Solskjaer wants Baggies talks: The Daily Mirror's back page informs us that former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, currently managing Molde in Norway, is ready to open talks with West Brom about becoming their new boss. Solskjaer "is expected to discuss the Baggies vacancy today", the paper claims, after he snubbed an offer from Legia Warsaw. He has also been heavily linked with Tottenham and Cardiff, to make matters more complicated.
Paper Round's view: With Molde's chief executive Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen having admitted that he expects Solskjaer to further his managerial career elsewhere - and that the club will not stop him - it does finally now seem the former striker will make the move to a bigger club after years of having been linked with other jobs. Is Solskjaer the man for West Brom though? He's won two league titles and one cup in Norway, but it would be a major step up for him to manage a Premier League side. He does have great potential though, and as the report points out, Solskjaer is unlikely to rock the boat too much at The Hawthorns, and that could make him an ideal candidate in the current climate. Which club will he choose?
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Solksjaer tops Cardiff list: If he doesn't end up at West Brom, Solskjaer could well turn up at Cardiff instead, or even Spurs, with the Daily Mail reporting that he is top of the Welsh side's list of managers to replace the soon-to-depart Malky Mackay. Most papers have the story about Cardiff owner Vincent Tan's ultimatum to Mackay - resign or be fired - leading to speculation the club will be looking for a new manager, possibly within days. The Mail cites Molde's confirmation of an approach for Solskjaer from an unnamed British side as proof Cardiff are tracking him, although a representative for the 40-year-old refused to confirm or deny the Welsh club were involved.
Paper Round's view: The Mackay saga has got extremely messy, with this apparently aggressive email from Tan clearly the last straw. There is no doubt the Scot will leave the Welsh capital, the question is simply when. And whenever he does go, Solskjaer, given his profile in England, is bound to be in the frame. His job now will be to choose his club wisely and, with Spurs and West Brom also interested, he may wish to steer clear of the eccentric Cardiff owner altogether.
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Gunners target US market: Arsenal are keen on cracking the American market next summer in an attempt to bolster the club's spending power, reports the Daily Mail. The paper understands that the club are exploring the possibility of a pre-season tour of the States next year as they switch their focus from the Far East market to the US.
Paper Round's view: A logical step for Arsenal, considering the Gunners' majority shareholder Stan Kroenke also owns MLS side Colorado Rapids. Financially speaking, there is a great deal to be earned by touring the other side of the Atlantic - ask Chelsea and Real Madrid, who were among the teams who went there last summer - and with Arsenal doing so well at the moment, there hasn't been a better chance in a number of years to cash in on their success (Americans like winners).
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Cole gatecrashes Arsenal party: Ashley Cole turned up at Arsenal's Christmas party after Chelsea had their own festive event on the same night cancelled, reports the Daily Mail. The England international headed to trendy nightspot Libertine with Blues' team-mates Ryan Bertrand and Andre Schuerrle after their bash at plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov was postponed in order for the players to spend a day with their families before the busy festive fixture schedule. Arsenal meet Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.
Paper Round's view: The photos and headline are all designed to make Cole look a little sad, but all he was doing was having a night out as a venue that had been pencilled in for Chelsea players to go to, before their party was cancelled. Should any of them have been out, so close to such a big game, as the article insinuates? Well, they've got plenty of time to recover before Monday and judging by the video of the Arsenal players - all wearing fancy-dress - on a double-decker bus, it was all pretty tame stuff. No harm done.
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