Paper Gossip: Gerrard Eyes Revenge, Suarez Boost for Reds, Carrick New Deal
It’s a big night of international football and England captain Steven Gerrard has had his say on the game with Germany.
But for all the talk of World Cups, there’s a whole host of transfer speculation to get stuck into.
There are players linked with moves in and out of the Premier League, while there’s mixed news on the injury front for Arsenal and Tottenham.
All this and more is in Tuesday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.
Steven Gerrard Wants Revenge, Hamann Mocks England over Townsend
England face Germany on Tuesday night and there is plenty of international chatter in the papers.
Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard wants to exorcise the demons of England’s defeat to Germany at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
England were beaten 4-1 on the day. And while much of the focus was on Frank Lampard’s goal that never was, the Three Lions were second best.
Gerrard spoke to the media on Monday and the Star’s Jeremy Cross focused on the line that the England skipper feels the side are far better than they were in 2010.
Per the Cross piece, Gerrard said:
When it comes to internationals, the biggest game is always Germany for us.
I’d say we are better now. I feel that if we were to meet Germany tomorrow in a World Cup situation, I don’t think we’d leave the pitch having been beaten 4-1.
I do feel we are a lot stronger. There’s a good mix of youth and experience in the squad.
It’s not all positive for England, as former Germany international Dietmar Hamann has mocked the Three Lions for pinning their hopes on Andros Townsend.
As Hamann points out, Townsend had struggled to nail down a regular start at Tottenham only a matter of months ago but is now a key figure for England.
The Express’ Richard Tanner has the quotes:
With Germany, if you get your chance to play in the national team at the moment you’re in on merit. With England in recent months and years, that has not always been the case.
You don’t seem to need to have had many good games for your club to get a go.
We’ve seen that with Townsend, who only made his international debut a month or so ago. He has been on loan at nine different clubs—and yet he is being hailed as England’s new saviour.
Chelsea and Manchester United in Scrap for Wesley Sneijder
Dutch midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder could well have Chelsea and Manchester United fighting over his services in January, writes the Star’s Nick Lustig.
Sneijder is on the books of Galatasaray, but his future is up in the air amid talk of a January move.
Per Lustig’s piece, Sneijder was advised by Dutch national boss Louis van Gaal to swap Turkey for Chelsea in January.
But Lustig also reports that United boss David Moyes has set his sights on bringing the midfielder to Old Trafford.
There is another stalking horse—Lustig suggests AC Milan are also interested and may offer Stephan El Shaarawy to Gala in a bid to sweeten the deal.
Nicklas Bendtner Eyes Barcelona and Real Madrid Move
Nicklas Bendtner may be struggling for playing time at Arsenal, but he’s full of confidence and has his sights trained on a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Bendtner has always spoken highly of his own ability. He has so far failed to live up to his own billing and it was only Arsenal’s failure to bring in fresh attacking options in the summer that kept him at the club.
He is again being linked with a January exit and it is a prospect that is not filling him with dread.
In a piece by the Mail’s Matthew Morlidge, Bendtner said:
I'm going somewhere where I know I can be happy to play. With a team where I can score goals and preferably to win something.
I do not want to sit on the bench and staring. I love playing.
And when pressed on the next chapter in his career, per Morlidge, Bendtner replied: "Real Madrid or Barcelona."
Michael Carrick Agrees New Contract with Manchester United
Carrick is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury, but that has not stalled the negotiation process.
And Mokbel states an accord has been reached on a two-and-a-half-year contract extension.
In his piece, Mokbel wrote:
After weeks of talks between both parties an agreement is now in place, with Old Trafford chiefs hopeful of announcing the deal by the end of the week.
It is understood the deal does not include a pay increase from his current £3.5million-a-year deal.
Huge Injury Blow for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen
Tottenham fans may not have been best pleased if they'd picked up a copy of the Mail on Tuesday morning, as a report states midfield playmaker Christian Eriksen could be sidelined until February with an ankle injury.
Eriksen was one of a host of players signed by Spurs in the summer following the Gareth Bale windfall.
His transition has been steady rather than spectacular, but all plans are now on hold according to the Mail.
The report states Eriksen damaged an ankle on international duty with Denmark on Friday.
Per the report in the Mail, the initial prognosis was a two-month layoff. But the damaged ankle ligaments could keep Eriksen out for double that time.
Luis Suarez to Jet in to Aid Liverpool
The benefits of having your own private jet are far-reaching. An obvious one is that you can bring your players back from a long trip away. That is what Liverpool are planning for Luis Suarez.
The striker is on international duty with Uruguay and was due back in England on Friday, less than 24 hours before the Merseyside derby with Everton.
But the Reds have been boosted by the news owner John W Henry has laid on his jet, reports the Mirror’s David Maddock.
Maddock states Henry’s jet will fly from Boston to Montevideo to pick up Suarez before whisking him back to Liverpool on Thursday.
Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott Set to Boost Arsenal with Return from Injury
A hamstring niggle had been troubling Ramsey, while Walcott has not played since September on account of a stomach problem.
However, Cross reports that both have been cleared for duty and could be in contention to face Southampton at the weekend.
Mousa Dembele Speaks of Tottenham Frustration
Mousa Dembele has spoken of his frustration with his lack of playing time at Tottenham, writes the Mirror’s Darren Lewis.
Dembele has found it tough to hold down a regular start at Spurs and has revealed manager Andre Villas-Boas has told him it will be not be easy for him to fit into his system.
Per the Lewis piece, Dembele said:
The coach has explained that he makes a tactical choice, he wants more defensive players in midfield.
I can’t be satisfied with it, of course, I just want to play as many games.
And in what is a World Cup year, Lewis suggests Belgium international Dembele may look to move on in a bid to secure regular playing time.
Eden Hazard Tells Kevin De Bruyne to Quit Chelsea
Eden Hazard has told his Belgium and Chelsea team-mate Kevin De Bruyne to leave Stamford Bridge in a bid to save his World Cup dream.
De Bruyne has failed to make any impact on the Chelsea team this season, despite being a star figure for Belgium.
The winger has been linked with a January move away from the club and Hazard believes that would be the best course of action.
The Star’s George Scott has the quotes:
Playing at a World Cup without being in action for a year, I think that's very difficult.
I think for him that leaving and playing would be good.
If we want to get the best out of Kevin, it's best if he leaves.
Bits and Pieces: Barcelona Eye Berbatov, Arsenal and Spurs Battle for Halilovic
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is keen to tie loan signing Ki Sung-Yueng to a permanent deal from Swansea, writes the Star's David Wright.
Hull City are readying a January raid for Moroccan midfielder Nordin Amrabat, according to the Mirror. The report claims Galatasaray are ready to deal in a bid to meet their Turkish players quota.
Arsenal are ready to irk North London rivals Tottenham by moving for Dinamo Zagreb’s Alen Halilovic, says Ben Jefferson of the Express.
Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez has emerged as a target for Chelsea as they seek out a long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, per the Express’ Jefferson.
Express scribe Jefferson has been extremely busy, as he also claims Fulham forward Dimitar Berbatov has emerged as a surprise target for Barcelona.