Paper Talk - 02 November 2012

Walcott: Reported target for Liverpool

Paper Talk: Reds hoping to lure Walcott

Liverpool believe they can sign Arsenal frontman Theo Walcott for just £8m and Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham are chasing Wes Hoolahan.

Daily Mirror
  • Liverpool are monitoring Theo Walcott's contract dispute at Arsenal and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers could use the £10m he has been promised for transfers at Anfield to make a bid for the 23-year-old England forward.
  • Chelsea could be hit by an FA misconduct charge for going into the dressing room of referee Mark Clattenburg last Sunday.
  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini had a secret deal in place to take over at French club Monaco - in case he was sacked by City.
  • Meanwhile, City's out-of-favour defender Kolo Toure, 31, has revealed he would like to play in France.
  • Newcastle are set to open talks in January for £4m-rated Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko who would "jump at the chance" to join the Magpies.
  • Crystal Palace have made an official bid to make Blackpool boss Ian Holloway their new manager.
The Sun
  • Liverpool believe they can sign Arsenal frontman Theo Walcott for just £8m in January and will offer him £100,000-a-week as well as the central striking role he prefers.
  • Arsenal are lining up a move for Croatia U17 midfielder Ante Roguljic, 16, who is valued at £1.5m by club NK Adriatic Split.
  • Spanish side Real Betis want to take QPR midfielder Esteban Granero on loan in January.
  • West Ham are keen to move for Chelsea's Belgian international keeper Thibaut Courtois, 20, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.
Daily Star
  • Arsene Wenger has accused Chelsea of threatening to ruin the livelihood of Mark Clattenburg with a complaint based on hardly any evidence.
  • Andre Villas-Boas has vowed to stick by Steven Caulker after learning the Tottenham defender has a Serbian police rap hanging over him.
Daily Mail
  • Liverpool will launch an £8m January bid for Arsenal and England striker Theo Walcott.
  • Chelsea fans are under pressure to name and shame the racist yob who abused Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.
  • QPR defender Clint Hill will be a January transfer target for Championship side Leeds.
  • Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham are among a host of sides tracking Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan, 30, who is yet to be offered a new contract by the Canaries.
Daily Express
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has criticised the decision of Chelsea to go public with their complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg - and said the allegations have "little proof".
  • Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits he would do things differently if faced with a similar situation in the Luis Suarez racism affair.
The Guardian
  • Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reportedly held talks with Monaco with a view to joining them last season.
  • Arsene Wenger has criticised Chelsea for helping to turn the Mark Clattenburg race row controversy into a damaging spectacle and for initially "going public with little proof", suggesting it was always preferable to resolves such issues man-to-man and behind closed doors.
Daily Telegraph
  • Chelsea are prepared to back a criminal prosecution against a supporter photographed committing an apparent racist gesture during Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Independent
  • Crystal Palace are confident of announcing Ian Holloway as their new manager after making an official approach to Blackpool.
  • Elimination from the League Cup has meant there is one less front for Liverpool to fight on but their manager, Brendan Rodgers, has acknowledged he cannot keep relying on Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
The Times
  • Chelsea are at the centre of a second police investigation after an inquiry was launched into one of the club's supporters making an apparent racist gesture towards a Manchester United player.
  • Arsene Wenger has criticised Chelsea for going public with their allegation of racist abuse against Mark Clattenburg before they had established the facts.
  • Newcastle have put contract talks with defender Danny Simpson on hold until next year after failing to reach an agreement.
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