Regional Paper Talk: Matic move close

Chelsea are closing on Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, while Carlton Cole may leave West Ham, and Wilfried Zaha and Fabio could join Cardiff.

Last Updated: 15/01/14 at 11:52 Post Comment

Nemanja Matic: On verge of Chelsea move

Nemanja Matic: On verge of Chelsea move

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea expect to complete the £21million signing of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic in time for him to make his second debut for the club on Sunday against Manchester United.

Bryan Ruiz was today expected to undergo a medical at PSV Eindhoven ahead of a proposed loan move from Fulham.

Carlton Cole could have played his last game for West Ham as they weigh up whether to offer him a new deal after his contract ran out today.

Jose Mourinho has lived in many of Europe's most glamorous cities but now wants to make London his permanent home.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United boss David Moyes and his management team were out on a European scouting mission on Sunday - and 10 Reds players' futures are in doubt.

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down reports he's keen to sign Wilfried Zaha and Fabio on loan from Manchester United.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Daniel Sturridge admitted it was great to be back after shining on his return to action in Liverpool's 5-3 victory over Stoke City.

Roberto Martinez hailed Gareth Barry as a "unique" player after the midfielder helped Everton to victory over Norwich City on Saturday.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Luuk de Jong has admitted that he is open to joining Newcastle United and has issued a 'come and get me' plea.

United are also interested in Montpellier's attacking midfielder Rémy Cabella and want a younger defender and a new goalkeeper that will bolster their squad.

THE JOURNAL

Ki Sung-Yeung will remain with Sunderland until the end of the season, but coach Gustavo Poyet hopes to tie him up for longer this month

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Jack Colback says Sunderland's biggest ever victory at Craven Cottage shows what happens when Gus Poyet's side take their chances.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom striker Shane Long today admitted he might be forced to leave The Hawthorns if the Baggies strike a deal with Hull.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today admitted he fears for his job as the club enter a vital stage of the season.

Wolves were today set to complete the £300,000 signing of pacy Wigan striker Nouha Dicko as they were linked with a £750,000 bid for Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor.

THE SENTINEL

Mark Hughes saw Stoke slug out a record-breaking eight-goal bonanza against Liverpool - and then said he couldn't wait to get his hands on new striker John Guidetti.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Wantaway Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is expected to complete a move to Wolfsburg in the next 48 hours.

Fulham have given Derek Boateng permission to speak to Watford ahead of a potential loan deal until the end of the season.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Anthony Pilkington is the latest winger being linked with Swansea City as Michael Laudrup bids to bolster his forward line.

WALES ONLINE

Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is leading the chase for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha and is still keen to land Hannover striker Mame Diouf.

THE PINK UN

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is poised to become the Canaries' first January transfer window signing, with the Argentine having travelled to Norwich to complete a potential deal.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Steve Bruce believes Hull City's readiness to spend big in the January window underlines the long-term ambition of owner Assem Allam to become part of the Premier League establishment.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United's players were called into Thorp Arch for urgent talks yesterday with manager Brian McDermott fighting to reassert control after a 6-0 battering at Sheffield Wednesday.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Billy Davies has launched a fresh appeal for backing in the transfer market, with Nottingham Forest yet to make their first January addition.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Paul Ince says he is not ready to quit as Blackpool manager.

THE STAR

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, who signed Billy Paynter on loan ahead of last weekend's League One defeat by Notts County, is poised to continue his latest recruitment drive after revealing Bramall Lane officials are actively pursuing "two or three" more targets during this month's transfer window.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Huddersfield Town boss Mark Robins says he can't wait to start working with Nahki Wells - and hopefully Joe Lolley too.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

There is no doubt over what Paul Dickov's priority is this week - landing a new striker.

READING POST

Reading are hoping to open talks with Hull City's Jack Hobbs today. Royals had a bid accepted for the Tigers defender on Friday, thought to be in the region of £600,000.

IPSWICH STAR

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy would like to strengthen his wafer-thin squad during the January transfer window, but has admitted that there is no money to spend on transfer fees.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon has explained why he is now prepared to allow Tom Rogic to go on loan to Japan for the rest of the season.

Nicky Law today insisted the threat of cutbacks at Rangers will not impact on the Ibrox club's bid to land a unique Treble.

THE SCOTSMAN

The Scottish Professional Football League will today hear Hearts' appeal to have their transfer embargo partially lifted during a board meeting at Hampden.

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