Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Podolski to Arsenal FC? Drogba to quit Chelsea FC? Elm to Man Utd? Tuesday's back pages

Podolski, down, goes toe to toe with Ramos from Real madrid

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The Sun: Alan Shearer today reveals his final conversation with tragic Gary Speed and asks: "Why, oh why didn't my friend call me?" 

Also: Didier Drogba is ready to walk away from Chelsea after rejecting a January move to AC Milan.

And: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to make a move for £9m-rated Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero.

Plus: Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka could be on his way out of White Hart Lane.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal scouts are watching Cologne and Germany striker Lukas Podolski, who could be available for £20m. 

Also: Roberto Mancini has unleashed a furious attack on England's football authorities, accusing them of sabotaging the national team. 

And: Football united in grief yesterday as it attempted to come to terms with the death of Wales manager Gary Speed.

Plus: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has rejected a contract offer to stay at the club.

Daily Star: Gareth Bale last night urged Wales' shell-shocked footballers to pay tribute to Gary Speed by carrying on his good work. 

Also: Chelsea assistant boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

And: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could make a move for AZ Alkmaar winger Rasmus Elm in the January transfer window.

Daily Mail: Football fans across Britain paid their respects to Gary Speed as the Welsh FA unveiled plans to organise a match in tribute to their manager, who died on Sunday.

Also: Newcastle United scouts have watched Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and striker Olivier Giroud.

Daily Express: Five pro footballers have contacted Tony Adams' Sporting Chance Clinic after Gary Speed's tragic death on Sunday in desperate need of help.

Metro: Tottenham have stolen a march on Arsenal in the race for DC United winger Andy Najar after agreeing to take the promising 18-year-old on trial during the MLS off season.

Also: Morocco international striker Marouane Chamakh could soon be leaving Arsenal as Paris Saint-Germain are understood to be readying a £10m transfer bid.

Daily Telegraph: Steve Bruce is teetering on the bring of being sacked as Sunderland manager, with Mark Hughes interested in taking over from his former Manchester United team-mate at the Stadium of Light. 

Also: David Beckham believes Manchester City have little chance of winning the Premier League this season despite being five points clear after 13 games.

The Times: Gary Speed's wife and two teenage sons said yesterday that they had been overwhelmed by the support they have received since the Wales manager's mystifying death on Sunday morning.

The Guardian: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is set to discuss his future with owner Ellis Short after the club's poor run in the league.

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