ARSENAL AFTER BENDER BROTHER
Alongside numerous other items on Arsene Wenger's shopping list this summer is a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta. He's been a fine servant to the club but his best days are now palpably behind him.
The Daily Mirror think that Arsenal have identified their number one target, too - Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Bender seems to have the whole package, combining technical skill with no little physical presence. The paper report that a fee of £20million might be enough for a player who they also chased last summer, alongside Julian Draxler.
With Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Serge Gnabry and Per Mertesacker already at the club, we might have to start calling them *heads to Google Translate* Zeugheus from now on.
CHELSEA IN FOR PAULINHO
With Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado already rumoured to be eyeing moves out of White Hart Lane, the Daily Mail today report on rumours that another of Spurs' summer signings could be packing his bags. In the case of Paulinho, however, that journey might be as short as 11 miles.
The paper believes that Chelsea are preparing a bid to take the Brazilian from Spurs, where he has recently struggled to hold down a place in the first team. When Nabil Bentaleb is regularly starting ahead of you, things will start to grate.
The Mail also report that they have left the deal in the hands of agent Giuliano Bertolucci, who ruled over the transfers of Oscar, Ramires and David Luiz. A Brazilian party at Chelsea, it seems.
VILLA WANT HERNANDEZ
The poor little pea. It is less than two years since Javier Hernandez's name was being bandied about with the likes of Real Madrid, such was his immediate impact in the Premier League. Even in the last month alone both Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid were mentioned as possible destinations, but we'd advise the Mexican not to pick up a copy of the Daily Star this morning.
The paper claim that Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has made Hernandez his top summer target along with Joleon Lescott and Lewis Holtby. Given that Villa's Premier League place for next season is not yet confirmed and nor too is Lambert's position, we'd say such stories are perhaps a little premature, but there you go.
Let's just say we'd be very, very surprised if Villa went directly from Grant Holt to Hernandez in their run of striker signings.
AND THE REST
Hatem Ben Arfa says he wants to stay at Newcastle and reach the Champions League, but that it's not his decision...Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is a target for Italian club Roma, who enter the race for his signature alongside Tottenham and Everton...Everton are plotting the transfer of West Ham's Mohamed Diame and a reunion with Roberto Martinez... Hull's Steve Bruce is set for new and improved contract after the best season they have ever had... Arsenal and AC Milan lead hunt to land Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel...Manchester City are ready to gatecrash Manchester United's move for Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia... Axel Frix has turned down a move to Tottenham.
Is that a step up down or sideways for hernandez? i'm going sideways- bobsy