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The word across most of the papers is that Theo Walcott's injury will inspire Arsenal to recruit a short-term solution up top, with a number of targets mentioned.

Most sources claim that Arsene Wenger made a new approach for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata on Tuesday, probably about a loan deal until the end of the season for the promising Spaniard. Indeed, The Daily Mail claims Arsenal will 're-double their efforts' to get Morata after Walcott's injury.

The Mail continues: 'Wenger sees Morata as the perfect stop-gap between now and the end of the season, but Real have informed the Gunners that the talented striker is not available on a permanent or temporary basis.

'But Arsenal remain in contact with Madrid chiefs and are hoping for a significant breakthrough.'

Thusly, they also have a list of alternatives. The Times claims Wenger is also looking at Mirko Vucinic from Juventus, recent Monaco signing Lacina Traore and Salomon Kalou, currently of Lille. The Mail also claims they could make a bid for Porto's striker Jackson Martinez.

These stop-gaps will come before their long-term targets might be available in the summer, targets that include Mario Mandzukic, Edin Dzeko and Diego Costa.

Looks like Nemanja Vidic might well be on his way at the end of the season.

His agent, Silvano Martina, is quoted in The Daily Mail as saying:

"At the moment, I would rule out an extension with Manchester United. Vidic, given his contract situation, has several teams looking at him.

"Vidic is a very good player and will have no trouble finding a new club. For the time being we are remaining calm. At the moment there has been no contact (with Napoli) but they are one of the best clubs in Europe."

Here's Erik Lamela's papa, casting doubt over his future at Tottenham:

"Erik is not happy and wants to go back to Italy," he apparently told the Italian media.

"He has been linked with Lazio, but I don't know anything about this. Could he re-join Roma? I don't know.

"Tottenham does not want him to leave in January."

While Wilfried Zaha won't be going back to Crystal Palace on loan (Cardiff are the favourites for that one, according to some of the papers), it seems they will be making their moves for some other targets.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Tony Pulis wants both Everton's Nikica Jelavic and Blackpool's Tom Ince this month.

The paper claims: 'Pulis is ready to pay £3.5 million for Everton forward Jelavic and has made an enquiry for Ince, the Blackpool winger, while Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Dann also remains on the radar.

'The Palace manager wants to sign at least six players this month and has been promised funds by chairman Steve Parish after boosting the club's chances of avoiding relegation.'

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