Wednesday Paper Talk: Rooney, Bent, Nani latest, Downing on move

Despite an apparent rift, Gareth Bale returned to train as normal with his current Tottenham Teammates. Wayne Rooney is told by a Chelsea and United legend that leaving Old Trafford would be a step down.

Mikel Arteta puts fans fears at ease, saying the club are working hard on big-money signings. Meanwhile Darren Bent looks to put his disappointing stay at Aston Villa behind him with an imminent move to Fulham.

Darren Bent on verge of switch to Fulham

Daily Star

Martin Jol is reported to be hopeful that the former Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur striker will complete a move to Craven Cottage by the end of this week. Having fallen out of favour at Villa Park, it would be a welcome move for all parties involved.

Rooney joining Chelsea would be a step down

Daily Mail

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has issued a warning to Wayne Rooney; if he does exit Old Trafford, there is only one way he is going after that. Wilkins does state though he would love to see the England international in a Chelsea shirt.

Bale trains with Spurs despite rumours he would stay away

Daily Mirror

Gareth Bale has trained as normal at Tottenham’s training ground in Enfield. This is despite rumours he was angry that manager Andre Villas-Boas had said he wouldn’t be leaving the club and after his removal from the club’s Twitter page.

Liverpool set to sell Stewart Downing for £5million

The Guardian

With possible interest from Newcastle United, Stewart Downing’s tenure at Anfield looks to be coming to an end with the club looking to sell Downing who has underachieved since his move from Aston Villa in 2011.

Arsenal to move for Manchester United winger

The Telegraph

Arsene Wenger could make a move for United winger Nani. After Gervinho joining Roma after a disappointing stay in north London, the Frenchman looks to move quickly to replace him with the 26-year-old Portuguese international.

Everton holding out for Belgian defender

The Times

Everton are maintaining an interest in Ajax’s 24-year-old defender Toby Alderweireld. Alderweireld recently turned down a chance to move to Norwich City, but this hasn’t put off Roberto Martinez who will be buoyed by the players father saying if a fee can be agreed, Alderweireld would move.

Manchester City defender Nastasic to miss up to six weeks

Manchester Evening News

Serbian Centre-half Matja Nastasic is set to miss a month’s action in the Premier League after suffering an ankle injury in last month’s Barclay Asia Trophy Final.

Big-Money signings on way to the Emirates

The Independent

Mikel Arteta has put fans fears at ease, saying that big-money signings are on their way to Arsenal. The Spaniard said the club are working hard behind the scenes to help strengthen the squad.

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