Regional Paper Talk: Blues close on Falcao

Chelsea are reportedly stepping up their bid to sign Radamel Falcao, while Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been promised January transfer funds.

Last Updated: 21/12/12 at 15:30 Post Comment

Falcao: Could join Chelsea in January

Falcao: Could join Chelsea in January

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea are stepping up their bid to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao after agreeing to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool.

Among the soul-searching and navel-gazing that has occurred throughout the Arsenal squad in recent weeks has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's frustration at his lack of end product this season.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Angelo Balanta will hold talks with Harry Redknapp in January to see if he has a future at QPR.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Vincent Kompany has given Manchester City a major boost by returning to training ahead of Saturday's league clash with Reading.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Nikica Jelavic can become a Premier League goalscoring sensation on par with Michael Owen or Ruud Van Nistelrooy, insists Darron Gibson.

NEWCASTLE EVENING CHRONICLE

Newcastle must go into Saturday's crunch clash with QPR drawing encouragement from having "more than matched one of the best teams in the world" - says James Perch.

THE JOURNAL

Mike Ashley has indicated that he will back Alan Pardew in the transfer window, with Marseille's Loic Remy heading a crop of striker targets that Newcastle have enquired about.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won has been linked with a return to former club Chunnam Dragons.

Stephane Sessegnon has challenged fellow frontman Connor Wickham to maintain his progress until the end of the season.

Blair Adams admits he could be playing for his future, with Sunderland yet to begin talks over a new contract.

EVENING GAZETTE

Chelsea have no intention of recalling Josh McEachran, confirmed Tony Mowbray today.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Gerhard Tremmel will have a score to settle when Swansea City take on Manchester United this Sunday.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert would be a fan of a Premier League winter break.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom are ready to hold out for £1.5million for striker Chris Wood after interest from the Championship in the New Zealand international hotted up.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken today admitted transfer plans in January will be shaped by whether Tongo Doumbia goes to the Africa Cup of Nations - as Emmanuel Frimpong is being monitored again.

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken today admitted Jermaine Pennant is "unlucky" and has become a victim of circumstances in his stop-start loan from Stoke.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United's players have been practicing penalties in anticipation of a shoot-out against Chelsea - but manager Neil Warnock admitted today: "I wouldn't have the bottle to take one myself."

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton are not expected to offer starlet Luke Shaw a new contract until next summer - even though the 17-year-old could be the subject of intense transfer window speculation.

THE SENTINEL

John Rudge is set to leave Stoke City as part of a major shake-up behind the scenes at the Britannia Stadium.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn Rovers will tell Mauro Formica's former employers the Argentine midfielder is not for sale - as interest grows in a number of the club's foreign imports.

THE STAR

Sheffield United have made a concrete offer for at least one player, believed to be Motherwell's Jamie Murphy, ahead of next month's transfer window.

EVENING TIMES

Scotland striker Kenny Miller has been told to forget about loan moves to Hibs or St Mirren by his team, Vancouver Whitecaps.

THE SCOTSMAN

Italian giants Juventus, who could be paired with Celtic in tomorrow's Champions League draw, have expressed an interest in bringing striker Gary Hooper to Turin

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