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West Brom manager Tony Pulis has made a £4m bid for Wigan winger Callum McManaman but the 23-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Bournemouth, is valued at £6m by his current side. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Daily Star
Monday's Daily Star back page

Swansea have put in a £4m bid for Norwich defender Martin Olsson and the Canaries are considering granting the 26-year-old a return to the Premier League. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United hope to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 25, for £40m plus goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, whom they value at £40m. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the club must show they can satisfy winger Kevin Mirallas's ambitions before the Belgium international commits to a new contract at Goodison Park. (Guardian)external-link

Liverpool have pulled out of a deal to bring striker Divock Origi to Anfield early. Liverpool paid £10m to sign the 19-year-old Belgium forward in the summer before loaning him back to Lille under terms of the deal and had been in discussions about him coming to the club in January. (Daily Star)external-link

Liverpool are favourites to sign Ipswich midfielder Teddy Bishop, 18, who has broken into the Championship team this season, making 18 appearances. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Villarreal centre-half Gabriel Paulista, 24, says his agent is in talks with Arsenal over a possible January transfer to the Gunners. (Guardian)external-link

Striker Rudy Gestede, 26, is unhappy that Blackburn are demanding at least £6m for him in the January transfer window. (Sky Sports)external-link

But Crystal Palace will complete a £4m deal for forward Gestede on Monday, with Glenn Murray making way for the Benin international by moving to Reading. (Sun - subscription required) external-link

Contract talks between Celtic and Kris Commons have broken down, with the 31-year-old midfielder set to leave either in January or on a free transfer during the summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, who is out of contract in the summer, says talks over a new deal at Turf Moor are not progressing. (Sky Sports)external-link


Southampton boss Ronald Koeman said he might have laughed at being Champions League contenders in the summer "but not now" with the club third in the Premier League after 22 games. (Daily Echo)external-link

Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao, 28, has "lost a yard of pace", believes former England striker Paul Mariner. (ESPN)external-link

Newcastle playmaker Remy Cabella, 24, has thanked caretaker boss John Carver for playing him after his struggle to get into the team under former United manager Alan Pardew. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has questioned captain Vincent Kompany's decision making after the defender conceded a penalty in his side's 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.(Independent) external-link

Manchester United fans were chanting for a 4-4-2 formation during the win over QPR but the club's manager Louis Van Gaal insists he will not be swayed by the opinions of supporters. (Daily Star)external-link

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has publicly criticised his goalkeeper Allan McGregor, and captain Curtis Davies after they made mistakes in Sunday's 3-0 defeat at West Ham.(Guardian)external-link

Daily Mirror
Monday's Daily Mirror back page

West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have revealed a 10-point plan for the club in a letter marking their five-year anniversary at Upton Park. (Daily Mail)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has complained to referees' chief Mike Riley about his side's treatment at the hands of officials this season because he feels they have been on the receiving end of "too many decisions without justification" .(Times - subscription required)external-link

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, has put his future in doubt after saying the Welsh club have gone back on their promises. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, has no intention of leaving Tottenham this season but says he is at the club to make money and score goals, not endear himself to fans.(Daily Mail)external-link

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is ready to give his youngsters a chance rather than signing new players this month. (Talksport)external-link

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has put on-loan West Ham striker Mauro Zarate, 27, on a strict fitness regime. Zarate was deemed not fit enough to start against Manchester United last Saturday, with the Argentine facing a race to be ready to face Stoke on 31 January (Daily Mirror)external-link

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Ghana have been accused of breaching African Football Confederation (CAF) rules by training behind closed doors. The report says they are meant to train out in the open for at least 15 minutes, but did not at the Mongomo stadium. (Competition.dz - in French) external-link

Nigeria's failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations is having a negative toll on businesses in Equatorial Guinea. "The last thing any Nigerian living in Malabo would think was that the Super Eagles will not qualify for this tournament. It was that confidence that spurred many of them to stockpile certain goods that would be of interest to the Nigerian contingents and make them feel at home," a local businessman said. (Sun News Online)

South African Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula is confident of success in Equatorial Guinea and says "we as South Africans don't celebrate mediocrity". (The Citizen)external-link


Alexis Sanchez and team-mates
Mezut Ozil, Mathieu Flamini and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the celebrations with Alexis Sanchez

West Ham striker Andy Carroll delighted in his straightforward opener in Sunday's 3-0 win over Hull City, writing on Twitter:external-link "Nothing better than a tap in. Tap tap tappy-roo!!! Good win 3-0."

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was in predictably upbeat mood after his side's 2-0 win at Manchester City. On Twitter, the Chile international shared a picture from the Gunners' flight home alongside the message: "Happy for the win and for my team mates."

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who has scored 14 goals this season and earned an England call-up, posted a videoexternal-link on Instagram with the message: "Crazy how things turn out to be. In this video I was fighting back from a serious injury that could have stopped me from playing football."


West Ham's shirts for Sunday's win over Hull City still bore the name of sponsors Alpari although the currency broker shut its UK arm late last week, leaving the Upton Park side with a shortfall in their finances. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Stewart Downing of West Ham United
Stewart Downing was among West Ham's scorers on Sunday

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