Premier League - Paper Round: Lampard to join Uncle Harry at QPR

Harry Redknapp is on the verge of persuading Chelsea's Frank Lampard to join him at QPR, according to a report in the Star on Sunday.


The newly-installed QPR boss is desperate to bring his nephew Lampard to Loftus Road in January on loan until the end of the season before Lamps heads off to end his career in America.

The Sunday Mirror also says that Lampard will leave in January for a London club: Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger apparently sees the England midfielder as the perfect person to pass on his wisdom, skill and level head to emerging stars such as Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. And given the track record of Arsenal's fitness coaches in prolonging careers - as the likes of Lee Dixon and Martin Keown once showed - a move across London could make sense for 34-year-old Lampard.

Both reports seem a little far-fetched, though as The Star points out the reports are backed up by Rafa Benitez publicly admitting that Lampard could indeed leave in January since it is next to impossible to keep a player whose contract is about to expire.

Speaking of Benitez, the back page of The Sun leads with the extraordinary story that Chelsea boss - who has only been in the job for three matches - is already fearing for his job.

The former Liverpool manager is only in the post until the end of the season, but with two draws and a defeat he admitted that he is "not 100 per cent sure" that he will even last that long.

The Mail on Sunday runs a similar piece under the headline "This job is much harder than I thought". The same paper reports that Arsene Wenger might also be on his way out as the Gunners slip down to 10th in the table.

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The Sunday Mirror reports that Jose Mourinho has been "touting himself around" some of the biggest clubs in Europe looking for a new job, lining up an exit from Real Madrid at the end of this season.

Manchester City is suggested as his most likely destination, on the basis that Roberto Mancini has failed to get his side firing in the Champions League - a competition that Jose Mourinho has already won with two different clubs.

The Mirror also reports that Wesley Sneijder could use legal channels to force his exit from Inter Milan after being ordered to take a huge pay cut.

The Dutchman is furious that club bosses have ordered him to halve his £180,000-a-week wages, and even more angry that they will freeze him out of the team until he does so. He has apparently been told that he is free to walk away from the Italian side due to breach of contract if they persist, with the paper reporting that Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham will all make a move for the 28-year-old should he become available.

The front page of the Independent on Sunday leads with a story about football clubs avoiding tax: "How our top clubs rake in £2.2 billion - but pay just £3 million in corporation tax," is their snappy headline.

Yet just as with most of the reporting about Starbucks and Amazon, the paper's journalists wilfully ignore the fact that turnover and profit have nothing to do with each other. Taxes are of course only paid on profits, and considering how few clubs in the top flight make a profit we're frankly amazed that even £3m is paid.

Ashley Young has insisted he "will not be driven out" of Manchester United, The Sun reports.

The winger has been tipped to leave Old Trafford after starting just seven matches this season, particularly given Alex Ferguson's new focus on the diamond formation which leaves wingers warming their buttocks on the bench most of the time.

Liverpool are considering a January move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, The Sun reports, though why the star striker for the Ligue 1 leaders would give up the chance of a title and Champions League football to move to Anfield is not explained in the story.

More realistic is the story on the back page of the Daily Star, reporting that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will focus his attention - and £12 million - on signing Reading's Irish striker Shane Long.

Aston Villa are ready to take a loss of that exact same amount - £12 million - to get rid of Darren Bent in January, the Star reports.

The paper claims that the Midlands club are desperate to offload Bent, and his £80,000-a-week wages are only part of the problem: apparently, if he makes just three more appearances for Villa, they will have to pay Sunderland a further £4m for him

QPR will move for Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, The Sun claims, while the Star reports that the West London side have been told that they cannot have Scott Parker on loan from Tottenham.

And finally, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan tells the Star on Sunday that he can never forgive Roman Abramovich. Why? Because the Russian oil baron refused to eat one of the famous Wigan pies when offered to him back in 2005.

"Whenever I go to Chelsea I never see him. Never." says Whelan. "I do wonder sometimes, 'We said hello to you at Wigan and offered you a pie. You should come and talk to us. Wish us luck now and again.'"

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