Paper Round: Shearer wants Blackburn job

Not surprisingly golf dominates the newspapers this morning after Europe's fantastic Ryder Cup win but the Mirror does have room for a story about Alan Shearer and Blackburn on their backpage.

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According to the paper, the Ewood Park legend DOES want the manager's job vacated by Steve Kean last week.

Shearer was a flop in his only other brief spell in management, with Newcastle United, but Rovers fans would certainly give him a chance after he scored 131 goals for Blackburn, with 34 of those helping the club to win the Premier League title in 1995.

The Mirror says that the Match of the Day pundit is now in line for the job at Blackburn because previous first choice Tim Sherwood is proving hard to prize away from Tottenham.

"Shearer is willing to meet with global advisor Shebby Singh this week, with a move for front runner Sherwood proving a hard deal to complete," the paper says.

"Sherwood is under contract at Tottenham where he is assistant coach and sources close to him reveal he is yet to be sold on the Blackburn move despite a lucrative contract on offer.

"Former Blackburn title-winning captain Sherwood would also come with a compensation demand from Spurs - a problem that Shearer would not face.

"Shearer would have to sort out his Match of the Day contract, but that is unlikely to be too expensive and his potential staff are all available.

"Iain Dowie, his number two at Newcastle, and former strike partner Mike Newell would be part of Team Shearer if he gets the nod."

It is worth nothing though that Eric Black is the current number two at Blackburn and according to the Sun he will be giving a chance to stake his claim for the position on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph state that Barnsley manager Keith Hill has also been identified as a surprise contender for the Ewood Park hot seat.

One name who is set to be turfed out at Blackburn though is French defender Gael Givet who has upset the coaching staff with his 'bad attitude.' (Daily Mirror)

Transfer rumours are thin on the ground this Monday but there are a few little bits and pieces floating around.

According to the Sun, Newcastle have added Norwegian midfielder Jo Inge Berget to their list of January targets.

The paper says: "Berget’s club Molde, managed by ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will be looking for at least £2 million to convince them to sell.

"The 22-year-old was signed by Serie A outfit Udinese in 2008 but was loaned to Lyn and Stromsgodset before joining Molde last year."

Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen is set for more humble surroundings as he is set to sign a deal with Belgian outfit Cercle Brugge. (Daily Mirror)

Reading's Russian part-owner Anton Zingarevich wants the Premier League newcomers to buy compatriot Denis Cheryshev, 21, from Real Madrid's second side, Castilla. Reading watched winger Cheryshev play against Barcelona B and Zingarevich said: "I cannot guarantee that he will come to Reading, but it is possible and Denis knows that." (Daily Mirror)

Finally, Charlton are ready to make a loan move for QPR outcast Rob Hulse after being rocked by a major injury blow. Scans have revealed striker Yann Kermorgant, 30, faces three months out with a broken ankle suffered in training. (Daily Mirror)

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