Paper Talk - 21 January 2013

Yoann Gourcuff: On Arsenal's radar

Paper Talk: Gunners eye triple swoop

Arsenal could sign Yoann Gourcuff and also want Victor Wanyama and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, while Liverpool's bid for Philippe Coutinho has failed.

Daily Mirror
  • Liverpool have been told they will have to up their offer to land Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, after they had an £8m bid rejected.
  • Arsenal are weighing up a last-minute move for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - despite Newcastle having already agreed a fee for the 23-year-old France international.
  • Norwich City are set to sign goalkeeper Lee Camp, 28, on a free after he was released by Nottingham Forest.
  • Reading are considering a £1.5m move for Birmingham defender Curtis Davies.
  • Leeds and Crystal Palace are both tracking Blackpool frontman Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson is facing an FA charge for blasting a linesman during Sunday's 1-1 draw at Spurs.
  • Arsene Wenger admitted he is "concerned" for the first time that Arsenal could miss out on a top-four finish.
The Sun
  • Fulham are set to bid £500,000 for Olympiakos defender Vasilis Torosidis, 27, who is out of contract in the summer.
  • Wolves and Doncaster are battling it out to sign striker Jason Scotland who is now a free agent after leaving Ipswich.
  • Newcastle striker Nile Ranger faces a club rap after blasting his own fans on Twitter for booing the team off the pitch on Saturday.
Daily Star
  • Furious Sir Alex Ferguson faces an FA rap after an extraordinary attack on linesman Simon Beck.
  • Steven Gerrard admits Liverpool could struggle to hold on to Luis Suarez if they fail to make the Champions League this season.
Daily Mail
  • Ashley Cole, 32, has become the highest paid defender in world football after negotiating a one-year contract with Chelsea worth just under £200,000 a week.
  • QPR are looking into a move for Chelsea's 32-year-old French midfielder Florent Malouda.
  • Arsenal have been offered 26-year-old Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff on loan as the French club look to offload his £80,000 a week wages and are also interested in Celtic's Victor Wanyama.
  • Meanwhile, the SPL champions are tracking Burnley's 23-year-old striker Charlie Austin.
  • Swansea will make an improved bid for Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones this week after having a bid of £3.5m rejected, while the Potters are in talks with FC Dallas over USA international winger Brek Shea, 22.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson launched a stinging attack on linesman Simon Beck after Manchester United failed to hang on to a lead at Tottenham yesterday.
  • Arsene Wenger has confessed he fears Arsenal will miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 15 years.
  • Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is in line to keep his place in the England squad for next month's friendly with Brazil at Wembley.
Daily Express
  • Sir Alex Ferguson launched his fury at the match officials after Manchester United conceded an injury-time goal in a 1-1 drawn at Tottenham that blows the title race wide open.
  • Arsene Wenger fears that Arsenal could miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 16 years.
Daily Telegraph
  • Wigan could move for defenders Sebastian Coates and Ronald Zubar from Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan.

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