Wednesday Paper Talk: Chelsea told they won’t get Rooney at any price

Stewart Downing set for a fresh start as he signs for West Ham, Hernandez and Nani + cash deal to be offered for Bale.

Scott Parker set to leave Spurs for QPR

Arsenal now in contention with Liverpool and Spurs for Dutch star

Daily Star

After initial interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, Arsenal have now moved into the reckoning to sign Ajax full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner after the north London club missed out on Malaga’s Jesus Gamez.

Everton midfielder to miss start of season

The Irish Times

Everton’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson is a major doubt for Everton ahead of their Premier League opener against Norwich this weekend as he tries to recover from a knee injury.

Downing makes switch to West Ham

Daily Mirror

Stewart Downing has put his relatively disappointing stay at Liverpool behind him as he faces a fresh challenge under Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

Chelsea told hands-off for Wayne Rooney

The Guardian

Manchester United have told league rivals that Rooney is not available to leave at any price for the London club.  No matter how much money is offered the Premier League champions are firmly digging their heels in.

Bale remains tight-lipped over Madrid speculation

The Telegraph

Tottenham Hotspur’s prize asset has refused to comment on the continued speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. Despite being pressed on the matter by waiting media after training with Wales, Bale would divulge nothing.

Vidic’s fitness is not a cause for concern

The Times

Manchester United club captain Nemanja Vidic is not a concern with regards to his fitness despite lengthy spells out of the United line-up with injuries over the last two seasons.

Parker close to a move to QPR

London Evening Standard

Harry Redknapp appears to be close to being reunited with Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Scott Parker.  He hopes to secure the signature of the 32-year-old by the end of this week.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.