From the Back Pages, January 4: Everton ready to sell Ross Barkley for £45m to fund revamp of Roberto Martinez’s squad

From the back pages
From the back pages

Ross Barkley is set to become the January transfer window’s biggest domestic saga and possibly the biggest domestic deal. (Daily Mail)

Steven Gerrard is close to agreeing an 18-month contract with Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer (MLS) side, according to reports, in a deal that could be worth $6m a year. (The Times)

BRENDAN RODGERS has rebuffed suggestions Liverpool did not do enough to persuade Steven Gerrard to continue his career at Anfield beyond the summer. (The Express)

Yohan Cabaye is line for a sensational return to Newcastle – with Paris Saint Germain using the playmaker as bait to land Moussa Sissoko, write Neil Moxley and Alan Oliver in the Sunday People. (The Mirror)

The caretaker Newcastle United head coach, John Carver, reiterated his desire to be regarded as a serious candidate to replace Alan Pardew on a full-time basis after overseeing the Magpies’ FA Cup miserable 1-0 defeat to Leicester City. (The Guardian)

Liverpool expect Raheem Sterling to sign a new five-year contract by the end of the month in what will be a significant boost following Steven Gerrard’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season. (The Telegraph)

Blyth Spartans vs Birmingham City match report: Robert Dale’s double not enough to see valiant Spartans through. (The Independent)