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Paper News and Gossip: Manchester Utd to Move for Kroos, Rosicky's Arsenal Deal

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 24, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Manchester Utd to Move for Kroos, Rosicky's Arsenal Deal

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    Manchester United are preparing a multi-million bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, reports one newspaper on Monday.

    After the Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, David Moyes is targeting a transfer move for the Germany international which will include a £250,000 per week wage.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced Tomas Rosicky will stay at the Emirates Stadium, but doubts remain over another Gunners star.

    Who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.

Manchester United Target Bayern Munich Star Toni Kroos in Summer Transfer Window

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has targeted Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos for a multi-million summer transfer move, claims Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    According to the report, the Old Trafford club will offer the Germany international £250,000 per week to make the move from the current European champions.

    Nixon also claims Bayern would want a fee of around £30 million for the 24-year-old, who scored in the Champions League win at Arsenal last week.

Arsene Wenger Determined to Keep Tomas Rosicky at Arsenal

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    Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is on the verge of completing a new deal with the club, reports Ian Winrow of the Daily Telegraph.

    Gunners manager Arsene Wenger claims the Czech Republic international has an agreement in place to extend his stay at the club, and is quoted as saying:

    Tomas Rosicky will stay.

    We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon.

    I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club.

    But Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is looking for a £24 million deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, reports David Woods of the Daily Star.

Jose Mourinho Dismisses Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani Transfer Talk

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out links with a summer move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, reports Geoff Sweet of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the report, the Blues will be in the market for a top-class striker in the summer transfer window, but Mourinho is quoted as saying:

    Ibrahimovic? It’s impossible.

    He’s happy in Paris. I know because we’re in contact, we’re friends.

    With their financial potential, I don’t think Paris will ever open the door for him to leave.

    Cavani is a very good player. But Paris paid a lot of money for him and he has an amazing contract.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho is relishing the Champions League tie against Galatasaray this week, with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba set to line up for the Turkish club, reports Paul Wilson of The Guardian.

Holland Head Coach Louis Van Gaal Drops Further Tottenham Hotspur Hint

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    Holland manager Louis van Gaal has hinted at a move to Tottenham Hotspur after the World Cup finals, reports Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.

    Van Gaal's contract as Netherlands boss will expire after the finals in Brazil, and he previously spoke with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy after the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, according to the article.

    The Dutchman is quoted as saying:

    I will definitely not be in charge for the Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

    I don't know where I will go next.

    Normally I go with my pension, and go to live in Portugal, but maybe there will come a new challenge.

    I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That's a challenge.

    Maybe Tottenham are coming but, first, we have to go to Brazil.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Will Not Divert from Attacking Football

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not forsake his brand of attacking football despite losing a two-goal lead in the win over Swansea on Sunday, reports Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph.

    The Reds are the leading goalscorers in the Premier League this season after overtaking Manchester City with the 3-2 win over Garry Monk's team at Anfield.

    But despite losing an early two-goal cushion in the game, Rodgers is quoted as saying:

    It’s not our style. I work always to play good football. I'm not one that’s totally satisfied about results. 

    It’s the point of the season that’s about winning, that’s what professional sport is about at this level.

    But for us, I’ll always concentrate on performance because the consequence of performing well consistently is you get results. We've shown that this season.

    There have not been too many times this season when we have talked about hard luck stories.

England Manager Roy Hodgson Urges Wayne Rooney to Break Scoring Record

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    England manager Roy Hodgson has backed Wayne Rooney to use the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as the catalyst for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's international goalscoring record, reports Paul Joyce of the Daily Express.

    The Three Lions have been paired with Switzerland, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia and San Marino in their qualifying group following the draw in Nice on Sunday.

    When asked if Rooney, who has scored 38 goals for his country, could beat Charlton's long-standing tally of 49, Hodgson is quoted as saying:

    We would want that.

    He's definitely up there in terms of international goals. If I was to ring Wayne up and say, by the way, you're close to Bobby Charlton's national scoring record, he might say...'I know.'

    But we're going to be together for a longer period of time and that kind of thing might crop up in an everyday conversation and it's quite good to have that.

    There are plenty of other players we have at the moment who are 33, 34 and are still going strong, still doing good jobs for their club and country, so why not Wayne?

Bits and Pieces: Harry Redknapp Set to Leave QPR, Alan Pardew, Nasri, Coleman

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    Queens Park Rangers are considering the dismissal of manager Harry Redknapp after the team's promotion hopes faltered, reports Gary Jacob of The Times (subscription required).

    The Loftus Road club have slipped off the automatic promotion pace after three successive Championship defeats.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew claims the media had put him under pressure ahead of the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, reports Louise Taylor of The Guardian.

    The Magpies ended a run of five successive home defeats with Loic Remy's late winner, and after waving to the press box after the game, Pardew is quoted as saying:

    I thought the media have been a little bit miserable.

    A couple of stories were definitely aimed to put me under pressure.

    There is pressure enough in this job without having a couple of stories which were untrue.

    So I was telling them to cheer up and move on.

    Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has warned his team-mates not to follow the path of Arsenal after their 2011 League Cup final defeat to Birmingham when they line up against Sunderland at Wembley on Sunday, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    Everton have begun talks with defender Seamus Coleman over a new contract at the club, reports Mike McGrath of The Sun (subscription required).

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