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Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal Double Swoop, Sergio Aguero Plays Down Injury

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 30, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Arsenal Double Swoop, Sergio Aguero Plays Down Injury

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    Thursday's newspapers are not short of content after another night of Premier League action and the close of the transfer window.

    Arsenal are poised for a double swoop before the transfer deadline passes, but Manchester City have usurped them at the top of the table with a 5-1 win at Tottenham.

    West Ham claimed a vital point at Chelsea, but the manner of the 0-0 draw did not go down well with Jose Mourinho. Does Hammers boss Sam Allardyce care what his counterpart thinks?

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

Arsenal Poised for Julian Draxler and Mirko Vucinic Double Transfer Swoop

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    Arsenal are on the verge of adding Julian Draxler and Mirko Vucinic to their ranks before the transfer window closes on Friday, report Antony Kastrinakis and Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the article, Schalke are unwilling to drop below the £37 million release clause for Draxler, but are alert to the possibility of Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich stepping up their interest in the summer.

    Vucinic has fallen behind Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez in the Juventus pecking order, adds the report, and could travel to London on Thursday for a medical ahead of a loan deal until the end of the season.

    David Woods of the Daily Star claims the Gunners will turn their attentions to former Chelsea midfielder Salomon Kalou, who is currently with Lille, if their move for Draxler falls flat.

Manchester City Go Top After Win at Tottenham as Sergio Aguero Plays Down Injury

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    Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League table with another big win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but a hamstring injury to striker Sergio Aguero clouded the 5-1 win.

    However, the Argentina international has played down concerns over the injury, reports David Kent of the Daily Mail after the forward limped out of the game just before half-time.

    Aguero used his Twitter feed, @aguerosergiokun, to say:

    I felt some pain in my right hamstring and left just as a precaution. My studies will tell me the degree of the injury.

    It's a pity about the injury but it's easier knowing that we are on top. I hope I get back out on the field soon to keep helping the team.

    Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood believes City will now walk away with the Premier League title as they are "on a different planet," reports Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required).

    Meanwhile, City will keep within UEFA's Financial Fair Play ruling, despite posting a loss of £149.5 million over the last two years, claims Ian Herbert of The Independent.

Sam Allardyce Laughs off Jose Mourinho Criticism as West Ham Claim Chelsea Draw

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    Chelsea lost ground to Manchester City in the Premier League title race after the 0-0 draw with West Ham at Stamford Bridge, but Jose Mourinho was unimpressed with Sam Allardyce's tactics, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Stamford Bridge boss dismissed the Hammers as playing "football from the 19th century" after the match, but Allardyce laughed off the criticism, according to the report:

    I don't give a s***e, to be honest.

    I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down in his technical area. It's great to see.

    He can't take it, can he. He can't take it because we've out-tacticed him, out-witted him. He just can't cope. He can tell me all he wants.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho is prepared to offload striker Romelu Lukaku to fund a summer move for Radamel Falcao or Diego Costa, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    But Chelsea's hopes of signing St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma are in the balance after the French club demanded £18 million for the player, claims Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

Liverpool in Ukraine for Konoplyanka as Sturridge Apologises to Suarez

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    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is in Ukraine to finalise the deal to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka from Dnipro, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

    The move comes as the Reds face competition for the player's signature from Tottenham and Bundesliga clubs, claims the article.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has admitted Luis Suarez was right to scold him for passing up an opportunity to add another goal in the 4-0 rout of Everton on Tuesday, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.

    Sturridge opted to chase his third goal against the Blues instead of passing to his better-placed strike partner, prompting an angry reaction from the Uruguayan during the game.

    When I missed that chance, Luis was obviously fuming with me, and I don't blame him... I was fuming with myself too. I think everyone was fuming with me.

    You could see I was still disappointed when I came off because obviously I was also disappointed with missing a penalty at the Kop end.

    At the same time we have won 4-0 at home against Everton, so really I shouldn't be too down on myself.

Bits and Pieces: Lewis Holtby, Mario Mandzukic, Dani Osvaldo, Nani, Everton

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    Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby's agent believes the player will leave White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes on Friday, reports Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.

    The Germany international has been at Spurs for a year, but has fallen out of favour for first-team selection, and the article claims Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are interested in taking him back to the Bundesliga.

    Bayern Munich left striker Mario Mandzukic on the bench for the game against Stuttgart on Wednesday, and Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express claims that has offered Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United hope of signing the player.

    Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has been linked with a return to Serie A, with Juventus monitoring the Italy international, according to John Drayton of the Daily Mail.

    Manchester United winger Nani could be on his way to Inter Milan, reports Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror.

    Everton are weighing up a move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis after Romelu Lukaku's injury, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

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