Premier League - Paper Round: Welbeck to Spurs on loan

Tottenham want Danny Welbeck on a year's loan from Manchester United; Alex Song is keen on a move to Liverpool; and Arsenal are considering a swoop for a Greece international defender - the main stories making headlines in today's newspapers.

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Spurs chase Welbeck: The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham are pursuing a loan deal for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, with White Hart Lane one of the England international's preferred destinations. Spurs want a loan deal but are aware that United will insist the London club pay Welbeck's wages in full. A clause will also be inserted in his contract that would prevent him from playing against his parent club.

Paper Round's view: Increasingly it looks like Welbeck's immediate future lies away from Old Trafford, amid talk of a huge cull of players from Louis van Gaal's squad before next week. Yet time is running out for a deal to get done. Of all his options, Spurs represent a decent choice for Welbeck, who deserves to be playing in a European competition, and at White Hart Lane he would certainly see more playing time than at Old Trafford.

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Song wants Liverpool move: Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song is keen on making a return to the Premier League with Liverpool, reports the Daily Mirror. The paper claims the Cameroon international is stalling on a loan move to AC Milan in the hope that a deal with Liverpool can be made. He has been told by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique that he has no future at the Nou Camp.

Paper Round's view: Song has been touted as a £10m player, but Liverpool are unlikely to bite on that. Far more likely that a loan deal is thrashed out, possibly with an option to buy after a season to prove his worth. This rumour was first aired a couple of weeks ago before it all went quiet, but with just three days to go before the transfer window closes, a hastily-conducted deal could well be back on.

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Arsenal consider move for Greek defender: Arsene Wenger is weighing up a £12m move for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to the Daily Mirror. The Bundesliga side want £20m for the Greece international but Arsenal, who are still looking to strengthen their back line after the departure of Thomas Vermaelen, are trying to negotiate a cut-price deal for him.

Paper Round's view: Papastathopoulos would provide much needed back-up for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the heart of the Gunners' defence and, unlike Vermaelen, is probably going to be happy to play that role at the Emirates. This is a deal that could well go through before the beginning of next week.

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No Destro deal for Chelsea: Numerous papers claim that Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Mattia Destro, but The Sun claims the Blues have been told to forget about signing the Roma striker. The report claims that Jose Mourinho has made Destro his number one target with Fernando Torres on the verge of a move to AC Milan, but the president of his Serie A club has said the player "is absolutely not for sale".

Paper Round's view: Who to believe? Well, James Pallotta's quotes are there for all to see and he seems pretty adamant Desto is going nowhere. "He’ll stay 100 per cent" is another line from the Roma president, and perhaps Chelsea should focus their efforts elsewhere if they want to bring in another striker before the transfer window shuts.

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Villa bid for Cleverley 'accepted': Manchester United have accepted an £8m bid for Tom Cleverley, according to the Daily Telegraph. Villa are fighting for the signature of the England international with Hull and Everton, with a bid from the former also having been accepted by United. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is yet to make a move.

Paper Round's view: It seems that the identity of Cleverley's final destination will rest with the player himself, although the biggest winners could well be United. Offloading a player whose stock has sunk as low as Cleverley's for £8m would be a masterstroke - especially considering it looks like Bayern Munich will be getting a player of Xabi Alonso's calibre for just £5m.

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Shaw warned over fitness: Most papers pick up on Roy Hodgson's comments about Luke Shaw's fitness, with the Daily Star predictably wading in with an eye-catching headline. 'Fat chancer' it reads, after the England coach revealed he had to lecture Manchester United's new recruit during the World Cup about his problems with staying in tip-top shape.

Paper Round's view: Shaw certainly appears to be struggling with staying in shape - recent photos have only highlighted his problems - but as Hodgson pointed out, at the age of 19 his body is still developing. Under the guidance of Van Gaal, who has already publically aired his dissatisfaction with the issue, Shaw should be able to manage it well enough for it not to be a lasting problem.

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