UNITED HOPEFUL ON COENTRAO DEAL
The Sunday Telegraph reports that David Moyes reckons a deal could be done to take Fabio Coentrao to United on loan this month.
That was quite a badly written sentence, but it's Sunday morning and probably none of you are paying attention too closely anyway. Over to the professionals...
The paper reports: 'Moyes will now turn his attention to attempting to secure new faces, with Coentrao chief among them. Real have stated that they do not want the Portuguese international, who can play as a left-back or left wing-back, to go but they may relent closer to the transfer window closing.
'Moyes had been unsure that Coentrao, who has barely featured for Real this season through injury, would improve his squad and had indicated that he would prefer to wait until the summer before making signings. But United's recent run of poor results has meant he feels the need to try to make at least one significant signing this month to appease disgruntled supporters.'
Apparently Coentrao's agent Jorge Mendes has also suggested United take another client of his, Ezequiel Garay, in the summer, while United are looking at Porto's Eliaquim Mangala.
AND LEAVING UNITED WILL BE...
Elsewhere, The Mail on Sunday reports that a couple of players could be leaving United this month.
Apparently Anderson is 'on the verge' of moving to Fiorentina as the start of 'a big clearout' by Moyes, while Nani could be on his way to Sporting on loan too.
Additionally, Wilfried Zaha will probably go on a borrow to Cardiff.
The paper also reports: 'Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alex Buttner, Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia and Anders Lindegaard are due to leave in the summer and Moyes, who saw his side end a three-game losing streak with last night's 2-0 win over Swansea, will also have big decisions to make about star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.'
CITY SET TO MOVE FOR SHAW
Also in The Mail on Sunday is a tale about the other side in Manchester and a player thought to be coveted by United.
The paper reports that Manchester City could be set to shell out a whopping £30million on young Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, and this month too.
The Mail claims: 'City have made it clear to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese they will pay the fee immediately to blow away rivals Chelsea and Manchester United, who also hold a long-standing interest in the left-back.
'Shaw, 18, is regarded as England's long-term successor to Ashley Cole and City accept they will have to break the world-record fee for a full-back to get him - beating the £29.5m paid by Barcelona for Dani Alves in 2008.'
And in further good news, if the deal happens then Aleks Kolarov will go back to Italy, specific destination unknown, but presumably there will be a queue of City fans willing to drive him there.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Telegraph claims West Ham have agreed a deal to take Joleon Lescott, but it could be scuppered by City who don't want him to go until the rest of their central defenders are fit, which will be in about a week.
Apparently West Ham have offered him £90,000-a-week until the end of the season, and £70,000-a-week thereafter, so it's good to see they're learning lessons from the past with regards to big wages and ageing/declining players.
CITY IN FOR POGBA
Another City line now, and it's a slightly odd one.
The Daily Star Sunday claims Juventus 'may have to offer Paul Pogba' if they want to get Stevan Jovetic.
The paper reports: 'The Italian giants have had a request to take injury-plauged Jovetic on loan this month rejected by City. They now plan to return in the summer with a cash offer for the Montenegro forward.
'But City chief Manuel Pellegrini would be more interested in a deal which included France midfielder Pogba, 20, who walked out on Manchester United when his contract expired 18 months ago.
'City wanted Pogba when he quit United and are still eyeing a player who is now rated in the £30million bracket.'
ARSENAL STEP UP MOVE FOR DRAXLER
Elsewhere in The Daily Star Sunday is a report claiming that Arsenal are set to make a move for Schalke's Julian Draxler, which would be interesting.
Arsenal will make a move after finding out Draxler has a £40million buyout clause, it says here.
However, this story is seemingly based on the word of Jan Aage Fjortoft, the 'man who first broke news of Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal via his Twitter account.'
So, y'know. Make of it what you will.
AND THE REST...
Aston Villa are ready to make a £3million bid for Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton...Nottingham Forest have targeted a £4million move for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham...Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is planning a bid to sign Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata in the summer...Arsenal have identified Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons as a prime target for the summer transfer window...Barnsley are hoping to sign Reading striker Adam Le Fondre on loan...Everton and Aston Villa are tracking Charlton's £5million-rated midfielder Jordan Cousins...Leeds are keen to bring former striker Luciano Becchio back to the club on loan from Norwich...Al Ain are ready to sign Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, if Asamoah Gyan joins West Ham on loan...Papiss Cisse is set to rock Newcastle by quitting for a mega-bucks move to Qatar.
Manchester United want to sign Valencia's £12.5million-rated midfielder Ever Banega this month...Everton are closing in on the £7million signing of Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi...West Ham want to sign Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on loan for the rest of the season...Brighton and Bolton are interested in signing Cardiff striker Joe Mason on a permanent basis...Everton boss Roberto Martinez is weighing up a cut-price January deal for Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback...Sunderland are interested in signing QPR striker Andrew Johnson on loan...Fulham are weighing up a bid for Manchester United youngster Larnell Cole...Arsenal and Chelsea are battling to sign Atletico Madrid's 19-year-old midfielder Saul Niguez...Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas could take over as the new coach of German club Schalke if they sack current boss Jens Keller.