Chelsea FC to sign striker? Pato to Arsenal FC? Hernandez to quit Man Utd? Monday's back pages

Alexandre Pato (R) (credit: JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
The top stories making Monday's back pages in the UK...

The Sun: Steven Caulker was crowned the king of Cardiff after he dumped old club Swansea in the Welsh derby.

Also: Manuel Pellegrini does not know when he will recall Joe Hart to the Manchester City team.


Daily Mirror: Malkay Mackay led Cardiff to their best Premier League result with a glorious South Wales derby triumph amid fresh doubts over his future.

Also: Sam Allardyce will make a renewed bid for Chelsea striker Demba Ba in January after seeing his side fire blanks yet again.


Daily Star: Andre Villas-Boas last night defended his shot-shy Tottenham team after they missed the chance to go second.

Also: Malky Mackay hailed his team's derby win as a triumph for his backroom team in a veiled dig at owner Vincent Tan.

And: Arsenal and Tottenham are set to step up their efforts to sign Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato in the new year after Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade revealed the club are willing to listen to offers.


Daily Mail: Andre Villas-Boas was criticised last night for allowing Hugo Lloris to play on after being knocked out in Tottenham's 0-0 draw at Everton.

Also: Jose Mourinho has been given the green light to sign a new striker in the January transfer window to help Chelsea's title challenge.


Daily Express: Malkay Mackay launched a thinly-veiled attack on Cardiff owner Vincent Tan by praising his staff for the signings made in the summer - one of whom, the impressive Steven Caulker, netted to win Wales' first top-flight derby.


Metro: Nicklas Bendtner is heading for the Arsenal exit when the new transfer window opens in January, with a string of Premier League clubs eager to sign him.

Also: Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool’s squad lacks depth because the club can’t compete with the Premier League’s big financial hitters.

And: Andre Villas-Boas defended his goal-shy Tottenham attack after a 0-0 draw at Everton denied them the chance to move second in the Premier League.


Daily Telegraph: The day that Cardiff City had been waiting for since promotion brought the result they had spent the nights dreaming of.

Also: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted he overruled the advice of his medical staff in allowing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on with a head injury following a collision with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku 14 minutes from time in this otherwise uneventful stalemate.

And: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez casts doubt on his future at the club after retweeting a story suggesting he should look to leave Old Trafford.


The Guardian: Malkay Mackay paid tribute to Cardiff's players, staff and supporters after a 'tough four weeks' and pointedly avoided any mention of the owner, Vincent Tan, after Steven Caulker's second-half header vanquished a disappointing Swansea side.

Also: Jack Wilshere is expected to miss Arsenal's Champions League tie at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday as he struggles with his latest injury to a foot.


The Independent: Shane Warne has singled out captain Alastair Cook's 'negative' captaincy as the main reason England will fail to record an unprecedented fourth successive Ashes series victory.

Also: Malky Mackay, the Cardiff manager, pointedly avoided reference to Vincent Tan, the club's controversial owner, after his team had defeated Swansea 1-0 in the first all-Welsh Premier League game yesterday.
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