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Paper News and Gossip: Theo Walcott World Cup Jinx, Man Utd's £200M to Spend

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 7, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Theo Walcott World Cup Jinx, Man Utd's £200M to Spend

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    Theo Walcott dominates the back pages of Tuesday's newspapers after being ruled out of the World Cup finals with a serious knee injury.

    The England international will be out for six months with the problem he picked up in the FA Cup win over Tottenham, and will now miss the remainder of the Premier League season.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes will have spending power this month, but will he spend it, questions one report.

    Who else is making the headlines on Tuesday? Read on to find out more.

Theo Walcott Fears He May Never Play in a World Cup After 3rd Disappointment

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    Arsenal and England star Walcott has suffered another World Cup disappointment after being ruled out of this year's finals in Brazil with a knee injury.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports that the 24-year-old fears he may never play in FIFA's elite tournament after a third successive let-down ahead of the summer finals.

    Walcott was a surprise selection for Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2006, but did not play, and he was omitted from the squad four years ago by Fabio Capello.

    Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) spoke with Walcott's father, Don, who revealed the extent of his son's agony:

    In 2006 people thought maybe he shouldn't have gone because he was so young and he didn't get on the field. 

    Then, in 2010, some thought he should have gone to South Africa when he wasn't picked. 

    Now, in 2014, he cannot go and you wonder if he is destined never to play at a World Cup. 

    He had been injured already this season but came back and was enjoying his  football. He believed Arsenal could get a trophy this season and was looking forward to Brazil. But what can he do?

    He didn't think it was too bad after the game but it was worse than everybody thought.

    However, football medicine specialist Michael Davison has told the Daily Telegraph that Walcott should not be ruled out of the World Cup just yet.

David Moyes Will Have Reported £200M to Rebuild Manchester United

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    Depending on your newspaper of choice, Manchester United manager Moyes has between £50 million and £200 million available to bolster his ailing team.

    The home FA Cup third-round defeat by Swansea on Sunday was a further low in a disappointing start to his United career for Moyes.

    But the Old Trafford owners, the Glazer family, are prepared to back their man with a transfer war chest between now and the summer, according to reports.

    Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail claims the figure will be £200 million, which will be spent in the summer, while Simon Bird and David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror say £100 million will be available this month.

    Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required) goes for a lower-end figure of £50 million being available this month to Moyes.

    The spectre of former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson returned after the 2-1 defeat to Swansea, with Moyes restoring the "hairdryer" treatment to his players, reports James Ducker of The Times (subscription required).

Juan Mata Set for Talks over Chelsea Future, as Palace Eye Demba Ba

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    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is set for talks over his future this week as Atletico Madrid prepare to make their move, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Spaniard's agent and father, Juan senior, will arrive in London for negotiations before the weekend.

    Mata has not played regularly under Jose Mourinho this season, and fears his place in the Spain World Cup squad is in danger, according to the report.

    Cross also claims Atletico are considering a loan deal for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer, while Napoli and Inter Milan are monitoring the situation.

    Crystal Palace are weighing up a loan move for Chelsea striker Demba Ba, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

Sturridge Set for Early Liverpool Return, but Chelsea 'Angry' over Moses

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    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will boost his team's Premier League hopes by returning to action earlier than expected, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international has been out of action since the end of November due to an ankle injury, but could feature in the game at Stoke this weekend, a month ahead of schedule, according to the article.

    However, Maddock also reports that Liverpool's moves for Barcelona striker Cristian Tello and Basel winger Mohamed Salah this month have stalled.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have been angered by the treatment of Victor Moses at Anfield after loaning the winger to the Reds, reports Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Stamford Bridge club have been annoyed that Moses has been left on the bench this season, and Law claims that could impact on the Reds' hopes of bringing Ryan Bertrand to Anfield this month.

Bits and Pieces: Harry Redknapp, Erik Lamela, Southampton

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    Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp has emerged as a favourite to succeed Sam Allardyce at Upton Park if the current boss leaves the club, reports Tony Banks of the Daily Express.

    Redknapp, who is currently in charge of Queens Park Rangers, left West Ham in 2001 after seven years as manager at the club.

    Tottenham winger Erik Lamela is poised for a loan move to Italy with Inter Milan or Lazio, reports Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required).

    The former Roma man has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane, making just three league starts this season since his £30 million move in the summer.

    Southampton are risking the wrath of the Premier League if they continue to demand that referee Mark Clattenburg no longer officiates at their matches in the wake of the Adam Lallana row, reports Kevin Shield of The Sun (subscription required).

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