Round-up of football headlines from clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident he can sign Manchester United Wayne Rooney, 28, in the summer. Rooney’s current contract expires at the end of next season. Billy Davies is the shock name in the frame to take over at West Ham if co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold finally bow to growing pressure and sack Sam Allardyce. Also: Theo Walcott has rejected a flood of offers from specialists and surgeons who believe they can get him fit for the World Cup. Newcastle are concerned they could lose Yohan Cabaye, 27 for less than £6m if the midfielder tries to exploit a clause which enables him to buy himself out of the final two years of his contract.
THE TIMES: Manchester United are braced for another protracted battle to keep Wayne Rooney, with the England striker seriously considering leaving the Barclays Premier League champions.
THE INDEPENDENT: West Bromwich Albion last night confirmed Pepe Mel as their new head coach on an 18-month contract.
THE GUARDIAN: Sam Allardyce has insisted in an email to West Ham fans he will “come out fighting” following his team’s dismal 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, a result that has persuaded the club to drastically reduce under-18 ticket prices for the semi-final, second leg on Tuesday week.
DAILY MAIL: Chris Smalling was forced to apologise yesterday after causing outrage by attending a party dressed as a suicide bomber. Also: West Bromwich Albion have performed a huge U-turn in their hunt to find a new head coach, turning once more to little known Spaniard Pepe Mel on an 18-month deal. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet wants to sign three Argentine players. Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini, 25, is close to joining the Black Cats and he could be followed by Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar, 30, and Internacional midfielder Ignacio Scocco, 28. Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is a target for Inter Milan. The Serie A side could offer Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, 27, who is also wanted by Chelsea, for Italy forward Osvaldo, 27. Hull manager Steve Bruce has joined the race for Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, 28, after growing frustrated in his pursuit of West Brom forward Shane Long and Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is also being considered as an option by the West Ham board should they sack Allardyce. Everton’s Republic of Ireland right-back Seamus Coleman, 25, will be given a new contract at the end of the season.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Carroll will make his long-awaited return for West Ham at Cardiff tomorrow as Sam Allardyce plays his final card in a bid to turn around the club’s season. Also: Pepe Mel was appointed head coach of West Brom last night despite originally turning down the job two weeks ago. West Ham could miss out on a loan deal for Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil after Fiorentina moved for the 21-year-old Algerian. Manchester United and Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic is set to stay at Sevilla after the Croatia midfielder, 25, made it clear he wants to remain in Spain.
DAILY MIRROR: Sam Allardyce has vowed to “get angry and come out fighting” after being humiliated by Manchester City. Also: Arsene Wenger has been told by Real Madrid that they will listen to loan offers of around £1.7million for striker Alvaro Morata. Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants Spartak Moscow’s Republic of Ireland winger Aidan McGeady, 27, and Swansea forward Thomas Ince, 21, but could wait until the summer to sign the duo for less money. QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign Jermain Defoe on loan despite the Tottenham striker, 31, being on the verge of a move to MLS side Toronto. Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he tried to convince Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to return to club last summer but Ferdinand now fears any chance of that ever happening has now gone. Manchester United’s Netherlands striker Robin van Persie could return from a month out with a thigh injury for the trip to Chelsea on 19 January.
THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand pleaded with Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford last summer. Also: Fans have mocked David Moyes being nominated for December’s Manager of the Month award.
DAILY STAR: Roy Hodgson has lined up England warm-up games against Ecuador and Honduras - to perfectly mimic their World Cup showdowns.