What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 3 2013, 7:56 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.

Demba Ba: Set to join Chelsea
Demba Ba: Set to join Chelsea

DAILY MAIL: Shaun Wright-Phillips returned to haunt his old club Chelsea last night and hand QPR a Premier League lifeline with the winner at Stamford Bridge. Also: Joe Cole will join West Ham this week after snubbing a QPR relegation battle with former manager Harry Redknapp.

THE TIMES: Queens Park Rangers stunned Chelsea last night effectively to end their hosts' faint Barclays Premier League title hopes, condemning their rivals to a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Also: Demba Ba will have a medical at Chelsea today, with the club determined to undertake a detailed examination of his knees before proceeding with the Senegal striker's £7.5million transfer from Newcastle United.

THE INDEPENDENT: Chelsea will insist that Demba Ba undergoes a medical this morning in spite of the Newcastle United striker's chronic knee problem, with the club trying to reach a deal so they can register him in time for Saturday's FA Cup tie. Also: When Shaun Wright-Phillips joined Chelsea more than seven years ago he was one of the great emerging talents of English football who has, since those days, simply lost his way. Last night he came in from the cold in spectacular fashion.

DAILY STAR: Everton piled on the agony for Newcastle last night. Also: Sunderland plunged deeper into trouble at Anfield as Liverpool climbed to eighth place in the Premier League.

THE SUN: Harry Redknapp hailed the spirit of his rock-bottom QPR side after they stunned Chelsea. Also: Chelsea are set to unveil £7.5million striker Demba Ba as Inter Milan line up a swoop for Frank Lampard.

DAILY MIRROR: Joe Cole is set to return to West Ham after Sam Allardyce beat QPR boss Harry Redknapp to the Liverpool misfit's signature. Also: Shaun Wright-Phillips came off the bench to stun his old club - and hand Harry Redknapp a massive lifeline.

DAILY EXPRESS: Shaun Wright-Phillips stunned his former club Chelsea to give relegation-threatened QPR a lifeline coming into 2013. Also: Joe Cole was last night set to rejoin West Ham on a free transfer after Liverpool agreed to a £3million golden handshake to facilitate his departure.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Part of Chelsea's history returned to haunt them last night. Also: Demba Ba will have a medical at Chelsea this morning after thrashing out personal terms ahead of a £7million move from Newcastle United.

THE GUARDIAN: Chelsea are confident of agreeing personal terms with Demba Ba and completing the £7m signing of the Newcastle United striker today, although they will insist on him taking a medical at the club. Also: The svelte figures of Jessica Ennis, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah are still adorning billboards across the country in glorious celebration of the Olympics but imagine if those radiant figures were joined by Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen.


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