Aguero staying put: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has ruled out a move away from the Ethiad despite being linked with Real Madrid, reports the Daily Mirror. Apparently, Real offered City Isco for Aguero in a cash-plus-player deal but the Premier League side have no interest in letting the Argentine leave. And now Aguero himself has spoken of his happiness in Manchester.
Paper Round's view: Decent player wanted by Real Madrid: it's a tired old story line, but one which will never cease to sell papers. Just don't expect this one to happen any time soon - Aguero doesn't seem too interested in moving back to Spain. "The truth is that I'm happy," he said. Fair enough.
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Poyet warns he could walk out: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has said he will walk out on the club if he does not get the final say on transfer targets, reports the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail. The Uruguayan has told Black Cats director of football Roberto De Fanti that he could quit if his wishes about dealings are not met. Poyet wants 80 per cent of new recruits to be British.
Paper Round's view: It's a strong line to take from Poyet, not to mention a risky one given he has let his feelings known in the public domain. "We talked about a position the other day and considered four players," he said." I picked two. It was simple. One of the other two was a definite no. If that one is coming, I won't be here." Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket. Let's just hope his target is an attainable one.
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Forlan set to return to Premier League: West Ham are poised to make a move for Diego Forlan in the January transfer window, report the Daily Mirror. With Andy Carroll still some way off fitness, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is looking to strengthen his forward line and his club are "emerging as the favourites" to sign him.
Paper Round's view: Forlan's time at Manchester United did not go entirely to plan, but that is not to say he couldn't be a success at a different club. It's been a while since he was last here, and he is now 34 years old, but perhaps that kind of experience is what West Ham are crying out for at the moment.
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Wenger denies rift with FA: Arsene Wenger has denied there is a rift between Arsenal and the FA over England's use of Jack Wilshere in two friendlies last week, according to a report in The Independent. It had been suggested that Arsenal were upset that the midfielder had started one game and came off the bench in the other, given concerns over his fitness. But the Gunners boss has said Wilshere is not injured, he knew what Wilshere's involvement was going to be on international duty and that the FA acted entirely appropriately.
Paper Round's view: As predicted in yesterday's Paper Round - nothing more than a storm in a teacup.
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Spurs slap £6.5m price tag on Defoe's head: Tottenham will demand £6.5m for Jermain Defoe from two London clubs who have shown an interest in the England striker, reports The Times. West Ham and QPR are trying to take advantage of Defoe's need to play regular football in a World Cup year, the paper claims. Spurs held on to him last summer as they were unable to find a replacement for him, but with current interest in Alex Pato and Javier Hernandez, there may be scope for Defoe to move elsewhere in January.
Paper Round's view: It seems increasingly more likely that Defoe will be playing his football somewhere other than at White Hart Lane next year. And what a steal he would be for a club like West Ham, where he would surely score goals.
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