Thursday media watch [07.01.16]
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde has enquired about several Arsenal players - including right-back Mathieu Debuchy. Garde spoke to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger about the prospect of Villa taking Debuchy on loan this month. The claret and blue boss is eager to strengthen his options to boost the club's chances of staying up. Asked about Debuchy, Garde said: "I had a conversation with Arsene Wenger a few days about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was one of the players."
Daily Express: Rémi Garde has talked up Aston Villa's pursuit of Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy. The Villa boss has made no secret of his desire to sign players in January, with his side sitting rockbottom of the Premier League. The Frenchman revealed last week that he was interested in Chelsea frontman Loic Remy, which Blues boss Guus Hiddink didn't take too kindly to.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde has said he would like to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal, and has admitted he should not have spoken about Chelsea striker Loic Remy last week. Garde has spoken to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger about 30-year-old France right-back Debuchy, who could be allowed to leave this month having made just seven appearances for the Gunners this season.
Sporting Life: Rémi Garde has revealed he wants to bring Mathieu Debuchy to Aston Villa and confirmed Adama Traore is out until March. Arsenal right-back Debuchy could to be allowed to leave this month and Garde has spoken to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger about the possibility of a move. Debuchy, 30, has made just seven appearances for Arsenal this season and played only twice in the Barclays Premier League.
Clubcall: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde has confirmed that he is interested in trying to sign Arsenal outcast Mathieu Debuchy. Arsenal right-back Debuchy could to be allowed to leave this month and Garde has spoken to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger about the possibility of a move. Debuchy has made just seven appearances for Arsenal this season with just two of those coming in the Premier League after falling behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order.
Guardian: Rémi Garde has revealed he wants to bring Mathieu Debuchy to Aston Villa and confirmed Adama Traore is out until March. The Arsenal right-back Debuchy could to be allowed to leave this month and Garde has spoken to Arsène Wenger about the possibility of a move. Debuchy, 30, has made just seven appearances for Arsenal this season and played only twice in the Premier League. "I had a conversation with Arsène a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players," said Garde, who played under Wenger at Arsenal.
Daily Star: Adama Traore has delivered another shattering blow to crisis club Aston Villa. The £8m ex-Barcelona star has broken a bone in his foot and will be out for up to 10 weeks. Villa boss Rémi Garde says it was the latest setback in his efforts to steer the club away from what looks like certain relegation. But now flying winger Adama is out of his plans as Villa prepare for a potential FA Cup banana skin at Wycombe.
Four Four Two: Aston Villa forward Adama Traore is facing eight to 10 weeks on the sidelines after breaking a bone in his foot in last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Sunderland. The former Barcelona youngster, 19, has scored once in 10 appearances for his new club, but now faces a lengthy spell out of the team
BBC Sport: Aston Villa winger Adama Traore has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot. Traore, 19, went off in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Sunderland after providing the assist for Carles Gil's goal. The Spaniard, who has been asked to play for Mali, joined Villa from Barcelona for £7m in the summer and has made 10 appearances, scoring one goal.
Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde has told Adama Traore to use his 10-week injury lay off to contemplate the improvements he needs to make. Adama faces a long spell on the sidelines after breaking his foot in last weekend's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Sunderland. Garde admits it is a blow for Villa, but re-iterated that the Spanish teenage still has a lot of rough edges to smooth off.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa winger Adama Traore has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a broken bone in his foot. The 19-year-old suffered the injury in the 3-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland at the weekend. He has struggled to establish himself at Villa Park since his arrival from Barcelona in the summer, starting just once in 10 appearances and scoring one goal.
Express & Star: Villa winger Adama Traore has been ruled out for "eight to ten weeks" after breaking a bone in his foot. The 19-year-old was forced off late in last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Sunderland and the injury was initially deemed a "minor knock", the full extent has now been revealed.
Clubcall: Aston Villa forward Adama Traore has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a broken foot, the club have confirmed. Traore joined the struggling Premier League side in the summer from Barcelona for a fee of £7m and has looked bright when he has been handed opportunities. However, the 19-year-old has seen his chances restricted by injuries, having already missed two months of the campaign with two separate foot issues.
TalkSPORT: Aston Villa are preparing a January swoop for Lorient striker Benjamin Moukandjo. The 27-year-old has been in stunning form this season and is second in the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts with 11. The Cameroon international only joined Lorient in the summer from Reims, but his impressive performances have seen him linked with a swift move away.
Independent: Aston Villa have agreed to cancel the loan of Tiago Ilori, thereby allowing the defender to return to injury-ravaged Liverpool. The 22-year-old centre-back will train at Melwood ahead of Friday's FA Cup tie against Exeter City following a fitness crisis which has depleted Jurgen Klopp's options at the back.
TalkSPORT: Jonathan De Guzman's agent has confirmed his client will leave Napoli this month, sparking speculation he could return to the Premier League. Napoli are planning on making a number of changes to their squad in the January market and the former Swansea midfielder is one of the players they want to offload. The Dutchman is now being touted for a return to England, with Aston Villa, Bournemouth and his old club Swansea all thought to be interested.
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BBC Sport: Everton manager Roberto Martinez described Gareth Barry as "one of the best English players ever" after a masterclass in the League Cup semi-final win over Manchester City. Romelu Lukaku's 19th goal of the season - from a Barry cross - gave Everton a 2-1 first-leg victory at Goodison Park.
Sky Sports: Quique Sanchez Flores says Troy Deeney will not be leaving Watford in the January transfer window. Deeney has been linked in several newspapers with a move to Arsenal but revealed this week that he wants to stay at the club - and Flores has now confirmed his captain is going nowhere.
BBC Sport: Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas has formally announced his retirement from professional football. The 32-year-old last played for QPR in their Championship win over his first club Nottingham Forest in April 2014.
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