Paper Talk: January 5

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The Mirror

- Sir Alex Ferguson has called for a Premier League inquiry into former Manchester United defender Ezekiel Fryers' move to Tottenham.

- Andrey Arshavin, Johan Djourou and Sebastian Squillaci could follow Marouane Chamakh out of Arsenal to free up funds to make a move for Barcelona striker David Villa.

Daily Mail

- Manchester City are ready to sell Mario Balotelli as soon as possible after Roberto Mancini privately conceded he cannot change the wayward Italy striker.

- John Terry was forced into a U-turn on Friday after calling on Chelsea to retire Frank Lampard's No 8 shirt.

The Sun

- Rafael Benitez insists signing Demba Ba is not a gamble — and that no one is happier with it than Fernando Torres.

- Arsene Wenger has finally backtracked on claims a top-four finish is more important than silverware.

The Times

- Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby has agreed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane that will earn him about £80,000-a-week.

- Queens Park Rangers want to sign Joleon Lescott from Manchester City.

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