United fail in Coentrao swoop: Manchester United have failed in a late bid to take Real Madrid left-back to Old Trafford on a season-long loan with paperwork apparently not completed in time, according to the Daily Mirror.
Paper Round's view: This pretty much sums up David Moyes's summer efforts in the transfer market - a botched attempt to bring in a player he doesn't really need. Along with the Ander Herrera debacle, it proved to be a horribly disappointing day for United, and the signing of Marouane Fellaini is unlikely to appease fans who were expecting slightly more from this window.
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Ozil turned down PSG: Mesut Ozil turned down a bigger offer from French club Paris Saint-Germain to sign for Arsenal, reports the Daily Mirror. The Germany international was swayed after lengthy talks on the telephone with Arsene Wenger over the past few days - and he will still earn around £140,000-a-week at the Emirates.
Paper Round's view: Wenger's smooth talk clearly did the trick, and for that he and Arsenal fans must be hugely thankful. The Gunners were on the verge of completing a terribly underwhelming transfer window, but with Ozil on board, things are already looking brighter for the club. Still, they could have strengthened other areas of the squad.
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Fellaini begged for move: Marouane Fellaini delivered a transfer request in person as he made a late bid to secure a move to Manchester United, reports the Daily Mirror. The Belgium international drove himself to the Toffees' training ground at 7:30pm to speak personally with manager Roberto Martinez and pleaded with him to sanction a move. The paper reveals that the midfielder got his wish just five minutes before the transfer deadline when United made a fourth offer.
Paper Round's view: Fellaini will undoubtedly be popular with Moyes after his efforts to win a move, but United will be very aware that they have just signed a player for £4m more than they could have had him for a month ago.
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Suarez delighted to stay at Liverpool: Luiz Suarez has said he is "delighted" to stay at Liverpool after an unsettled summer during which he has persistently angled after a move elsewhere. The Daily Mail claims the Uruguayan said while on international duty: "'In that moment I said if something happens then good, but if I was staying at Liverpool I'd be delighted. This is over a while now."
Paper Round's view: So, Suarez would still welcome a move elsewhere if it came along. When is he going to stop? Expect more of the same tedium during the January transfer window.
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Bale would have moved for a penny: The Guardian reports that the world's most expensive player Gareth was not motivated by money during his lengthy transfer to Real Madrid. "The transfer is between Tottenham and Real Madrid," he said as he was presented to his new public in Madrid. "I'd have come here for a penny."
Paper Round's view: It would be interesting to know if Bale's agent harbours the same sentiments. Jonathan Barnett must be one of this summer's biggest winners, having extricated his client from the clutches of Daniel Levy, got him to Madrid and for an eye-watering fee and astounding wages. Well done that man.
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