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What the back pages say on Tuesday, January 18: West Ham to stick with Avram Grant

18 Jan 2011 18:51:52

What the back pages say on Tuesday, January 18: West Ham to stick with Avram Grant

DAILY MAILAvram Grant is expected to stay at West Ham until the endof the season after Martin O'Neill rejected the chance to take themanager's job at Upton Park. Also: Darren Bent was at a Midlands hotellast night awaiting the green light to complete a sensational£24million transfer to Aston Villa today. Manchester United full backRafael has been charged by the FA with improper conduct for hisoutburst at referee Mike Dean after being sent off in Sunday's 0-0 drawat Spurs. Staying put: Grant looks like he will be at Upton Park until the end of the season THE SUNAston Villa will double their transfer record and smash their wage structure to land Darren Bent for £24million from Sunderland. Also: Martin O'Neill last night KO'd West Ham's bid to make him their new manager. Steven Pienaar is on his way to Spurs - thanks to Darren Bent. DAILY MIRRORMartin O'Neill last night turned down West Ham - which could mean Avram Grant staying on as manager until the end of the season. Also: Gerard Houllier has been told to increase his bid for Darren Bent to £20million-plus. DAILY STARDarren Bent is poised for a sensational £24m move to Aston Villa. Also: Joe Hart has received a rocket from angry Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. The Sunderland fan who attacked Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper on the pitch was marched to the Toon's training ground yesterday to apologise - by his dad. Ryan Babel penned a grovelling letter of apology to Howard Webb in an attempt to escape FA punishment for mocking the World Cup final referee. DAILY EXPRESS Steve Bruce's bid to lure winger Stewart Downing backfired badly as Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner made an astonishing counter offer of up to £24million for Darren Bent. Also: Manchester City have dismissed Real Madrid's latest attempts to unsettle their star striker Carlos Tevez. Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt have revealed how the legend of Kenny Dalglish has galvanised the Liverpool players into hitting the recovery trail. Big-money move: Striker Bent THE GUARDIANThe fast fading love affair between Darren Bent and Sunderland is likely to come to a formal end with the completion of the striker's transfer to Aston Villa. Also: Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their interest in the Ajax striker Luis Suarez. THE TIMESDarren Bent's impending move from Sunderland to Aston Villa, for a fee that could rise to £24million, is set to spark a rash of activity in the transfer market. Also: West Ham United went back to the drawing board last night after Martin O'Neill rejected the chance to lead the bottom club's fight to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. THE INDEPENDENTWest Ham United are running out of options after it appeared last night that Martin O'Neill was to turn down a lucrative offer from the Premier League's bottom club to replace Avram Grant as manager until the end of the season. Also: The Aston Villa owner, Randy Lerner, yesterday staged a remarkable show of confidence in manager Gerard Houllier with an £18m bid for the Sunderland striker Darren Bent and more to follow, with the club pursuing Blackpool's Charlie Adam and Maynor Figueroa of Wigan. DAILY TELEGRAPHSunderland have accepted an astonishing £24 million cash bid from Aston Villa for striker Darren Bent in a move which could finally kick-start the January transfer window. Also: Liverpool target Luis Suarez is believed to have made it clear to Ajax that he would be prepared to leave the Dutch club for Anfield should a suitable offer arrive in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.   Explore more:People: Martin O'Neill, Steve Bruce, Kenny Dalglish, Stewart Downing, Fernando Torres, Gerard Houllier, Darren Bent, Joe Hart, Ryan Babel, Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt, Roberto Mancini, Mike Dean, Charlie Adam Places: Liverpool, Newcastle


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