United could lose Januzaj to City: Manchester United are in danger of losing starlet Adnan Januzaj - to Manchester City. The Daily Mail reports that the 18-year-old prospect has been embroiled in a contract wrangle with the club for nearly six months and City are ready to take advantage of the uncertainty over his future with a bid that would "infuriate Old Trafford and overshadow even the furore over United’s failings in the summer transfer window".
Paper Round's view: It certainly would and that is why David Moyes must surely know how important it is to keep the Belgian. Unfortunately for United, Januzaj's performance against Palace at the weekend proved his credentials as a top prospect and further strengthened his and his advisors' position in terms of a new deal at Old Trafford. That his potential suitors are United's bitter rivals City only makes his retention even more imperative.
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Calls to punish divers: Kagisho Dikgacoi, the Crystal Palace midfielder who was at the centre of Ashley Young's diving controversy at the weekend, has joined Manchester United manager David Moyes in calling for players who simulate to be punished retrospectively. The South African, who was sent off for upending Young at Old Trafford, told The Independent: “I agree there should be a chance to take some action [afterwards]”, echoing Moyes's public admonishment of Young, who had been booked for diving earlier in the game.
Paper Round's view: Diving is well and truly back at the top of the agenda after Young's theatrics against Palace, and rightly so. While it's hardly surprising for Dikgacoi to be upset after his dismissal, credit must be given to Moyes for taking a stand against one of his own players. However, actions speak louder than words, and if Moyes wants to be sure Young will not simulate again, why not fine him and/or leave him out of the line-up for a couple of games? That should do the trick.
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Jonjo woe: Jonjo Shelvey appears on most back pages today, with headlines ranging from ' Shelvey shock and flaw' to 'Shel-shock' after a remarkable performance by the Swansea midfielder. The England international had a hand in all four goals during the 2-2 draw against his former club at the Liberty Stadium, after which he felt it necessary to apologise to Swansea fans.
Paper Round's view: Using the admittedly flawed football logic, we can assume that had Shelvey not played last night, the match would have ended up goalless. So no need to apologise Jonjo, you provided entertainment at the very least.
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Cabaye apologises for strike: The Daily Telegraph reports that Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has attempted to heal the wounds he cut open during the summer by apologising for the way he tried to force a move to Arsenal. The Frenchman refused to play in two Premier League games after Newcastle rejected a £10.2 million bid from the Gunners, but the Magpies would only consider selling him for double that price.
Paper Round's view: Another welcome blow to player power; it's rather nice to see players with questionable loyalty forced to eat humble pie. Newcastle fans - much like Manchester United fans following the Wayne Rooney saga - appear to a forgiving lot though, and a couple of decent performances should consign the sorry tale to the history books.
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Arsenal to rival Liverpool for Papadopoulos: Arsenal appear set to rival Liverpool for the signature of Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos in January, the Daily Express reports. And the paper claims that the Gunners' interest has alerted a host of other clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg, to the possibility of signing the Greek in January.
Paper Round's view: According to the Express, Arsenal are willing to meet Schalke's £11m asking price, although Arsene Wenger should be wary of the 21-year-old's fitness, given that he has only just recovered from a serious knee injury. Was that the reason a deal with Liverpool failed to materialise in the summer?
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Bale eyes up Ozil's house: The world's most expensive player Gareth Bale is looking at moving into Mesut Ozil's house in an upmarket suburb of Madrid, the Daily Mirror reports. The property in the area known as Madrid’s Beverley Hills - also where Cristiano Ronaldo lives and where David Beckham used to have a house - is valued at £1 million. But the paper claims there could be a hitch: Emma, who has a young baby Alba, wants a final say on the style and decoration of any house the family move into.
Paper Round's view: Whatever.
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