Thursday’s Back Pages

As the morning papers discuss the big news that Sam Allardyce has parted company with Newcastle United just eight months after taking the job, and Arsenal and Spurs drew 1-1 in the Carling Cup semi-final at the Emirates stadium last night, we scour the back pages for the latest Liverpool gossip’¦

The Daily Mail says that Valencia have joined the race to sign out-of-favour Reds midfielder, £10million rated Momo Sissoko.

Valencia of course sold Sissoko to Liverpool in 2004 when Rafael Benitez took over from Gerard Houllier as manager.

Valencia have launched a rival bid for Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko to try to stop him heading for Juventus.

Liverpool are willing to accept a £10million bid from the Italian giants for 22-year-old Sissoko.

The Guardian reports that the signing of Slovakian central defender Martin Skrtel is complete and says the Reds have turned down a move for Sami Hyypia’s Anfield exit.

Benítez has completed the £6.5m signing of the centre-back Martin Skrtel from Zenit St Petersburg and turned down an inquiry from Fulham for Sami Hyypia, “The squad is the best it has been since I first came here and we have many young players who are going to get only better,” he said, “so I have no wish to be at any other club. I want to be here this summer and many other summers after that.”