Regional Paper Talk: United chase trio

Manchester have lined up a swoop for Benfica trio Ezequiel Garay, Nicolas Gaitan and Nemanja Matic, while Pepe Mel nears West Brom role.

Last Updated: 24/12/13 at 15:13 Post Comment

Nicolas Gaitan: Linked with a move to United

Nicolas Gaitan: Linked with a move to United

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea captain John Terry has defended the club's underperforming strikers by insisting they should not be blamed for their inconsistent form in the title race this term.

Theo Walcott denied Arsenal's season is now in decline and accused Chelsea of playing boring football to stop his side going top of the Premier League.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney is setting the standard for Manchester United.

David Moyes' pursuit of Claudio Marchisio looks set to end in disappointment, however, with the Juventus midfielder keen to stay in Italy .

Benfica trio Ezequiel Garay, Nicolas Gaitan and Nemanja Matic are all being lined up for moves to Manchester United .

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brendan Rodgers has hailed the return to form of Raheem Sterling as he backed the Liverpool winger to force his way into England's World Cup squad.

Roberto Martinez intends to go shopping in football's January sales window.

But the Blues boss believes that personality will have as much to do as ability when he seeks replacements for injured duo Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Vurnon Anita insists that Newcastle United can cope without Cheick Tiote in their Boxing Day clash against Stoke City.

ewcastle manager Alan Pardew admits his side are oozing with confidence going into their festive double header.

THE JOURNAL

Fabio Borini was as angry as them about Saturday's 0-0 draw with Norwich City, but he has asked Sunderland's fans to be patient with them.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Summer signings Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge are on stand-by to make only their second appearance together at Everton on Boxing Day.

Sunderland are expected to face stern competition from their Premier League rivals, if they make a move for Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Pepe Mel was flying back to Madrid following a further round of talks to become the next West Brom boss.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has urged the club to act swiftly in appointing Steve Clarke's successor.

Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa won't suffer a repeat of last year's festive humiliation.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom are said to have had a fresh look Cardiff City forward Joe Mason, sending a scout to watch him at the Reebok Stadium where he is on loan with Bolton Wanderers.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping to sign Aston Villa-loanee Stephen Ireland on a permanent basis once his contract runs out at the end of the season.

THE SENTINEL

Mark Hughes has taken festive pity on his players and ordered a flight to the Boxing Day clash at Newcastle.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Ben Davies has handed Swansea City a huge festive boost by agreeing a new four-and-a-half year contract.

Jonathan de Guzman will take confidence from the Capital One Cup when Swansea City bid to become the first ever side to inflict Premier League defeat on Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

WALES ONLINE

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay warns Bluebirds could go down unless Vincent Tan row is resolved.

Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams says side must keep up Christmas spirits ahead of Chelsea clash.

THE PIINK UN

Ricky van Wolfswinkel admits mistakes after his toe torment at Norwich City.

THE DAILY ECHO

Mauricio Pochettino has told clubs wanting to sign Southampton full-back Luke Shaw next month they are welcome to make their interest known - but they have no chance of landing him.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted he suffered a sleepless night after Saints' defeat to Tottenham but says there is no magic formula to returning the team to winning ways.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Steve Bruce has reiterated that Hull won't sell Curtis Davies' says after £6m interest from Everton.

AC Milan striker M'Baye Niang, who has been linked with a loan move to Hull City, is returning to France to join Montpellier on loan until the end of the season.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Championship top gun Ross McCormack is calling on Leeds United to maintain their upward momentum over the festive season - to strengthen boss Brian McDermott's transfer hand in January.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby County may be on their best run of results for 18 years but Craig Bryson insists they have achieved nothing yet.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Hull City are ready to hand Shane Long a Premier League lifeline - and thwart Nottingham Forest's interest in the striker.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has welcomed the move by the club's owners to wipe out the Foxes' debt.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has hailed the enduring quality of David Dunn.

Gary Bowyer will fly back to India next month to meet with Blackburn owners Venky's and finalise the club's plans for the January transfer window.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Uwe Rosler insists the Championship play-offs are 'achievable' after seeing Wigan Athletic continue their 100 per cent record under his stewardship.

EVENING GAZETTE

Championship leaders Burnley are a benchmark Middlesbrough came aim to emulate says Aitor Karanka.

THE STAR

Attacking midfielder Jose Baxter has been ordered to grow up as Sheffield United bid to move away from the lower reaches of League One over the festive period.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Huddersfield Town striker Danny Carr is extending his loan at Fleetwood by a month.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Paul Dickov insists his Rovers squad will not have a single day off until after the FA Cup third round clash with Stevenage on January 4.

THE ARGUS

Leroy Lita is poised for a low key finale to his loan spell with Brighton, with the much-travelled striker is unlikely to be in the matchday squad again.

Brighton could renew their interest in Jonathan Obika as striker back-up during the January transfer window.

IPSWICH STAR

Watford have been charged by the Football Association for 'failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour' in the 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town last weekend.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Bournemouth first-team coach Chris Hargreaves is understood to be a contender to fill the vacant manager's post at his former club Northampton.

Captain Tommy Elphick insists the unshakable belief which led Bournemouth to a remarkable 2013 can provide the catalyst for success over the next year.

EVENING TIMES

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon has urged his players to get back to winnings ways and spare themselves another miserable stretch of defeats.

Hearts boss Gary Locke will again name just five substitutes when he picks his side for their clash with Kilmarnock at Tynecastle on Boxing Day.

Celtic will have to dig deep if they want to finally land Norwegian star Markus Henriksen.

THE SCOTSMAN

Crystal Palace are the latest Premiership club to be linked to Celtic's Joe Ledley.

Nottingham Forest are considering a £1m move for Rangers' Lee Wallace.

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