14/10/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

14 10 2010

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has halted talks over a new contract as he considers leaving the Old Trafford outfit, with Real Madrid a possible destination.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=ibrahim+affelay&iid=8133043″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8133043/psv-eindhoven-rkc-waalwijk/psv-eindhoven-rkc-waalwijk.jpg?size=500&imageId=8133043″ width=”234″ height=”234″ /] Meanwhile, the Red Devils are among the clubs interested in PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Afellay (left). The 24-year-old Netherlands international has not signed a new contract so would be available on a free transfer next summer.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, still to make his debut for West Ham since signing from Lazio in the summer, faces a further four months on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle. The 28-year-old midfielder had been hoping to play against Wolves on Saturday.

Juventus are eager to sign Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson in the January transfer window despite the 26-year-old having a contract until 2013.

Liverpool may sign Villarreal’s 26-year-old Brazil striker Nilmar in the January transfer window for £14m.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is considering spending £12m to acquire 25-year-old Brazilian striker Cleo from Serbian side FK Partizan.

Arsenal are tracking Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz after the 29-year-old admitted he wants a move from the Spanish side.

Philipp Lahm could be tempted to end his 15-year association with Bayern Munich and join Chelsea. Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to sign the German right-back, 26, despite Branislav Ivanovic impressing for the Premier League champions this season.

Scotland and Rangers keeper Allan McGregor could be set for a move to Old Trafford, with Manchester United willing to offer £7m as they search for current number one Edwin van der Sar’s long-term successor.

New Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson would like to sign 32-year-old Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on loan, with a view to a £500,000 permanent deal in January.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine hopes to sign former Leeds, Reading and Charlton defender Sam Sodje as soon as the Owls’ transfer embargo is lifted.

Birmingham City are looking to make a bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana in the January transfer window.

Aston Villa are being linked with France Under-21 international winger Franck Tabanou.

Former Leeds and Everton goalkeeper Nigel Martyn says England looked “frightened” in their goalless Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Tuesday.

Jack Wilshere will start for England in the friendly international against France on 17 November. The 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder was an unused substitute against Montenegro.

And Wilshere could be joined in the England midfield by Jordan Henderson, the 20-year-old having impressed for Sunderland this season.

Celtic captain Scott Brown faces 10 weeks on the sidelines, despite not needing surgery on his metatarsal injury.

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher fears the club’s new owners will have a huge clear-out of players if results do not improve.

Former Tottenham coach Christian Gross has been sacked by Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart after only one win in the opening seven matches of the season.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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