partner Michael Turner for overcoming a harrowing start to his Norwich City career.

THE SENTINEL

Cameron Jerome's reward for scoring Stoke's dramatic winner against Newcastle is likely to be a return to the subs' bench.

WIGAN EVENING POST

David Jones admits he's enjoying his run in the Wigan Athletic side - and intends to make it as hard as possible for Roberto Martinez to leave him out.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Zat Knight reckons Bolton's newly-emerging stubborn streak could get them back into the promotion picture.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn will assess the fitness of David Dunn and Fabio Nunes ahead of Sunday's East Lancashire derby at Burnley.

THE STAR

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has acknowledged that Micky Adams' presence at Port Vale makes reaching the third round of the FA Cup an even harder task for his team.

Sheffield Wednesday are considering an early return to Hillsborough for Mark Beevers to help them through their injury problems.

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