Here are Thursday 23rd January's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League, including the top transfer, news and gossip stories:

Daniel Ayala close to Middlesbrough move (Nottingham Post): Former Nottingham Forest defender Ayala is nearing a permanent move to Boro, who he spent time on loan with earlier in the season.

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is a target for AC Milan (Daily Mirror): The Italian side are rumoured to be willing to offer £3.5million for the stopper, who they see as a replacement for Christian Abbiati.

Northampton Town make a move for rival League 2 manager (Northampton Chronicle and Echo): The Cobblers have reportedly requested permission from another Sky Bet League 2 club to speak to their manager about the vacancy at Sixfields.

Oxford United prioritising a new striker (BBC Oxford): U's manager Chris Wilder is keen to add a fresh face to his forward line, which currently consists of James Constable, Dave Kitson and Deane Smalley.

Stevenage will 'bewilder' Everton, says Graham Westley (BBC Three Counties Radio): Westley has warned Stevenage's FA Cup opponents, Everton, to expect a "bizarre environment" at Broadhall Way when the two sides clash this weekend.

Wolverhampton Wanderers ready to up bid for Coventry City's Leon Clarke (Coventry Telegraph): After having their first bid rejected, it is thought Kenny Jackett's Wolves are ready to increase their offer for the wantaway front man.

Chris Dagnall reflects on dream debut for Leyton Orient (East London and West Essex Guardian series): The 27-year-old striker has admitted that debuts do not get much better than his cameo against Crewe, when he scored a brace to send Orient back to the top of Sky Bet League 1.

Crawley Town and Carlisle United deny Brad Potts deal (News & Star): The League 1 sides have both denied that a deal is about to be completed for Potts to move to West Sussex, from Cumbria.

Huddersfield Town linked with move for Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Examiner): The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan at Swindon, and it is thought the Terriers are now interested in his services.

New Morecambe signing Jamie Devitt aims to get career back on track (The Visitor): The winger, signed on a month loan from Chesterfield, believes his move to the Globe Arena can improve his performances.

Craig Westcarr issues warning to Walsall (Express & Star): The Saddlers' striker believes the stakes are now raised in Sky Bet League 1 as teams fight it out at the top and bottom of the table.

Billy Sharp relishing his return to Doncaster Rovers (Doncaster Free Press): After signing on loan from Southampton until the end of the season, the striker has admitted he is looking forward to playing regular football again, and doing so in a Doncaster shirt.

Bonus Brian Reade: Why David Nugent is making a case for being football's most valuable player (Mirror): Nugent's 15 goals in 26 games this season could well earn Leicester promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 10 years. Surely that makes him, and all those other journeymen who have the knack of scoring at will in the Championship, one of the most valuable players out there.

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