Transfer Talk: Featuring Walcott, Pavlyuchenko, and Cudicini

Roman Pavlyuchenko on the Ball

Arsenal, Reading, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, and Newcastle United are the talk of the papers today.

All the latest transfer news and gossip from the last 24 hours... 

Manchester United are apparently emerging as shock contenders in the race for Theo Walcott, report both the Mail and the Mirror this morning. The Mail claims United are Walcott's first choice if he leaves the Gunners. Arsene Wenger is growing increasingly exasperated with the winger's stalling over signing a new contract, and it is fast approaching January when he can begin freely negotiating with other clubs. At United the chances of him playing up front are slim, but he would be reunited with Robin van Persie, who he struck up a lethal combination with last season. Liverpool and Manchester City are also linked with the winger, while Chelsea were strongly linked in the summer but talk was quietened down since Rafa Benitez's arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Former Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is a target for Reading, the Mirror write, as Russian owner Anton Zingarevech looks to his homeland for recruits to try and help the Royals beat the drop. Up front he would form one half of a commentator's nightmare with fellow Russian Pavel Pogrebnyak. The 30-year-old currently plays for Lokomotiv Moscow (not Spartak Moscow as claimed by the Mirror) and has scored four goals in his last 10 games. He was bought by the Russian club for around £8 million last January.

Newcastle are continuing preparation for Demba Ba's potential exit by lining up replacements, and the latest name to be linked is Ukraine striker Artem Milevskiy. The Sun claim Dynamo Kiev are willing to sell the 27-year-old international striker for as £6 million making him a potential bargain for Alan Pardew.

Tottenham's forgotten man Carlo Cudicini is preparing for a January exit, and a quite attractive proposition could be heading the 39-year-old goalkeeper's way. The Italian has emerged as a target for David Beckham's former club LA Galaxy, the Mail write. He is currently well down the pecking order at Spurs, with Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel ahead of him, and Heurelho Gomes also in the reserves. The only sticking point could be if Spurs sell or loan Friedel to Blackburn and want the Italian to stick around.

Liverpool's transfer plans are continuing to take shape, with talk over the club signing Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea strengthening. The same report also claims the Reds are ready to allow Joe Cole to rejoin Harry Redknapp at QPR, and also want to re-sign Tom Ince from Blackpool, just a year after letting him go. 

And finally the Fernando Llorente saga continues, with the striker commenting he would welcome offers from the Premier League. Manchester City and Tottenham are interested, along with Liverpool and Arsenal, but Athletic Bilbao are prepared to keep him in January and allow him to walk away on a free next summer. 

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