Tuesday, 3 December 2013

PAPER ROUND-UP: Lukaku's transfer request, Gerrard hits back & Wenger's match-fixing fears


TODAY'S paper round-up sees Romelu Lukaku's Chelsea transfer request revealed and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's reaction to former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's assertion that he is not 'world class'. Elsewhere, Andre Villas-Boas work ethic at Tottenham is not in doubt, Arsenal's Arsene Wenger has match-fixing concerns and Martin Jol admits he faces the sack if Fulham don't get a result against West Ham.

Romelu Lukaku wanted out after missing a penalty against Bayern Munich

Romelu Lukaku wanted out after missing a penalty against Bayern Munich [GETTY]
DAILY MAIL: Martin Jol admitted last night he could be close to losing his job at Fulham as football's 'sacking season' begins to affect the Premier League. Also: Jose Mourinho yesterday blasted Romelu Lukaku, the Chelsea striker who Sportmail can reveal requested a transfer hours after his decisive penalty miss in the UEFA Super Cup final against Bayern Munich.
THE SUN: Martin Jol reckons he faces the sack if Fulham lost to West Ham. And the Cottagers boss bizarrely admits he would be concerned if he were owner Shahid Khan. Also: Romelu Lukaku wanted to leave Chelsea last summer. The £20million Belgium striker on loan at Everton, demanded a move as the transfer window was closing.
THE INDEPENDENT: One thing everyone who is at Tottenham Hotspur will agree upon is that Andre Villas-Boas works hard. Also: Steven Gerrard has now admitted he was "gutted" by Sir Alex Ferguson's criticism of him in his autobiography and the Liverpool and England captain said that Manchester United offered him a seven year contract when he was 13.
Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson [GETTY]
THE TIMES: Paul Scholes has not hung up his boots. Not quite, anyway. Once a week he dusts them down and turns out for Chaddy Park Legends. Also: David Moyes believes Wayne Rooney is likely to become even more dangerous from dead-ball positions given the hours the Manchester United striker is spending honing his technique and delivery in training.
DAILY STAR: Steven Gerrard has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson's claim he is not a "top, top player". Also: Arsene Wenger fears it is impossible to stop match-fixing in football. But he feels the English game in 99.9 per cent clean and hopes this week's revelations about rigged matches are a one-off.
DAILY MIRROR: Grand National winner Timmy Murphy ended up in hospital last night after an astonishing dust up with a rival jockey. Also: Jose Mourinho has told Romelu Lukaku to admit he was the one who wanted out of Chelsea.
THE GUARDIAN: Liverpool fear Daniel Sturridge is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the striker suffered suspected ankle ligament damage in training. Also: David Warner has admitted he regrets having described Jonathan Trott's batting in the first Test in Brisbane as "pretty poor and pretty weak" and sent his best wishes to the 32-year-old following his abrupt departure from England's Ashes tour.
The Express

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