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It could well happen, it seems.

Said Arsene Wenger on Friday, about Nicklas Bendtner's injury: "If it is a question of up to three weeks, okay, but if it is a question of months (then) the situation is quite (different), so that is what we have to determine.

"We don't rule anything out.

"If Bendtner is out for a long time, that is the obvious position. We (would) have to (buy)."

While Wenger played down talk of a move for Dimitar Berbatov and suggested Diego Costa was too expensive for Arsenal this January, there is talk of other potential striking arrivals for the Gooners.

The Daily Mail suggests that Mario Mandzukic is one candidate, with Robert Lewandowski said to be having a medical ahead of his summer free transfer to Bayern Munich. Mandzukic would therefore be a little superfluous, but the paper suggests there would be no move for the big striker in January.

They do however suggest that Wenger is still keeping tabs on Alvaro Morata, with a loan move possible.

Quick line from The Daily Star, who report that Rio Ferdinand has been placed 'on trial' by Manchester United as he tries to earn a new contract.

Actually, the story amounts to little more than United seeing if he plays well between now and May, and thus if he's worth a new deal.

They quote a 'United source' as saying: "There is an option to keep Rio for another season after this one. A decision will be made later in the season."

On trial indeed.

Interesting line in The Daily Star, who report that moneybags PSG are set to throw some of the contents of those bags at Chelsea, for Eden Hazard.

The paper claims PSG want the playmaker and will offer him a 'bumper contract', but not until the end of the season.

The Star reports: 'Manager Laurent Blanc has made the signing of a new creative midfielder at the club a priority after splashing £53m on Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani in the summer.

'It seems unlikely that Chelsea will allow Hazard to leave Stamford Bridge, especially after producing a number of match-winning performances this season.'

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho continues to insist that he doesn't want to sell Juan Mata.

"I keep saying that I want him to stay," Mourinho said.

"There isn't offers. We have no offers. When I said 'I don't want him to leave', he was focused on that and not focused on when I said 'the door is always open'.

"Today (Friday) he trained in a fantastic way, so no problems."


Surprisingly little gossip this morning as the papers are stuffed with well-meaning but sentimental guff about the FA Cup, so we're dipping into the murky pages of the Metro.

The paper claims that Liverpool have 'ramped up' their interest in Basel winger Mohamed Salah, after a queue of other clubs started sniffing around the Eygptian winger.

They report: 'AC Milan, Napoli, Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Monaco are just few of the outfits believed to have approached Basle to discuss a move for Salah, and Rodgers is determined not to miss out.

'According to reports, Liverpool are working on a £9million offer for the 21-year-old, which will be officially submitted in the coming days.'

Demba Ba of course made his name in England scoring goals for West Ham, and it seems they may very well want him back.

The Daily Express reports that Sam Allardyce has made a £6million bid for the Chelsea striker, as well as sniffing around large Anzhi forward Lacina Traore.

The paper claims: 'Allardyce badly needs to add firepower to his struggling side, although Andy Carroll is finally back in training after injury, but former Hammer Ba turned down a move in August.

'The 28-year-old has since found himself marginalised at Chelsea by Jose Mourinho, making two Premier League starts and scoring once.'

West Brom are prepared to cup-tie Shane Long and insist he goes nowhere.
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