Paper Talk: December 22

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The Mirror

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to instigate a bid for Crystal Palace’s England starlet Wilfried Zaha in the January Transfer window.

The Old Trafford boss will not be alone in his hunt, however, as Arsenal are also keen to recruit the Ivory Coast born winger and Arsene Wenger will join his counterpart in trying to secure Zaha’s signature next month.

Frank Lampard is set to replace David Beckham at LA Galaxy at the end of this season.

The Chelsea star looks certain to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer when his contract expires.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has sent director of football Txiki Bergiristain to Brazil in the hope of securing a deal for Brazil international Paulinho.

The Italian wants the 24-year-old to shore up his midfield while key man Yaya Toure is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

Daily Mail

Tottenham Hotspur are planning a January move for Montpellier playmaker Younes Belhanda in a bid to find some more creativity.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has turned to the 22-year old Morocco international as he will be better value for money than number one target, Porto’s Joao Moutinho.

West Ham United are trying to secure a loan deal for out of favour Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

The Sun

New QPR manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he is trying to sign former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his future is out of his hands and insists he will continue to get on with his job and do as well as he can this season.


Roberto Mancini has told Mario Balotelli to grow up and save his career, as he is in danger of throwing away his future with his behaviour.

The Times

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is battling with Stamford Bridge officials to secure funding to sign new players in January.

The Spaniard wants to recruit a striker and defensive midfielder, but Blues officials want to pursue a strategy of recalling on-loan players.

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