Premier League - Paper Round: Monaco eye monster Walcott bid

Monaco are thinking about making a big-money bid for Theo Walcott; Cardiff are interested in Wilfried Zaha; and Luis Suarez was never going to Arsenal last summer - here are the stories making headlines in today's newspapers.

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Premier League - Paper Round: Monaco eye monster Walcott bid
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Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott celebrates scoring against Marseille (AFP)

Monaco want Walcott: Ligue 1 giants Monaco are considering a £34 million swoop for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, reports the Daily Mail. The French club are plotting a bid in January once the transfer window re-opens but Arsenal are unlikely to let the 24-year-old leave. The paper also notes that the player is believed to be happy at the Emirates.

Paper Round's view: We can be sure of one thing: Monaco are going to be linked with every player and his dog until next season starts. But that doesn't necessarily mean much. Certainly, Arsenal would not want to offload Walcott, despite him having not played for over a month and the money talked about. And why would the player himself want to swap the Gunners for Monaco? The Emirates is an exciting place to be at the moment, and Walcott is very much part of the buzz.

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Cardiff eye up Zaha on loan: Cardiff City have asked Manchester United about the possibility of taking Wilfried Zaha on loan in January, according to the Daily Mail. The England international has made just one competitive appearance for United and a "senior source" at the Welsh club has told Sportsmail that an approach has already been made. The paper adds that a loan move away from Old Trafford in January represents Zaha's last chance of forcing his way into Roy Hodgson's plans ahead of next summer's World Cup.

Paper Round's view: Clearly Zaha doesn't figure in David Moyes's plans at the moment and a loan move is surely best for all parties. Even Moyes himself has admitted Zaha needs game time elsewhere so all that remains to be seen is where he will end up in January. At least in Cardiff, one can imagine him getting the playing time he craves.

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Suarez was never going to Arsenal: The Daily Telegraph reports that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's move to Arsenal was "never going to happen". Suarez agitated for a move to the Emirates over the summer, but ended up staying put after Liverpool blocked his way. And, as the Uruguayan prepares to go head -to-head with the Gunners this weekend, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that deal was never on the cards.

Paper Round's view: It will be interesting to see how Arsenal fans react to seeing Suarez for the first time since he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to engineer a move to their club. Are they going to make it clear they would still like to have him at the Emirates? Or, like almost every other Premier League ground, will Suarez get his usual dose of abuse? Either way, Liverpool's stance is likely to be the same come next transfer window, if not even more hard-line, and Suarez will not be sold to a rival club, for any amount.

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Russia's new hooligan shame: Russia has been shamed by a new hooligan scandal after about 30 fans were arrested and detained following the break-out of trouble during a Cup match between Shinnik Yaroslavl and Spartak Moscow. Before the match, dozens of supporters set off flares and threw smoke bombs while pictures also showed one fan holding a Nazi banner. During the second half fans clashed with helmeted anti-riot police, with seats ripped out and hurled until some order was restored by the deployment of a water canon truck.

Paper Round's view: At least the Russian media are not as blinkered as one of the country's clubs have been over this past week - leading newspaper Sport Express warned of “the end of football in our country” after this latest incident. Which is far better than denying anything ever happened in the first place. Still, these are perturbing scenes from the nation due to host the World Cup in 2018.

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United go cold on Lewandowski: Manchester United have abandoned plans to sign Poland star Robert Lewandowski, according to a report in the Daily Star. The paper claims that manager David Moyes has told United bosses he doesn’t want another out-and-out striker, with the club confident Wayne Rooney will sign a new deal and stay at Old Trafford.

Paper Round's view: The paper's "source" reckons that Moyes has turned his back on Lewandowski because other areas of his squad need strengthening, a point of view that is hard to disagree with, especially if Rooney stays put. Whether United should be so relaxed about Rooney's future is a point of debate though, considering the England striker's rather volatile nature in terms of deciding what he wants to play football.

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