Tuesday media watch [19.01.16]
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde has promised 'to do the best for this club' as he considers making changes to the side that performed so well against Leicester and Crystal Palace. The claret and blues boss is conscious of making too many alterations as he looks to build momentum, but admits some of his players might be running on empty. "It's not an easy decision. I haven't got a very deep squad," he said when asked about his team selection.
Daily Mirror: Rémi Garde hopes to mastermind another memorable FA Cup run for Aston Villa after they recovered from their Wycombe ordeal. Villa face League Two Wanderers on Tuesday night after a 1-1 draw at Adams Park where the Premier League basement side were abused by their own fans. Boss Garde made sweeping changes to his side in the wake of that humiliation and Villa have since collected four points from two home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester. Now Garde is anxious to keep Villa's momentum going after the club reached the FA Cup final and stayed up last season under Tim Sherwood.
Daily Telegraph: Rémi Garde will have further talks with Mathieu Debuchy this week as he attempts to persuade the Arsenal defender to join Aston Villa. Garde is determined to strengthen his struggling squad this month and has offered Debuchy, 30, the chance to revive his career at the Premier League's bottom club. Debuchy has not played for Arsenal since November 24 and Garde believes he can boost his hopes of appearing at Euro 2016 with France by agreeing a loan move. Villa have also picked up four points from their past two league games to give themselves hope of avoiding relegation to the Championship, with Garde admitting that their mini-revival may enhance his chances of attracting players.
Daily Mail: Swansea are pushing ahead with a move for Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair and have made an enquiry for Seydou Doumbia at Roma. Sinclair is a familiar face at the Liberty Stadium having enjoyed a successful two-year spell at the club before sealing a move to Manchester City. However, his career has stalled since leaving the Swans in 2012 and the former Chelsea winger could seal a return to the Welsh club.
Daily Mirror: Scott Sinclair is ready to quit basement club Aston Villa to rejoin Swansea - just eight months after moving to Villa on a permanent deal. Versatile attacker Sinclair, 26, has lost his first team place since the arrival of Rémi Garde as manager in November. And the star is wanted back in Wales by his former club Swansea in a £2m switch.
Daily Mail: Rémi Garde is stepping up his hunt for a new goalkeeper despite Mark Bunn's good performances in replacing Brad Guzan. The Aston Villa manager still wants to bring in a new No 1 having dropped Guzan to the bench for the last three games, and Hadjuk Split's Lovre Kalinic is on his radar. Bunn has coped well since coming into the team, saving Riyad Mahrez's penalty to earn Villa a point and keeping a clean sheet in the victory over Crystal Palace.
Daily Express: Rémi Garde says the torrent of abuse his team got at Wycombe might prove to be the kick up the backside Aston Villa needed. Angry fans vented their fury at shell-shocked Villa stars as they boarded the team bus following the 1-1 FA Cup draw at the League Two side. The ugly scenes outside Adams Park shocked players and officials alike and club captain Micah Richards was involved in heated exchanges with supporters. But since then they have managed to arrest the slide with a win against Crystal Palace and a draw against high-riding Leicester. And asked if the Wycombe scenes could have galvanised his squad, Garde said: "Yes, it could have been a factor."
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde agrees that the horror-show at Wycombe has helped spark his side into life. The claret and blues' season took a turn for the worse when they drew 1-1 with the League Two side at Adams Park a fortnight ago and supporters were not afraid to vent their anger. Since that miserable afternoon Villa have started to turn the corner by picking up four points from their last two home games.
Guardian: Gareth Ainsworth has expressed sympathy for Rémi Garde's position at Aston Villa but still believes Wycombe Wanderers can create more FA Cup history, 15 years after they reached the semi-finals of the competition at Villa Park. Wycombe will take 4,000 supporters to Birmingham for the third-round replay on Tuesday night, having held the Premier League's bottom team to a 1-1 draw at Adams Park. The game is expected to generate more than £100,000 for the League Two side, who played Liverpool in the 2001 semi-finals following a remarkable Cup run under Lawrie Sanchez.
Daily Express: Gareth Ainsworth insists he knows exactly what Rémi Garde and his struggling Aston Villa players are going through after admitting he still "wears the scars" from the day Wycombe fans turned on him. The 42-year-old has come out the other side nearly two years after coming close to taking the Chairboys out of the Football League and potentially business. Villa players were on the receiving end of ill feeling from their own supporters during the 1-1 draw at Adams Park and as they boarded the coach to leave, something that resonated with Ainsworth.
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BBC Sport: Swansea City climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a gritty win against Watford. With new head coach Francesco Guidolin watching from the stands, Swansea edged an uneventful first half thanks to Ashley Williams' header.
Sky Sports: Leeds full-back Sam Byram has chosen to join West Ham although a deal is yet to be done between the two clubs, according to Sky sources. Everton earlier fell out of the running to sign the 22-year-old despite agreeing a fee with Leeds, leaving West Ham in pole position to sign the highly-rated right-back.
BBC Sport: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new five-year contract running to the end of the 2020/21 season. Mignolet, 27, joined the Reds from Sunderland in 2013 for £9m and has made 122 appearances for the Anfield club.
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