Paper Talk - 12 December 2012

James Rodriguez: Top United target

Regional Paper Talk: United plan deals

Manchester United will try to buy James Rodriguez and Victor Wanyama if they sell Nani next month, while Didier Drogba is a Juventus target.

London Evening Standard
  • Juan Mata insists Chelsea are taking the FIFA World Club Cup seriously because winning the trophy will provide the lift they need to challenge Manchester United for the Premier League.
  • Fulham have received a grovelling apology from Liverpool over the tapping up of Clint Dempsey and as a consequence the club are expected to confirm that they are withdrawing an official complaint about the controversy to the Premier League.
  • Fernando Llorente has alerted Arsenal and Tottenham by revealing he would like to move to the Premier League when he leaves Athletic Bilbao.
  • Juventus have set their sights on signing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in January.
  • Gianfranco Zola believes his time at Watford is proving to be the best place for him to develop as a coach, adding that he dreams of managing former club Chelsea.
Manchester Evening News
  • An Old Trafford exit for Nani is set to fund a January transfer swoop by Sir Alex Ferguson. Porto's Colombian winger James Rodriguez and Celtic's midfield powerhouse Victor Wanyama have moved to the top of the Reds' wanted list.
  • Derby heroes Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie's partnership could be under threat. The England striker was forced to pull out of a book signing in Manchester last night after feeling unwell and he could be a doubt for United's Premier League clash against Sunderland on Saturday.
Liverpool Echo
  • Brendan Rodgers admits he can offer no guarantees with regards to Joe Cole's Liverpool future, but insists every player at the club will be given the chance to prove their worth.
  • Marouane Fellaini insists individual accolades pale in significance with Everton's bid to reach the Champions league next season.
The Daily Echo
  • Adam Lallana is a major doubt for Southampton's festive programme after it was confirmed he has damaged knee ligaments.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew will make his feelings crystal clear to his players this week as he looks to address Newcastle United's alarming form.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Vurnon Anita has urged Newcastle United's fans to "keep the faith" that hard work will pull the team out of relegation trouble.
Birmingham Mail
  • West Brom insist they are 'not shutting the door' on winger Jerome Thomas. The 29-year-old joined Leeds United at the end of last month with a view to remaining there until January.
Express & Star
  • Jamie O'Hara has been backed to be Wolves' elusive 'No.10-type' playmaker to transform Stale Solbakken's side into a more fluent outfit.
  • Andreas Weimann has been hailed as a "natural finisher" by manager Paul Lambert after the striker's heroics helped Aston Villa reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
The Sentinel
  • Michael Owen has declared himself fit to play for Stoke... and desperate to make up for lost time.
The Bolton News
  • Bolton loan striker Benik Afobe hopes to be given a chance to show Charlton what they missed out on when they visit the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
The Star
  • Dave Jones, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, is pleading for patience as he tries to reverse the club's slide back into League One.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • The Football League's decision to sanction the appointment of three members of management at GFH Capital to the board of directors at Leeds United removed a major obstacle to completion of the firm's takeover on December 21.
  • Davide Somma's Leeds United comeback has been delayed again after the club called off another planned appearance with their Under-21s.
Evening Times
  • Celtic are about to add another striker to their squad - unless Swedish side AIK step in with an offer to redirect the move. Mo Bangura has completed his loan spell at the club who sold him to the Hoops for £2.2million 18 months ago.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes Anthony Stokes damaged the club's reputation with his controversial attendance at a benefit function for murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan last month.

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