Here are Wednesday 22nd January's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League, including the top transfer, news and gossip stories:

Barry Ferguson firm favourite for Blackpool job (Blackpool Gazette): The Seasiders' skipper is taking training after the sacking of Paul Ince, and is the odds-on favourite for the permanent post.

Brighton and Hove Albion target Chris Baird (The Argus): The Seagulls see Baird as a potential replacement for Adam El-Abd, who joined Bristol City, but they face competition from other Sky Bet Championship clubs.

Harry Redknapp wants decision on Tom Carroll's future (The Independent): The QPR manager has urged Tim Sherwood to make a decision concerning the midfielder's immediate future as the Tottenham boss considers recalling his on-loan star.

Redknapp rules out move for Jordan Rhodes (GetWestLondon): Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes is out of the Hoops' price range according to manager Harry Redknapp.

Swindon Town unable to confirm signing of Charlton Athletic striker Michael Smith (Swindon Advertiser): Charlton boss Chris Powell told press Smith was in talks with the Robins, but they League 1 club are yet to confirm the signing.

Northampton Town caretaker manager Andy King focussed on producing results 'for the good of the club' (Northampton Chronicle and Echo): King has been at the helm as temporary boss of the Sky Bet League 2 strugglers for a month and he has said he's happy to be in charge.

Crawley Town bid for Carlisle United's Brad Potts (News & Star): It is understood that Crawley have tabled an offer of £350,000 for the 19-year-old.

Robbie Fowler in the frame for Shrewsbury Town job (Shropshire Star): Former Liverpool striker Fowler has emerged as one of the names being linked to replace the legendary Graham Turner at the Greenhous Meadow.

Milan Mandaric in no hurry to appoint Sheffield Wednesday boss (BBC Radio Sheffield): Wednesday owner Mandaric insists he will not hurry over the appointment of a new manager despite Stuart Gray's success. The Owls have won five and drawn four of their 11 games under caretaker boss Gray.

Middlesbrough braced for Celtic bid for Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough Gazette): The Scottish champions are rumoured to be weighing up a £1.5million move for Williams, who will provide competition for Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk.

Boro midfielder Richie Smallwood could be on his way out of the club (Middlesbrough Gazette): Rotherham United, Yeovil Town and Bristol City are all thought to be interested in taking Smallwood on loan.

Hull City's Matty Fryatt a wanted man (Hull Daily Mail): The striker could be on his way out of the Premier League club, with Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers all rumoured to be interested.

Blackburn Rovers lining up move for Martyn Waghorn (Leicester Mercury): Rovers are thought to be one of a number of clubs keen to sign striker Waghorn.

These stories have been reproduced from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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