Paper Talk - 05 August 2013

Jermain Defoe: Linked with West Brom move

Paper Talk: Baggies eye Defoe deal

West Brom are keen on Jermain Defoe, Southampton are eyeing Loic Remy, while Chelsea have failed in their latest bid to sign Wayne Rooney.

The Sun
  • Manchester United have rejected a near-£30million bid from Chelsea for Wayne Rooney.
  • Arsene Wenger last night admitted to Arsenal fans they will have to play their massive Champions League qualifier this month without any new signings.
  • Brendan Rodgers has accused Arsenal of lacking class over their pursuit of Luis Suarez.
  • West Brom want to throw a Premier League lifeline to Jermain Defoe.
  • Jose Mourinho has revealed he was close to accepting the England job in 2007.
  • Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to turn to QPR's Loic Remy after failing to land either of his two major striker targets.
Daily Mirror
  • Gareth Bale is facing a club fine if he does not turn up for training tomorrow.
  • Luis Suarez will try to force his way out of Liverpool this week.
  • Brendan Rodgers took a swipe at Arsenal over their pursuit of Luis Suarez by telling them: I thought you had more class than that.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has promised Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that he will be staying at the Bernabeu.
  • Barcelona president Sandro Rosell plans talks with Cesc Fabregas to see if he wants to join Manchester United.
  • Arsene Wenger is trying to beat off competition from Europe's top clubs to sign Omar Abdulrahman.
The Times
  • Wayne Rooney is prepared to submit a transfer request by the end of the week in an attempt to force Manchester United to sell him to Chelsea before the start of the Barclays Premier League season.
  • Arsene Wenger's hopes of an amicable resolution to the Luis Suarez transfer saga appear doomed after Brendan Rodgers accused Arsenal of failing to show their usual class in their ongoing pursuit of the forward.
  • Real Madrid attempted to break the deadlock in their pursuit of Gareth Bale during the first face-to-face talks with Tottenham Hotspur last night.
Daily Mail
  • Wayne Rooney will submit a formal, written transfer request if Manchester United refuse to sanction his move to Chelsea this week.
  • Arsene Wenger defended Arsenal's conduct in the Luis Suarez transfer saga, insisting his club have behaved with respect and class at all times.
  • Barcelona will step up their pursuit of Chelsea defender David Luiz this week.
  • Newcastle hope to sign Loic Remy from QPR today in a £2m loan deal.
  • Liverpool are keen on taking Chelsea's Kenneth Omeruo on loan.
  • Gareth Bale's world-record move is a step closer after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was locked in advanced negotiations with Real Madrid executives yesterday over the forward's £87million sale.
  • Andy Johnson is convinced QPR manager Harry Redknapp can persuade Jermain Defoe to drop down a division and sign for the Championship side.
Daily Express
  • Wayne Rooney has dropped a transfer request bombshell by telling manager David Moyes that he wants to quit Manchester United.
  • Brendan Rodgers has accused Arsenal of lacking "class" in their pursuit of Luis Suarez.
Daily Star
  • Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Arsenal they lacked class in their pursuit of Luis Suarez.
  • Joe Kinnear insists Newcastle are fighting hard to add players to their squad and says he has not been dragging his heels in the transfer market.
Daily Telegraph
  • Chelsea last night had a second bid for Wayne Rooney rejected by Manchester United.
  • Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accused Arsenal of lacking class in the way they have pursued striker Luis Suarez.
  • Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear has defended his failure to make any new signings at St James' Park, but says their supporters have a right to be concerned.

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