Paper Talk: Arsenal legend in loan return, Chelsea close to Serbian signing, Dressing Room rage at City, 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!

Thierry Henry will make his third Arsenal debut in the FA Cup clash against Swansea City on 6 January, with the Gunners in advanced talks with the New York Red Bulls over a loan move for the French striker. – Daily Mail

Chelsea are close to finalising an £8m deal for Serbia midfielder Lazar Markovic, who scored in a friendly against Chile last month. – Daily Mail

Interim manager Rafael Benitez claims the Blues are improving and will exert pressure on the Manchester clubs once they return from the Club World Cup in Japan. – The Independent

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini flew into a dressing room rage after the 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester United, directing most of his anger towards Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez. – The Sun

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez admits midfielder James McCarthy’s recent good form makes the Republic of Ireland international a transfer target for other teams when the transfer window reopens in three weeks. – Metro

Clint Hill and Rob Green have warned Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp against a major overhaul of the playing squad, arguing that wild spending is exactly what brought the club to its knees. – The Independent

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins will look to tempt Gary Hooper from Celtic next month, having sold the striker when he was manager of Scunthorpe United. – Daily Mirror

Newcastle United are likely to renew their interest in France right-back Mathieu Debuchy and are also in the market for a new striker. – Daily Telegraph

Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed Papiss Cisse turned down a move to the Cottagers in January before signing for Newcastle. – Daily Express

The Football Association could introduce retrospective disciplinary action against divers at the end of the season. – Daily Telegraph

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