Arsenal set to move for Mulumbu: Arsenal are planning a January move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 26, as the Premier League leaders look to add depth to their squad, reports the Metro. The story runs with quotes attributed to the player who says that he may leave in the winter window.
Paper Round’s view: While a fine Premier League player, another midfielder should be at the lower end of manager Arsene Wenger’s wish list. If Arsenal do pick the player up then expect it to be after they have strengthened elsewhere - namely in attack and defence.
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Paper Round’s view: Letting a player of Rooney’s calibre into the last year of his contract is asking for trouble – especially considering the player’s apparent desire to leave the club last summer. Add to this the chaotic nature of United’s transfer dealings and it would appear that all is not well behind the scenes at Old Trafford. They need to tie him down to a new deal or sell while they can still get a decent transfer fee.
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Chalobah to move to Leeds: Nathaniel Chalobah’s loan deal at Nottingham Forest runs out next month and Leeds are ready to step in to sign the England U21 star, report the Mirror.
Paper Round’s view: The move makes sense for all parties. Chalobah was superb for Watford last year in the Championship but has struggled this year at Forest so a change of scenery could help him regain his form - he is nowhere near the first team at the Bridge so Chelsea are keen for him to get game time.
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Pearce favourite for Wednesday job: Milan Mandaric is lining up Stuart Pearce to take over at Sheffield Wednesday, report the Mirror. Dave Jones was sacked on Sunday after 21 months in charge and Mandaric has targeted Pearce to “put the pride and passion back into a group of underachieving players”.
Paper Round’s view: Pearce was relieved of his duties as England U21 manager after failing to get the best out of the Young Lions so this could prove to be a last chance at management for the former Manchester City boss. Wednesday sit second from bottom of the table and are a big club, so, at the same time, it could also provide a fantastic opportunity for 'Psycho '.