Sunday Papers: Is it the end for reserve team fotball?

TAKE a look at the top sport stories making headlines in the UK's national newspapers today - Sunday, January 23, 2011.


The Premier League is planning a radical overhaul of youth development that will see the end of reserve team football, a freeing up of the movement of young players and the setting up of an independent standards authority which will monitor and rank the academies of clubs across the country. Also: The team doctors of England and Scotland have expressed serious concerns of the numbers and severity of injuries which are sweeping through rugby union ahead of the Six Nations tournament, which begins next week.


Arsenal's worldwide search for a centre-half could incredibly end with Spurs crock Jonathan Woodgate. Also: Chelsea are confident of sealing a deal for Benfica's 21million-rated defender David Luiz. `


Darren Bent made the perfect start to his career as an Aston Villa player by scoring the only goal on his debut against Manchester City yesterday. Also: Chelsea are facing the break-up of a team who have won three Premier League titles in the past six seasons as a number of senior players have grown so disillusioned with the organisation of the club that they are considering moving this summer; A Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund has held secret talks about a 1.5billion takeover of Manchester United football club.


Jose Mourinho has targeted Didier Drogba to ease his striker crisis at Real Madrid. Also: Kieran Richardson notched two brilliant goals to spark Black Cats' fans chanting: "Who needs Darren Bent?"


Charlie Adam will have to forfeit a massive 1million bonus to earn his dream move to Liverpool. Also: Cesc Fabregas was at the centre of a "cheat" row last night - but it didn't take the gloss off Robin van Persie's first ever hat-trick for the Gunners.


Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho will offer Spurs a staggering 100m in the summer for White Hart Lane wonders Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. Also: Ian Holloway last night blasted Liverpool for a "disgraceful" 3.5m bid for Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam.


Tottenham are in talks to sign Brazil World Cup striker Luis Fabiano. Also: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish will make a new 5m offer for Charlie Adam - with the Blackpool skipper ready to walk to Anfield.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will end the chase for the teenager rated the most talented in English football. Also: Blackpool have now rebuffed offers from three clubs for playmaker Charlie Adam and manager Ian Holloway last night laughed off a 4million bid from Liverpool to join rejections for Aston Villa and Birmingham.


They welcomed him back as their messiah and, although this performance was less celestial than they scoreline might suggest, Liverpool loyalists had tangible reason to celebrate Kenny Dalglish's second coming when, at the fourth time of asking, he conjured his first win. Also: Avram Grant has escaped the executioner but not the torture.


At this rate Darren Bent might just make the No.39 shirt his own at Aston Villa. Also: Starting the day equidistant from a Europa League berth and the relegation zone, Liverpool finished it closer to the happier place after easing to a first victory of Kenny Dalglish's second coming.

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Final Scores: Saturday, January 22, 2011:

Npower Championship:

Sheffield United 1 Norwich City 2 (HT: 0-0)

Barnsley 1 Swansea City 1 (HT: 1-0)

Ipswich Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 2 (HT: 0-1)

Npower League One:

Leyton Orient 4 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (HT:0-0)

Npower League Two:

Shrewsbury Town 0 Chesterfield 0 (HT: 0-0)

Wycome Wanderers 1 Rotherham United 0 (HT: 1-0)

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