Paper Talk: Arsenal boss after attacking duo, Chelsea star China bound, United pursue Pole, more…

Touchline Talk’s Paper Talk brings you the latest news and rumours from the back pages of today’s daily newspapers and online gossip columns. Read on to find out the latest about your club!

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been given permission to bolster the squad in the January transfer window, with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko his top targets. – Daily Mail

Wenger insisted the Gunners are still in the title race despite admitting they looked “very fragile” in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Fulham. – Daily Telegraph

Zaha was torn between playing for England or Ivory Coast after taking a call from Didier Drogba on Wednesday urging him to play for the country of his birth in the Africa Cup of Nations in January. – Daily Mail

Chinese club Guizhou Renhe are closing in on the January signing of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. – The Sun

The Stamford Bridge club believe scans will show captain John Terry escaped a serious knee injury after a collision with Luis Suarez in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool. – Daily Mail

But the former England defender could be out for the rest of the season if a scan reveals ligament damage to the same knee which required keyhole surgery earlier this year. – Daily Telegraph

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher felt his side would “have settled for a point” after their 1-1 draw with Chelsea. – TalkSPORT

But the Anfield club are yet to open talks with stand-in goalkeeper Brad Jones despite the Australian’s current deal expiring in the summer. – Daily Mirror

Manchester United could swoop for striker Robert Lewandowski after Borussia Dortmund revealed they are struggling to get the Poland international to extend his contract beyond 2014. – Daily Mirror

West Ham United are on the brink of bringing Nicolas Anelka back to the Premier League from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. – Daily Star

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has been told by owner Tony Fernandes that their next game against Southampton is a must-win. – The Sun

South Africa have abandoned their attempts to persuade Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman to play for them at the Africa Cup of Nations. – Sky Sports

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