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Paper Gossip: David Luiz and Joe Hart on Way Out, Rodriguez to Replace Suarez?

Alex DimondUK Lead WriterNovember 10, 2013

Paper Gossip: David Luiz and Joe Hart on Way Out, Rodriguez to Replace Suarez?

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    Sunday's newspapers, as usual, still contain their fair share of transfer titbits—despite focusing on the fallout from Saturday's Premier League encounters.

    There is more news about Joe Hart's Manchester City and England future, while a couple of papers are convinced the end is nigh for David Luiz at Stamford Bridge.

    Elsewhere, it appears Jay Rodriguez's career could be about to go from strength-to-strength following his England call-up on Thursday, while another club has joined the race for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

    All that and more follows. So click on to keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer moves...

Barcelona Will Finally Snare David Luiz as Chelsea Lose Faith

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    The Mail on Sunday believes Chelsea will finally sell David Luiz to Barcelona in January.

    After being left out of the Blues team that faced West Brom on Saturday, the newspaper believes Jose Mourinho has lost faith in the cultured defender—and so have his team-mates.

    Mourinho believes the player lacks concentration and is not rugged enough for the Premier League, paving the way for Barca to finally sign a player they have long been linked with.

    Rob Shepherd writes:

    The 26-year-old Luiz is hugely popular with the fans but some of the Chelsea players have started to agree with Mourinho’s belief the player is too casual and showy.

    For all his talent, Mourinho feels the rugged edge he likes from his central defenders is missing and he doesn’t see Luiz as an option in midfield.

    Barcelona have hinted they will come back for Luiz when the transfer window opens in January—and this time Chelsea will be ready to do business.

Manchester City to Let Joe Hart Revive Career Abroad?

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    A range of Sunday's newspapers are adamant that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has decided to make Joe Hart's exile a permanent one, even as the goalkeeper looks set to keep his place with England.

    The Sunday People claims that Pellegrini has targeted Barcelona's Victor Valdes as the man to replace Hart, who has come under pressure for a series of high-profile errors in recent times.

    Steve Bates writes:

    Manchester City are set to offload Joe Hart—throwing England’s World Cup plans into chaos.

    The Blues' new boss Manuel Pellegrini has finally lost patience with the Three Lions' first-choice goalkeeper after a series of howlers and wants to bring in Barcelona No.1 Victor Valdes.

    If he cannot land Valdes, who has told Barca he is quitting the Nou Camp at the end of this season, Pellegrini will switch to QPR’s Brazil international Julio Cesar.

    Pellegrini believes Hart was promoted at City too quickly under previous boss Roberto Mancini and has not had sufficient competition for club or country.

    And with Valdes on the market at the end of the season, he has already started the process to woo the vastly experienced Nou Camp star.

    Other newspapers also expect Hart to remain dropped, with The Sunday Telegraph claiming Hart has been given three months to resume playing first-team football by England boss Roy Hodgson.

    The papers are short on suggestions of where Hart might leave, however—apart from the Mail on Sunday, where Rob Shepherd claims Juventus could be a surprise escape route:

    Hart will discover that he is not a target for the big clubs in England with Champions League possibilities Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

    So unless Hart is prepared to drop down a tier in the Premier League it is likely he would have to look towards the continent, where he would be courted by several top clubs in Germany, France and Spain.

    Juventus of Italy though could be the best possibility.

    After the World Cup finals legendary keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who has started to show signs of his age, is likely to end his international career for Italy and may well wind down his club career too at the age of 36.

    Hart would be seen as a potential replacement.

Tottenham Join the Race for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez

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    Tottenham will join Arsenal in bidding for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez in January—as long as they can offload Emmanuel Adebayor, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

    Hernandez is believed to be unsettled at Old Trafford and Arsenal have been credited this week with a strong interest, but Spurs are ready to upset that planned transaction if they can remove Adebayor from the wage bill.

    Jermain Defoe could be an alternative player moved on to make room, but Andre Villas-Boas would rather discard the out-of-favour Togo international before acquiring the Mexican.

    Jason Burt writes:

    Spurs have been keen to buy the 25-year-old Mexican for some time and will step up their interest after it became public that he has grown increasingly frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Old Trafford especially in season that culminates in a World Cup.

    Adebayor has struggled since he gained a permanent move to Spurs last year and is already behind Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe in the pecking order.

    Spurs had hoped he would leave last summer but a significant stumbling block is his wages said to worth up to £175,000-a-week.

    Arsenal have also shown an interest in Hernández but United are unlikely to want to sell until next summer at the earliest and particularly to a Premier League rival.

    That might not be the only January move Spurs pursue, with Dave Kidd in the Sunday People suggesting the club want Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.

    Shaw has recently stated his desire to remain with the Saints, however.

Arsenal and Liverpool Scout England New Boy Jay Rodriguez

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    Liverpool and Arsenal are both monitoring Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez in case Luis Suarez leaves the former and does not sign for the latter, according to the Sunday People.

    Matt Law reports that both clubs have taken a keen interest in the recent England call-up, with Liverpool seeing him as a potential signing should they lose Suarez to Real Madrid in January or next summer.

    Arsenal, meanwhile, accept that signing Suarez—their first choice target last summer—is increasingly unlikely, leading them to turn their attentions to Rodriguez.

    Matt Law notes:

    Liverpool have lined up England new boy Jay Rodriguez as a replacement for Luis Suarez.

    But Arsenal are also tracking the stunning progress of Southampton forward Rodriguez, who last week received his first England call-up.

    The Anfield giants made enquiries over Rodriguez in the summer, when they feared Suarez may quit.

    And manager Brendan Rodgers has kept tabs on the 24-year-old, who he believes can fulfill the Suarez role if the Uruguayan eventually leaves.

    Rodriguez can either play as a central striker, where he scored 21 goals in his final season for Burnley, or as a wide or support forward where he’s been used by Southampton.

    Arsenal scouts have also highlighted Rodriguez, as manager Arsene Wenger looks for candidates who could strengthen the Gunners' attacking options.

    The same newspaper reports that Arsenal will tie up a £22 million deal for Karim Benzema should Suarez leave for Real Madrid.

Bits and Pieces:

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    Alvaro Negredo has suggested Lionel Messi could move to the Premier League in "two or three years", according to the Sunday People.

    Nicklas Bendtner has slammed the way he has been treated by Arsenal in recent months, as reported by The Guardian.

    The Sunday Express reports that Newcastle United are keeping tabs on PSV Eindhoven attacker Ola Toivonen, as the Swede struggles to reach terms over a new contract with the Dutch club.

    Raheem Sterling could go on loan from Liverpool to Swansea, says the Daily People.

    Liverpool hope to confirm a deal for Derby midfielder Will Hughes even before the January transfer window opens, according to the Sun on Sunday (subscription required).

    West Ham are increasingly confident they will be able to get Jermain Defoe in January, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Sunday People also claims Manchester City have joined city rivals Man United in keeping tabs on Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

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