Paper News and Gossip: Liverpool Derby Win Fall Out, Mata 'Muted' Man Utd Debut
The fall out from Tuesday's Premier League action dominates the back-page headlines on Wednesday morning.
Liverpool's 4-0 win over Merseyside rivals Everton at Anfield has boosted the Reds' hopes of a Champions League spot, but the news could get even worse for the Blues.
Juan Mata made his Manchester United debut in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City, but one report claims his "muted" opening was still enough to lift David Moyes' team.
But who else is making the headlines on Wednesday? Read on to find out more.
Sturridge Apology, Objects Allegedly Thrown at Suarez, Lukaku Injury
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored twice and missed a penalty in the win over Everton, but was still forced into an apology, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.
After an on-field disagreement with Luis Suarez, the England international appeared to react badly to being substituted in the second period when he was on a hat-trick, but immediately said sorry for his actions after the game:
I want to apologise for my reaction after missing the penalty. I let myself down and the fans.
I didn’t react in any way (to the manager) when I came off, I was just disappointed in how I took the penalty.
But it’s not about myself. It’s about the boys in the team, and I realise that.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed after the game that he is hoping to make a major signing before the transfer window closes, reports John Edwards of the Daily Mail.
Reds' striker Suarez also scored in the game, but Merseyside Police are investigating the allegation that objects were thrown at him from the Everton end of the ground as he lined up a corner, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.
Everton were heavily beaten at Anfield, but there could be worse news to follow on striker Romelu Lukaku, who was carried off after an accidental collision with team-mate Gareth Barry, writes Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail.
Juan Mata in 'Muted' Man Utd Debut as Robin Van Persie Makes Scoring Return
New Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata made a "muted" debut in the win over Cardiff, but his presence was enough to lift Old Trafford spirits, says Daniel Taylor of The Guardian.
But Taylor also notes that the former Chelsea man was involved in Robin van Persie's goal on his return from injury.
David Anderson of the Daily Mirror reports that United manager David Moyes hailed Mata's display as "terrific."
Sam Adams of the Daily Mirror claims Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has hinted at a possible exit for reported United target Toni Kroos.
Meanwhile, James Ducker of The Times (subscription required) says kit manufacturers are queuing up for a potential £70 million-a-year deal with United.
Arsenal Set for Last-Gasp Signing in Transfer Window After Southampton Draw
However, the Gunners boss also revealed in the same article that he is hoping to make a new signing before the transfer window closes after Aaron Ramsey suffered a setback to his recovery from injury:
I hope we have something to tell you (on signings by Friday).
Aaron had a set back in training yesterday. We couldn't bring him here.
It was the same muscle, but faded again. We have to be cautious.
According to David Woods and Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star, Arsenal have made a £24.7 million offer to Schalke for midfielder Julian Draxler.
Southampton Defender Luke Shaw 'Wants' Chelsea Move
Southampton defender Luke Shaw is set to disappoint Manchester United after claiming he wants to move to Chelsea, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
According to Cross, United are hoping to sign the left-back before the transfer window closes on Friday, but the 18-year-old is happy to stay with the Saints until the summer before making his move to Stamford Bridge.
Real Sociedad striker Antoine Griezmann says he is happy at the La Liga club, despite reported interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, reports Colin Harvey of the Daily Star.
Meanwhile, Harvey also reports in the same paper that Chelsea scout Guy Hillion believes Gael Kakuta is wasting his career after the player cut short a loan move to Vitesse Arnhem:
Frankly, I don't know why he put an end to his stay with the Dutch club.
It is a huge waste. I already said it and I repeat it, he is the most gifted player of his generation.
He could have been exceptional. But talent is not enough. When you pile on failures and there is trouble in any club where you played, you have to ask the right questions and question yourself.
There was Bolton, Fulham and Dijon too. You can't manage everything in a player's career.
You can't manage what is on his mind, his entourage or his family.
Bits and Pieces: Tottenham Unearth Transfer 'Scam,' Vincent Kompany, Newcastle
Tottenham Hotspur have helped to unearth a "transfer scam" surrounding FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos, reports Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.
According to the report, Spurs were offered the Holland Under-21 international by a "rogue group" with an allegedly forged mandate document for the sale of the player.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the team's attacking style is also their biggest weakness, reports Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
Newcastle United have made an £8.5 million bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, reports Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).
Fulham are in talks over a proposed £11 million move for Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou, claims Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has criticised Stoke City for their interest in Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole, reports Gordan Tynan of The Independent.
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