Paper Round: Saints want Walcott return, Southgate set for World Cup bonus
Southampton want to bring Theo Walcott back to St Mary's whilst Gareth Southgate is set for a big bonus following World Cup qualification. It's Friday's Paper Round.
Saints target Walcott return
The Express carry an exclusive that Southampton want to bring Theo Walcott back to St Mary’s in a deal of around £12-15 million. Walcott is being chased by Inter Milan, West Ham and Everton and has 18 months left on his current Arsenal deal, with no signs of a new one.
Paper Round's view: This actually makes a lot of sense. Walcott needs regular football and Southampton need a goal-scorer. If Walcott wants to be a striker week in, week out then perhaps a move back to the South Coast is exactly what is needed.
Southgate picks up £250k bonus
In the Times it is reported that Gareth Southgate has earned a bonus of £250,000 for leading England to World Cup qualification. He will also receive another £250,000 if England make it out of the group stages with more possible bonuses.
Paper Round's view: England fans certainly won’t be too impressed with this given the poor performances of the England national team during this qualification period. For some it still feels as if Southgate is the interim manager such is the lack of impact he’s had.
Meunier hints at exit
French paper L’Equipe carry quotes from PSG defender Thomas Meunier who has said that he is keen for more regular football. Meunier admitted his frustration at being second-choice to Dani Alves and the Sun think this might alert Jose Mourinho.
Paper Round's view: Given the form of Antonio Valencia it would be strange if Mourinho was looking to find a replacement but the Ecuadorian is now 32. Perhaps Meunier could be the long-term option at right-back…?
Stokes set for Ashes ban
We end with a cricket exclusive from The Sun who report that Ben Stokes is set to be banned by England for the entire winter series as well as possibly the one-day internationals against Australia and New Zealand.
Paper Round's view: This is a big decision from the ECB, particularly when the police are yet to publish their report. Of course it could be that they have been handed information that has not been revealed to the public.