From the back pages, January 9: £25m Theo deal! Arsenal confident of ending Walcott saga with star closing in on five-year contract

Arsenal will this week make an improved offer of £25million to Theo Walcott in a bid to resolve his contract saga. (The Daily Mail)

David Beckham has been offered a bumper two-year deal to join the Qatar Stars League.

A top Qatar source said: “When it comes to money offers, Qatar is the biggest by far. Senior figures in the Q League feel Beckham has the total package and they need to up the interest in the game there around the world.” (The Sun)

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Rafa Benitez told Chelsea fans today they must accept that the “legends” of Stamford Bridge have to be moved on as the club prepares to bid farewell to many of the players who have been a key part of their most successful period ever. (The Independent)

Bradford City – skint in League Two, on a journey that has taken them close to financial ruin and fielding a side here that cost the grand total of £7,500 – are close to producing one of the great cup stories of modern-day football. What a night this was for Phil Parkinson’s unlikely heroes and what a prize if they can expose Aston Villa’s shortcomings again in the return leg in two weeks’ time. (The Guardian)

Manchester United’s path to signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha looks to be clear after Tottenham insisted they would not pursue the youngster. (The Telegraph)