From the Back Pages, January 7: Steven Gerrard tells Liverpool: I wanted to stay

From the back pages
From the back pages

Steven Gerrard has admitted that he would have stayed at Liverpool had he been offered a new contract last summer as he closes in on a move to Los Angeles Galaxy. (The Times)

Arsenal will continue their interest in the £25m-rated Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, although the club expects that a deal for the Frenchman would only be realistic in the summer rather than the January transfer window. (The Independent)

Manchester City have agreed a whopping £30million fee with Swansea for striker Wilfried Bony. (The Mirror)

A ‘phenomenal’ competition, Roberto Martinez calls it. The FA Cup endeared him to life in England, he won it against all odds with Wigan and felt this year’s renewal could invigorate Everton. (Daily Mail)

Oldham Athletic were forging ahead with their attempt to sign Ched Evans on Tuesday night despite another botched attempt to confirm their plans for the convicted rapist. (The Telegraph)

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Louis van Gaal has conceded he may not pick Wayne Rooney for every game. (The Express)

The England coach, Peter Moores, has admitted he does not yet know his first-choice XI for his team’s opening World Cup match in little over a month’s time but he is confident the forthcoming Tri-Series against Australia and India will provide enough time for him to find a winning formula. (The Telegraph)