Ligue 1 - Paper Round: Beckham agrees Paris move
David Beckham will become a Paris St Germain player in the New Year, according to Wednesday's papers.
The news comes from respected French sports daily L'Equipe, which reports that though nothing is yet official the move has been agreed on both sides.
Beckham will link up with the big-spending Qatari-backed club in January and could make his debut in a Coupe de France match on January 9th. He will be paid 200,000 euros a week (£167,000) and will see those wages bolstered by scooping all the revenue from a merchandising agreement with the club.
Back to the British media, and Wednesday's papers report that Steve Kean is a dead man walking after defeat by Bolton on Tuesday night left Blackburn Rovers at the bottom of the Premier League table.
And the Daily Mirror claims that former Rovers boss Mark Hughes is already being lined up to take over the reins at Ewood Park.
Venky's had apparently "already decided that Steve Kean would have to go before last night's loss", the paper reports. Blackburn will lure Sparky - who has been out of work since walking out on Fulham this summer - with a £1 million Premier League survival bonus.
Other papers focus on Kean's extraordinary comments after the game, with the manager saying that "it would be a complete shock if they decided to sack me". Really, Steve? A complete shock?
The main focus of today's back pages, and indeed this website, is the news of Luis Suarez's eight-match ban after the FA convicted him of racial abuse. The Times and Independent report that Liverpool have decided to appeal the ban, citing the fact that apparently no other players on the pitch heard the abusive comments.
Many of the papers run features about Suarez's history of controversial incidents, while the Daily Mail has an interesting piece about football bad boys of the past. As well as the usual Eric Cantona and Paolo Di Canio stuff, they've come up with a snippet about an Oldham Athletic player called Billy Cook who, in 1915, was banned for 12 months for refusing to leave the pitch after being sent off. The match eventually had to be abandoned.
Chelsea appear to have won the race to sign Gary Cahill, with the Mirror reporting that Bolton have agreed a £7m deal with the Blues to let their prize asset go in January. Cahill has just six months left on his current deal.
Wayne Bridge could be set for a move to Arsenal, according to The Sun, with the former England defender apparently keen to move following a training ground bust-up with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.
QPR are linked with a surprise January move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, the Daily Express claims, with the Midlands apparently ready to sell as long as they more or less get back the £24 million they spent on him this time last year.
The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United have sent scouts to keep tabs on Independiente's £15m-rated attacking midfielder Patricio Rodriguez, though Benfica, Udinese and Marseille are also keen on the 21-year-old.
The Daily Mail also reports that Manchester City are to rekindle their interest in Lille's 20-year-old midfielder Eden Hazard, a player who has been linked with a move to Arsenal for about 18 months.