Sunday media watch [03.01.16]
Sun on Sunday: Norwich will join the race for Chelsea striker Loic Remy this month. Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde has already declared interest in signing the France star and giving him first team football. Swansea are also keeping tabs on the striker, who is out of favour at Stamford Bridge despite the club's miserable start to the season.
Sun on Sunday: Leicester's forgotten man Gokhan Inler has opened the door to a move to Aston Villa. The Switzerland captain, 31, had barely figured since joining from Napoli for £5m last summer. Inler fears that lack of action will harm his hopes of a Euro 2016 spot and Villa boss Rémi Garde wants the midfielder to boost his side's relegation fight.
Sunday Mirror: Southampton are battling to beat Newcastle in the race for Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet. Toon are hopeful of tying up a £3.5m deal for the Senegal star, who plays wide or in the centre of midfield. Bournemouth along with Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Swansea all watched Saivet when he struck a brilliant goal in Bordeaux's 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in the Europa League.
Sun on Sunday: John Ruddy could hit the road and go out on loan after being axed by Norwich in favour of Declan Rudd. The keeper, 29, is on Aston Villa's radar as he aims to stay sharp and cling on to a hope of being in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.
Sunday Mirror: Luke Moore is back at Aston Villa - and hoping to impress boss Rémi Garde enough for a second chance. The former England U21 international has been training with his former club as he looks for a loan move this month. Moore, 29, has spent the last couple of season playing for Toronto after reaching the end of the road with Swansea City.
Daily Star on Sunday: Aston Villa have made enquiries about Montpellier defender Daniel Congre. Congre, 30, is out of contract in the summer and is yet to agree new terms with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Frenchman can play across the back four but is comfortable at right-back where he utilises his pace to good effect.
Sunday Express: Struggling Aston Villa are keen to shore up their defence by snapping up central defender Daniel Congre, 30, from French side Montpellier for a cut-price £2m. Villa could make room by allowing their out of favour striker Libor Kozak to join Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.
Sun on Sunday: Bournemouth will let Christian Atsu and Joe Bennett go to make way for two new loan signings. Left-back Bennett, 25, has returned to parent club Aston Villa and winger Atsu, 23, is set to head back to Chelsea.
Sun on Sunday: Cometh the hour. Cometh Jermain Defoe. Yesterday the Premier League's basement boys looked set to share the points - a result which would have left you predicting a shared fate of relegation come the end of the season. But Defoe, 33, once again proved he is worth his weight in gold with a match-winning double inside the final 18 minutes. The Sunderland striker had only four shots in the match - yet three were on target and two went in - and he even had a late third strike disallowed for offside.
Mail on Sunday: That is why you play Jermain Defoe. That is why you make allowances for his reluctance to be involved with anything other than goalmouth action. That is why he remains Sunderland's best hope if beating the drop. Manager Sam Allardyce, like Dick Advocaat before him, has wrestled with his conscience when it comes to Defoe, accepting his value as a goalscorer while being mindful of his defensive limitations. Yesterday, the latter mattered not as the 33-year-old scored a second half brace to end the home side's five match losing run.
Sunday Mirror: The worst team in the Premier League - and Aston Villa were not very good either. But Sunderland, or rather Jermain Defoe, won the doomsday derby to give them a chance of survival. And they have surely already condemned Aston Villa to relegation in the process.
Daily Star on Sunday: Jermain Defoe blasted Sunderland to a first victory in six attempts to leave Aston Villa even deeper in the mire. The veteran hitman, 33, was drafted in to save the Black Cats from relegation in January last year. And he lived up to his billing when he struck with 18 minutes remaining and then again in injury time to move Sam Allardyce's men seven points clear of basement boys Villa.
Sunday Express: Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce insists their Barclays Premier League plight remains "dire" despite ending their five game losing run against basement boys Aston Villa. Jermain Defoe's second half double at the Stadium of Light helped to secure the first win for the Black Cats since November 28 and put them seven points clear of bottom-of-the-table Villa.
Sunday Observer: It is a year since Jermain Defoe became Sunderland's highest paid player after arriving from Toronto. Since then Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and now Sam Allardyce have all struggled to fit the former England striker into their starting XIs and there has been interminable debate about whether he should be offloaded. Along the way Defoe has scored a few vital goals and none more so than the pair he registered in the second half here against Aston Villa.
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