The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Another Major Signing
Arsenal will give manager Arsene Wenger permission to make another major signing in the January trade window as the Gunners continue to monitor Luis Suarez’s situation at Liverpool, the Daily Mirror reported.
Following this week’s club-record acquisition of Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, Arsenal officials will bankroll the acquisition of a proven center-forward, the newspaper added.
Barcelona wants Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, who’s currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, to replace Victor Valdes as its first-choice goalkeeper next season, the Daily Mail reported.
The Belgian is said to be keenly interested in joining the Catalan club as Petr Cech blocks his path to the starting role at Chelsea, the newspaper added.
Woodward’s Transfer Woe
Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward privately admitted that the Premier League champion failed to bring in the quota of players wanted by manager David Moyes in the pre-season transfer window, the Mirror reported.
Moyes had wanted two central midfielders and a left-back to challenge first-choice Patrice Evra, though United only signed Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the Mirror added.
West Ham United abandoned plans to re-sign Carlton Cole because of concerns over his fitness, the Daily Star reported.
Cole, 29, was given another chance by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce after being released at the end of last season, though was told he isn’t fit enough to be offered a contract following a medical, the newspaper added.
Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis, who joined from Atletico Madrid on Sept. 1, is out for at least six weeks after sustaining knee ligament damage during training this week, the Daily Express reported.