Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal's Transfer Hunt and England WAGs Storm
The window might be closed until January, but transfer talk is still prominent in the papers.
Arsenal are planning for January, while Manchester United are licking their wounds and Steven Gerrard is looking at life after retirement.
There's also the small matter of World Cup qualifying as well as bits and pieces about injuries.
Read on for Friday's instalment of the Paper News and Gossip roundup.
Arsene Wenger Has Sights on Striker Signing
Arsene Wenger secured the marquee player Arsenal fans craved with the capture of Mesut Ozil, be he did not get the striker that he craved.
Olivier Giroud is the front man of Wenger's attack, but the Frenchman may attempt to remedy that in January.
The Daily Mirror's John Cross states Wenger has been given the green light to make a "mega signing" in January.
In his piece, Cross writes: “Mirror Sport understands the Gunners will back their manager to go after whoever he wants in January, and that there is still a determination to bring in a proven centre-forward.”
Cross claims Wenger failed with a loan bid for Chelsea's Demba Ba on deadline day, but he says a permanent solution will be targeted in January—with long-term target Luis Suarez still in his sights.
Fresh Injury Blow for Manchester City
A raft of injuries to defenders prompted Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini to raid the market for a defender.
His January recruit Martin Demichelis has joined the list of injuries, writes Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.
Wheeler claims Demichelis damaged knee ligaments in training and will be out of action for six weeks. Wheeler says it is unlikely the injury will require an operation.
City's most notable defensive issue regards captain Vincent Kompany, although Matija Nastasic returned to fitness and featured in the win over Hull on August 31.
England's WAGs in the Spotlight
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The papers love a good WAGs story and Neil Ashton in the Mail reveals England's players "shipped in" their wives and girlfriends ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier with Moldova.
England, under the guidance of manager Roy Hodgson, arrived at their usual base at the Grove in Hertfordshire on Thursday and Ashton reports that the WAGs were also in attendance.
In his piece, Ashton claims:
The scenes were reminiscent of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when wives and girlfriends stayed en masse at the Brenners Park Hotel in Baden-Baden.
Although the women could not gain access to the annexe that specifically houses the England players, some were seen openly wandering around the hotel and the grounds with their respective partners.
Under the headline "Roy hit by WAG storm," Ashton also states that no rules were broken by any of the players.
So, a story about WAGs but not exactly a storm.
Steven Gerrard Wants Liverpool's Top Job
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool manager. That statement will be music to the ears of Reds fans, but it could happen as the player has admitted to twentyfour7 Football, via the Mail's Graeme Yorke, that he wants to take charge of the only club he has played for.
Gerrard has spent his entire career at Anfield and admits that, at 33, he is thinking about life after playing.
And it would appear management could be on the agenda, as per Yorke's piece in the Mail.
The dream come true would be to manage Liverpool, when the Liverpool job becomes available.
There are world-class managers there ready already but we’ll have to wait and see, it would be the icing on the cake.
I need to start planning for the future. I am planning on doing my badges and qualifications over the next 12 months.
Gerrard went on to admit that clubs have attempted to prise him away from Anfield and that he believes Luis Suarez is the best player in the Premier League.
Manchester United's Transfer Window Fail
Manchester United chief executive Edward Woodward has admitted the club made a mess of their summer transfer plans, states David McDonnell in the Mirror.
Woodward has been charged with replacing David Gill at Old Trafford and he has come in for criticism for his handling of the club’s transfer dealings.
The club were able to persuade Wayne Rooney to stay at United, but McDonnell says Woodward has “privately conceded that the champions DID come up short in this summer’s transfer window.”
Bits and Pieces: Andre Villas-Boas' Bale Anger and Carlton Cole's West Ham Blow
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas wants the transfer window to be closed earlier, writes Marco Giacomelli in the Standard.
Villas-Boas saw Gareth Bale leave Tottenham for Real Madrid in the final days of the window and he feels there was too much pressure placed on the player and his club.
Carlton Cole will not be rejoining West Ham, writes Mark Bryans in the Independent.
West Ham announced earlier this week that Cole was undergoing a medical, but Bryans’ piece claims the striker failed to prove his fitness.
Wilson also reports in another piece in the Daily Star that Tottenham lodged a bid for Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez.
Arsenal are ready to offer new contracts to defensive pair Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker, writes Jack De Menezes of the Independent.