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From the back pages, January 22: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina keen to replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona

Pepe Reina

Pepe Reina

Liverpool could face a battle to retain the services of Pepe Reina after the goalkeeper’s father revealed his son would be keen on a move to Barcelona. (The Independent)

But The Express say...

Manchester United are poised to make a move for Liverpool shot stopper Pepe Reina. The Spaniard, who is widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League, has already attracted interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.

Tottenham Hotspur have offered €1m (£840,000) to Schalke to bring forward the transfer of the attacking midfielder Lewis Holtby from the summer to this window but the German club are holding out for €2m. (The Guardian)

For the most part, the match had no shape, rhyme or reason, but Andy Murray did what he had to do to put Gilles Simon out of his Australian Open misery and reach the last eight of the tournament without dropping a set. The world No 3 defeated Simon, whose match-stick legs looked ready to snap at any moment, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 and will meet Jeremy Chardy, a Frenchman who by contrast is in the best shape of his life. (The Times)

Paramount Pictures and Star Trek director JJ Abrams have optioned the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur. (The Telegraph)

Gary Cahill still believes Chelsea can win the title. The Blues trail table-toppers Manchester United by 11 points and second-placed Manchester City by six after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal. (The Sun)

There was no mention of Nigel Adkins in the programme notes ahead of Southampton’s clash with Everton, but the home fans have not forgotten the axed manager. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have agreed a staggering £15 million deal to sign wonder kid Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been backed by his money men in his bid to land the England starlet and Palace have accepted a fee that guarantees them £10 million. (The Mirror)

 

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