Premier League - Paper Round: United consider bid for Modric

Manchester United are weighing up a bid for Luka Modric; Wayne Rooney has had a sly dig at David Moyes; and West Ham have made a move to sign Stewart Downing - here are the main transfer stories from today's newspapers.

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Premier League - Paper Round: United consider bid for Modric
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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric

United consider Modric bid: With United having accepted defeat in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, David Moyes will turn his attentions to Real Madrid midfielder Modric, reports the Guardian. The paper claims that any offer would have to be in the region of £25 million

Paper Round's view: Modric ticks plenty of boxes, and Real could do with the cash if their mega-money bid for Gareth Bale is successful, but he is not quite the goalscoring midfielder Moyes has been after: just 13 goals in 123 starts when he was a Tottenham player and three last season in a Real shirt. Still, he's a class act and with time running out before the transfer window shuts, Moyes may feel some pressure to get this deal done.

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Rooney has sly dig at Moyes: Both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail report that Rooney has taken to Facebook to launch a thinly-veiled attack on Moyes. With United standing in the way of his wanted move to Chelsea this summer, Rooney posted some "loaded comments" just before last night's Sevilla game that contained more than a hint of sarcasm, the Mirror claims, suggesting their relationship is at breaking point.

Paper Round's view: The reports claim that Rooney wanted to play in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial against Sevilla, but Moyes chose to overlook him. And with the striker fit to play for England next week, we can assume Moyes was simply making a point by leaving him out of the match at Old Trafford. That will hardly improve the pair's already faltering relationship, and in terms of a transfer, the current stalemate is set to continue.

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West Ham move for Downing: Several papers report that West Ham are ready to revive their interest in Stewart Downing after the winger was told he can leave Liverpool. The Daily Mail claims the fee will be around the £5m mark, while the Daily Telegraph says Liverpool want closer to £6m. Downing's £80,000 a week wages may be a stumbling block for the Hammers, but Liverpool could subsidise them initially, the Mail reports. The Telegraph claims negotiations are at an advanced stage.

Paper Round's view: Downing has not been too keen on the idea of moving to London before, but with Newcastle not willing to match Liverpool's asking price, it looks like he could be tempted down south. Especially if he wants to play some regular football.

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Tottenham rubbish Vertonghen exit talk: Tottenham have dismissed talk of a Barcelona bid for defender Jan Vertonghen, reports the Daily Mirror. The Spanish club are desperate to strengthen their defence and have been already been rebuffed by Chelsea over David Luiz, Paris Saint-Germain over Thiago Silva and Liverpool over Dan Agger.

Paper Round's view: Tottenham are about to lose their best player to a Spanish club, they would be mad to allow arguably their second best player go in the same direction. Barca, meanwhile, appear to be getting a bit desperate.

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Suarez goes on charm offensive: Caught in a bitter exit row with Liverpool, Luis Suarez has begun the job of rebuilding his reputation with Liverpool fans by signing autographs for kids at the club's training ground, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper says "it seems the Uruguayan striker has realised a policy of agitation and antagonism is not the best method of securing a transfer".

Paper Round's view: This might not be a way of improving his chances of finding a way out of Anfield but rather an attempt to get back on side with fans who will watch him pull on a Liverpool shirt again next season. Despite continued confidence in the Arsenal camp that they will get their man, Liverpool owner John W Henry's statements this week have undoubtedly delivered a blow to Suarez's hopes of leaving and perhaps now he is beginning to accept he will be pulling on a Liverpool shirt next season.

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Stoke must pay £17m for Diouf: Bundesliga side Hannover have told Stoke they will have to pay £17m to sign Mame Biram Diouf. The former Manchester United striker has been the subject of discussions between the Potters and the German side, but Stoke only want to pay £5m, according to the Daily Express.

Paper Round's view: Diouf may not have excelled at Old Trafford, but he's not a bad striker, as his 18 goals in 38 appearances for Hannover attest. But he's not worth £17m, a price tag that seems to have been used as a deterrent by the German club rather than a figure they believe is justified.

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