Arsenal step up efforts to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester.

THE SUN: David Moyes’ reign as Manchester United boss was plunged into more crisis last night. Also: Leicester will sign French winger Riyad Mahrez, 22, from Le Havre in a £400,000 deal.

DAILY MIRROR: Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz, 28, could be set to leave Craven Cottage for Spanish club Real Betis. Ruiz became Fulham’s record signing when he arrived from FC Twente for £10.6m in 2011. Also: West Bromwich Albion want to sign Craig Gardner from Sunderland. The 27-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer but Albion chairman Jeremy Peace might make a move this month.

DAILY STAR: David Moyes’ Manchester United crisis hit a new low last night when his side crashed to a third defeat in just seven days. Also: Andy Flower is ready to quit if the England selectors do not back his wish to axe Kevin Pietersen.

DAILY MAIL: Arsenal will step up their efforts to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, on a season-long loan this week. Also: David Moyes was plunged deeper into crisis last night as Manchester United crashed to their third defeat in a week for the first time in 22 years.

DAILY EXPRESS: Norwich will reject an offer from Aston Villa for Wes Hoolahan - and any transfer request from the 31-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder. Also: Fabio Borini piled the pressure on David Moyes as his penalty sent Manchester United tumbling to their third defeat in a week.

THE TIMES: Manchester United’s season of humiliation slipped further towards crisis last night as a third consecutive defeat left them fighting to stay in the Capital One Cup, a competition they once would have viewed with apathy. Also: So here we go again. As England reach another crossroads after the Ashes whitewash in Australia, a crucial decision for the future direction of the team looks likely to revolve around the controversial figure of Kevin Pietersen.

THE INDEPENDENT: Paris St-Germain have joined French Ligue 1 rivals Monaco in holding an interest in 23-year-old Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker. Also: David Moyes found himself under increasing pressure last night after his Manchester United side slipped to a third successive defeat in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and he reserved some bitter comments for the officials.

THE GUARDIAN: Andy Flower’s future as director of the England team may hinge on whether the selectors and the new managing director see an international future for Kevin Pietersen as the side looks to regenerate after the 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes series. Also: This is threatening to become a season in hell for David Moyes and his Manchester United side. There is still a second leg to come of this semi-final so they are not dead yet and could still reverse their fortunes to reach Wembley.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Crystal Palace want Blackpool winger Tom Ince, 21, and Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, 28, to bolster their survival bid. Also: This was a shapeless, lifeless display from Manchester United, who have now lost three games in a row for the first time since 2001. Where was the fight? Where was that old swagger? Where was the refusal to accept defeat?

METRO: Erik Lamela’s Tottenham career looks all but over after his father revealed the 21-year-old wants to quit White Hart Lane. Forward Lamela joined Spurs in the summer in a club-record £30m deal. Also: Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has warned Newcastle that striker Loic Remy’s price is rising all the time. Redknapp says Newcastle risk missing out on the 27-year-old Frenchman if they do not make an offer soon.