Football news - Paper Round: Man Utd want Poch, Sandro disappoints Premier League giants
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is the first choice of Manchester United to replace Jose Mourinho whilst Alex Sandro has signed a new deal, disappointing some Premier League giants. It's Friday's Paper Round.
Man Utd want £40m Poch
We begin with an exclusive from The Sun that says that Manchester United are prepared to pay up to £40 million to bring Mauricio Pochettino to Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur. United face a battle with Real Madrid to bring in Pochettino but the Premier League club are reportedly confident that they can persuade the 46-year-old to join them over the reigning European champions. The report also says that as far as United are concerned Pochettino is the only candidate to replace Jose Mourinho.
Paper Round's view: If United do decide to dispense with Mourinho, and Paper Round really feels as if they should, then Pochettino does seem like the obvious selection. Pochettino has worked wonders with Spurs and plenty of people want to see him get a chance with a bigger club. Whether that comes with Spurs backing him in the transfer market or with Man Utd Pochettino has certainly earned that opportunity.
Sandro to sign new deal
Sticking with Man Utd, sort of, and we have reports that suggest that Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is set to sign a new deal. That comes as a big blow to both United and Chelsea, who have been linked with moves for Sandro. The Brazilian will reportedly sign a new deal until 2023, which will force both Premier League giants to look elsewhere.
Paper Round's view: Sandro is an exceptional full-back but this has felt like a long-time coming since he didn't move in the summer. Chelsea and United have invested in Marcos Alonso and Luke Shaw respectively and Sandro can focus on his future with Juventus, which presents a fantastic opportunity to win the Champions League...
Pellegrini backs Carroll for contract
We now move to The Mail, who have quotes from West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini who has backed striker Andy Carroll to earn a new contract at West Ham. With Marko Arnautovic out until 2019 there is a chance for Carroll to earn a new deal, his current contract expiring at the end of the season. Pellegrini has said the time is now for Carroll to step up and has backed the England international to show his worth.
Paper Round's view: Despite his injuries Carroll remains an exceptional headerer of the football and if he is to come into the team then West Ham need to play to his strengths. He is a very different player to Arnautovic but that does not mean that West Ham cannot be successful with Carroll leading the line.
Chelsea target Denis Suarez wants regular minutes
And we end with reports suggesting that Spanish champions Barcelona would be prepared to let Denis Suarez leave. That comes from the player himself who has admitted that he may have to leave to seek regular playing time. Chelsea have been credited with an interest.
Paper Round's view: Denis Suarez is an undeniably talented player but he clearly needs playing time. However most reports suggest he would be moving to Chelsea and it is hard to see where he fits in. Maurizio Sarri currently has Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley as options in that third midfield spot...