From the back pages, January 18: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concedes defeat over Edinson Cavani but may still try to sign Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal are still considering a late bid to beat Manchester United to the signing of Wilfried Zaha but manager Arsène Wenger has conceded that it would be virtually impossible to recruit Edinson Cavani during this transfer window. (The Telegraph)

Brendan Rodgers has blasted Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan admitted to diving.The Reds top scorer yesterday revealed he took a tumble against Stoke in October to try and win a penalty. And his comments have left Rodgers seething, with the Kop boss set to punish his star man. (The Sun)

Liverpool will enter the race for Wesley Sneijder if the Holland international is prepared to drop his salary demands. Though Sneijder does not fit the profile that Liverpool’s owners FSG target – he is too old at 28 and his salary of £6m a year is too expensive – manager Brendan Rodgers is an admirer. (Daily Mail)

Darren Fletcher will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to resolve his ulcerative colitis condition, Manchester United have confirmed. (The Guardian)

Chelsea legend Gianfranco is in the frame to be named Blues manager. Feel-good factor the little Italian who was voted the club’s greatest ever player would bring makes him a serious contender for summer switch. (The Mirror)

Ray Wilkins has called on Roman Abramovich to give Gus Poyet the job of leading Chelsea into a new era at the end of this season. (The Independent)

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