'United target snubs latest approach' - Manchester United's current Spanish target, 21-year-old Spanish midfielder Koke, is reportedly unwilling to leave Atletico Madrid in January. David Moyes is understood to have prepared a move for the midfielder having admitted that he has money to spend and he was in the stands at the Vicente Calderon to watch him play against Porto last week. But now Koke apparently does not want to leave Los Rojiblancos for United.
Paper Round's view: It has long been reported that Moyes was interested in the 21-year-old and it is clear that he has the money - the problem seemingly remains spending it. Quite why anyone would think that Koke would want to leave Diego Simeone's title-challengers in Spain for a struggling United side with the World Cup just around the corner is anyone's guess. Still, perhaps that's why he has given the rumour short shrift.
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'Tottenham line up AVB replacement' - Under-fire Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas survived a crisis meeting with chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini after Spurs’ 5-0 humbling at home to Liverpool but his replacement is already being lined up, according to the Daily Mail. Despite being backed by Levy in the 'highly-charged' meeting, the paper report that the Spurs chairman is going to move quickly to find a man to step in.
Paper Round's view: It all sounds very unsavoury and brutal, but we would not be the least bit surprised if Levy did act ruthlessly to dispose of AVB in the not-too-distant future with the boss clearly struggling to organise and motivate his hastily-assembled squad given Gareth Bale's high-profile summer departure. Villas-Boas has plummeted in the betting markets in the 'next Premier League boss to be sacked' lists and is unlikely to be able to survive another big defeat.
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'Sagna refusing to commit to Arsenal' - Bacary Sagna is still refusing to commit to a long-term deal at Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror. Boss Arsene Wenger is apparently confident Sagna will sign a new two year deal worth £70,000-a-week but the 30-year-old full back continues to cast some doubt over a deal. Sagna, a free agent at the end of the season, is reportedly fed-up with Arsenal's lack of success and is holding off committing to a new contract.
Paper Round's view: Sagna famously claimed there was "something missing" from Arsenal following the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas all leaving and he is clearly showing no signs of being any more loyal or committed now, despite the club's good start to the season. If Wenger cannot deliver silverware to the club this season then Sagna will be straight out of the door, he is wanting to say, just so that his agent can work through a better deal for him. We've seen all of this before, haven't we?
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'Cardiff target three new signings' - Cardiff boss Malky Mackay wants a defender, midfielder and attacker as soon as the January transfer window opens, so say the Daily Mirror. The Scot wants to quickly reinforce his squad as Cardiff attempt to avoid relegation. Mackay splashed the cash of billionaire owner Vincent Tan in the summer bringing in the likes of Steven Caulker and Gary Medel, and he will again be a big mover in the transfer window.
Paper Round's view: Frankly, what manager does not want to strengthen their side in the transfer window? The Scot clearly wants to strengthen the spine of his Cardiff side but it really is no surprise to hear him using the media to plead with owner Tan. Expect many very similar quotes from Premier League bosses over the next week or two.
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