Liverpool to offer Suarez bumper deal: Most papers today report that Liverpool are set to offer Luis Suarez a new deal to make his the club's highest paid player ever. The Daily Telegraph is one of the publications to claim that managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona to meet with the Uruguay striker's agent Pere Guardiola in a bid to tie the 26-year-old down to an improved long-term deal thought to be worth more than £130,000 a week. Suarez's current contract expires in the summer of 2016 and the Anfield club know they face a battle to retain his services given his recent form.
Paper Round's view: The redemption is complete! After handing him the armband in last weekend's manager-busting demolition of Tottenham, all signs now point towards total forgiveness after his dalliance with Arsenal last summer. All he has to do now is accept the offer, continue playing like he has been and get his side into next season's Champions League. Easy.
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Sherwood to bring Adebayor in from cold: Interim Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is to give Emmanuel Adebayor a chance to resurrect his career at White Hart Lane, reports the Daily Mirror. The Togo international was exiled by previous manager Andre Villas-Boas but Sherwood has made bringing the player back into the squad one of this first jobs since taking over the reigns this week. Adebayor could even start tonight's Capital One Cup clash with West Ham, representing a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the striker.
Paper Round's view: If Sherwood has designs on the permanent Spurs job, this isn't a bad first step on the way to getting it. It's now pretty much common knowledge that to keep the managerial post at White Hart Lane, you must get on with Daniel Levy, the chairman who had such problems with AVB. Levy is thought to have been unhappy that Adebayor, who earns £190,000-a-week, was cast out of the squad by the Portuguese, so to bring him back into the fold and start to get some returns on that financial outlay would seem to be an astute way of getting on his right side.
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Pastore key to Mata move in January: The sale of Paris Saint-Germain striker Javier Pastore to Arsenal or Liverpool could facilitate the shock exit of Juan Mata from Chelsea in January, reports the Daily Star. The paper cites rumours in France that suggest PSG are keen on Mata but will only move for the Spaniard if they can offload a current player first. Pastore isn't the only player mooted as the one to make way for the Blues midfielder though, with Jeremy Menez and Lucas Moura also being touted as possible candidates.
Paper Round's view: These Mata exit rumours refuse to go away and are likely to grow even stronger as the transfer window approaches. Yet the Spain international has been playing well of late, appears to be in favour with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and has said he isn't too worried about his future at the moment.
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