Paper Talk: Gerrard return; Townsend to quit Spurs

Date published: Wednesday 4th November 2015 8:46

Steven Gerrard: Could Liverpool legend return to Anfield?

Steven Gerrard: Could Liverpool legend return to Anfield?

Steven Gerrard could return to Liverpool, while Andros Townsend looks set to move away from Tottenham, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.

GERRARD SET FOR LIVERPOOL RETURN

Steven Gerrard is in line for a ‘sensational’ return to Liverpool following discussions with the club’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, an exclusive in The Independent claims.

The two are said to have spoken several times on the telephone since Klopp took over at Anfield last month, with the German ‘convinced that Gerrard’s presence will help define the standards of professionalism he expects around the club’s training ground.

Klopp has so far apparently only debated the possibility of Gerrard training with Liverpool until January 15, when he is due back in the United States to rejoin Los Angeles Galaxy for pre-season, making the 35-year-old’s return rather less sensational than the article had you initially believing.

There is a chance of a playing agreement, though it is said Galaxy are not willing to sanction a loan deal and so would demand a transfer fee for Gerrard, who revealed on Tuesday that the next MLS season could be his last as a footballer.

TOWNSEND TO SEEK TOTTENHAM TRANSFER

Andros Townsend is expected to seek a move away from Tottenham Hotspur in January having grown frustrated at a lack of playing time under Mauricio Pochettino.

That is according to both The Guardian and Daily Mirror, with the winger’s row with Spurs’ fitness coach after Monday night’s win over Aston Villa a sign of his growing frustration at White Hart Lane.

Villa, along with West Brom and Southampton expressed an interest in Townsend over the summer but were put off by Spurs’ £15million valuation.

However, the 24-year-old has featured only three times as a substitute in the Premier League this season and will push for a January move to keep alive his hopes of featuring for England at 2016.

AND THE REST

Leicester City are keeping tabs on Ajax and Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, who would cost around £10million (Daily Mirror)

Duncan Watmore will be offered a new deal to commit his future to Sunderland (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa’s new manager Remi Garde is likely to be reunited with former assistant Robert Duverne after Metz gave permission for Duverne to leave (The Times)

Patrick Vieira is a leading candidate to replace Jason Kreis as head coach of New York City (The Times)

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