On this day: Wenger chases Benzema, McCormack's Leeds commitment

Stories about Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United all feature.

The international break is now under way as fans wait to watch England’s first game of the latest two week hiatus this weekend.

That hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from spinning round, as the January transfer window draws closer and sides all over the country debate where they need to improve over the second half of the season.

Here are some of the main headlines from this day last year.

‘Arsenal step up Karim Benzema chase’

The Mirror suggested that Arsenal were looking to do a January deal for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was under pressure to add some attacking firepower to his squad and the French forward was reported as the club’s main target.

However, they didn’t sign him and eventually drafted in Danny Welbeck from Manchester United at the end of last summer’s transfer window.

‘McCormack’s Leeds United commitment’

Former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack spoke of his passion and commitment over Leeds United following an impressive performance in the win against Charlton Athletic.

The ex-Whites striker made it clear that he was aiming for the Premier League with the club before he was sold for £11 million to Fulham.

“I signed a new deal in the summer and no two ways about it, I could have moved on. But I signed a four-year contract because I definitely believe that within that contract we can get this club back into the Premier League,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

‘Lloris backed by France boss’

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was backed by France national coach Didier Deschamps.

The French goalkeeper has been one of the best performers at the club since he first moved to White Hart Lane.

“He is doing well, very well. He had a specific training programme on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Tottenham. The club and their coach, Andre Villas-Boas, took the decision not to let him play yesterday,” said Deschamps.

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