Football: Saturday’s Paper Talk

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All the latest transfer stories and rumours from Saturday’s back pages.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the new Financial Fair Play rules are having an effect on the big clubs in the Premier League, with the Gunners having “a better chance” of winning the title as a result.
Centre-back Jonny Evans, 26, is a serious contender to be Manchester United’s new captain after impressing manager Louis van Gaal on their pre-season tour.
Manchester United remain interested in signing Arsenal club captain and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen and World Cup-winner Mats Hummels.
QPR are close to agreeing a£5m deal for Cardiff City midfielder Jordon Mutch, while they remain in talks over a loan move for Juventus and Chile defender Mauricio Isla.
Southampton are willing to dig their heels in to prevent Morgan Schneiderlin leaving for Tottenham Hotspur.
AC Milan are pondering a loan move for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who impressed at the World Cup with Costa Rica this summer.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have made an approach to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
Arsene Wenger says new signing Alexis Sanchez, who arrived from Barcelona last month, will benefit from stepping out of the shadow of Neymar and Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.
Newcastle have all but abandoned hope of re-signing QPR striker Loic Remy, who spent last season on loan with the Magpies, on a permanent deal.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has warned striker Connor Wickham, who has 12 months left on his contract, to sign a new deal or be sold.
Southampton are considering a £15m move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.
Former West Ham hard man Julian Dicks says he is shocked by the industrial language used by some of the players he coaches in his new role coaching the club’s women’s team.
Arsene Wenger has hinted he might not have stayed on at the Emirates if the Gunners had failed to beat Hull in last season’s FA Cup final and end their nine-year wait for a trophy.
Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc is a surprise target for German giants Bayern Munich, with the club seeking a back-up to established number one Manuel Neuer. Saints are in negotiations with Celtic over bringing England international Fraser Forster to the south coast.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in talks to leave Norwich on a season-long loan to St Etienne, with the Canaries happy to let the striker – who scored just once last season – leave on a permanent deal.
West Ham are in talks with free agent Hugo Almeida, while they are also interested in his fellow striker, Joel Campbell who has returned to Arsenal on loan from Olympiakos.
Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo is set to complete a loan move to Inter Milan, with a permanent move expected in the future.
Porto and France defender Eliaquim Magala is finally set to finalise his move to Manchester City next week, and should be the final addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s side – except for Frank Lampard’s expected short-term deal.
Arsenal would prefer to sell Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, rather than to a direct domestic rival in Manchester United.
Liverpool are close to signing Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno, with the Spanish club holding out for their valuation of £20m, while the Reds are also optimistic of agreeing a season-long loan deal for Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo.
Newcastle are set to bring Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra to the club on loan, with a view to a permanent signing. The player is unwilling to stay in Ukraine amid the political instability in the country.
West Ham will move for Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 33, after free agent Samuel Eto’o priced himself out of a move.
Hull want to bring Stoke and USA defender Geoff Cameron to the club, although they face stiff competition from Premier League and Bundesliga rivals.
Sunderland are in pole position to sign Palermo striker Abel Hernandez.
Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been told he will not get a squad number and will have to train wth the club’s youngsters. The 27-year-old, who joined for £5m from Spurs three years ago, featured just twice for the club last season in League One.
Tottenham are poised to make a move for versatile Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio, for a fee of £17m.
Chelsea and Ghana winger Christian Atsu is set to join Everton on loan.
Thomas Vermaelen’s friendship with Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, with whom he shares an agent, may help sway the Belgian’s decision if he does leave the Emirates.

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