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Paper News and Gossip: David Beckham's Miami Delight, Adnan Januzaj Link to PSG

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 6, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: David Beckham's Miami Delight, Adnan Januzaj Link to PSG

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    The familiar name of David Beckham dominates the sports pages on Thursday after the England icon launched his MLS franchise in Miami.

    The former England international will now become a club owner in the United States, where he played for LA Galaxy after spells with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

    Current Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, according to one report.

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

David Beckham Launches His Own MLS Franchise in Miami

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    David Beckham has already lined up a number of star names to play for his new MLS franchise in Miami, reports Richard Luscombe of The Guardian.

    The article suggests names such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard could all be potential new recruits as Beckham prepares the new club.

    The football icon says interest in his new venture is already high:

    Who wouldn't want to play in Miami, live in Miami?

    I'm getting messages saying, ‘When’s it happening? When can we get there?’

    I know this city is ready for football.

    But Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph cautions that there is still some way to go before the new team is up and running.

PSG Planning £40M Swoop for Manchester United Starlet Adnan Januzaj

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    Paris Saint-Germain are plotting an audacious £40 million transfer move for Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

    The 19-year-old has been a shining light for Old Trafford supporters in a disappointing season so far, and the French champions had a £15 million offer rejected last month, claims the report.

    But PSG will mount another bid for Januzaj when the transfer window reopens in the summer, claims Cross.

    Meanwhile, United defender Nemanja Vidic has been left angry at the lack of an offer of a new deal at Old Trafford, claims Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    Juan Mata has ruled out United's chances of retaining the Premier League this season, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Moyes is planning a summer move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, claim Jeremy Cross and Ian Murtagh of the Daily Star.

Real Madrid Star Marcelo the Victim of Alleged Racist Abuse

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    Real Madrid defender Marcelo was the subject of alleged racial abuse after the 3-0 win over Atletico in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu, reports Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail.

    After Carlo Ancelotti's team had effectively booked their place in the final, Marcelo was subjected to monkey chanting from a section of the visiting supporters following the game, according to the article.

    Jenson notes that the Brazil international did not react to the chants and merely looked at the section of the ground with disgust.

Arsenal Linked with Transfer Moves for Diego Costa and Edin Dzeko

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning to bring in three world-class stars in the summer, claims Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The article claims Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko are potential newcomers in attack.

    Borussia Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek is also ranked as a possible signing as Wenger reportedly targets a right-back, a central midfielder and a forward for his team.

    Jackson Martinez and Mario Mandzukic are also possibilities for a summer swoop by the Gunners, according to Mokbel.

West Ham Consider Legal Action in Row over Andy Carroll Red Card

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    West Ham are considering unprecedented legal action if the Football Association does not agree to an arbitration hearing into Andy Carroll's dismissal during the game against Swansea last weekend, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

    The former Liverpool striker was sent off after a clash with Swansea defender Chico Flores during the match, and the Hammers appealed against the decision made by referee Howard Webb.

    However, the FA rejected that appeal and the Upton Park club will take the case to the High Court if an independent body is not appointed to look into the incident, claims Lewis.

    Meanwhile, Flores has dismissed West Ham's complaints by claiming they should look at their "ugly" style of play instead of criticising his role in the incident, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.

Swansea City Look to Glenn Hoddle to Succeed Michael Laudrup

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    Swansea City are considering former England manager Glenn Hoddle as a replacement for Michael Laudrup, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Laudrup was sacked by the Liberty Stadium club earlier this week, with Garry Monk stepping into the breach in an interim capacity.

    Cross claims Swansea will interview Hoddle this week, with the former Tottenham star seeking his first Premier League management role since leaving White Hart Lane in 2003.

Bits and Pieces: Zlatan's Cheeky Birthday Gift for Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent Cristiano Ronaldo a cheeky present for the Real Madrid star's birthday on Wednesday, reports Dave Wood of the Daily Mail.

    The Sweden international sent his Portuguese rival a t-shirt embossed with the logo "Dare to Zlatan" and posted a message on his Twitter feed.

    Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has received a boost to his hopes of an England recall with the news that Roy Hodgson will attend his team's Premier League match against Hull City, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

    But the Black Cats have not been so lucky with the news that striker Steven Fletcher could miss the rest of the season, claims Jason Mellor of the Daily Star.

    Everton will be bolstered by the returns of Gerard Deulofeu and Seamus Coleman for the trip to Tottenham on Sunday, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

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