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Chelsea have four strikers on their targets list other than Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, while Newcastle have been linked with Aaron Hunt.

Last Updated: 15/01/14 at 11:54 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney: Not Chelsea's top target

Wayne Rooney: Not Chelsea's top target

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea will not make Wayne Rooney their first-choice transfer target this summer as they are looking at other strikers to strengthen the squad. Other targets being discussed are Monaco's Radamel Falcao, Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Costa, of Atletico Madrid, and Porto's Jackson Martinez.

Assistant Chelsea manager Steve Holland has revealed how the club had an inquest at the training ground last month in order to resolve their defensive woes.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Arsenal target Alvara Morata will not leave the club in January.

Mark Noble has urged his West Ham team-mates to rouse themselves after a week of humiliation and "lay their bodies on the line" in tomorrow's relegation showdown at Cardiff.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United player coach Ryan Giggs has called for the old Reds' heads to use all the experience to nurse the club back to winning ways.

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany is planning to raise his game to deal with Barcelona genius Lionel Messi when the sides clash in the Champions League.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brendan Rodgers has saluted Luis Suarez's insatiable appetite to lead Liverpool's pursuit of glory as the manager admitted: "The experience of working with Luis will stay with me for a lifetime."

Lucas Leiva believes Luis Suarez's show of commitment to Liverpool will help attract more top class talent to Anfield.

Everton are hopeful that Darron Gibson will return from long-term injury in time to boost their push for Europe this season.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United's move for Luuk De Jong is riding on whether the Magpies and Borussia Monchengladbach can agree on a loan fee.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle United are interested in Werder Bremen star Aaron Hunt say sources, and are believed to be eager to snap up Lyon midfielder Gueida Fofana.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Gus Poyet says bringing in a new goalkeeper is a top priority in the January transfer window.

Gus Poyet has revealed that impending new signing Santiago Vergini has been a long-term target of his.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Keith Downing expects to retain his coaching role for the duration of Pepe Mel's reign at West Brom despite the Spaniard claiming that he wants his own backroom staff to join him in the summer.

Lee Clark has dismissed speculation over talks to bring former Blues midfielder Craig Gardner back to St Andrew's.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City look set to abandon their interest in Monaco striker Lacina Traore.

NEWHAM RECORDER

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce knows he will be taking a "calculated risk" if he uses Andy Carroll in Saturday's crucial clash against fellow strugglers Cardiff City.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Rene Meulensteen reckons Darren Bent has put his troubles behind him and can play a part in Fulham's survival bid.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup has ruled out recalling Ki Sung-Yueng despite an injury crisis which has left Swansea City counting heads for tomorrow's trip to Manchester United.

WALES ONLINE

Craig Bellamy will return to the Cardiff City squad for the first time in more than two months tomorrow as the Bluebirds face a crunch clash with relegation rivals West Ham.

THE PINK UN

John Ruddy is desperate for Wes Hoolahan to stay at Norwich City.

THE DAILY ECHO

Inter Milan are still being linked with a move to take Dani Osvaldo back to Italy - despite Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino denying the speculation yesterday.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Steve Bruce has hinted he is willing to remain patient in his £6m pursuit of Shane Long, but accepts any deal could yet hinge on West Brom's newly-appointed boss.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Hull City expect to finally agree a deal with Nottingham Forest that will see Jack Hobbs move to the City Ground permanently.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Riyad Mahrez has revealed he has chosen to join Leicester City over Italian giants Torino.

LANCASHIRE EVENING TELEGRAPH

Burnley's January transfer budget will only stretch to one big money signing. The Clarets have confirmed the signing of former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Ashley Barnes, on a three-and-a-half year deal.

THE BOLTON NEWS

A leading sports finance expert has moved to calm fears Wanderers are heading for some sort of Portsmouth-style meltdown.

WIGAN POST

Jonathan Jackson insists the funds are there for Uwe Rosler to spend in the transfer window - if the right men become available.

EVENING GAZETTE

Aitor Karanka has batted off speculation linking Boro to Bradford striker Nahki Wells.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Bradford City hot shot Nahki Wells is in Huddersfield Town's sights - but they could have to play the waiting game in their bid to land the Bermuda international for what could be a club-record fee.

READING POST

Nigel Adkins fears he could lose Alex McCarthy this month if a Premier League club makes a move for his highly-rated goalkeeper.

EVENING TIMES

Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace was today urged not to offload the Ibrox club's top players.

Partick Thistle fear midfielder Isaac Osbourne will miss the rest of the season after having ankle surgery this week.

THE SCOTSMAN

Rangers' plummeting share price has resulted in the club losing more than £16 million of its value as the club faces long-term austerity measures.

Neil Lennon has confirmed his interest in bringing Norwegian international midfielder Stefan Johansen to the club.

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