£35m striker set for shock return

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We take a look at all the football gossip making the back pages including news from Manchester United, England, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Sunderland, West Ham, Tottenham, Leeds United, Fulham, Swansea, Middlesbrough, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday


•Roy Hodgson has sent an SOS to Wayne Rooney, insisting: I need to Roo.

•Arsene Wenger is set to be offered a new contract at Arsenal.

•Pepe Reina’s agent has denied claims the goalkeeper is set to leave Liverpool.

•Swansea are to hand Neil Taylor a new four-year deal.

•Leeds manager Neil Warnock wants Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge on a three-month loan.

Daily Mirror

•Andy Carroll could be in line for a shock return next week after stunning West Ham’s medical staff with his response to treatment on his injured hamstring.

A report said the on-loan Liverpool star will be back for next week’s home match with Sunderland.

Carroll is definitely out for Saturday’s visit to Carrow Road but Allardyce said: “We have got no time on it really. He is improving well”

•Arsenal are to offer manager Arsene Wenger a new contract.

•QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is set to deliver a double handshake snub to Chelsea on Saturday.

•David Bentley is moving to Russia to escape the “stigma” he believes ruined his Tottenham career.

•Every Premier League player is to hold talks with the PFA on player behaviour.

•Newcastle have started a Twitter row with a fanzine editor who claimed Alan Pardew faced “unrest” among his players due to a lack of summer signings.

•Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged his future to Real Madrid before facing Manchester City in the Champions League next week.

•Juventus want to sign Nani and Theo Walcott on the cheap in January.

•Montenegro striker Jovan Vucinic is on Manchester City’s wish list.

•West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is looking at Belgian free agent Anthony Vanden Borre.

•Tottenham target Joao Moutinho has hinted he could be ready to quit Porto in January after admitting he wants to work with Andre Villas-Boas again.

•QPR striker Rob Hulse is a loan target for former club Crewe.

Daily Star

•Sir Alex Ferguson has flown into a mounting injury crisis at Manchester United.

Daily Mail

•Manchester United and Liverpool supporters have been urged to stop singing songs mocking the tragedies that have afflicted both clubs following yesterday’s dramatic revelations about the death of 96 fans at Hillsborough.

•QPR defender Anton Ferdinand will refuse to shake hands with Ashley Cole as well as John Terry before Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Loftus Road.

Daily Express

•England manager Roy Hodgson believes his team cannot flourish without Wayne Rooney and is working on a plan to ensure the striker hits the heights again for his country.

•Swansea are to hand Neil Taylor a four-year deal - despite being sidelined for the rest of the season.

•Robbie Brady will seek another loan move from Manchester United to make sure his international career continues to blossom.