Moyes wants Ronaldo back at United: The Sun's back page informs us that David Moyes thinks Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Manchester United. The Old Trafford boss watched the Real Madrid star during the World Cup play-off for Portugal against Sweden and has not given up entirely on bringing the player back to Manchester for a second spell at the club.
Paper Round's view: Moyes may well want Ronaldo - like every other manager in the world - but United have lost their main attraction in Sir Alex Ferguson - at least for the Portuguese, who looked on the former United boss as something of a father figure. And considering he has just signed a new five-year deal, Moyes appears to be in fantasy land.
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Martinez glad he didn't take Liverpool job: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said he could never have taken the manager's job at Liverpool, reports the Daily Star. His reasons? He would not have been able to call the shots as Liverpool boss, whereas at Everton he has freedom to work his own way.
Paper Round's view: Nothing like a bit of neighbour-baiting ahead of the first Merseyside derby of the season, is there?
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Mourinho at war with Clarke: The Daily Star's back page screams out the news that Jose Mourinho is officially at war with Steve Clarke after accusing the West Brom manager of leaking details of a tunnel bust-up following their controversial match with Chelsea two weeks ago. The pair used their Friday press conferences to take digs at each other, centring on the size of their clubs ("giant" versus "small") and a phone call referee Mike Riley made to Clarke to apologise for his penalty decision.
Paper Round's view: Grown men delivering barely-concealed insults via journalists acting as willing messengers? Time for them both to leave the incident in the past and move on.
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Wenger doesn't need a striker: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he is reluctant to buy a new striker in January with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski in his squad. The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners boss knows the winter transfer market is littered with expensive mistakes and believes that Walcott and Podolski can provide adequate back-up for Olivier Giroud.
Paper Round's view: Wenger may have a point - but only if his other two options stay fit, which is far from guaranteed. Arsenal would be better off dipping into the market to get a player on loan until the end of the season and then bring in a big name in the summer.
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City target defenders: Vincent Kompany’s injury means Manchester City are primed to buy a central defender, reports the Daily Mirror. Kompany will not resume training until next week at the earliest and coach Manuel Pellegrini is poised to enter the market in January. Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay are two names on City’s radar, claims the paper.
Paper Round's view: It does seem that City need to dip into the market, with Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichelis the options to partner Matija Nastasic while Kompany is out. And considering City are so filthy rich, it's certainly a move they can afford to make. The question is though, what happens to their signing once Kompany returns? That's something that will surely be on the minds of Mangala and Garay.
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