Paper Gossip: Arsenal Track Hernandez, Utd Want Khedira, Cavani Wants Out?
Friday's gossip columns go heavy on stories involving Manchester United and Arsenal, as the two Premier League sides prepare to meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.
It appears Arsenal have their eye on one of United's possibly unsettled squad players, while United are looking further afield in their bid to reinforce their troublesome midfield area.
Elsewhere, Edinson Cavani could be about to spark a brutal fight for his signature—while the days of seeing Steven Gerrard in an England shirt could be coming to an end.
Click on for all the main headlines from Friday's media.
Arsenal Weigh Up Shock Bid for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez
Arsenal are considering a January bid for Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez as they search desperately for cover for Olivier Giroud.
Sami Mokbel writes:
The Gunners have compiled an extensive dossier on the Mexico striker following numerous scouting missions.
Arsenal will try to sign a new striker in January, and a move for Hernandez is viewed as a realistic option by the north London club given the 25-year-old's lack of game time at Old Trafford.
Wenger - who is also interested in a loan switch for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente - is worried Giroud is approaching the 'red-zone' and made a new striker a January priority.
The France international has started all of Arsenal's Premier League and Champions League games this season, raising concerns of burn-out.
Hernandez has hinted at his dissatisfaction at Old Trafford in recent weeks, taking to Twitter to retweet a story where his Mexico teammate Carlos Vela suggested the striker would soon have to look elsewhere for opportunities.
Manchester United Ponder £35 Million Sami Khedira Approach
Manchester United, meanwhile, are still looking at ways they can enhance their midfield options—with Real Madrid's Sami Khedira once again a strong possibility.
Claims have been made that United manager David Moyes sent Phil Neville to run the rule over the German international last week, as they consider reviving the interest they showed at the end of the summer transfer window.
Moyes sent assistant coach Phil Neville to watch Khedira in action in the Bernabeu side's thrilling 7-3 home win over Sevilla last week.
United made a late, but ultimately unsuccessful, move for the 26-year-old in the summer transfer window.
Moyes ended up buying midfielder Marouane Fellaini from previous club Everton on deadline day for £27million, but the Belgian has struggled to adapt and failed to make the desired impact.
With Fellaini also facing a wrist operation that could rule him out for two months, Moyes is keen to bolster his midfield at the earliest possible opportunity.
Edinson Cavani Sparks Premier League Race After Admitting He Wants to Leave PSG
If a move for Javier Hernandez fails, the Daily Express reckons Arsenal might have a chance to snare Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.
The paper claims that the Uruguayan international is already having second thoughts about his summer move to the French capital and "may be ready to ask his advisors to discretely investigate a move away."
Citing a report from local media outlet Le10Sport, the Express claims Cavani is unhappy playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his strike partner who has garnered the majority of the plaudits after some outstanding goals already this season.
Chelsea and Manchester City are ready to rival Arsenal for Cavani's signature, however.
Liverpool Boss Says Steven Gerrard Will Retire from England After World Cup
Steven Gerrard will retire from England duty following this summer's World Cup, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
Gerrard, the current Three Lions captain, has 107 caps for his country and will be 34 by the end of next summer's tournament in Brazil.
And Rodgers believes his club skipper will call it a day at international in order to extend his career at Anfield—a move previously made by the likes of Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Rodgers said:
I think it’s something he will assess and look at.
If you go to a World Cup in Brazil at 34 years of age you might not have many more championships left in you. Very few players do. I can think of [Inter Milan and Argentina's Javier] Zanetti and [AC Milan and Italy's Paolo] Maldini who have played on late but it’s rare.
It will be Steven’s decision. But I’m sure in these years now he’ll want to maximise every cap, every performance and every minute on the pitch he can, and that’s what he’s trying to do.
But, for Steven, he probably looks at it as though this is his last international year and after the World Cup that will be all finished and he will have time to rest.
Gerrard has yet to make any public comments about his international plans.
Watch Out, United! Aaron Ramsey Hits Back at Wayne Rooney After Jibes
Aaron Ramsey has hit back at Wayne Rooney's claims that Premier League leaders Arsenal will fade in the second half of the season.
Ramsey, who has been so integral to the Gunners' fine start to the campaign, reckons the club are well-positioned to get even stronger as the season goes on—throwing down the gauntlet to Rooney and Manchester United ahead of their meeting on Sunday.
As quoted by The Times (subscription required), Ramsey said:
I think the boss said the other day that, since January, we’re the team who have picked up most points.
I don’t think our form has been that bad after Christmas. In the last few seasons we’ve had to dig in and get a load of points to get fourth place. Our biggest problem over the last few seasons has been [not] starting off well, but we’ve managed that this season.
If we can get into a strong position, then our ability to get as many points as we can in the run-in has been second to none.
Bits and Pieces
Liverpool are keen to let Raheem Sterling go out on loan in January, reports the Daily Mirror, but want to secure an experienced replacement—possibly Sporting Lisbon's Diego Capel—first.
Arsenal are also tracking Brazilian full-back Fabinho, according to the Daily Mail, after some impressive performances while on loan at Monaco from Rio Ave.
Lewis Holtby hopes Schalke's Julian Draxler and Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus could be heading to the Premier League in the near future, according to the Evening Standard.
The Daily Star claims caretaker manager Keith Millen is eager to give up the reins at Crystal Palace, but the club is yet to find a suitable replacement for Ian Holloway. Chris Coleman and Alex McLeish are the current front-runners.