Paper Talk - 03 November 2012

Toby Alderweireld: Wanted by Spurs

Paper Talk: Spurs chase Alderweireld

Tottenham are pondering a £9million summer move for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld and Arsenal will bid £9million to land Wilfried Zaha.

Daily Mirror
  • Roberto Di Matteo claims Sir Alex Ferguson has an unhealthy influence over referees.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he wished he had signed Robin van Persie when he first had the chance a decade ago.
  • Mark Hughes has insisted he will defy the doom-mongers and keep his job, even if QPR lose to Reading tomorrow.
  • Brendan Rodgers believes Premier League managers need to take a long hard look at their own clubs before daring to vilify Luis Suarez.
  • Ian Holloway could join Crystal Palace as early as this weekend - after a final showdown with Blackpool supremo Karl Oyston.
  • Manchester United wideman Robbie Brady is wanted back at Hull on loan for the season.
  • Paul Lambert insists their is no feud with Darren Bent and says the striker's latest omission was purely tactical.
The Sun
  • Angry referees are threatening to boycott Chelsea matches.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Di Matteo are at war over the Mark Clattenburg race row.
  • Roberto Mancini insists he feels no threat from the shadow of Pep Guardiola looming over him at Manchester City.
  • Ian Holloway was last night putting the finishing touches on his switch to Crystal Palace.
  • Micah Richards has been stunned by Roberto Mancini's claim he will be back from a knee operation within three to four weeks.
  • Fulham are weighing up a £3million bid for Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.
  • Roberto Martinez has warned Gareth Bale a move to Spain could be a backwards step.
  • Kyle Walker is going back on Twitter - because he misses banter with the fans.
  • Manchester United wideman Robbie Brady is wanted back at Hull until the end of the season.
Daily Star
  • Roberto Di Matteo went to war with Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday after the Manchester United boss said there was no way Mark Clattenburg racially abused John Obi Mikel.
  • Roberto Mancini has no fears Pep Guardiola is being lined up to take his job at Manchester City.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson must wonder how many more trophies he might have won if he hadn't let Robin van Persie slip through his grasp more than a decade ago.
  • Andy Carroll is still out in the cold at Anfield - even though Brendan Rodgers wants to bring in three strikers in January.
  • Mark Hughes has vowed tomorrow's relegation six-pointer against Reading won't be his last match in the QPR hot-seat.
  • Crystal Palace are waiting to hear from Blackpool after confirming they have made an official approach for their manager Ian Holloway.
  • Roberto Martinez has warned Tottenham they must keep Gareth Bale if they want to play in the Champions League.
  • Martin Jol turned down the chance to sign Kevin Mirallas because he cost too much.
Daily Mail
  • Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims Chelsea have left Mark Clattenburg tainted for the rest of his life with their accusation of racism.
  • Newcastle want to secure a new contract for striker Demba Ba - with the first priority to get rid of his £7.5million release clause.
  • Brendan Rodgers has admitted Liverpool need to make at least "two or three" signings in January to prevent their season completely derailing.
  • Roberto Mancini has revealed he talked to "seven or eight" other clubs before signing his five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Tottenham are considering a £9million summer move for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld.
  • Arsenal will launch a £9million move to land Wilfried Zaha in January.
  • Mark Hughes denies that QPR's game against Reading tomorrow is his last chance to get a win at the club.
  • Blackpool will struggle to hold on to Ian Holloway after it emerged that family commitments are driving him towards the vacancy at Crystal Palace.
  • Hull want to sign Manchester United winger Robbie Brady on loan for the season.
  • Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws plans to make Millwall goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall his first signing.
Daily Express
  • Sir Alex Ferguson stepped into the Mark Clattenburg controversy by effectively accusing Chelsea of lying.
  • Brendan Rodgers says he is desperate to sign three strikers in January - but has told Andy Carroll he still has no use for him.
  • Roberto Martinez has warned Totttenham they must resist cashing in on Gareth Bale or forget about the Champions League.
  • Mark Hughes is certain that the bottom-three showdown with Reading will not spell the end to his QPR reign.
  • Roberto Mancini welcomes the Barcelona connection at Manchester City - and insists he is not haunted by the shadow of Pep Guardiola.
The Guardian
  • Sir Alex Ferguson is "convinced" that the referee Mark Clattenburg is innocent of the racial slurs Chelsea allege were aimed at Mikel John Obi.
The Times
  • Sir Alex Ferguson waded into the Mark Clattenburg race row yesterday by claiming it was "unthinkable" that the referee racially abused John Obi Mikel. Also:
  • Mark Hughes expects to be the manager of Queens Park Rangers, even if they lose to Reading tomorrow.
Independent
  • Roberto di Matteo yesterday reacted to Sir Alex Ferguson's defence of Mark Clattenburg by accusing Manchester United of being more favoured by referees than any other Premier League club.
  • Brendan Rodgers has argued that diving has become such an endemic disease in the Premier League it is folly to single out Luis Suarez for abuse.
Daily Telegraph
  • A war of words erupted last night between Manchester United and Chelsea after Sir Alex Ferguson openly attacked the European champions' complaint against Mark Clattenburg.
  • Brendan Rodgers says the sudden Premier League clampdown on diving is proof that Luis Suarez's critics have unfairly scapegoated the South American striker.

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