Left-back ‘wanted by Spurs’

Taye Taiwo is wanted by Tottenham, The Sun suggest.

The left-back is on loan at QPR from AC Milan with a permanent deal agreed if Rangers stay in the Premier League, but it is claimed that Spurs are looking to sign him.

The Sun also say Juventus are interested in signing Michael Essien from Chelsea along with Arsenal’s Alex Song.

A Juve source is quoted as saying: “We need to back our plans for a strong European campaign by reinforcing the squad in some key positions — and Essien and Song are under review.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Florent Malouda is considering leaving Chelsea after being left out of interim boss Roberto Di Matteo’s first squad.

And the Daily Mail and Sun both report that Chelsea have been put off appointing Rafael Benitez because of the bad feeling towards him among Blues fans.

The Mail say opposition to the ex-Liverpool man registered firmly with chairman Bruce Buck, chief executive Ron Gourlay and technical director Michael Emenalo.

The Sun declare that the club’s hierarchy have advised owner Roman Abramovich that Benitez is no longer an option.

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