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11:29 UK time, Tuesday, 1 February 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

There are two things you don't usually find on the front of newspapers. The first is a football transfer story, and the second is an editorial.

The Sun's got both today.

The sale of Fernando Torres from Liverpool to Chelsea for £50m and the subsequent move of Andy Carroll from Newcastle to Liverpool for £35m are splash fodder.

But the really notable sportsman on the front page is anonymous.

A Sun editorial rues the fact that this sportsman, alleged to have had affairs with two women, cannot be named.

The paper goes further inside bemoaning the secrecy offered to "proven love rats" and compares the behaviour of this particular sportsman to a "dung hill rooster".

A lot of people will not have a granule of sympathy for the Sun - believing that reporting tittle tattle is not in the public interest - but the paper does make a serious point.

It notes that those who cannot afford lawyers cannot dream of securing one of these injunctions.

Returning to the transfer story, and the Independent's i edition has a telling account of a news meeting led by editor Simon Kelner. The fact even the Archers-loving, football-disregarding news editor Vicky was interested/appalled proved that it should lead.

In the Daily Mail the news version of the Torres/Carroll story is under the pithy headline: "Soccer's £130m V-sign to the age of austerity". The paper gleefully recounts Carroll's sundry past misdemeanours.

There's a bit of a hats-off to the Mail though for a headline on page 13. It's a story on a dog controversially taught to do a Nazi salute for a German TV production. Headline: "Furred Reich!".

And speaking of the art of the headline, Michael Rosen's Word of Mouth on Radio 4 had a peek into the world of the Sun sub-editor.

A mine of great headlines, including "Lipstick on your Corolla". This is what happened. Man. Icy weather. Car door keyhole frozen shut. So he blew on it...


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