Rooney faces dressing room backlash: Most of today's papers have the story that certain Manchester United players' relationships with Rooney are becoming increasingly strained. Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra are named as those concerned that their pleas for the striker to stay at Old Trafford have gone ignored.
The Independent says Rooney's relationship with United "is drifting into a deep and irretrievable state of estrangement" while the Daily Mirror claims that "tensions are running high" within United's squad and that there is an "increasing antagonism" from senior players towards him.
Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that the England international is prepared to take on United and issue a formal transfer request to push through his wanted move to Chelsea, and the Daily Telegraph claims that a move to Arsenal should not be discounted, given that United would conceivably rather do business with the Gunners - considered as less of a title threat - than Chelsea.
Paper Round's view: The saga continues, although at least these latest reports advance the story somewhat. Rooney's agitation for a move to Chelsea can only be boosted by the claims - true or not, we'll probably never know - that his current team-mates are "unhappy" or "angry" with the situation; he has more grounds to claim that his position at the club is untenable.
Still, United are likely to refuse to do a deal with Chelsea until after the two sides meet. Which means more of the same for some weeks to come.
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Suarez to take legal action against Liverpool: Luis Suarez is considering taking legal action against Liverpool as he to tries to engineer a move elsewhere. The Daily Mail reports that Uruguayan striker believes the Reds have reneged on a clause in his contract that he says entitles him to leave if a Champions League club bids more than £40 million for him. Arsenal have already entered such a bid, which was turned down.
Paper Round: Reports last week suggested Suarez had accepted Liverpool's interpretation of the terms of the clause in his contract but, if this latest report is to be believed, a legal challenge seems to be the only remaining option for him if he is to win a move to Arsenal without handing in a formal transfer request, which he is clearly loath to do.
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Newcastle linked with Downing: Stewart Downing is on the verge of being told he can leave Liverpool, according to the Guardian, with Newcastle a possible destination for the winger. The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear is hopeful he can conclude a deal for around £5m - representing a sizable loss for a player signed for £20m from Aston Villa two summers ago.
Paper Round's view: Having showed signs of a resurgence in form in the latter stages of last season, Downing could represent a decent buy for Newcastle. He was never worth £20m, but £5m might well prove a bargain.
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Defoe wanted by Besiktas: Turkish side Besiktas have targeted Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe after failing in their bid to take Emmanuel Adebayor from White Hart Lane. The Daily Mail report that the Istanbul club are ready to rival QPR for the signature of the England international and willing to pay wages of around £3m a year.
Paper Round's view: Competition for places in Spurs' forward line will be intense this season, given arrival of Roberto Soldado and with even more new recruits likely to arrive if Gareth Bale's bumper sale to Real Madrid goes through. Defoe would do well to seek pastures new. The fly in the ointment is that playing in Turkey might hurt his England chances in a World Cup year.
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Everton interested in Alderweireld: Both The Times and the Guardian report that Everton have registered their interest in Belgium international Toby Alderweireld. The Guardian claims there is interest from Liverpool too for the £6m-rated Ajax central defender, while quoting his agent Soren Lerby, who said: "It is true that Everton came forward for Alderweireld. Though there are other concrete directions, Toby must now look at which team he finds the most challenging."
Paper Round's view: Another from the rich pool of Belgian talent, Alderweireld would certainly bolster Robert Martinez's back line and give him some comfort amid speculation over the future of Johnny Heitinga. And for £6m, given he is in the last 12 months of his contract in Amsterdam, he could be a steal.