Football news - Paper Round: Tottenham Hotspur eye Nathan Ake, Everton could turn to Samir Nasri
Tottenham Hotspur could turn to Nathan Ake to solve their crisis at centre-back whilst Everton are looking at Samir Nasri. It's Friday's Paper Round.
Spurs could turn to Ake
We start with an exclusive from The Sun which says that Tottenham Hotspur are looking at Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake. Jan Vertonghen has been ruled out until December and Spurs are aware they may have to start planning for life without the 31-year-old on a more regular basis. To that end they could turn to Ake, who the Cherries value at around £40 million.
Paper Round's view: Ake showed more than enough at Chelsea to suggest that he could be a top-level centre-half, it is no reflection on him that he wasn't able to make it at Stamford Bridge. He is still only 23 and seems like the kind of player who would flourish under Mauricio Pochettino.
Everton eye shock Nasri move
We move to the back page of The Mail now with a report that Everton are considering a shock move for Samir Nasri. The former Arsenal and Manchester City man will be able to train with clubs again next month when his drug suspension ends. Toffees boss Marco Silva wants cover for Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson and sees the 31-year-old Nasri as a good option.
Paper Round's view: This makes sense, sort of. Nasri is an excellent cut-price back-up who could still be a very useful player in the Premier League. However, it is equally likely, if not more so, that he could cause absolute chaos, based on his track record. It's a gamble but it might be one worth taking for Everton...
Terry cost Villa three of their top choices
In The Mirror it is reported that Aston Villa's desire to have John Terry involved in the club's new management structure saw them miss out on three of their top targets to take over from Steve Bruce. Villa see Terry as a possible manager long-term and as such wanted him involved with their new man. However Thierry Henry, Rui Faria and Paulo Fonseca all reportedly turned down the job as they wanted to bring in their own men.
Paper Round's view: Henry can probably be discounted from this given he seems set for the Monaco job but the other two are interesting, particularly given Faria's history with Terry. It must be strange if you have received the impression Terry is in mind for the top job one day, a potentially risky move from Villa. What if Dean Smith doesn't hit the ground running? Do they turn to Terry early?
Southgate considers new formation
And we end in The Telegraph who touch on the idea that England manager Gareth Southgate may change his formation for Friday's Nations League match against Croatia. England have been successful with a 3-5-2 under Southgate but in order to control more of the game he is reportedly considering moving to a 4-3-3. That could also pave the way for Ross Barkley's return to the starting XI.
Paper Round's view: Southgate's 3-5-2 was an excellent tactical decision and it caught a lot of teams out during the World Cup. However, it is excellent to see that Southgate is willing to adjust his tactics as he coaches England for longer - variety could be key going into future international tournaments.