From the Back Pages, December 31: Arsenal & Chelsea face fight for Costa, Buttner wants Man Utd exit

ARSENAL and Chelsea face fresh competition from Borussia Dortmund for the signature of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa. Manchester United’s Alex Buttner wants first team football as Real Madrid eye Paulinho and Juventus are cool on Nani. (The Express)

Monday, 30th December 2013, 10:24 pm
From the back pages

Nicolas Anelka has agreed not to perform his controversial ‘quenelle’ goal celebration again, according to a statement released by his club West Brom. (The Independent)

Ray Wilkins has become the latest high-profile member of Rene Meulensteen’s backroom staff at Fulham after being named as the new assistant head coach of the Premier League strugglers. (The Guardian)

Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata remains Arsène Wenger’s top January target as they look to increasing their striking options. (The Telegraph)

David Moyes is ready to battle Everton again for Leighton Baines with a fresh £16million bid. (The Mirror)

Tottenham are considering a formal complaint to the Football Association about Charlie Adam amid fears that Paulinho may be ruled out for a month through injury. (Daily Mail)

Surgeons said today they were engaged in a round-the-clock battle to save Michael Schumacher after his skiing accident near Méribel in the French Alps. They said he would have died had he not been wearing a helmet. (The Times)