From the Back Pages, February 2: Tottenham Hotspur make late bid to sign MK Dons star Dele Alli

From the back pages
From the back pages

Tottenham Hotspur have made a late bid to try to snatch MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli from under the noses of Aston Villa and Newcastle United. (The Telegraph)

Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa: Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla, and Hector Bellerin all strike as five-star Gunners crush hapless Villans. (Daily Mail)

Nottingham Forest appointed Dougie Freedman as their manager, little over an hour after sacking Stuart Pearce following six defeats in seven matches. (The Guardian)

SOUTHAMPTON manager Ronald Koeman was more certain that he would make an addition to his squad and suggested that an announcement could be made on Monday. (The Express)

Mitchell Johnson returned to terrorise England’s batsmen once more as Australia confirmed that they are still playing a different game when it comes to cricket Down Under. A 112-run win was a formality once Johnson had ripped out England’s top order in the space of 10 balls, and finish up with 3-27. (The Mirror)

Andy Murray has enjoyed more consistent success at the Australian Open than at any other Grand Slam tournament but ultimate success continues to elude him. Murray’s fourth appearance in the final here in the last six years ended in familiar fashion as he was beaten 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 by Novak Djokovic in a gruelling contest full of exceptional tennis and high drama. (The Independent)

Rory McIlroy continues dominance with win in Dubai Desert Classic. (The Times)