We take a look around the papers for the latest news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Fulham, AC Milan, Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Wolves.
Aston Villa are pondering a move for Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie after losing Jermaine Jenas to a season-ending injury.
Chelsea and Manchester City are thought to be monitoring Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel, who says he will not sign a new contract at the club. The 23-year-old is also wanted by Valencia.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to sign Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, who worked with him at Bolton.
Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi is wanted by Spartak Moscow, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa also thought to be interested in the £7m-rated Frenchman.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has blasted the critics who slammed him for leaving Arsenal and insisted: “I had to go”.
Tottenham are planning to snatch Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen from under the noses of north London rivals Arsenal.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has backed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to replace Fabio Capello as England manager. “Arsene Wenger wouldn’t be a bad thing for England. He proves it every year. He and Sir Alex Ferguson are the best managers in the league and, if the boss at Arsenal wanted the job with England, I’d be delighted with that,” Wilshere said.
Liverpool forward Andy Carroll’s troubles in front of goal have been well documented this season, but one lucky gamer witnessed the frontman score twice in a second after a Fifa 12 glitch saw the big Geordie indulge in a passionate embrace with Arsenal goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski.
Spurs and Arsenal are both reportedly interested in Chelsea’s out-of-favour defender Alex.
Bundesliga side Schalke are keen to hijack Arsenal’s interest in Germany international striker Lukas Podolski. Schalke want to sign Podolski as a replacement for former Real Madrid man Raul, who is contracted to the club until next summer.
Everton skipper Phil Neville says the club are unlikely to sign United States international striker Landon Donovan on loan in January.
Premier League sides West Brom and Wigan are both lining up moves for Nottingham Forest defender Luke Chambers, who is out of contract at the City Ground in the summer.
QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is believed to be attracting interest from Napoli and two other Premier League clubs.
Meanwhile, Neil Warnock’s side have joined Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom in the chase for Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell.
Defender Nemanja Vidic’s agent has claimed that the Manchester United captain suffered a serious knee injury during the defeat by Basel. Silvano Martina said: “Unfortunately he has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament.” In response to a follow-up question asking if the player would be out for several months, the agent said: “Unfortunately so, yes.”
Calcio Mercato (in Italian)
England coach Fabio Capello told the Uefa disciplinary panel he was to blame for Wayne Rooney’s red card, for selecting the striker so soon after the arrest of his father and uncle.
Defender Jody Craddock has backed Wolves captain Roger Johnson to become a “top calibre player” again.
Express & Star
New Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill hopes midfielder Craig Gardner’s Sunderland career will finally take off after a difficult start for the midfielder on Wearside.