Paper Round: No.7 shirt set aside for Antoine Griezmann at Man Utd
The No.7 shirt has been set aside for Antoine Griezmann at Manchester United while Philippe Coutinho's Liverpool return has a date. It's Monday's Paper Round.
No.7 shirt set aside for Griezmann
We start with The Star who report that Manchester United will make a £100 million move to try and sign Antoine Griezmann either in January or in the summer. The club have earmarked the No.7 shirt for him, who they believe is the perfect commercial signing for the number.
Paper Round's view: Ed Woodward's commitment to commercial value is admirable but Griezmann would add more than enough on the field if he were to sign. It will be a big statement if he can be persuaded to move and could take United to the next level.
Klopp confirms Coutinho return
Sticking with The Star who have quotes from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will be part of the squad to face Sevilla in the Champions League. He missed the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City after injury and returning late from international duty.
Paper Round's view: It is going to be very, very interesting to see what sort of reception Coutinho gets from the Liverpool fans. Of course if he plays well that's all well and good, but if he struggles there could be a backlash.
Palace target Hodgson
In The Mail it is reported that if Crystal Palace decide to sack Frank de Boer they may turn to former England manager Roy Hodgson. Sam Allardyce reportedly has also been sounded out but he is unsure about returning given he only left in the summer.
Paper Round's view: Given how well their last former England manager worked out you can understand why Palace may turn to Hodgson. He's been out of work for over a year now though and there would be immediate pressure on him to succeed, it could backfire spectacularly.
Players and staff praise Rafa
We end with The Mirror who are one of many publications to carry quotes from Newcastle United staff and players praising manager Rafa Benitez, who supposedly had a huge influence on the victory over Swansea City even if he was at home recovering after surgery.
Paper Round's view: This is good to see. The last thing Benitez needs is Mike Ashley thinking the team doesn't need him to win. Benitez is crucial to this Newcastle side and Ashley has to fight to keep hold of him.