Paper Talk - 30 December 2012

David Beckham & Lewis Holtby: On the move

Paper Talk: Becks to China, Holtby chase

David Beckham is on his way to China, while Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are all chasing Lewis Holtby and Sunderland want Joleon Lescott.

SUNDAY
People
  • David Beckham is in talks with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua over a £250,000-per-week deal.
  • Demba Ba could end up staying at Newcastle after demands from his advisers for extra payments pushed his fee above £12million.
  • Arsenal chiefs will launch an audacious move to bring Brian Marwood from Manchester City to help Arsene Wenger end his trophy drought.
  • Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will be a £20million target for Real Madrid in the summer.
  • Ashley Cole will take his first steps towards leaving Stamford Bridge this week as talks begin over a move abroad.
  • Harry Redknapp will make a move for Rennes striker Mevlut Erdinc as he banks on firepower to save QPR from relegation.
  • Swansea are nearing a £3million deal for Bristol City winger Albert Adomah.
  • Liverpool scouts are keeping tabs on French targets Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and Guillaume Hoarau.
  • Chelsea will have to wait until the summer if they want to sign £25million-rated Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle.
  • Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is plotting a daring raid for Manchester City and England centre-half Joleon Lescott.
  • Fulham boss Martin Jol is weighing up a move for Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson.
  • Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants to take Tottenham outcast David Bentley on loan for the rest of the season.
  • West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is ready to make a move for Blackburn defender Gael Givet.
  • Mexican hitman Aldo de Nigris is a wanted man at Sunderand and West Brom.
The Sun
  • Wesley Sneijder is on his way out of Inter Milan and it could well be Manchester United where he lands as a replacement for Paul Scholes.
  • Real are also on the trail of Manchester United keeper David de Gea, and willing to pay £22m to install him as a long-term replacement for veteran Iker Casillas.
  • Liverpool and Newcastle are hot on the trail of France U21 centre-back Nicolas Isimat-Marin, who has impressed for Valenciennes this season and might be available for a relatively cheap £3m.
Sunday Mirror
  • Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are leading the chase to sign Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
  • QPR are yet to agree a pay-off with former manager Mark Hughes and assistants Eddie Niedzwiecki and Mark Bowen, with all three still being paid as part of their cancelled contracts.
  • Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has slapped a £60m price tag on Gareth Bale to try and ward off January suitors Real Madrid.
  • Blackburn have MK Dons manager Carl Robinson high on their shortlist as a potential replacement for Henning Berg.
  • QPR boss Harry Redknapp is bound to be busy in the January transfer market and he is desperate to make Everton defender Sylvain Distin part of his squad.
  • Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are about to go into competition to sign Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby, who has told the German club he will not be signing a new contract.
Daily Star Sunday
  • Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has emerged as a target for Arsenal despite him being out until February with a groin injury - they are hoping to pay much less than the £20m that was quoted last summer.
  • Pep Guardiola will spur any advances from Manchester City this summer with his sights set on taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson when he eventually steps aside at Old Trafford.
  • Real Betis midfielder Benat, who has been drawing rave reviews in Spain this season, is a January target for Tottenham.
  • Fulham hope to sign Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madiung to solve their problem with depth at centre-back.
  • Arsene Wenger's hopes of signing Manchester United winger Nani, who is waiting on a new contract, appear to have been dashed by Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne could be on his way to the MLS with the New York Red Bulls by the end of January.
  • Arsenal believe they can tempt Everton to sell left-back Leighton Baines for £10m.
  • Steve Bruce has emerged as a shock contender in the race for the Blackburn job.
Mail On Sunday
  • QPR defender Clint Hill has laid bare the dressing-room tensions at the Premier League's bottom club ahead of the crucial clash against Liverpool.
  • Everton manager David Moyes is seriously considering ending his 11-year association with the club if they don't qualify for the Champions League.
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted the club need to give striker Luis Suarez hopes of a Champions League challenge if they want to keep him at Anfield beyond the summer.
  • Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha says he would relish the chance to play in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal have the advantage in the chase for Southampton defender Luke Shaw.
  • Ryan Shawcross could be a shock departure from Stoke if he doesn't sign a six-year deal offered recently.
  • Norwich will look to sign Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith.
  • Liverpool are confident of unveiling Daniel Sturridge on January 2.
  • Reading want to sign Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone on loan.
Sunday Express
  • Gareth Bale hit out after being booked for diving during Tottenham's 2-1 win at Sunderland.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson has told Europe's top clubs that Nani is staying at Manchester United.
  • Pep Guardiola will end his year-long sabbatical and return to coaching in 2013 - with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich leading the race to secure his services.
  • Mark Bowen could become the new QPR manager.
Sunday Times
  • Manchester City's top January prize is a new central defender, with Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic towards the top of their shopping list.
  • David Villa is expected to make a move to the Premier League from Barcelona in January, alerting a number of clubs that have recently been linked with the striker.

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