‘United offering massive wages to Bayern star’ - Manchester United are offering Toni Kroos £250,000 a week to quit Bayern Munich - three times what the 24-year-old midfielder is currently on with the 2013 Champions League winners, according to the Daily Mirror. The £1 million-a-month deal is in addition to the £30m transfer fee Bayern expect for a player whose pay demands they have themselves rejected. Moyes now believes he can use his new financial firepower to tempt the Germany international midfielder to the Old Trafford giants.
Paper Round’s view: Bayern are understood to be fully aware that United want to snatch away the 24-year-old, but Pep Guardiola is hardly going to buckle to any pressure from the struggling Premier League club. Moyes is believed to be buoyed by Wayne Rooney’s decision to stay and the backing of the owners ahead of what is expected to be a very significant summer spending spree, but surely Kroos himself would not be remotely keen on swapping the Bavarian giants for Moyes’s floundering underachievers - particularly since it will almost certainly mean missing out on Champions League football.
‘Redknapp on the brink of the sack at QPR’ - Queen Park Rangers are considering dismissing Harry Redknapp, their manager, as they falter in their attempt to win promotion back to the Premier League, according to The Times. Michael Laudrup, who was dismissed by Swansea City, has been mentioned inside the club as a possible replacement with some fans having already turned on Redknapp following their 1-0 defeat away at Charlton on Saturday.
Paper Round’s view: QPR’s finances and plans for a new stadium would seem to make it important that they return to the top flight at the first time of asking. The West London club have picked up one point in their past four matches and there is significant concern that the underlying problems and their form could lead to them falling out of the Championship play-off positions by May. Redknapp’s next five days will decide his future at the club and have a big bearing on where his career heads next.
‘Lescott eyeing up big Prem move’ - Joleon Lescott is now playing to impress potential suitors ahead of his Manchester City exit in the summer, with West Ham, Fulham and Newcastle all showing interest according to the Daily Express. The centre-back's contract expires at the end of this season and he is aware his future does not lie at the Etihad after being told there will be no extension.
Paper Round’s view: Lescott is understandably keen to leave City, where he is being given no chances of progress at all. It has been bizarre to watch in certain matches with Lescott completely excluded while the likes of Martin Demichelis have been roundly criticised for poor displays in key games. He will feel very hard done by, particularly in a World Cup year, and perhaps should have pushed for at least a loan deal in January given Manuel Pellegrini’s reluctance to even give him a chance.
‘Bayern monitoring Newcastle defender’ - Bayern Munich are monitoring Newcastle United full-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to various papers. The German club's boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly unimpressed with current right-back Rafinha and the 28-year-old Newcastle defender could well be seen as the man to step in and replace him. He has been a virtual ever-present for Alan Pardew since moving to the North East, but Newcastle will struggle to keep him if Bayern firm up their interest in the summer.
Paper Round’s view: The France star, who joined Newcastle midway through last season, arrived at St James' Park with a solid reputation in Europe due to his displays at former club Lille and at international level. He has not been outstanding for Newcastle but is reliable enough and Guardiola may see that he has further potential to show if he were to play in a better all-round side. Debuchy, who won a league and cup double at Lille, is under contract until 2018 and valued at around £7.5m.
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