Global Sports : Saturday Paper Talk

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A round-up of the latest football stories on the back pages on Saturday’s national papers.
Louis van Gaal admits he is no closer to discovering Manchester United’s best formation after seven months at Old Trafford.
Tim Sherwood has held discussions with Aston Villa and is understood to have told the club he is interested in taking over as manager.
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is facing a lengthy on the sidelines after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with a knee injury.
Gus Poyet will continue to speak his mind even if it upsets Sunderland fans, insisting that results are all that matters.
Danny Ings will fly out to Spain today via private jet for talks with David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.
Mark Warburton will be axed as Brentford manager at the end of the season – after refusing to sign overseas players he had not watched.
Tony Fernandes says Chris Ramsey will stay at QPR when a new manager arrives in the summer.
Manchester United are plotting a £60m swoop for Edinson Cavani after deciding to ditch Radamel Falcao.
Wilfried Zaha revealed his return to Crystal Palace from Manchester United has helped repair his shattered confidence.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner is confident Raheen Sterling will sign a new deal this week.
West Ham chairman David Sullivan has admitted the club have been left reeling by the news that Andy Carroll is out for the rest of the season.
West Ham’s players believe the club were right to pull the plug on their £75,000-a-week move for Darren Fletcher after being shocked at his proposed salary.
Aston Villa have made discreet inquiries through intermediaries to ascertain the value of Tony Pulis’ escape clause at rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall admits he is likely to consult axed boss Paul Lambert ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup with Leicester.
Former QPR chief executive Phil Beard resigned after coming to feel marginalised by the promotion of Les Ferdinand to the post of director of football.
Injured Inter Milan defender Nemanja Vidic is almost certainly out of next week’s Europa League showdown with Celtic.
Sol Campbell last night insisted he is the man to replace Paul Lambert at Aston Villa – and can keep the strugglers up.

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