Premier League - Paper Round: City 'set for £40m Suarez bid'

The transfer window is now shut, but that is not going to stop Manchester City setting their sights on luring Luis Suarez to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

Premier League - Paper Round: City 'set for £40m Suarez bid'

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Luis Suarez (Reuters)

The Sun reports with some conviction that City boss Roberto Mancini is prepared to bid £40 million for the Liverpool forward's services at the end of the current season, following Mario Balotelli’s move to AC Milan.

'Suar-gazing - Mancini eyes Liverpool ace' is the headline. The Italian was asked at his Friday press conference if Suarez is a player he would like to see at City, answering thus: “Suarez plays for Liverpool. He has quality and is strong.”

The paper also reports that Mancini is interested in Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao although, unsurprisingly, the Italian stopped short of mentioning any of those players.

That aside, transfer gossip is in short supply today - understandably so, given that we are now into February. So what better time for the papers to begin to reveal who missed out on who as the window slammed shut on Thursday.

First up, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has given up his hopes of signing Brazil ace Leandro Damiao after leaving it too late to pull off a £20m switch the other night. (The Sun)

Across North London, and Arsene Wenger has also been left to rue a missed opportunity after the Arsenal manager failed to bring Barcelona striker David Villa to the Emirates. The Daily Mirror reports Wenger may go back in for the Spain international in the summer.

Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic is also on the Gunners' radar, the paper claims.

Reading boss Brian McDermott has revealed he failed with three bids to sign Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson (Mirror) while Fulham manager Martin Jol missed out on Spurs' Tom Huddlestone at the last minute. (Independent)

And at Everton, David Moyes said he had been "left short" by Everton's transfer window dealings after he failed in a bid for Alvaro Negredo of Sevilla. (Daily Mail)

The Mail also reports that free agent midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is being lined up for a surprise move to West Brom after Baggies midfielder George Thorne suffered knee ligament damage at Everton on Wednesday.

Finally from the back pages for today, former Liverpool goalkeeper Alexander Doni has explained his long absence from football by revealing he suffered a heart attack in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)

And in an article for the Daily Mail, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has claimed he and one of the club’s players had been threatened with “physical violence” by an agent during the January transfer window.

Sullivan wrote: “In this window, I have had an agent threaten me and threaten one of our West Ham players with physical violence, because he thought he was being cut out of a deal. I heard of three or four agents trying to jump in on other deals. Some of these people are like scavengers. It was all deeply unpleasant and I’m glad it’s over. Now we can get on with the football.

“Harry Redknapp was right: it feels like gang warfare out there and I can see it spilling over into violence in the future, unless there is legislation from the FA to curb the practices.

“People do desperate things when they are desperate. We read of people robbing betting shops or post offices with sawn-off shotguns for £5,000. We are talking millions of pounds here around a transfer and not enough deals to go around. There are too many agents and not enough transfers to feed them."

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