Paper Round: Under-pressure Koeman to turn to Carroll, Costa deal initially a loan

Paper Round: Under-pressure Koeman to turn to Carroll

01/10/2017 at 22:52Updated 02/10/2017 at 07:27

Ronald Koeman will turn to Andy Carroll in January whilst Diego Costa's move to Atletico is initially a loan? It's Monday's Paper Round...

Koeman to turn to Carroll

We start with The Sun, who have an exclusive that under-pressure Everton boss Ronald Koeman will turn to Andy Carroll in the January window to provide goals. Having failed to replace Romelu Lukaku The Sun's report says that Everton will push for a £20 million deal to bring Carroll to Goodison Park.

Paper Round's view: If, and that is a huge if, Carroll can stay fit this could actually make a lot of sense. If Everton can get quicker players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yannick Bolasie (when fit again) and Nikola Vlasic around Carroll, as well as creative players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Tom Davies he should get a good supply. The big problem is the fitness, Carroll just can't be relied upon at the moment.

Costa deal initially a loan

Moving to The Times, where it is reported that Chelsea were able to get such a high fee from Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa because of the Spanish club's fear of FFP. This meant that they wanted the deal to show up on next year's books so they agreed a loan deal from now until the end of the season, that will start in January, and then he will move permanently.

Paper Round's view: If this is true then it's interesting that this hasn't been more widely reported. Most assumed it was just a straight transfer for Costa but it appears as if he will be a loan player for the second half of the season. In the grand scheme of things does this mean too much? Not really, but it is another player for Chelsea's loan army...

Rose could return to face Real

In The Sun it is reported that Danny Rose could be back in the Tottenham Hotspur team to face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on October 17. It would be Rose's first appearance for Spurs since January.

Paper Round's view: Getting Rose back is crucial for Spurs despite Ben Davies' decent start to the season. How he fares after so long out will certainly be interesting to watch.

Bilic to stay until the end of the season

We end with The Mirror, who report that Slaven Bilic will be allowed to stay at West Ham until the end of the season. The Hammers have started the season poorly, leading to suggestions that Bilic could be fired, but after a 1-0 win over Swansea the latest report says he will be given the chance to see out his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Paper Round's view: West Ham have had a tough opening run plus horrendous luck with injuries. Bilic deserves a chance to see if he can turn things around. However, failure in the next few games, which include some very winnable fixtures, may have to result in a change of thinking.