Wilshere in England injury storm: Jack Wilshere is at the centre of a club v country storm after sustaining an injury while on international duty for England against Germany, reports the Daily Mail. The paper claims that Roy Hodgson's decision to play the midfielder on Tuesday's friendly angered the Gunners as they had requested he plays only in one of the two recent matches. He took a hefty knock on his ankle in the 1-0 defeat, leaving Arsenal "stunned" their plea was ignored.
Paper Round's view: Without any quotes from Arsenal - or even a Gunners 'source' - there doesn't seem too much weight behind this story. If there is any 'storm', it's only in a teacup.
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Clarke could leave West Brom: West Brom run the risk of losing manager Steve Clarke for nothing in the summer after failing to open contract talks, reports the Daily Mirror. Baggies owner Jeremy Peace is yet to table even an initial offer with just seven months left on Clarke's current deal and rival clubs may be tempted to act on the situation and try to snare Clarke.
Paper Round's view: Clarke has done well since arriving at The Hawthorns and fully deserves a new deal. There is nothing to suggest he won't be offered something and considering he is known to want to build something at West Brom, it doesn't seem too likely he will jump ship.
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Liverpool to bid for Mitroglou: Liverpool will launch a £7 million bid for Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, reports the Daily Mirror. The paper claims that the Reds were impressed with what they saw on a scouting mission to watch the Olympiacos star score a vital goal as Greece qualified for the World Cup finals.
Paper Round's view: Not a bad buy at just £7m, considering he has netted four hat-tricks this season, 14 goals in 10 league games and six in his last seven international matches, and it would be easy to see why Brendan Rodgers would want him on his bench as back-up for Sturridge and Suarez. But just why is he so cheap?
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Draxler hints at summer Arsenal move: Schalke star Julian Draxler has told Arsenal to forget about signing him in January, but suggested they may have a chance in the summer. The Daily Mirror reports that the Germany midfielder has a €45million buy-out clause in his contract and that Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the 20-year-old. He ruled out a move in the New Year, so as not to disrupt his World Cup plans, but admitted: "I’ve said every summer I have to look what is the best for me and I will do in the summer again and we will see what happens.”
Paper Round's view: That does sound like a man who is tempted by a move in the summer, especially if he can improve his remuneration at the Emirates. And what a signing he would be for Wenger, not least because Chelsea are after him too.
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