Paper News and Gossip: Moyes, Ferguson in 'Summit' Meet, Terry's England Return?

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 12, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Moyes, Ferguson in 'Summit' Meet, Terry's England Return?

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    We could fill a whole edition of our newspaper review with Manchester United transfer speculation stories on Sunday, but the main headline concerns past and present Old Trafford managers.

    According to one report, Sir Alex Ferguson met with David Moyes after the FA Cup defeat to Swansea last weekend to reassure the current boss his job was safe and that money would be made available for rebuilding.

    Chelsea captain John Terry is also in the news after being linked with a shock U-turn on his international retirement, claims one report.

    But who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.

Ferguson and Moyes in 'Summit Meet' as Paul Pogba Linked with Man Utd Return

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    Past and present Manchester United bosses Ferguson and Moyes held "crisis talks" after the FA Cup loss to Swansea last weekend, claims Steve Bates of the Sunday People.

    Sir Alex offered his successor assurances over his future, and added that finances would be available for squad rebuilding, according to the article.

    One player who could be targeted by Moyes is former United man Paul Pogba, reports John Richardson of the Sunday Express.

    Moyes is also closing in on a loan deal for Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, claims Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph.

    Another player attracting the attention of Moyes and United is Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, according to Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.

    But there are some departures expected from Old Trafford, too, with Anderson, Nani and Wilfried Zaha all on their way, according to Mark Ryan and Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

    Anderson is heading for Fiorentina, while Nani is poised for a loan move to Sporting Lisbon, claims the article. And the same report suggests Zaha will join Cardiff until the end of the season.

Chelsea's John Terry Linked with England Return as Bayern Munich Eye Juan Mata

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    Chelsea captain Terry has been linked with a shock international return for England, writes Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    The former England captain retired from international football in 2012 before the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, notes the report.

    But the 33-year-old, who has been a first-team regular under Jose Mourinho this season, is now considering making himself available for selection for England boss Roy Hodgson, claims Kidd.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is attracting the interest of Bayern Munich, according to another Kidd report from the Sunday People.

    But AC Milan insist that reports of Stamford Bridge midfielder Michael Essien joining the Italian giants are premature, per the Daily Star Sunday.

    Chelsea are also hoping to land midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica for £21 million, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

Manchester City Target Luke Shaw as Joleon Lescott Nears West Ham Switch

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    Manchester City will make a record-breaking move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw this month, reports Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

    City will offer £30 million—a world record for a full-back—to the Saints in an attempt to prise the 18-year-old away from the St Mary's Stadium, claims the article.

    That figure would beat the previous £29.5 million paid by Barcelona for Dani Alves, says Bernstein, while also blowing away any interest in the player from Premier League rivals, Chelsea and Manchester United.

    Meanwhile, City defender Joleon Lescott is nearing a move to West Ham United, which includes a staggering £90,000 per week salary for the player, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Still Keen on Schalke Midfielder Julian Draxler

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing to step up his interest in Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, claims Tony Stenson of the Daily Star Sunday.

    According to the report, the Gunners have learned that there is a £40 million release clause in the Germany international's contract, and are looking to take advantage.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

    Wenger has also ear-marked Lyon and France midfielder Maxime Gonalons as a potential summer buy, claims Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.

Bits and Pieces: Ross Barkley, Andre Villas-Boas, Papiss Cisse, Henrik Larsson

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    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could be missing for "several weeks" after suffering a foot injury, reports Andy Hampson in the Mail On Sunday.

    The England international has a suspected broken toe and missed the 2-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is closing in on making Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi his second January signing after the capture of Aiden McGeady, reports Alan Nixon of the Sunday People.

    Former Tottenham and Chelsea head coach Andre Villas-Boas could return to management with Schalke if the German club axe Jens Keller, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

    Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse is poised to leave the club for Qatar, reports Martin Hardy of The Sun (subscription required), but the same article says the Magpies have a loan move for Borussia Monchengladbach forward Luuk de Jong lined up as insurance.

    Manchester United are weighing up a move for former striker Henrik Larsson's son, Jordan, who plays for Hogaborgs in the fourth tier of Swedish football, reports Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.

    Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen off a late challenge from his old club, Manchester United, to sign Molde midfielder Mats Moller Daehli, claims Riath Al-Samarrai of the Mail On Sunday.