New Year's Day media watch [01.01.16]
Daily Mirror: Loic Remy is ready to consider a move away from Chelsea after failing to break into the first team picture. The 28-year-old Frenchman is a target for a string of Premier League clubs, including top four-chasing Crystal Palace and struggling Aston Villa. Monaco also have the striker in their sights after failing with a bid to tempt Radamel Falcao, who they have loaned to the Blues for the season, back to his parent club. Remy has been told by Guus Hiddink that he will get more of a chance in the first team at the west Londoners than he had under the recently-sacked Jose Mourinho. He has made a total of just eight appearances in the league, scoring one goal, while Mourinho persevered with the misfiring Diego Costa before getting fired. Former Marseille and QPR frontman Remy wants to be part of hosts France's squad for Euro 2016, and is now ready to consider all options during the January transfer window.
Shoot.co.uk: Aston Villa are reportedly eyeing a January swoop for Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri. The rock-bottom Premier League club, who are already 11 points adrift of safety, are understood to have already made contact with French side Bordeaux over their prized playmaker.
ClubCall: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde insists his side can avoid relegation to the Championship as he seeks a first win in the Premier League. The Frenchman took charge at Villa Park at the start of November but the club remain without a Premier League win since the opening round of fixtures. However, Villa have drawn three of their last five games and Garde insists he has seen signs of improvement and feels survival is still an achievable target for the Premier League's bottom club.
Coventry Telegraph: Coventry City are continuing to work on upgrading Joe Cole [pictured above] and Gael Bigirimana's loan deals to permanent signings this January. The Aston Villa and Newcastle United players are due to play their last games of their current agreements at Crewe on Saturday and Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray is keen to keep them on board in a more secure capacity.
The Telegraph: Aston Villa are ready to scrap Tiago Ilori's loan deal and send him back to Liverpool without the defender making an appearance. Ilori is set to have his season's loan ended prematurely by the Premier League's bottom club after the Portugal under-21 international failed to impress Rémi Garde. Villa paid a £1million fee to sign Ilori on deadline day, with the option of making it a permanent deal for around £6million in the summer, but he has featured in just one matchday squad this season. Liverpool have the option to recall him in January and Villa aim to reach a compromise and free up a loan space for new signings in the transfer window.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says there is no magic formula to turning around the club's fortunes. United have not won in eight games, including their past six in the Premier League, have dropped to sixth place, and are out of the Champions League. On Saturday they face Swansea, a team Van Gaal has lost to in all three meetings since taking charge.
Sky Sports: Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will not be leaving Leicester in the January transfer window, insists Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri. The in-form duo have played key roles for the high-flying Foxes this season which has led to speculation linking the freescoring forwards with big-money moves away from Leicester. Vardy is the Premier League's joint-top scorer with 15 goals while Mahrez has been involved in more goals than any other player in the top division scoring 13 and laying on 7 assists.
BBC Sport: Norwich have offered Inter Milan 10m euros (£7.3m) for their Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia. It is understood Norwich have offered Ranocchia a salary in the region of 3m euros per year.
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