Paper News & Gossip: Match-Fixing, Tottenham Hotspur Target Luis Enrique
The unsavoury subject of match-fixing has reared its ugly head in the newspapers on Thursday morning.
The Daily Telegraph has uncovered a worrying story, which has resulted in six arrests in England over match-rigging.
Who else is making the headlines in Thursday's papers? Read on to find out more.
6 People Arrested in Match-Fixing Investigation
Claire Newell and Holly Watt of the Daily Telegraph have unearthed an excellent—if unpleasant—story over match-fixing in England.
Their report claims six members of an alleged betting syndicate have been arrested on suspicion of match-fixing in the English lower leagues.
Former Bolton player Delroy Facey is named in the Telegraph report as one of those held by the National Crime Agency.
The NCA was quoted in the Telegraph report as saying:
Six men have been arrested across the country as part of an NCA investigation into alleged football match fixing.
The focus of the operation is a suspected international illegal betting syndicate.
The NCA is working closely with the Gambling Commission and the Football Association.
The Telegraph article states that no Premier League clubs are involved in the investigation.
Tottenham Consider Luis Enrique If AVB Leaves White Hart Lane
Tottenham are considering a move for Celta de Vigo head coach Luis Enrique if they decide to part company with Villas-Boas, reports Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.
The former Chelsea manager has come under increasing pressure since the six-goal drubbing at Manchester City on Sunday after a summer spending spree.
Enrique previously worked with Tottenham director of football Franco Baldini at Roma, highlights Ashton in his report.
However, Villas-Boas insists he is "immune" to speculation over his future, as Ashton reports:
I am immune right now. I used to read a lot into situation like this but not anymore.
I am very indifferent. There is only one quarter that I come under pressure from, which is the press.
I have the confidence of the board (and) of my players.
Meanwhile, John Drayton of the Daily Mail claims Tottenham are confident of capturing Southampton defender Luke Shaw from under the noses of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Spurs are also considering a move for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.
Ryan Giggs Hits 40 with Praise as Manchester United Eye Ribeiro, Sandro
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs was singled out for praise by Manchester United manager David Moyes after his performance in the 5-0 Champions League win at Bayer Leverkusen.
David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror was among a number of reporters to note Moyes' opinion of the former Wales international, who will be 40 on Friday:
He’s an unbelievable footballer and is even getting better. His vision, his pass for Nani’s last goal...you wouldn’t say he needed to come off because of his fitness.
He’s a wonderful footballer and I’m lucky to be working with him. I got asked the question the other day about how long he’ll carry on and the situation with Ryan is that you keep playing.
He’ll tell us when he thinks he’s had enough, but he keeps training, he keeps playing and his performances have been excellent.
Meanwhile, Moyes is weighing up his options for the future with Nick Lustig of the Daily Star reporting that United have opened talks with the Brazilian FA over the best way to land Cruzeiro forward Everton Ribeiro.
The Old Trafford boss is also looking at Porto and Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Liverpool Target Ryan Bertrand as Fabio Borini Urges Permanent Move from Reds
Liverpool are considering a move for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, report John Percy and Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph.
Anfield left-back Luis Enrique has been ruled out until early 2014 with a knee injury, and Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers is looking at Bertrand as a possible replacement to maintain the club's Premier League hopes.
Meanwhile, striker Fabio Borini—who is on loan at Sunderland—wants a return to Italy in January, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Olympiacos coach Jose Miguel Michel has conceded that it will be hard to keep hold of Liverpool and Arsenal target Konstantinos Mitroglou, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Bits and Pieces: Mathieu Flamini, Jackson Martinez, Joe Cole, Sergio Aguero
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has vowed to toe the club line on his shirt, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger voiced his displeasure after Flamini cut the sleeves off his jersey—going against the club's tradition that players wear the same style shirt as the captain in matches.
Former Arsenal defender and one-time assistant to Wenger, Pat Rice, has been admitted to hospital for cancer treatment, reports Richard Smith of the Daily Mirror.
Chelsea have opened talks with the agent for Porto striker Jackson Martinez with a January move dependent on the Portuguese club's Champions League results, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Chelsea fans travelling back from the Champions League tie at FC Basel via budget airline EasyJet were surprised when Blues captain John Terry joined them, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).
West Ham midfielder Joe Cole insists reports claiming he wants to leave Upton Park are wrong, reports the Daily Express.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has assured fans that striker Sergio Aguero was not injured when he was substituted at half-time during the Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
Napoli are preparing a £10 million move for Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia, claims The Sun (subscription required).