Tuesday media watch [26.01.16]
Daily Mail: Sunderland are trying to hijack Aston Villa's bid to land Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal. Rémi Garde has wanted the French right-back to bolster Villa's back four all through this window but has been left frustrated by Debuchy's reluctance to provide him with an answer. That has now opened the door for Sunderland and manager Sam Allardyce spent Monday in London trying to secure a deal with Arsenal and Debuchy that would take him to the Stadium Of Light.
Daily Star: Sunderland are trying to beat Aston Villa to Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy. Debuchy, 30, is set to leave the Emirates Stadium on loan after falling behind Hector Bellerin in Arsene Wenger's plans. The former Newcastle defender wants first-team football to secure a place in France's Euro 2016 squad. He was expected to join Aston Villa for the rest of the campaign. But the Daily Mail report that Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was in London yesterday attempting to steal their deal.
ClubCall: Mathieu Debuchy will officially move from Arsenal to Aston Villa on loan this week, according to reports in France. The right-back was missing from the Gunners' squad for Sunday's defeat to Chelsea and French newspaper L'Equipe have put that down to him being on the verge of making the switch to Villa Park, claiming it is "almost certain" he will move. Villans boss Rémi Garde has made no secret of his desire to land the former Newcastle man and it is thought Debuchy is happy to go out on loan in the hope of playing his way into contention for France's squad for Euro 2016.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa face late competition for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy - from relegation rivals Sunderland. Rémi Garde admitted his interest in the Gunners right-back several weeks ago and hoped to use his French connections to lure him to Villa Park.
ClubCall: Eric Black is set to join Aston Villa's backroom staff as assistant manager having left his similar role at Rotherham United. Villa are bottom of the Premier League and boss Rémi Garde has been working with assistant Reginald Ray and fitness coach Robert Duverne since replacing Tim Sherwood in November. Black joined Rotherham as first-team coach last summer, being appointed as Neil Redfearn's number two in October. He had a one-game spell as caretaker manager, losing 2-1 to Burnley in October, after Steve Evans' exit. Black has also been assistant manager of Villa's rivals Birmingham under Steve Bruce and worked with Bruce at Sunderland and Wigan.
Birmingham Mail: Eric Black has paved the way to join Villa by leaving his role at Rotherham. Black's departure from the Millers, where he was assistant manager, will allow him to take up a similar position at Villa. Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn revealed Black, who was assistant boss to Steve Bruce at Blues, has had "an opportunity that he felt he couldn't turn down."
Birmingham Mail: Eric Black is a well-respected coach who is very hands-on during training sessions and has been known to get on well with players while also maintaining their respect. The 52-yar-old has been personally selected by Rémi Garde, who knows him from his time in France, and his arrival could be the best bit of business in this so far fruitless transfer window.
Daily Mirror: Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Swansea and Aston Villa are all poised for a Loic Remy scramble once Chelsea clinch the signing of Alexandre Pato. As reported by MirrorFootball earlier this month, the champions are finally ready to allow Remy to leave on loan in search of regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 in his homeland in the summer. Newcastle, where he scored 14 times during a season-long loan from QPR in 2013-14, are the favourites to sign him again. But the Magpies are also in for West Brom's Saido Berahino and are set to make a fresh bid for high-class Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. Palace, who are desperate for a striker, will offer Remy the chance to remain in London. Swansea had a move for Remy rejected last summer but have always retained an interest, while Villa boss Rémi Garde was criticised earlier this month by Chelsea counterpart Guus Hiddink for making his interest in the player public.
Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde is hoping he can finally strengthen his squad this week after a period of frustration in the transfer window. The Villa boss has been knocked back by a number of targets who are not willing to join the Premier League's basement boys. Work permit issues have also ended their chances of signing Hadjuk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic but Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy could join on loan.
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BBC Sport: Chelsea's Ramires is close to a £25m move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. The 28-year-old Brazil midfielder, signed from Benfica for about £17m in 2010, agreed a new four-year deal in October but has only started seven Premier League games this season. Jiangsu finished ninth in China's top tier in 2015 and are managed by former Blues defender Dan Petrescu. Ramires has helped the Blues win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.
Sky Sports: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will take training at Carrington on Tuesday morning as his future at the club remains uncertain. Van Gaal returned to the Netherlands to celebrate his daughter's birthday following Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Southampton - with the players given the day off from training on Monday. Sky Sports News HQ understands that contrary to reports in some newspapers, the Dutchman did not offer to resign in the wake of the weekend loss.
BBC Sport: Burnley scored three times in 12 second-half minutes to go third in the Championship and extend Derby's winless period to five league games. Derby's Richard Keogh headed Matt Lowton's cross into his own net on 29 minutes but Jacob Butterfield replied with a 20-yard volley within a minute. Andre Gray and Sam Vokes both scored penalties before Scott Arfield's shot deflected in off Jason Shackell. Burnley trail Middlesbrough in second by four points, with Derby fifth.
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