CHELSEA TO CONTINUE ROONEY PURSUIT
The future of Wayne Rooney is the talk of at least two of this morning's tabloids, with the Star On Sunday claiming that Chelsea will revisit Old Trafford in January to test the club's mettle with a £35million bid.
Can't see it happening ourselves, but the Mail On Sunday then offer an explanation for the striker, who appeared somewhat revitalised this season, not yet signing a new contract.
The paper believe that Rooney is holding out for a further increase on his £250,000 a week deal, and has added the stipulation that he is given a five-year deal, a contract that would take him to 33 years of age.
Given that David Moyes reiterated that he would not sell the striker over the summer, it appears that Rooney does hold many of the cards in negotiations.
ARSENAL PLOT MULUMBU BID
Having gone so long without an enforcer in midfield, Arsene Wenger has obviously been rather impressed by Matthieu Flamini's performances in the role. So much so that the Sunday Mirror report that the club will aim to further add to their options in the position.
West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu is the player in question, the 26-year-old midfielder impressing after being scouted on Wenger's request last week.
The Democratic Republic of Congo international only signed a new deal in the summer, but the Mirror reckons a bid of £7m may be high enough to persuade the Baggies to sell.
We'd say such an offer would have to be nearer £10-12m. But we're greedy so-and-sos.
UNITED TO LAND BAINES IN JANUARY
You may have heard once or twice over the summer that David Moyes had shown a slight interest in Everton's Leighton Baines. One or two rumours were flying about, shall we say.
If the Sunday Express are to be believed, United are already in advanced talks to sign the England defender, with negotiations having reached such a point that Everton are investigating a replacement.
£15million is the fee reported by the paper, who also name Swansea City's Ben Davies and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand as likely options should Baines indeed depart Goodison.
PL CLUBS IN BATTLE FOR EL SHAARAWY
The Star On Sunday has today claimed that Liverpool have joined Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in buzzing around Ac Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy.
The 20-year-old Italy international broke onto the scene last season with 16 goals in Serie A, but the arrival of Mario Balotelli in Milan as left El Shaarawy as a reserve option for coach Massimo Allegri.
Such a situation has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert, with the Star reporting that Liverpool in particular would be prepared to shell out £25m to get their man.
AND THE REST
Manchester United manager David Moyes may be willing to let £15m summer signing Wilfried Zaha go out on loan in January... Tony Pulis wants £2m a year to become the new manager of Crystal Palace... Zinedine Zidane has told Sir Alex Ferguson that his negative verdict about Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is wrong... Former England U21 manager Stuart Pearce has confirmed his interest in the vacant Crystal Palace job... Everton are poised to make a £6m bid for Feyenoord's 21-year-old defender Bruno Martins Indi... Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 25, is being offered to Premier League clubs for a cut-price £7m to prevent him joining rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer next summer... Newcastle and Spurs are leading the chase for 24-year-old Basel keeper Yann Sommer who will be available for around £3.5m in January... Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has been linked with a return to management at League One strugglers Bristol City... Paris St-Germain are planning to test Chelsea's resolve with a January bid for 25-year-old Spain international Juan Mata.
Was is it with Pool fans and the "step down" comments? Just seems a bit unrealistic of pool fans to be trying to hit other teams/players with this line first used visa vi Suarez to Arsenal, I am all for a bit of blind support but pool fans are taking that to extreme levels, so I'm a player and I have an offer from the league champions, a champions league qualified club or Liverpool, who do I choose? If I choose Liverpool the wages would have to be double that of other offers, the belief by pools fans that a historic but clearly failing club is superior is a bit deluded. Where you finish this season is undecided too so no come back on current league position it means nothing right now.- dennis be