World Cup - Paper Round: Redknapp 'serious' about Ukraine job

Harry Redknapp is "seriously considering" taking the job as manager of Ukraine, according to Wednesday's papers.

Eyebrows were raised across the game when Ukraine officials confirmed that they were keen on bringing Redknapp in as manager, but The Sun reports that the 65-year-old is "genuinely tempted" by a deal worth at least £6 million plus bonuses.

Is the report credible? Considering that Redknapp is a columnist for the paper it seems they might have an inside line - but it's equally possible that one of the game's craftiest operators is pretending serious interest in the post in order to put pressure on QPR to fire Mark Hughes and bring in Redknapp.

Redknapp's successor as Tottenham boss, Andre Villas-Boas, will be handed a £20 million transfer war chest in January, with Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian top of his shopping list.

AVB also has Miralem Pjanic, Christian Eriksen, Alex Dzagoev and Joao Moutinho on the hitlist as he looks for a left-back, an attacking midfielder and a striker.

There is plenty of speculation about David Beckham's future in the papers, with the Daily Mirror reporting the most intriguing rumour: that the former England captain could return to his East End roots thanks to an offer from West Ham.

The Sun claims that the midfielder will have six choices: Australia, China, England, France, Russia or the UAE, though the Daily Mail claims that Paris St Germain have pulled out of the running to land the 37-year-old's signature for the "final challenge" of his career.

Middlesbrough have just 72 hours to complete a loan deal for Stewart Downing, the Mail reports, but Liverpool are apparently desperate to send him off on loan in order to put him in the shop window ahead of a permanent sale in either January or the summer.

The Sun reports that Thierry Henry is in line for another loan spell with Arsenal starting in January, and the Mirror reports that Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will not sell Darren Bent.

Finally, The Times reports that England may be set to stage a major football tournament next summer: the European U21 Championship is due to be held in Israel, but security concerns mean it may have to be moved and England is seen as the hot favourite to step in.