Premier League - Paper Round: Benitez 'would love Spurs job'

Tottenham have been advised to appoint Rafael Benitez as their next boss; Liverpool want a Man City star; and Pep Mel could still leave West Brom – it is all in Saturday's papers.

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Tottenham should go for Benitez not De Boer: Spurs should appoint Rafael Benitez as their new manager and he would be keen on the job according to a man who knows him well – Jamie Carragher. The former Liverpool defender writes in his Daily Mail column that the Napoli coach "would love to work in England again" but he does concede that "perhaps his pragmatic style of play wouldn’t be accepted" by the Tottenham faithful. Tottenham of course do have a manager but it would appear that Tim Sherwood is a dead man walking.

Paper Round's view: It is an interesting shout from Carragher and you suspect few would know Benitez's mindset better than a man who was the lynchpin for his Liverpool defence during his six seasons at Anfield. Tottenham fans might be wary about appointing another Chelsea cast-off after Andre Villas-Boas but even Chelsea fans will grudgingly accept that Benitez did a good job at Stamford Bridge under difficult circumstances. He would be a less sexy but also less risky selection than De Boer as he has proved himself to be an above competent Premier League manager at the level that Tottenham aspire to be. He's got a decent job at Napoli and is set to guide them back into the Champions League but it is not unrealistic to suspect his head could be turned by a move back to the Premier League at a top-six club.

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Liverpool plot £7m transfer move for Micah Richards: Micah Richards is a £7 million summer transfer target for Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror. The Manchester City defender, 25, is likely to be allowed to leave the Etihad after deciding not to take up a new five-year deal. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Richards would be perfect for his squad as he can play right-back and centre-half, and only has one year left on his contract.

Paper Round's view: Liverpool certainly need more strength and depth in their squad next season as they add a Champions League campaign to their domestic commitments. Richards seems like he would be a sound signing but the one thing that could scupper the deal is Liverpool's success this season. While before Liverpool would have been seen as a team fighting for a Champions League spot, now they are title rivals. City might be reluctant to sell to such a close rival and might instead look for a suitor a little lower down the table.

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Mel could leave West Brom even if they stay up: Pep Mel could be leaving West Brom even if he keeps the club safe, according to the Daily Express. Mel joined in January on an 18-month contract but there is a get-out clause that could see him go a lot quicker. After a tough start, Mel has done well with only two defeats in his last seven games taking the Baggies to the brink of Premier League safety ahead of tomorrow's fixture at Arsenal. But Mel will meet owner and chairman Jeremy Peace after the season finishes next week. Mel wants the backing of Peace to build a new team because almost half the current squad need contract renewals or are on loan.

Paper Round's view: Mel was brought in to keep the Baggies up and he looks like doing that. He seemed like quite an odd appointment at the time, but West Brom clearly believed in him then so it seems strange that they would let him go now. West Brom also seemed like one of the more sensibly run clubs in the Premier League but they run the risk of soiling their reputation if they get too trigger happy with their men in charge. We would advise them to stick with the Spaniard.

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Diame a target for Everton as West Ham midfielder looks for summer switch: Everton are monitoring West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame’s situation ahead of a potential summer swoop, according to the Daily Mail. The Senegal international, who recently admitted he’d jump at the chance of playing for a top-six club, is open to leaving Upton Park this summer. And Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is considering a summer move for the powerful midfielder. Martinez is on the look out for a replacement for midfielder Gareth Barry, whose season-long loan from Manchester City ends this month. The Everton manager wants to make Barry’s move permanent, but is making contingency plans in case a deal is not possible.

Paper Round's view: Diame is believed to have a release clause of just £3.5m so Everton should look to snap him up even if they land Barry too. Finances have always been a problem for the Toffees so getting such quality for so cheap makes perfect sense. If Everton keep being successful with loan players, then their Premier League rivals might start to be a bit more reluctant to send them their players. The Toffees need to get a few more permanent signings on their books and Martinez has already shown he likes signing players he has worked with before so Diame, who played under the Spaniard at Wigan, seems like an ideal fit.

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