What today’s papers are saying: Sunday, September 1, 2013
SUNDAY MIRROR: Wayne Rooney had 10 stitches in a horror head injury yesterday that will sideline him for both Manchester United and England this week. Also: Paolo Di Canio held up his hands and apologised to Sunderland fans yesterday.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester United are trying to clinch a loan deal for Roma’s Daniele De Rossi before the transfer window closes tomorrow night. Also: Arsenal will make a renewed £15million move for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Real Madrid’s final bill to buy Gareth Bale could top an incredible £150million. Also: Wayne Rooney is desperate to overcome a nasty head injury suffered in training which has made him a doubt for today’s Anfield confrontation between Liverpool and Manchester United.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester City’s wild celebration to greet the opening goal from Alvaro Negredo told its own story. Also: Wayne Rooney has been KO’d from Manchester United’s biggest match of the season against Liverpool - by his own captain, Nemanja Vidic.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: There will be a time to measure the significance of the goal Hatem Ben Arfa scored yesterday to bring relief to the Premier League’s most perplexing club. It is not now. Also: Roy Hodgson has bemoaned the Premier League’s record when it comes to producing English talent and taken issue with suggestions - including those from the competition’s chief executive, Richard Scudamore - that it provides him an abundance of players to select.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Real Madrid hope to finally present Gareth Bale as their world record £90million signing tomorrow with summer spending by English clubs on course to break through the £500million barrier in the final two days of the transfer window. Also: England levelled the two-match T20 series by defeating Australia by 27 runs - almost as handsome as the 39-run margin that Australia had enjoyed at the Ageas Bowl.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: What the Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway described as “a really important week for us” began with another dogged performance and, more importantly, a first victory when Dwight Gayle scored from the penalty spot after being fouled by John O’Shea, who was sent off, and the substitute Stuart O’Keefe curled a superb third goal. Also: Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United will lead one final splurge in the two days of the transfer window that will take summer spending by Premier League clubs beyond the previous record of £500million.
THE OBSERVER: A wonderful injury-time strike from distance by the substitute Stuart O’Keefe secured Crystal Palace’s first three points of the season against Sunderland. Also: The stage remained set at the Santiago Bernabeu yesterday afternoon but will need dismantling without Gareth Bale having set foot on it.
THE PEOPLE: Wayne Rooney is out of today’s Anfield clash with Liverpool after a horror training ground accident. Also: Manchester United were last night edging towards a £36million deal for Marouane Fellaini after Everton asked for Jesse Lingard on loan for the season.