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Well well, an awful lot of bullsh*t around this morning, you'll be happy to hear. Let's get cracking.

We'll start with The Sunday Mirror, who report that Arsenal are 'closing in' on a £22million deal for Karim Benzema in January.

It won't be as simple as all that though - the paper reports that the deal basically hinges on Liverpool 'caving' and selling Luis Suarez to Real Madrid.

Arsenal need a striker in January - but don't take our word for it. Here's Ivan Gazidis to explain: "We will see where Arsenal will be in January and whether or not the club will invest in another forward.

"Olivier Giroud won't be able to go on all alone until the end of the season. We need to buy."

Benzema might not be the only forward Arsenal are keen on in January.

The Sunday Mirror also reports that both they and Liverpool are interested in Southampton's Jay Rodriguez, who was of course recently called up to the England squad.

According to the paper, Brendan Rodgers has already asked about the forward, who he reckons can replace Suarez if he leaves.

It says here that apparently Southampton could offer Rodriguez a new contract to ward off interest from the two clubs, which sets off our 'Hang on, this story might well be the work of a nefarious agent' klaxon pretty loudly.

More Arsenal stuff in The Daily Star Sunday.

Apparently the Gooners have 'revived' their interest in Micah Richards, and are keen on taking Demba Ba off Chlesea's hands too.

We're going to stick our necks out here and say neither of those will happen.

There was speculation in Saturday's Gossip Column that Javier Hernandez could leave Manchester United if he doesn't start getting some football, and there's more of that in the Sunday papers.

Specifically in The Sunday Telegraph, who claim that Tottenham are sniffing around Hernandez, if they can sell Emmanuel Adebayor in January.

The paper claims: 'Spurs have been keen to buy the 25-year-old Mexican for some time and will step up their interest after it became public that he has grown increasingly frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Old Trafford especially in season that culminates in a World Cup...

'Arsenal have also shown an interest in Hern√°ndez but United are unlikely to want to sell until next summer at the earliest and particularly to a Premier League rival.'

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