#TheFootballTalk: All the latest football stories today

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Daily Mirror

  • Neil Warnock is being lined up for a comeback as Birmingham City’s director of football – with pal Gianni Paladini closing in on a takeover of the club.
  • West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is due to address his team’s striker shortage by attempting to sign Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogason, 24, from Dutch club Heerenveen.
  • Liverpool are to allow England Under-21 defender Andre Wisdom, 20, go on loan to Championship Derby County for the rest of the year.
  • Brighton are in talks with Cardiff about taking striker Rudy Gestede on loan for the rest of the year.
The Sun

  • Roy Hodgson and Rio Ferdinand must bury the hatchet after being named on the new FA commission.
  • The FA has promised a full-scale probe after a linesman was hit by a smoke bomb at Aston Villa yesterday.
  • Former Blackburn boss Steve Kean is heading for a shock return to management with Brunei DPMM in the Asian Singapore League.
Daily Star

  • Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he has no fears golden boyAndros Townsend will get too big for his boots.
  • Jose Mourinho is expected to escape a touchline ban following his dismissal against Cardiff.
Daily Mail

  • Greg Dyke has moved to try to end the revolt that has engulfed the Football Association by announcing Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson will join his England Commission.
  • The Football Association will launch an investigation after an assistant referee was struck by a smoke bomb thrown from the stands at Villa Park.
Daily Express

  • Rio Ferdinand will add his voice to the debate on improving England’s fortunes after agreeing to join the Football Association’s new commission, along with national coach Roy Hodgson.
Daily Telegraph

  • Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 24, has been ruled out for at least another two weeks after suffering a setback on his recovery from abdominal surgery and will miss the next three games.
  • Greg Dyke failed to quell the unrest in his own Football Association board last night after Heather Rabbatts’s revolt against the make-up of his commission into the English game continued, despite the addition of Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson.
  • Meanwhile, the FA has opened an investigation after a flare was thrown and struck assistant referee David Bryan after Tottenham’s first goal at Villa Park on Sunday.
The Times

  • Rio Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson joined Greg Dyke’s commission yesterday as the FA chairman sought to defuse the row over the lack of diversity and heavyweight clout on his panel.
  • The FA launched an investigation last night after Dave Bryan, an assistant referee, was struck by a smoke bomb thrown from the stand holding visiting supporters at Villa Park.
Independent

  • Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand is adamant he can put his difficult relationship with England manager Roy Hodgson behind him, after the two men were named by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke as members of the commission to improve the England team.
  • After a week of headlines, of hype, of his first England goal, his first front-page storm – and a new contract too – Andros Townsend made it very clear at Villa Park on Sunday that he is a footballer worth paying attention to.
The Guardian

  • Rio Ferdinand has been appointed to the FA’s commission into the future of English football, two days after the chairman, Greg Dyke, faced stinging criticism from one of his board members over the ethnic makeup of the panel. A sparkling performance by Andros Townsend in Tottenham Hotspurs’ 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park was overshadowed when an assistant referee was hit by a flare thrown by a member of the visiting support.
London Evening Standard

  • After two tough seasons, Fulham forward Darren Bent senses his fortunes are changing.
  • Chelsea are confident striker Samuel Eto’o is now ready to make a major impact in the Premier League after finally scoring his first goal for the club.
  • West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, desperate to add some firepower to his team, was today hoping to hear positive news on striker Andy Carroll’s return from injury.
Manchester Evening News

  • Manuel Pellegrini used a little white lie to rev up his City aces at West Ham – telling them title rivals United had just won!
  • The stars of Manchester United gave Saturday morning shoppers a surprise this weekend when the entire squad ventured out for a gentle pre-match stroll.
Liverpool Echo

  • Steven Gerrard admits his delight at scoring his 100th Premier League goal was tempered by the frustration of Liverpool’s failure to beat 10-man Newcastle United.
  • Steven Pienaar’s timely return will help Everton control games more effectively, insists Tim Howard.
The Chronicle

  • Fabricio Coloccini is out of this weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby. Alan Pardew has wasted no time in ruling out the Argentine defender and will instead look to Steven Taylor to fill the void left by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa following his red card against Liverpool.
Newcastle and Sunderland

  • Newcastle United have offered Paul Dummett a new contract.
Sunderland Echo

  • John O’Shea insists Sunderland realise the size of their task to avoid the drop after admitting the Black Cats are currently a soft touch for their Premier League rivals.
Birmingham Mail

  • Paul Lambert reckoned Villa’s latest Villa Park defeat to Tottenham was a lot closer than previous setbacks in terms of scoreline and performance.
Express & Star

  • Albion boss Steve Clarke today called on referees to give summer signing Stephane Sessegnon extra protection.
  • Paul Lambert today insisted he was never going to risk Christian Benteke’s fitness and rush him back for Villa.
The Sentinel

  • Mark Hughes will make another bid to sign former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf in the January transfer window. That’s the claim of one media source
  • Mark Hughes insists there is nothing inevitable about Asmir Begovic’s departure from Stoke City.
Fulham Chronicle

  • Fulham boss Martin Jol is weighing up whether to restore Maarten Stekelenburg to the starting XI for Monday night’s trip to Crystal Palace.
  • Fulham manager Martin Jol has challenged his players to prove they are worthy of a World Cup spot.
South Wales Evening Post

  • Leon Britton insisted Saturday’s win against Sunderland has set up Swansea City for a vital part of their season.
The Daily Echo

  • Mauricio Pochettino insists that Rickie Lambert remains a key part of his plans despite dropping him for the first time.
  • Mauricio Pochettino declared “the sky’s the limit” for his soaraway Saints after their draw at Manchester United.
Hull Daily Mail

  • Yannick Sagbo has pledged to make up for lost time with Hull City after firing his first goal in English football.
Yorkshire Evening Post

  • Leeds United banished the blues with a barnstorming defeat of Birmingham City, prompting a delighted Brian McDermott to demand more of the same from his rejuvenated team.
Derby Telegraph

  • Derby County are set to sign Liverpool and England Under-21 defender Andre Wisdom on loan.
Blackpool Gazette

  • Alex Rae was delighted to win his first game in charge of the Seasiders, even though he left the stadium with earache! Pool’s assistant boss was in constant contact with suspended manager Paul Ince via youth team boss Richie Kyle, an earpiece and a mobile phone.
Evening Gazette

  • Tony Mowbray reported for work as normal this morning. Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Barnsley has increased pressure on the Boro boss and led to speculation that Steve Gibson may decide to make a managerial change.
The Argus

  • Brighton are closing in on Dexter Blackstock as the latest loan addition to their injury-hit strike force.
Evening Times

  • Neil Lennon has denied Celtic must win against Ajax tomorrow night to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League.
  • Rangers goal hero Nicky Clark today warned his Ibrox team-mates they must expect more tough away days as they pursue a “perfect season”.
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