Premier League - Paper Round: Eto'o wants Chelsea move

Samuel Eto'o has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Chelsea, while leaky Manchester City are to step up their search for a central defender - here are the stories making the headlines in the papers this morning.

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Eto'o wants Mourinho reunion: The Daily Mirror reports that former Internazionale striker Eto'o is keen on linking up with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. The pair worked together in Milan, winning the Champions League, and with Anzhi Makhachkala looking to sell high-earning players to slash their wage bill, Eto'o has spotted a chance to link up once again with Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Paper Round's view: The paper has quotes from Eto'o, who "would like to have the chance to play under him again". Of course he would, although it's not only a reunion with Mourinho that appeals to Eto'o. There is the opportunity to play in a top league once again - no disrespect to the Russian Premier League - and, let's not forget, if Eto'o is to leave Anzhi, Roman Abramovich is more than capable of paying the kind of wages Eto'o has become used to in Russia. Whether Chelsea would bring in a 32-year-old remains to be seen, though.

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City target central defender: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to step up his search for a top central defender after watching his side ship eight goals in their last three pre-season games, the Daily Mirror reports. With Real Madrid's Pepe proving difficult to snare, Pellegrini has drawn up a list of alternatives, containing Schalke’s coveted Greece international Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Napoli skipper Paolo Cannavaro.

Paper Round's view: City have gone about their transfer business this summer in a largely efficient way, yet a central defender remains elusive. Pepe would have been a great addition, while Papadopoulos could be too, given his potential. Schalke, however, will drive a hard bargain for him, especially now that the window is nearing a close and City's desperation is increasing. A deal for Cannavaro is unlikely to happen given that City have already rejected one offer of the player from Napoli.

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Suarez ban on transfer talk: Luis Suarez has asked his international team-mates and even the Uruguay FA to stay silent on his transfer during the international break. Suarez is set to feature against Japan on Wednesday but has refused to discuss his future, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper adds that Suarez is still desperate to leave Anfield and that his camp are now considering presenting legal documents to Liverpool which could clear the way for a move to Arsenal, who will come back with a new bid this week.

Paper Round's view: Suarez bans talks of transfer, papers still manage to fill column inches with Suarez transfer talk. And the likelihood is that we will still get Suarez news throughout the week, even though there is nothing new to say.

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Rooney 'injury free': Most papers have the story that Wayne Rooney has been injury-free for "several days", according to Roy Hodgson. The Daily Mirror's take on the England boss's comments is that the Manchester United striker is laughing in the face of his club manager David Moyes's claims that the wantaway star has been sidelined through injury. Meanwhile The Sun's headline says "Roy rubbishes crock claim".

Paper Round's view: Nobody really believed that Rooney was really injured, did they? Hodgson's comments simply confirm what was already suspected - that Moyes had denied him the chance to play, given the speculation over a possible transfer to Chelsea. So, situation untenable is the status quo.

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Downing to complete West Ham move: Steward Downing is set to complete a £6 million move to West Ham from Liverpool, the Daily Mail reports, with the winger hoping the deal will help him get back into England's World Cup picture. The 34-cap midfielder underwent a medical at Upton Park last night, the paper says, and will seal the move today.

Paper Round's view: This seems like a done deal. If Downing can begin to rediscover some of his previous form this will prove great business for Sam Allardyce - who has also raided Anfield for Andy Carroll at a cut price. As the Mail points out, West Ham have paid just £23m for two players who cost Liverpool £55m. And both harbour aspirations of playing at the World Cup.

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Gustavo hopeful of Arsenal move: The Guardian has quotes from Luiz Gustavo on his potential move to Arsenal. "I have heard about the Arsenal interest. It's a big club we're talking about here so of course I'd like to play for them," the Bayern Munich defensive midfielder said. The paper reports that Arsene Wenger would have to pay £14m for the Brazil international, who would "jump at the chance" to join the Gunners.

Paper Round's view: The paper adds that Arsenal are hopeful of completing a deal this week and, with the player himself clearly enthused by the idea of moving to the Emirates, this looks like a deal Wenger will manage to make this transfer window. And it looks like Gustavo could fit in well in the Premier League, even if it's not the big-name signing Gunners fans were promised at the beginning of the summer.

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