Paper round-up: Trading places

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Raheem SterlingGettyImagesRaheem Sterling: Bound for Arsenal to replace Theo Walcott?

Theo Walcott could be headed for Anfield in January, but Raheem Sterling may be going the other way, according to The Sun. The newspaper reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to the Liverpool winger as a replacement should Walcott decide to leave when the transfer window re-opens. It is claimed that Arsenal would be willing to part with Walcott and £8 million in order to land the teenager.

Also in The Sun, Terry Venables insists QPR will be relegated if they sack beleaguered coach Mark Hughes. The Rangers' boss is under fire with his side sitting bottom of the Premier League table after 11 matches. Indeed, the club is still looking for their first win of the campaign, but Venables says Hughes is the right man for the job.

Mario Balotelli's younger brother Enoch has signed a deal with non-league outfit Salford City. The 20-year-old failed in his trials with Sunderland and Stoke last season, and has opted to move to the
Northern Premier League First Division instead. He told the Daily Mail: "I am more than happy to join Salford. I just want to play football. I trained with them last night, I enjoyed it, so I signed."

Speculation over Ashley Cole's future continues to be a hot topic in the English press. The Mirror reports on Saturday that Real Madrid are lining up a January bid for the left-back, with Jose Mourinho keen on a reunion with Cole after their time together at Chelsea. Madrid's regular left-back Marcelo is currently out with a broken foot, and it is claimed that the reigning Primera Division champions are set to beat Paris Saint-Germain to Cole's signature.

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