Terry wanted by Galatasaray: Galatasaray coach Roberto Mancini is to look to secure the services of Chelsea defender John Terry in the New Year, reports The Sun. The report claims that the Turkish giants are willing to match Terry's current £160,000 a week deal, which ends in the summer, with a pre-contract to be tabled in January. The Daily Mail has the same story, although they have no mention of a pre-contract and suggest Terry is wanted once the transfer window re-opens.
Paper Round's view: Terry was a target for Gala last summer, when his future at Stamford Bridge was far from secure after a tumultuous six months under Rafa Benitez. But with Jose Mourinho now back in charge, Terry is enjoying a new lease of life. There is no official word yet, but Terry is surely in a better position now than he was last season to be offered a new one-year deal and it would come as no surprise if he opted to sit tight and wait for a new offer from the Blues.
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City to bring in defenders in January: Manchester City will spend in January in a bid to address their defensive problems after Vincent Kompany's injuries turned out to be more serious than expected. The Daily Mail reports that City boss Manuel Pellegrini knows he must sort out his defence if he is to mount any kind of title challenge, although the paper refrains from mentioning any names. The report adds that City will not, however, look to replace Joe Hart.
Paper Round's view: With just four points from a possible 24 in away matches this season, it's patently obvious that Pellegrini needs to shore up his defence. Dan Agger, currently finding life difficult at Liverpool, appears to be a ready-made replacement.
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Bendtner told to leave Arsenal: Denmark coach Morten Olsen has told Nicklas Bendtner to leave Arsenal in January, according to the Daily Mail. With the Gunners already looking for a striker with Karim Benzema and Edin Dzeko among their targets, Bendtner's time at the Emirates appears to be up. And Olsen would like to see the forward move elsewhere to get more game time, something which would benefit his country.
Paper Round's view: Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to bring in a striker, with Luis Suarez the man they pursued strongest last summer, and that would certainly suggest the end of the road for Bendtner in north London. The question is, is there a top club that would take him now? Probably not, which means something of a drop down for the player, who may not be so keen to accept that.
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Baggies to wear Mickey Mouse ears: West Bromwich Albion's kit man has said he is considering sending his team out to play their next game wearing comedy Mickey Mouse ears, the Daily Telegraph reports. The cheeky suggestion came in a tweet from Pat Frost in the wake of Jose Mourinho's tunnel bust-up with defender Jonas Olsson at the weekend.
Paper Round's view: For what was supposedly a serious 20-man brawl, the incident seems to have become something of a laughing matter, which is odd. Although now the FA has decided not to charge any players, managers or officials over the fracas because the referee did not see it, it is fair game.
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Palace line up Petrescu: Former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu is set for talks with managerless Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mirror. The Romanian is the new lead contender for the post at Selhurst Park, the report claims, and has "backers" within the club.
Paper Round's view: Alan Pardew, Tony Pulis, Chris Coleman, Aitor Karanka, Rene Meulensteen and Iain Dowie have all reportedly been considered, but Petrescu, with his impressive coaching CV from Eastern Europe, could be the best fit for Palace yet.
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