From the Back Pages, January 5: Ched Evans set to resume career in League One

From the back pages
From the back pages

Ched Evans looks set to revive his career in football with a League One club. The 26-year-old convicted rapist, who has not played professionally since his release from prison, is to appear at a press conference tomorrow with an as-yet unnamed team. (The Times)

There was a time in the FA Cup’s recent history when a meeting between the previous May’s two finalists in the third round would have been a high-stakes, needle tie par excellence, regarded as a chance for the losers at Wembley to exact revenge. These days it is just another excuse to treat the competition like a minor inconvenience. There were ten changes to the Hull City team from the side that beat Everton last week and given that Steve Bruce only had three players in his line-up who started the final in May, perhaps we should not be so surprised that their approach was so low-key. The best chance for the away side came on 15 minutes when Tom Ince cut in from the right and hit a left-foot shot wide, and, well, that was about it. (The Independent)

Chelsea 3-0 Watford: Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma on target as Jose Mourinho’s side reach FA Cup fourth round. (Daily Mail)

Some Manchester City midfielders demand a cake to mark their birthday, but fortunately for Manuel Pellegrini, James Milner was more interested in goals than candles as he celebrated turning 29 by dragging the champions to victory against Sheffield Wednesday. (The Telegraph)

ANDER HERRERA produced a moment of individual brilliance as Manchester United managed to avoid a potential banana skin in the FA Cup. (The Express)

Liverpool FC look set to reach an agreement with Lille to bring striker Divock Origi to Anfield this month, report the Liverpool Echo. (The Mirror)

“Ever since 24 July 2007 we have all been waiting for this moment,” the Atlético Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, said. “This is not just any day. This is a very important day: Fernando Torres has come home.” Torres sat a few metres away in the front row of the directors’ box at the Vicente Calderón while through the glass doors the stands filled. By the time Torres stepped outside and on to the pitch, wearing No19, there were 40,000 inside the groundVicente Calderón. They were loud too. (The Guardian)