From the Back Pages, December 20: Arsene Wenger weighs up bid for Tottenham target Morgan Schneiderlin

From the back pages
From the back pages

Tottenham fear north London rivals Arsenal will gazump any new bid to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. (The Telegraph)

MANCHESTER CITY and England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new contract. (The Express)

Brendan Rodgers will finally welcome Alexis Sanchez to Anfield this weekend, with more than a touch of regret in his voice. (The Mirror)

Manuel Pellegrini has questioned whether Chelsea can maintain their title challenge in the second half of the season, pointing to how Arsenal faltered last term in the new year. Arsène Wenger’s side led the table by a point on 1 January and by two on 3 February yet by 25 March Arsène Wenger’s side had slipped to six points from the top, a gap they never recovered, finishing fourth. (The Guardian)

The way is finally clear for Russia and Qatar to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after nothing emerged from Michael Garcia’s corruption report that could force a re-vote. (Daily Mail)

Tim Sherwood column: Boxing Day reminds me of the dreadful end to my playing career. (The Independent)

Pressured Alastair Cook can find relief as Eoin Morgan rises. (The Times)