Former England captain set to sign for European club

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We take a look around the papers for the latest news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Fulham, AC Milan, Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton, Sunderland, Blackburn, Aston Villa and QPR.

Former England captain David Beckham is believed to be on the verge of signing for Paris Saint-Germain after being offered an 18-month contract worth a staggering £11.6m.

QPR are reported to have ordered third parties to find a buyer for their Morocco international striker Adel Taarabt.

Daily Mail

Manchester City insist that wantaway striker Carlos Tevez will not be allowed to leave the club on the cheap in the January transfer window.

Evening Standard

Meanwhile, AC Milan - as well as Serie A rivals Roma - are also looking at City’s full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

Fulham are in the hunt for Vitesse Arnhem’s Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe admits he fears missing out on a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad because he cannot currently get into Spurs’ team - but has ruled out a move away from White Hart Lane. Daily Mirror

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he is in the dark about French side Lille’s desire to make midfielder Joe Cole’s stay permanent.

Tottenham are interested in Wycombe Wanderers’ 15-year-old striker Jordan Ibe, and are set to fend off rivals Manchester United and Liverpool with a £500,000 bid.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle admits he is ready to fight to keep hold of defender Gary Cahill. The Bolton and England centre-back, 25, is a target for Tottenham and Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Lille have slapped an astonishing £43m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea target Eden Hazard. The Belgian midfielder, is one of Europe’s hottest properties, with Real Madrid and Inter also keen.

The Sun

Arsenal defender Sebastien Squillaci is a target for Espanyol - but the Spanish side are struggling to meet the club’s £4m valuation.

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson wants to prove he is worth a bumper new deal at St James’ Park.


Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United for the signature of Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel, after sending scouts to watch the striker in action.

West Brom and Bolton have stolen a march on Arsenal in the race for New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, after they both agreed to take the American defender on trial.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged Arsene Wenger to re-sign Gunners legend Thierry Henry in order to ease the pressure on in form striker Robin van Persie.


Blackburn are believed to have won the race to sign New Zealand Under-17 striker Tim Payne.

Lancashire Telegraph

Former Sunderland captain Bolo Zenden is in talks over a potential deal at Championship side Doncaster.

Sunderland Echo

Manchester City have been watching Valencia midfielder Mehmet Topal for two months according to the player’s agent.

Manchester Evening News

Arsenal are believed to be keen on Marseille’s young defender Nicolas N’Koulou, with the 21-year-old having impressed Arsene Wenger in the Champions League.

Inside Futbol

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes Arsene Wenger will stay at Arsenal for life, despite his former manager’s claim in a recent interview that he will consider his future at the end of this season.

Daily Telegraph

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly insists he is happy to wait for his first-team chance and says Glen Johnson is the ideal man to learn from at Anfield.

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini’s decision to stay at Goodison Park means the Toffees have retained the key component of their renowned team spirit, says team-mate Leighton Baines.

Liverpool Echo

Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton has said he is “sorry” for hurting Shane Long saying: “I would never go out and mean to hurt somebody.”

Birmingham Mail

Striker Nile Ranger is hoping his loan spell with Doncaster can help resurrect his Newcastle career.

Newcastle Journal

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to want to keep faith in manager Andre Villas-Boas with Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin and Bolton defender Gary Cahill in his sights.