Arsenal eye Man Utd reject as Campbell and Podolski depart

Arsenal tipped to move for Javier Hernandez and Jackson Martinez, but does Wenger want strikers?

Javier Hernandez, Real Madrid
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Mexican marksman and Man Utd reject Javier Hernandez is being tracked by both Arsenal and Liverpool. That's the "shock" claim made by the Daily Star, which believes that the pair are ready to table £12m bids for Hernadez.

Currently on loan at Real Madrid, the Mexican is deemed "unlikely" to return to Old Trafford with United gaffer Louis van Gaal willing to sell Hernandez to the highest bidder. The Star says Real won't keep him beyond this season's loan spell, leaving Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham to fight it out for his hand. But would the Red Devils sell to a Premier League rival? They might not, speculates the Star, especially as Arsenal took Danny Welbeck off their hands in the summer in a transfer that angered many of the Old Trafford faithful.

Meanwhile Arsenal are said to be shaken and stirred after Tottenham decided they too would like to order a Martinez. According to the Daily Express the Lilywhites intend to "upstage" both Arsenal and Liverpool with a daring bid for striker Jackson Martinez next month. The paper describes the Porto ace as "one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe", and it's believed he could make a move out of Portugal as early as January if the right offer comes along. It's reported that the 28-year-old is being chased by a number of clubs from Spain, Italy and Germany but that he has his "heart set on a switch to the Premier League". The Express says that if any club is serious about disarming Porto of Martinez, they'll have to cough up around £40m in cash.

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With the Gunners linked to so many forwards it is perhaps no surprise to read in Metro that the north London club are poised to let Joel Campbell leave in the new year. The paper says that a lack of playing time at the Emirates could prompt him to quit the club in January with Swansea City "a potential destination" for the Costa Rican hitman. Despite impressing in the summer's World Cup in Brazil, the 22-year-old has hardly had a look in so far this season under Arsene Wenger and it's reported that Campbell's frustration is mounting.

Metro says that Swansea will have to battle Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Inter Milan and Benfica for his signature with the clubs all said to be "monitoring his situation".

The Times is not convinced that Wenger will splash any money on new forwards in January. Indeed it believes the "Frenchman has concluded that his squad contains too many strikers". So, in addition to getting rid of Campbell, Lukas Podolski will also be shown the door in January. The paper says Inter Milan and Cologne are his main admirers.

Wenger is aiming to set up permanent deals so he can use the money to bolster his midfield and defence, adds the paper.

Finally, the BBC is just one of several media outlets to cover news of Thierry Henry's departure from the New York Red Bulls after four-and-a-half years with the MLS club. The 37-year-old French frontman couldn't inspire the Bulls to victory against the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Championship play-off at the weekend, and the 2-2 draw was the last act in Henry's stint Stateside.

"The decision has always been that I would leave after the duration of my contract," explained Henry, adding: "I'll take the next few weeks to decide on the next chapter of my career." Asked if he might end up back at the Emirates, with the club he graced for eight years before leaving in 2007, he replied: "I would love to see Arsenal win the Champions League. Whether that is from near or far does not depend on me, but it is sure I'd like to help. This is my club."

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