Manchester United enter race to sign Bale: The Independent reports that David Moyes wants to bring Tottenham winger Gareth Bale to Old Trafford . Real Madrid had seemed certain to sign him but Spurs have apparently "become deeply frustrated by negotiations with the Spanish side."
David Moyes is said to be desperate to get a big signing in: "United's failure to land a big-money signing this summer may persuade them to make a huge investment, to deliver the boost which is badly needed at the start of the David Moyes era, as well as goals and momentum. The failure to secure a marquee name has only amplified the noise created by Wayne Rooney and his desire to leave."
Paper Round's view: The obvious objection to this story is that it bears all the hallmarks of a classic Daniel Levy smokescreen: leak a fake story about a rival bid to force the hand of the only contender. The Independent's story actually acknowledges as much, and adds that, "the odds are stacked against such a deal coming to fruition." We can't see any reason to disagree with that.
No way back for Suarez as he refuses to say sorry: The Daily Mirror reports that "Luis Suarez is refusing to apologise to Brendan Rodgers - and insists there is no way back for him at Liverpool. Rodgers is adamant that Liverpool will not sell the player to Arsenal, but Mirror Sport understands the Gunners want peace talks and boss Arsene Wenger is still hopeful a deal can be struck."
Suarez is apparently very bitter about being denied the chance to move to a bigger club: "Suarez is understood to feel his relationship with Rodgers has completely broken down and is adamant there will be no apology as he feels betrayed by the manager over what he claims was a gentlemen’s agreement to sell if Liverpool had an offer from a Champions League club."
Paper Round's view: Despite Suarez's antics Liverpool are in a simple situation: they really don't need £40 million, but they desperately a need him in their team. And they know full well that Suarez can't afford to take his foot off the gas on the pitch: it's a World Cup year and he will fear falling down the pecking order with Uruguay.
Crunch time for Luiz as Barcelona prepare final offer: The Daily Mirror reports that "Barcelona chiefs will make a final make-or-break offer for David Luiz this week… Luiz is expected to have talks today (Monday) with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to get assurances about his future. Barcelona want Luiz to push for a move but Chelsea have made it clear they do not want to sell and are determined to keep him in this window."
Paper Round's view: Chelsea should do everything they can to hang on to a player who really came into his own last season - but there are persistent rumours that Jose Mourinho isn't keen on the Brazilian, so maybe the Blues' new boss might want to cash in to get a replacement.
Agger wants move to Barcelona: The Daily Mail reports that Daniel Agger could be on his way to the Spanish champions. "Daniel Agger's representatives have indicated he would be open to a move to Barcelona if Liverpool can agree a fee for the defender's release. Despite Liverpool denying they had received an offer for Agger, it is understood Barcelona have made a £15 million bid to secure the Denmark international, who is Liverpool's vice-captain."
Paper Round's view: The bizarre story last week about Agger being made vice-captain seemed odd to us, as if it was some sort of sop to keep the defender happy. Seems like it hasn't worked, and frankly even the chance to be a benchwarmer at the Nou Camp would probably be preferable to being an also-ran on the pitch at Anfield.
Doyle to be forced into wage cut to get Premier League move: Ireland striker Kevin Doyle will have to take a pay cut if he wants to play in the Premier League next season, the Mirror reports. Hull will take him for £3 million, but will only pay him £20,000 a week. "Wolves are desperate to off-load top earner Doyle following a second successive relegation which has dumped them into the third tier of English football. And the Republic of Ireland international hit-man is up for grabs because the Molineux outfit cannot afford his £40,000-a-week salary on their League One budget," the report adds.
Paper round's view: Given how far Doyle's star has fallen as part of a woeful Wolves side he'd be crackers not to take up Hull on their offer - and no doubt Tigers boss Steve Bruce knows it.
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