Papers Review: Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2013

Papers Review: Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale

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    We kick off another week with stacks of transfer gossip, with familiar and not-so-familiar faces showing up in Monday's papers.

    There are reports that two major names, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, are ready to force their way out of their clubs.

    On top of that, there is talk of movement at Tottenham, while it appears Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has his eyes on more than just Liverpool's Uruguayan striker.

    We've got all the newspaper transfer gossip here, so read on for more. 

Wayne Rooney Ready to Up the Ante at Manchester United

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    If Wayne Rooney wants to swap Manchester United for Chelsea, he will have to force the transfer, reports Rob Beasley in The Sun (subscription).

    Chelsea had a bid rejected earlier in the summer and Beasley reports that a second offer, of £30 million, was batted back by United on Sunday.

    Red Devils boss David Moyes has insisted that he wants to keep hold of Rooney, but Beasley's piece claims that the striker is now planning to make a formal transfer request.

    Quoting a United source, Beasley's piece states:

    Wayne is still hell-bent on going this summer-he doesn't see any way back at United.

    He has been patient so far, but he is ready to step things up now.

    Time is running out for him tot get this situation resolved and Wayne knows it.

    Beasley's report also claims that Chelsea have no desire to up the ante to the £40 million fee he claims United are holding out for. 

West Brom Enter Chase for Jermain Defoe

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    West Brom have trained their sights on Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, Paul Jiggins exclusively writes in The Sun (subscription).

    Tottenham are on the brink of signing Roberto Soldado from Valencia, which would see Defoe slip down the striking pecking order, and Jiggins claims the 30-year-old is considering his future at White Hart Lane.

    The forward is also a target for Queens Park Rangers, as confirmed by a piece by Darren Lewis in the Mirror, which quotes R's striker Andy Johnson as saying he would love to work with the England international.

    However, Jiggins claims Defoe is unsure about dropping into the Championship, which would leave West Brom heading the chase. 

Forcing Tactics from Luis Suarez at Liverpool?

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    Arsene Wenger has claimed that he is unlikely to add to his ranks before the club face their Champions League qualifier later this month. Nevertheless, Arsenal's pursuit of Luis Suarez continues, and the Mirror's John Cross claims the Uruguayan may attempt to force his way out of Liverpool this week.

    Wenger left Gunners fans on edge at the weekend when saying that he is nowhere near adding to his squad. Suarez remains the Gunners' top target all the same, and Cross says the stakes could be raised this week.

    Arsenal may have seen their bids rejected, but according to widespread reports, Suarez has been left angered by Liverpool's stance.

    Cross claims the striker and his advisers are looking at a range of options, including "legal action, Premier League arbitration and even putting in a transfer request after 'broken promises.'" 

Arsenal Step Up Omar Abdulrahman Hunt

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    Arsene Wenger, whose pursuit of Luis Suarez is ongoing, has other irons in the fire. He is currently looking to hand a trial to Omar Abdulrahman, writes John Cross in the Mirror.

    Abdulrahman impressed for UAE at the Olympics. His club, Al Ain, have fielded enquires from Arsenal.

    Cross quotes Rashid bin Mubarak Al Hajri, deputy chairman of Al Ain, as saying: "Have we had an offer from Arsenal for him to come to train? Then yes."

    Cross also reports that Arsenal are confident of sealing a deal despite Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Valencia all showing interest in the forward. 

Gareth Bale No-Show at Tottenham Would Hit Him in the Pocket

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    Gareth Bale has shown no signs of not being committed to Tottenham, despite the talk of a transfer to Real Madrid.

    Widespread reports claim Bale wants to move to Madrid and has informed Tottenham of this.

    Still, Bale reported for training as normal last week, as Sky Sports News’ yellow breaking news ticker was quick to inform us.

    Bale is on a day off this Monday, and the Mirror's Darren Lewis claims the attacker has headed for a short break in Wales.

    Lewis also writes that Bale will face a fine if he does not report for training on Tuesday. 

Bits and Pieces: Darren Bent, Loic Remy

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    Manchester United have been hunting Cesc Fabregas for much of the summer, but the Metro’s Daniel Jones claims the Red Devils have now walked away from any deal for the Barcelona star. 

    Newcastle are still to bring in any players in the summer transfer window, but they could be close to two dealsaccording to a report from Massimo Marioni in the Metro. Marioni’s piece quotes Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear as saying deals for Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and QPR’s Loic Remy are progressing well.

    The switchboard at MK Dons may be ringing hot this week, as the Mirror’s Alan Nixon claims Liverpool and Arsenal are ready to do battle for the signature of teenage midfielder Dele Alli.

    Kenneth Omeruo could be heading out on loan from Chelsea, and the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones claims Liverpool, Swansea and West Brom have all shown interest in the defender.