What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 8 2013, 7:30 GMT

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

Fellaini: Chelsea target
Fellaini: Chelsea target

DAILY MAIL: ITV's woeful new peaktime Saturday night reality show Splash! has re-ignited anxieties in British Swimming about Tom Daley's commercial commitments away from diving. Also: Popular ESPN commentator Jon Champion has been officially reprimanded by the FA Cup broadcaster for calling Liverpool striker Luis Suarez a cheat during Sunday's game against Mansfield.

THE TIMES: Chelsea have identified Marouane Fellaini as their preferred replacement for Frank Lampard and are planning to trigger a buyout clause in the Everton midfielder's contract at the end of the season. Also England's women's football team face an unsettling build-up to the new season because of a dispute with the FA over their central contracts, The Times had learnt.

DAILY EXPRESS: TV commentator Jon Champion has been reprimanded by his bosses for labelling Luis Suarez "a cheat" following the striker's controversial handball during Liverpool's FA Cup win over Mansfield. Also: Lionel Messi strengthened his claim to be considered the greatest footballer of all time by winning a record-breaking fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or last night.

THE SUN: Pep Guardiola has opened the door for a move to the Premier League by declaring: I'll be back next season. Also Nikica Jelavic set Everton on the Road to Wembley. Also: Tottenham are reeling from a UEFA charge - despite their fans enduring vile racist chants.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson is considering a summer move to take Frank Lampard to Manchester United following Chelsea's decision to allow the midfielder to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of his contract. Also: Lionel Messi is monopolising the world player of the year title the way his feet dominate the ball.

DAILY MIRROR: Pep Guardiola fired the starting pistol on the biggest managerial scramble for years by revealing he is ready to return to the dug-out. Also: Lionel Messi described his World Player of the Year award as "amazing" - as he scooped the crown for the fourth year running last night.

DAILY STAR: Leighton Baines proved he really is the third-round maestro to help Everton easily avoid an FA Cup banana skin at Cheltenham. Also: Fuming Mansfield chairman John Radford has blasted Luis Suarez and Liverpool for cheating his non-league side out of a lucrative FA Cup replay.

THE INDEPENDENT: Mansfield Town's chairman has launched an extraordinary attack on Luis Suarez, declaring that Liverpool's directors were "embarrassed" by the handball goal that helped the club knock his non-league side out of the FA Cup on Sunday and claiming that the player gloated when he realised it would be allowed to stand. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring Frank Lampard's position at Chelsea and is considering making a sensational summer move for the player, whom he has always admired.

THE GUARDIAN: ESPN has defended its decision to apologise and hold talks with the commentator Jon Champion after he labelled Liverpool's striker Luis Suarez a "cheat" in the wake of the striker's controversial goal against Mansfield Town. Also: Another record falls. Lionel Messi finished 2012 on 91 goals in 69 games. He began 2013 by winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or (with 41.6% of the votes), Cristiano Ronaldo (23.7%) came second and Andres Iniesta (10.9%) third. It is the fourth time Messi has won it and no one else has won it so often.