A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Newcastle.
THE SUN: David Moyes saw Manchester United crash out of the FA Cup and admitted: There is no excuse. Also: Newcastle are pondering a loan move for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk de Jong, 23, having previously tried to sign the Dutch striker in 2012 when he was at FC Twente.
DAILY MAIL: Norwich are hoping to revive a deal for Everton defender John Heitinga, 31, who last week abandoned a move to West Ham. Also: Sam Allardyce last night refused to apologise for fielding an inexperienced line-up against Nottingham Forest, saying after West Ham were mauled 5-0 that the FA Cup was third on his list of priorities.
DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool and Spurs are both considering a move for former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, 28, who is currently playing at French side Lille. Also: Wealthy French club Monaco are keen to sign up England Under-21 winger Thomas Ince from Blackpool in a bargain deal with the 21-year-old’s contract with the Championship side due to expire in the summer.
DAILY EXPRESS: Jose Mourinho claims English clubs will suffer in Europe because foreign clubs will not weed out their divers. Also: Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, 27 is being monitored by Manchester United and Arsenal after the German side confirmed that Robert Lewandowski will join the club from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, putting his place in the team under threat.
DAILY STAR: David Moyes admitted there could be no excuses as Manchester United were plunged into a mid-season crisis after being dumped out of the FA Cup. Also: Derby chief executive Sam Rush has told suitors of teenage midfielder Will Hughes, who are believed to include Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, that the 18-year-old will not be leaving Pride Park in January.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: David Moyes admitted there was an urgent need to add new players to his Manchester United squad following FA Cup humiliation against Swansea City on Sunday, but warned it was “doubtful” that signings would be made this month. Also: Alastair Cook believes he has received a “vote of confidence” from the England and Wales Cricket Board to carry on as captain and is “desperate” to lead the rebuilding process alongside Andy Flower.
THE TIMES: Andy Flower admitted that he should have anticipated the dreadful batting that sent England spinning to only their third 5-0 Ashes whitewash in history. Also: Just when you think Manchester United have hit rock bottom this season, they sink farther.
THE GUARDIAN: David Moyes ended this dire defeat with his arms folded, entering and exiting the technical area in the vain hope that his Manchester United side could somehow answer Wilfried Bony’s late strike. Also: England may have surrendered once again in Sydney, producing another wretched batting performance on the third day of the fifth Test as Australia completed only the third 5-0 whitewash in Ashes history, but even in bitter defeat Alastair Cook has again committed himself to staying on as captain.
THE INDEPENDENT: David Moyes admitted that there is an “urgency” to reinforce his Manchester United squad with new players this month, following his team’s 2-1 FA Cup third round home defeat to Swansea City, although he could give no assurances that the club will be able to do so. Also: The Portuguese government has announced three days of national mourning around the funeral tomorrow of the country’s greatest sporting hero, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, who died yesterday, shortly before what would have been his 72nd birthday.
TALKSPORT: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed rumours that he would allow winger Raheem Sterling, 19, to go out on loan this month.