United to make renewed effort to sign Coentrao in January: Manchester United boss David Moyes is set to reignite his interest in Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao in January. The Metro reports that Moyes is looking to recruit 'top-level competition' for the current Reds left-back Patrice Evra. The United boss almost clinched a loan deal for the Portuguese defender on transfer deadline day following his unsuccessful pursuit of Leighton Baines – a player the Scot knows well from his time at Everton. With speculation suggesting that Baines is to sign a contract extension with the Toffees, Moyes has turned his back on the England defender and will instead put all of his effort into securing the Madrid Man.
Paper Round's view: Evra's only 32 and, despite having a rather average 2012/13 campaign, has consistently been one of United's more dependable players. Following the collapse of the loan deal, Coentrao didn't seem too upset, stating, “It would have been bad if I had to stay despite having the chance to move to a better club, but that didn’t happen as I already am at the best club in the world. I want to do better than I did last season, although I was at a very high level already. I want to show everyone that I deserve to be at Real Madrid.” It doesn't seem, then, that Coentrao is too keen on a move to Manchester, especially if he is to only be 'top-level competition.'
Arsenal on alert as Gourcuff's Lyon talks stall: Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff is reportedly unhappy with current talks over a proposed new contract. The Daily Star claims: “Reports in France indicate the club have made reducing their wage budget a major priority and are trying to retain the services of their highest earner by getting him to sign a new deal. The France international is under contract until 2015, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has offered a two year extension, which would see his current weekly wage slashed. The 27-year-old is thought to be on £90,000-a-week at Lyon and French publication Le Sport 10 has revealed Gourcuff isn't happy with the club's new offer, which could lead to stand-off between club and player, and a possible January move.”
Paper Round's view: Only £90,000 per week, eh? I'm not surprised he's unhappy... This could just be rumblings from his agent in order to try and engineer a move to the Premier League, but it just may be true. If that is the case, then it seems likely that Gourcuff himself is trying to find a reason to force a move to joint league leaders Arsenal. He may just change his mind in January following a collapse that leaves them fourth, though.
Kroenke reveals Wenger has cash to spend in January: Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke praised £42 million signing Mesut Ozil and said manager Arsene Wenger will have more cash available in the January transfer window, according to the Mirror. Ozil has been a huge hit since his move to the Emirates, assisting four goals in two games, and Kroenke believes he is worth every penny of the transfer fee. He said: "We weren’t there to make a statement. It’s absolutely not done for that. It was done purely because our manager views him as worth that money. There are resources available to Arsene. We have always been, and will continue to be, very supportive."
Paper Round's view: Where have we heard this one before? The Arsenal hierarchy were very forthcoming about the finances available during the last transfer window, yet Wenger failed to spend a single penny of it up until the final day. There were talks of Suarez, Rooney and David Villa. Free agent Mathieu Flamini was the man they recruited. To be fair to Wenger, though, he did then pull off one of the summer's best deals.
Liverpool, Arsenal join Juve in hunt for Hinteregger: Liverpool and Arsenal have joined Juventus in the race to sign highly-rated Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger. The Daily Star report: “Hinteregger, 21, capped four times at Under-21 level has featured nine times so far this season and according to the Liverpool Echo Brendan Rodgers is set to step up his efforts to land him. Liverpool will face competition from fellow Premier League side Arsenal, who have had a long-standing interest in Hinteregger. Juventus are also monitoring the situation having watched Hinteregger in recent weeks in the Austrian Bundesliga, which is led by Salzburg.”
Paper Round's view: Liverpool recruited heavily in the summer – especially in defence. They signed Kolo Toure, Aly Cissokho, Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho so it leaves one asking where the young Austrian would play. Arsenal do have a few injury problems and could with another centre-half. Suppose it comes down to which club is willing to cough up more dough.