Paper News and Gossip: Lucky City, Nani Swap Deal Fail and Wenger Warns Ramsey

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Lucky City, Nani Swap Deal Fail and Wenger Warns Ramsey

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    We can now all catch our breath as the transfer window is now closed until the summer.

    It was a busy deadline day, but there were some clubs who missed out on their targets—and the papers have the fallout.

    The focus can now shift back to the on-field action, and Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have been doing their homework on Manchester City.

    All this and more feature in Saturday's edition of the Paper News and Gossip roundup.

Spurs Head the Chase for Konoplyanka

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    Liverpool missed out on the capture of Yevhen Konoplyanka on deadline day, but the Dnipro winger could be on the move to the Premier League in the summer.

    Mail writers Simon Jones and Dominic King are of the opinion that Tottenham will step in for the Ukraine international.

    In their piece, Jones and King wrote: "Spurs will now try and sign the player in the summer with his value expected to be £15 million and wages of £100,000-a-week."

Mangala Still in City's Sights

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    Manchester City were another side to miss out on a top target on deadline day, but the Mail’s Chris Wheeler says they will revive their interest in Eliaquim Mangala in the summer.

    Wheeler claims City had a private jet on standby to fly Mangala and his Porto team-mate Fernando to Manchester to complete the deal, only to baulk at the asking price.

    Mail writer Wheeler suggests Fernando may have missed out on the chance to join City but claims the Premier League leaders may move for Mangala in the summer.

Wenger's Warning to Model Pro Ramsey

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    Aaron Ramsey’s modelling career may have to be put on hold following a warning from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    It was revealed earlier this week that Ramsey had been recruited by the Elite Models Agency.

    The news has come as a surprise to Wenger, who has told his currently injured midfielder that striding up and down the catwalk is not good for a player carrying a knock.

    The Mail’s Neil Ashton has the quotes from Wenger:

    This is a dream I cannot have any more, but it’s not good to go on stage, and down a stage, when you have a muscular problem.

    It’s is the first time I have heard about this, but modelling is a different job (to playing).

Nani-Townsend Swap Deal Fail

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    Swap deals rarely come off, but they do make for good headlines.

    The Mirror’s Darren Lewis claims a swap deal was discussed between Tottenham and Manchester United for Andros Townsend and Nani.

    In his piece, Lewis wrote:

    David Moyes has failed in an audacious bid to swap Nani for Tottenham's Andros Townsend.

    Manchester United are understood to have discussed the move with Spurs earlier this week but the north Londoners, after initially entering into discussions, rejected the deal.

Gunners Miss out on Klose

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    Arsenal failed with a late bid to land Miroslav Klose on loan from Lazio, per a report from the Star’s Jack Wilson.

    Wilson claims Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made a late gambit for the Germany striker in a bid to pep up his attacking options.

    The Star writer claimed the deal was likely to happen, but Arsenal seemingly ran out of time.

Wenger's Title Warning for City

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    Arsene Wenger claims good fortune is currently with Manchester City but is convinced his Arsenal side can match them in the title race.

    City’s 5-1 win over Tottenham in midweek took them above Arsenal to the top of the table.

    There was controversy at White Hart Lane, as Spurs defender Danny Rose was sent off even though replays suggested he won the ball in the build-up to City’s penalty.

    It was an incident not lost on Wenger, who claims it is too early to be handing the title to City.

    The Mirror’s John Cross has the quotes:

    At the moment, they are on fire. But people are always tempted to go to definite conclusions after one game.

    Of course they had an impressive win, and a great quality game at Tottenham. But if you analyse it well, this game could have turned.

    All the turning points went in their favour. If they had not, you are not sure they would have won the game.

    We are one point behind Man City, we have 15 games to make a difference on them. I believe we will have our chances.

Mourinho Talks Up 'Lucky' City

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    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is singing from the same hymn sheet as Arsene Wenger, claiming City have had the rub of the green in recent weeks.

    City take on Chelsea in a huge match on Monday, and Mourinho has cranked up the pressure by pointing out some big moments that have gone the Premier League leaders’ way.

    The Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke has the quotes:

    I think they have everything. The players are obviously very good. On top of that—and I want to make it very clear that, for me, it is just a coincidence and nothing else—the reality is they have had many crucial decisions in their favour. They are lucky.

    Against Liverpool, the Sterling ‘goal’, the penalty on Suarez. Against Newcastle, the [disallowed] goal that is a clear goal. Against Tottenham, Dawson’s goal, the penalty, the red card [for Danny Rose]. They are having everything.

    I repeat: just pure coincidence. The referees try to do their best, and sometimes they make mistakes. But at the moment they have everything in their favour. But it’s just a coincidence. The players and team are very good, and the manager is working very well.

Stoke Miss out on Cattermole, Rat Leaves West Ham, De Jong Set for Debut

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    Newcastle’s January loan signing Luuk de Jong could be all set to make his debut for the club in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland, according to the Mirror’s Alan Wilson.

    The natives are restless in Leeds. The Mirror’s Chris Richards claims police were called to Elland Road amid protests at the club’s decision to sack manager Brian McDermott.

    Stoke missed out on the capture of Lee Cattermole after Sunderland owner Ellis Short batted back their bids, per a report from Express pair Niall Hickman and Ian Baker.

    West Ham have released defender Razvan Rat a shade over six months after he joined the club, according to the Mirror's Alex Richards.