Premier League - Paper Round: Arsenal and Liverpool battle for Pedro

Is Barcelona’s hat-trick hero from the weekend Premier League-bound? Will Tim Sherwood land the Tottenham job full-time? All this and more as we round up Monday’s tabloids.

Arsenal and Liverpool target Pedro ‘to evaluate his future’

Spanish forward Pedro could be set to spark another big fight between Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers in 2014 as the Premier League title rivals could find one of their top targets is available for transfer, claims the Express. Pedro rescued Barcelona from a shock 2-0 deficit against Getafe on Sunday with a nine-minute hat-trick as the Liga leaders went on to win 5-2.

Paper Round’s view: Pedro says he will consider his future at Barcelona at the end of the season, and if he feels that Lionel Messi and Neymar’s world-class double act is sapping his pitch time (his star turn at the weekend came with both South Americans unavailable), he could end up being the Mesut Ozil-esque deal of the summer. That said, there remain a few extra factors, such as who does win the title race and of course the World Cup. This looks to be an intriguing slow-burner.

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Tim Sherwood ‘set for Spurs crunch talks’

The interim Tottenham boss is apparently going to present his blueprint for taking the club forward, should he be picked as permanent manager. Sherwood led the Londoners to a 3-2 win at Southampton, but doubts remain over his credentials. The Daily Star says Monday will be his chance to show chairman Daniel Levy why it should be him, not an outsider, who takes the reins.

Paper Round’s view: While the St Mary’s win was just the tonic Spurs needed after a rough seven days, it’s tough to see Levy going for Sherwood over one of the more established names linked with the club. Especially when you consider that Tottenham’s biggest problem at the moment is trying to get a host of big summer signings to gel as a slick unit. Surely a more commanding presence is the answer?

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Louis van Gaal the man for Levy

The Daily Mail, on the other hand, reports that veteran Dutchman Van Gaal is Tottenham’s top target for the vacant coaching slot, off the back of reports from the Netherlands that he has already met with Levy. Van Gaal is the Dutch national coach but will be replaced by Guus Hiddink after the World Cup.

Paper Round’s view: Unlike the Sherwood possibility, this report does make a lot of sense. Van Gaal has said for ages it is an ambition of his to work in the Premier League, happens to be available from next season, and would be a solid bet to nurture Spurs’ squad potential into an actual force. That said, the KNVB has said it will not allow him to pull double duty while still Dutch national boss, and can Sherwood really be strung along to be cast aside in June?

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