Paper Talk - 28 November 2012

Kurt Zouma: Linked with Manchester United switch

Paper Talk: United step up Zouma chase

Manchester United have stepped up their bid to land St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, while Fulham and West Ham are chasing Benfica star Nolito.

The Sun
  • Theo Walcott does not feature in Arsenal's official 2013 calendar - fuelling speculation he is set to quit the club.
  • Harry Redknapp insists he can keep QPR in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea are still refusing to say sorry to Mark Clattenburg despite withdrawing claims of racial abuse.
  • Juan Mata says the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea shows how "hard and unjust" football can be.
  • Martin Jol has backed Rafa Benitez to beat the Chelsea hate mob.
  • Arsene Wenger says he doesn't know if he still has the backing of the majority of Arsenal fans.
  • David Moyes will finally sit down with Everton chief Bill Kenwright in the New Year and talk about his contract.
  • Arsenal have been told to forget about signing Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
  • Manchester United have stepped up their bid to land St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma.
  • Newcastle are on the trail of Serbia Under-21 international Nemanja Gudeji.
  • Andre Villas-Boas rates Jermain Defoe alongside Falcao as the best striker he has worked with.
  • Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink is set to retire at the end of the season.
Daily Mirror
  • Chelsea last night refused to say sorry to Mark Clattenburg.
  • Southampton whizkid Luke Shaw has promised not to quit St Mary's to join one of the Premier League's giants.
  • Andre Villas-Boas rates Jermain Defoe alongside £50million superstar Radamel Falcao.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson will invite transfer target Kurt Zouma to Old Trafford in a bid to seal a £9million deal.
  • Fulham and West Ham are set for a £5million January tussle over Benfica midfielder Nolito.
  • Zenit St Petersburg want Andrey Arshavin for a cut-price £2million.
Daily Star
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy has backed Robin van Persie to make Manchester United Premier League champions again.
  • Andre Villas-Boas insists Jermain Defoe is not for sale after comparing the Spurs striker to Falcao.
  • Everton boss David Moyes will wait until after the transfer window before pledging his future to the club.
  • Southampton whizkid Luke Shaw - dubbed the new Gareth Bale - insists he is staying at St Mary's.
Daily Mail
  • Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna have been omitted from Arsenal's official 2013 calendar, fuelling speculation they will become the next big-name players to leave the club.
  • Scott Sinclair has been told he can leave Manchester City if he grows tired of a bit-part role.
  • West Ham are poised to sign young Irish striker Sean Maguire.
  • Newcastle are interested in NAC Breda midfielder NemanjaGudeji.
  • Roger Espinoza is close to finalising a move from Sporting Kansas City to Wigan.
Daily Express
  • Harry Redknapp's return to management ended in a chorus of boos - not for him, but Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill.
  • Frank Lampard wants to end his career in the USA - a decision that will spark a major scramble for his signature from MLS clubs.
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy is backing Robin van Persie to win back the Premier League title for Manchester United.
The Times
  • Rafael Benitez became the first Chelsea manager yesterday to question openly whether Fernando Torres would ever reproduce the form that he showed under him at Liverpool.
  • Ramires remains adamant that he heard Mark Clattenburg make a racist comment despite Chelsea resolving their differences with the referee in a public statement yesterday.
The Guardian
  • Harry Redknapp's first game as QPR manager will at least bring a measure of encouragement.
  • Chelsea have expressed regret over their handling of aspects of the complaint of abuse lodged against Mark Clattenburg, with all parties involved now seeking to draw a line under the controversy ahead of the official's return to top-flight refereeing tonight.
Independent
  • The Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck was left in no doubt as to the feelings of the Premier League's 16 Select Group referees over the Mark Clattenburg affair in a meeting with them on Monday that prompted yesterday's statement of "regret'' from the club.
  • Rafael Benitez, the interim Chelsea manager, has said that Fernando Torres may never be the same player he was at Liverpool, though will change his training regime to try to restore the striker's pace.
Daily Telegraph
  • Harry Redknapp began his mission to rescue bottom-placed QPR with a well-deserved point and a team performance brimming with graft, if little craft, on a wet Wearside last night.
  • Darren Bent suffered another humiliating snub but just when Aston Villa's players threatened to further ridicule his continued omission, Christian Benteke spared his manager from a more severe inquest.

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