United chase Ozil: According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United boss David Moyes has given up on his targets from earlier in the summer to concentrate on signing Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil. Having lost out to Bayern Munich for Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara and seeing his bid rejected by the Catalan giants for Cesc Fabregas, the newspaper reports that Moyes will attempt to persuade Madrid to let the German playmaker leave. It is suggested that the deal may only happen if the Spanish side are able to sign Tottenham's Gareth Bale beforehand.
Paper Round's view: United desperately need a midfielder and David Moyes could really do with a marquee signing. After failing to sign both Alcantara and Fabregas, Moyes was linked with Everton's Marouane Fellaini – a player he worked with whilst manager of the Toffees – but as United look to retain their title without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, a player of Ozil's ilk with Champions League experience could be vital.
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Willian to Liverpool: The Daily Telegraph reports that Liverpool are favourites to sign Anzhi Makachkala's highly-rated Willian. Despite apparent firm interest from Manchester United and Tottenham, Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign the £30 million Brazilian. Following financial troubles, Anzhi have been forced into a fire sale and are looking to offload highly-paid players. Willian is reportedly looking to secure his future in the next week and would be Liverpool's second biggest signing, following Andy Carroll's £35 million transfer in 2011.
Paper Round's view: With Anzhi desperate to cut down their wage bill and accumulate as much cash as possible amid financial turmoil, this deal could well happen. Securing the signing of Willian will go a long way towards reaffirming Liverpool's ambition to break into European competition once more, and could persuade star man Luis Suarez to stay with the Anfield club.
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Rodgers adamant Suarez won't 'sabotage' season: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that he will not allow Luis Suarez to sabotage their season, according to The Guardian. As the summer's longest transfer saga takes another turn, Rodgers has expressed his fears over the Uruguayan's frame of mind as Liverpool prepare for their first game of the season against Stoke. However, despite constant speculation linking Suarez with a move to a number of clubs – including Premier League rivals Arsenal – the Northern Irishman has insisted that he will not allow the Merseyside club's preparations to be 'sabotaged'.
Paper Round's view: Brendan Rodgers is doing and saying the right things at Liverpool, and he's right to not let Suarez disrupt their Premier League plans. But this could prove harder than he may think. All too often we've seen players force a move to another club: Christian Benteke forced a move to Aston Villa from Genk and almost did it again this season only to sign a contract extension, while West Brom's Peter Odemwingie drove to Loftus Road on the final day of last year's transfer window in order to force a move to QPR, a gamble that backfired and saw the player on the bench for most of the rest of the season. It's hard to see Suarez conducting a Harry Redknapp-esque interview in the window of his car outside of the Emirates Stadium, though.
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Gareth Bale shuns his pals as move comes nearer: Speaking of players trying to force a move through, Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas has revealed that Gareth Bale isn't saying a word at training, according to the Mirror.The Portuguese boss is reportedly resigned to losing the Welsh wizard and has stated that Bale hasn't even discussed his future plans with team mates, and instead has been silent while reporting for training. “His mental state nobody knows, because the player doesn’t speak. The only thing that we are able to see is the player arriving in and out of the training ground. It’s fine,” said Villas-Boas. Meanwhile, the Times reports that Bale has played his last game for Tottenham as AVB claims he is injured.
Paper Round's view: It looks bleak for Spurs. Real Madrid almost always get their man and, with Bale reportedly keen on a move to the Spanish capital, it looks like they'll do so again. Bale is currently training away from his team mates as he looks to recover from an injury that will keep him out of the first few games of the new campaign – whether that be against English or Spanish opposition. Yet Wales boss Chris Coleman claims that Bale is not injured, and that Spurs are just keeping their £100m asset in cotton wool so as not to scupper a deal.