Saturday media watch [30.01.16]
Daily Mirror: Mathieu Debuchy was last night having talks with Aston Villa to discuss a loan move until the end of the season. Villa will have to pay around £1.5m in loan fee and take on his £60,000-a-week wages which has been a major stumbling block for other clubs. But the Arsenal right back now seems likely to join Villa after interest from Roma, Monaco, Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen fell away.
Daily Mail: Rémi Garde faced double frustration last night after learning a second appeal to the FA to gain a work permit for goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic was rejected, while outcast Charles N'Zogbia has decided to stay at Aston Villa.The Villa manager has been desperate to sign a new No 1 and tried again to get a £4.9m move for Hadjuk Split's Kalinic over the line this week, only to be thwarted once more over a lack of international appearances.
The Telegraph: Aston Villa's last-ditch attempt to sign goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has been dismissed by the Football Association, while Rémi Garde has confirmed Charles N'Zogbia will be staying at the club. Kalinic's £4.9 million move has finally collapsed after he was denied a work permit by the FA. Villa had agreed a fee with Kalinic's club, Hajduk Split, but the Premier League strugglers have failed with a second appeal as the Croatia international has only two caps.
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa's attempts to revive a move for Lovre Kalinic have failed after a second work permit appeal for the Croatian goalkeeper was rejected. Villa wanted to make Kalinic their first signing of the transfer window, but their January frustration rumbles on because of red-tape. The Football Association have turned down a second appeal for a work permit, seemingly because the 25-year-old has won just two caps for his country.
Birmingham Mail: Charles N'Zogbia has chosen to sit out the final months of his Aston Villa contract, Rémi Garde has confirmed. Villa were keen to get N'Zogbia out of the door this month, but attempts to cancel his contract by mutual consent have proved unsuccessful. Instead, the French winger will continue to pick up his £65,000 per week wages until June, while training with the U21s.
Birmingham Mail: Gabby Agbonlahor returns to contention for Aston Villa duty this weekend - with Rémi Garde adamant an injury problem rather than an attitude problem was responsible for his absence. Agbonlahor has resumed training this weekend and is available for selection for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester City at Villa Park. Garde raised concerns about Agbonlahor's training before Christmas and left him out after being unimpressed with his efforts on the practice pitches.
Daily Mail: Philippe Senderos has moved quickly to secure a new club following his release from Aston Villa, signing for Swiss side Grasshoppers. The Switzerland defender, a former Arsenal, Everton and Fulham player, mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Wednesday after playing for Villa since June 2014.
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BBC Sport: West Brom have signed QPR midfielder Sandro on loan until the end of the season, with the option to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer. The 26-year-old Brazilian, who moved to England in 2010 when he joined Spurs, has played 11 times for QPR so far this season. His last appearance came in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on 28 December.
Sky Sports: Alan Pardew says he signed Emmanuel Adebayor to cause "chaos" in opposition defences between now and the summer. Adebayor this week signed a short-term Palace deal as Pardew landed a player he first tried to sign a decade ago during his time as West Ham boss.
BBC Sport: Swansea City have signed former Italy Under-21 striker Alberto Paloschi from Italian side Chievo for an undisclosed fee, believed to be about £8m. The 26-year-old, who scored eight goals in 21 Serie A games this season, has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal and will wear Swansea's number nine shirt.
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