Paper Gossip: United Back in for Herrera, Liverpool Head Chase for "Mini Messi"
Monday's newspapers show a certain lack of invention when it comes to the latest transfer rumours, with Arsenal and Manchester United both linked to renewed bids for players they were heavily linked with in the summer.
One of those moves appears more viable than the other, however.
Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney fumes at media coverage of him, while Liverpool appear to be hot on the trail of Scotland's own "Mini Messi"—although they are not the only ones.
So click on for all of Monday's gossip...
Manchester United to Make Fresh Bid for Ander Herrera
Manchester United will make another bid for summer transfer target Ander Herrera when the January transfer window opens, according to the Daily Telegraph, following comments from David Moyes.
After United's 2-2 draw with Cardiff on Sunday, Moyes admitted that the club were still looking to strengthen in the central midfield area—with a return for Herrera, who they failed to sign on deadline day at the start of the season, a strong possibility.
Jason Burt writes:
A fresh bid is expected in the January transfer window for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera who United attempted to sign in August.
It is understood that the two clubs have continued a dialogue over the 24-year-old after they failed to agree a fee at the end of the last window.
Herrera, who speaks good English, is believed to be extremely keen to join United.
Nevertheless United will not meet the buy-out clause in Herrera’s contract, which is thought to be as high as £36 million.
United offered £20 million plus £3 million in add-ons in August and are not expected to offer more in January.
Moyes is aware of his need to strengthen.
'We felt in the summer we would have like to have got a couple in to midfield and we only added one so it is an area we need to look at,' he said.
The paper also reports that Ryan Giggs is set to be offered a new deal at the club after expressing his desire to continue playing.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney Fumes at Graeme Souness over Criticism
Wayne Rooney has reacted angrily to criticism he received after appearing to lash out at Jordon Mutch during Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Cardiff on Sunday.
Rooney was criticised by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler and studio pundit Graeme Souness, with both wondering how the England international had been allowed to stay on the pitch.
Rooney took exception to the criticism, however, taking to Twitter that evening—in dispatches picked up by many of the Monday newspapers—to express his feeling that he was unfairly singled out, citing a later incident involving Cardiff's Gary Medel.
The striker did concede, however, that his own challenge was not within the laws of the game.
Just watched game back. I agree mine was bad tackle and ref dealt with it. And Martin Tyler didn't shut up about it all game.— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 24, 2013
Then someone slaps someone in face and he doesn't speak a word about it. I like Martin but that's poor from him— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 24, 2013
Sourness the rules are u kick out u should be off. Souness medel gives left hook he's done his job. Haha brilliant— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 24, 2013
Arsenal Step Up Interest in Ciprian Marica
The Metro claims on Monday that Arsenal are ready to move on their interest in Romania international forward Ciprian Marica.
This seems particularly unlikely—and not just because Gunners boss Arsene Wenger suggested last week that he would not buy a striker midseason. Marica was linked with the club in the summer, ostensibly because he was a free agent at the time, but Arsenal snubbed the opportunity to sign him and Getafe swooped in at the end of September.
It seems unlikely that, having overlooked him earlier, Arsenal would now go back for Marica, but that is what the Metro claims.
Chief sports writer Danny Griffiths reports:
Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Romania international forward Ciprian Marica in an effort to fend off neighbours Tottenham.
Spurs were believed to have the inside track on the Getafe forward, according to sources in Spain last week, but it now appears that the Gunners have moved into pole position.
Arsenal want the 28-year-old former Schalke, Stuttgart and Shakhtar Donetsk striker as a cheap alternative to Real Madrid marksman Karim Benzema and Aston Villa attacker Christian Benteke.
Liverpool Fight United over Dundee United's "Mini Messi" Ryan Gauld
Liverpool are closely monitoring Dundee United's 17-year-old forward Ryan Gauld, according to the Daily Mirror, although they may face competition from a host of other Premier League clubs.
Gauld provided all four assists as Dundee United romped to a 4-1 victory over Partick Thistle at the weekend, impressing in front of a host of Premier League scouts.
The Mirror reports:
The 17-year-old was unstoppable in the Terrors’ 4-1 win over Partick Thistle, and sent Premier League talent-spotters home purring about the Scottish starlet.
Aberdeen-born Gauld has attracted interest from Real Madrid thanks to his impressive attacking displays, and the Tannadice club are demanding £6 million to part with one of Europe’s hottest young properties.
Earlier this month, David Moyes sent Jimmy Lumsden to watch Gauld make his Scotland’s Under-21s debut against Georgia.
Newcastle and Everton were also thought to have sent scouts to the game.
Bits and Pieces: Pulis Prepares to Spend Palace Money, Jelavic Out?
The Mirror reckons new Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is ready to spend over £6 million to lure Championship hot-shot Jordan Rhodes away from Blackburn Rovers in January.
Newcastle want Reading's Alex McCarthy to replace Tim Krul, reckons the Daily Star, should they lose the Netherlands international either in January or the summer.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez is ready to sell Nikica Jelavic, as long as he receives a decent offer, believes The Mirror.