COULD Arsenal's goalkeeping problems be over? For the first time Iker Casillas has admitted he could leave Real Madrid if he is unable to break back into the first team.
The Independent notes that Arsenal would be the obvious destination as they have been consistently linked with a move for Casillas after a series of patchy performances from Wojciech Szczesny.
Although the Pole may have pulled off a series of deft saves in his country's 2-0 defeat to England on Tuesday, the fact the 32-year-old Casillas has put himself on the market will make Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sit up and take note.
Casillas, who has been at the Bernabeu his entire career, is reported as telling Spanish media: "I have been here since I was a small boy but the day will come when maybe a decision will have to be made."
Pressed on when that day would come, the Spanish World Cup winner replied: "I have decided I want to be part of this squad for a long time but if the situation doesn't change in three months and you ask me the same question perhaps I will answer that I am planning to leave."
A January transfer bid is therefore expected from Arsenal with Casillas eager to keep himself in the mind of Spain manager Vicente del Bosque ahead of next year's World Cup in Brazil by playing regularly, something he's not been doing with Real in recent weeks.
The Daily Express reports that Miroslav Klose has also been opening his heart, this time to German reporters, about where life might take him in the coming months. And the good news for Gooners is it appears the Emirates is high on his list of possible destinations.
Currently with Lazio, who he joined from Bayern Munich in 2011, Klose has been linked with a return to former club FC Kaiserslautern on a free transfer at the end of the season. But the Express, taking its cue from German rag Bild, claims Klose "wants to move to the Premier League".
Inspired by the success that fellow Germans Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are enjoying at Arsenal, the veteran striker is hoping to catch the eye of Wenger.
Still with Lazio and Italian paper Corriere dello Sport reports that the Serie A outfit cannot understand why Brazilian midfielder Hernanes would wish to leave. In recent weeks stories have suggested the South American sorcerer could be set for a big money move to either Spurs or Arsenal, but Lazio technical director Igli Tare has declared: "Every time that I have spoken to him or his agent, I have been given the impression that he sees this as his home. He knows what Lazio can give him, what he can have in Rome."
Presumably Tare is talking about the culture and climate of Rome, though who's to say Hernanes might not find the hustle and bustle of the Holloway Road on a wet February to his liking?
Finally, the Daily Star reports that Malmo winger Jiloan Hamad will "not rush the decision over his next move", despite the fact Fulham, Norwich City and West Ham are all eager to secure a pre-contract agreement. The Swedish footballer of Kurdish descent is out of contract in January and German club Hoffenheim are known to be loitering with intent. The 22-year-old Hamad, who is also being tracked by Borussia Monchengladbach, Freiburg and Hannover, held talks with West Ham in the summer but an agreement couldn't be reached. The Star quotes Nenad Lukic, Hamd's agent, saying: "There is nothing that is clear yet... he has games to play yet, then we will see what happens." ·