Paper Talk - 23 December 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo: Wants to return to Old Trafford

Paper Talk: Ronaldo wants United return

Cristiano Ronaldo has told friends he wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United and Chelsea want Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

SUNDAY
People
  • Chelsea are planning a shock move for Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto as a replacement for Ashley Cole.
  • Tottenham are ready to make an £8million bid for Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha with Manchester United and Arsenal also keen on the England international.
  • Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea after resolving a contract clause.
  • Manchester United are targeting moves for Denmark international defender Jores Okore and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
  • Fulham have emerged as favourites to sign unsettled Aston Villa striker Darren Bent in January.
  • Everton are exploring the idea of taking Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on loan in January.
  • Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is ready to trigger Momo Diame's buy-out clause at West Ham to take him to Loftus Road.
  • West Ham are eyeing a move for Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter as a possible replacement for Diame.
  • Crystal Palace are keen on Derby midfielder Craig Bryson.
  • Swansea are lining up a move for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas.
Sunday Mirror
  • Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto is being eyed by Chelsea as a replacement for Ashley Cole.
  • Reading are leading the race to sign Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin with the Russian set to leave the Emirates in the New Year.
  • Arsenal are ready to make a move for Atletico Madrid forward Adrian after cooling their interest in Barcelona's David Villa.
  • Queens Park Rangers are ready to make a £7.5million bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila.
  • Newcastle have St Etienne striker Pierre-Emeryck Aubameyang on their list of targets should they Demba Ba in January.
Daily Star Sunday
  • Chelsea are ready to push through a £50million move for Atletico Madrid hit-man Radamel Falcao as they look to bring in a strike partner for Fernando Torres.
  • Manchester City are eyeing a move for Arsenal contract rebel Theo Walcott on a free transfer next summer.
  • Stoke midfielder Rory Delap could leave the club next month after finding first-team chances limited this season.
  • Aston Villa are battling AC Milan to sign Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogasan.
The Sun
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has told friends he wants to leave Real Madrid and return to Manchester United next summer.
  • Daniel Sturridge to due to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Sunday ahead of a move from Chelsea.
  • Lille and France defender Mathieu Debuchy is hoping Newcastle rekindle their interest in him in January.
Sunday Express
  • As well as Falcao, Chelsea are also reigniting their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk striker Willian, who previously was close to a move to Spurs.
  • Scott Sinclair, yet to make an impact since joining Manchester City, could be on his way to Everton on loan in January.
  • Harry Redknapp last night attacked QPR's lavish spending on "average" players.
Mail On Sunday
  • AC Milan are plotting a £20m move for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in January as his relationship with Roberto Mancini continues to prove rocky.
  • Harry Redknapp last night launched a blistering attack on some of the players he inherited from his predecessor at Queens Park Rangers, Mark Hughes.
Sunday Telegraph
  • Manchester City have stepped up their interest in Brazil sensation Santos after sporting director Txiki Begiristain flew to South American to hold talks with Santos over a possible deal.

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