Premier League teams line-up for £10m striker

Bobby Zamora celebrates scoring for Fulham.
Bobby Zamora celebrates scoring for Fulham.
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We take a look around the papers for the latest news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Fulham, QPR, Everton, Sunderland, Blackburn, West Brom, Aston Villa, Rangers and Celtic.

Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne has been targeted by Sir Alex Ferguson as the ideal replacement for Gary Neville, who retired last season. The England Under-21 international impressed during the recent Carling Cup win over Manchester United.

QPR are believed to be leading the race to sign Fulham’s Bobby Zamora, who is set to leave the club in January. Sunderland and Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the striker who could cost £10m.

Stoke are facing a probe by the FA for their use of towels during Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Shotton was wearing a towelling top under his shirt which he used to dry the ball, before launching his long throws.

Daily Mail

After agreeing a deal to sign Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, Shanghai Shenhua are now eying a move for his Blues team-mate Didier Drogba.

Barnet manager Lawrie Sanchez has denied having any contact with the Irish Football Association about returning to the international fold to replace Nigel Worthington.

London Evening Standard

Tottenham are poised to make an ambitious January move to take Real Madrid misfit Kaka on loan for the rest of the season. The 29-year-old Brazilian has struggled to find a place in the team under Jose Mourinho and is likely to be sold in the summer, if not sooner.

Daily Express

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill is considering selling £1.5m-rated Lewis McGugan in an attempt to raise funds for a new striker.

Daily Mirror

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is still unsure whether he will be dipping into the transfer market in January admitting there are still players at the club who are pushing for starts.

Midfielder Steven Reid is warning his West Brom team-mates to beware the threat of his former side Blackburn Rovers when the two sides meet at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy expects the form of Steven Fletcher to catch the eye of several managers before the end of January. The Scottish striker has now scored 16 goals in his last 23 matches.

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has denied claims in some newspapers that midfielder Stiliyan Petrov will be sold in January.

Birmingham Mail

Tottenham are ready to spend big to sign Lille striker Moussa Sow. The Senegal international has scored 29 goals in 48 games and is expected to cost around £18m.

Liverpool have won the race to sign Wycombe youngster Jordan Ibe. The 16-year-old had also caught the eye of Manchester United and Tottenham after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in October.

talkSPORT

Bolton will turn their attentions to Crawley’s highly-rated 24-year-old defender Kyle McFadzean if Gary Cahill is sold in next month’s transfer window.

Daily Star

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has opened contract talks with United States international midfielder Maurice Edu, who has been targeted by Blackburn.

Celtic have been given first refusal on 23-year-old Senegal international striker Baba Diawara, currently top-scorer in Portugal with Maritimo.

Celtic are considering an appeal against their £13,000 fine for pro-IRA chants by their supporters.

Daily Record