#TheFootballTalk: All the latest football stories today

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The Sun

  • Wayne Rooney has lifted the lid on his rift with Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Jack Wilshere was involved in a furious Twitter bust-up with Kevin Pietersen.
  • Sergio Aguero thought about quitting Manchester City in the summer so he could help his old club Independiente win promotion.
  • Michael Laudrup insists Jose Mourinho was not Chelsea’s first choice as their latest manager.
  • Nemanja Vidic is an £8million target for Juventus this January.
  • Gus Poyet could make son Diego his first Sunderland signing.
  • Nigel Clough could make a rapid return to management with struggling Sheffield United.
  • Martin Skrtel is back on Zenit St Petersburg’s radar.
  • Arsenal teen star Serge Gnabry is wanted back by hometown club Stuttgart.
  • Niko Kranjcar wants to turn his loan spell at QPR into a permanent move.
  • Stoke and Southampton are chasing Icelandic kid Emil Atlason.
  • Barcelona are considering a shock move for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras.
Daily Mirror

  • Wayne Rooney has blamed Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to play him in the wrong role for their bitter fallout.
  • Malky Mackay will be “shocked and angry” after Cardiff owner Vincent Tan appointed a rookie 23-year-old as the club’s new head of recruitment.
  • Nigel Clough is being lined up to replace under pressure David Weir at Sheffield United.
  • Gianfranco Zola is to sign West Brom midfielder George Thorne, 20, on loan at Watford.
  • Gus Poyet admits he is happy answering to director of football Roberto De Fanti on transfers at Sunderland.
  • Ivaylo Petev quit Levski Sofia yesterday, 24 hours after being undressed and forced out of his unveiling by hostile fans.
Daily Mail

  • Wayne Rooney has revealed that his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson broke down because he was forced to play out of position at Manchester United.
  • Malky Mackay will not resign as manager of Cardiff, despite being underlined by the extraordinary decision to replace his right-hand man with a 23-year-old schoolfriend of owner Vincent Tan’s son.
  • Manchester United boss David Moyes wants to sign Derby midfielder Will Hughes in January.
  • Michael Laudrup has revealed Chelsea enquired about him during the summer.
Daily Express

  • Wayne Rooney believes he had earned the right to play as a striker last season and being ordered to take a midfield role left him doubting his Manchester United position.
  • Greg Dyke threw open the door to the idea of “adopted” foreign footballers such as Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj playing for England as he unveiled the major part of his new commission to improve English football.
  • Manchester United have been given a boost after doctors confirmed Marouane Fellaini will not need an immediate operation on a wrist.
Daily Star

  • Wayne Rooney has blasted his treatment by Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Jack Wilshere was involved in an angry Twitter row with Kevin Pietersen as the debate over ‘English’ players intensified.
  • Malky Mackay will not resign at Cardiff – even though owner Vincent Tan has suspended his head of recruitment.
The Times

  • Wayne Rooney has blamed Sir Alex Ferguson for his loss of form at Manchester United in a calculated statement that is likely to reignite their long-running feud.
  • Greg Dyke has refused to confirm whether Roy Hodgson will keep his job if England do not qualify for the World Cup finals.
The Guardian

  • Wayne Rooney has spoken publicly for the first time about his reasons for wanting to leave Manchester United and blamed his disillusionment on Sir Alex Ferguson playing him out of position after the signing of Robin van Persie.
  • Michael Laudrup has told a Portuguese newspaper that Chelsea inquired about his availability before their appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Daily Telegraph

  • Greg Dyke, the chairman of the Football Association, risked being attacked over the quality of his commission into the state of the national game when he unveiled an all-English line-up.
  • Wayne Rooney says he is “happy” at Manchester United now that he is playing up front under David Moyes rather than the midfield or wide roles he was occasionally made to take on under Sir Alex Ferguson.


London Evening Standard

  • Ledley King has urged Roy Hodgson to recall Tottenham captain Michael Dawson to his squad if England qualify for the World Cup.
Manchester Evening News

  • Manchester City are lining up a January move for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos according to the latest reports – though they face competition from big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Former Manchester United and City strike ace Carlos Tevez reckons Nemanja Vidic would be a hit in Serie A with speculation continuing over the Serbian star.
Liverpool Echo

  • Seamus Coleman believes his international team-mates Darron Gibson and James McCarthy can forge a formidable midfield partnership – for club and country.
The Chronicle

  • Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor will be fit to face Liverpool next week – after a month out of action
  • Steve Harper believes Newcastle United should sign up on-loan QPR striker Loic Remy immediately
  • New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he has no problems working alongside director of football Roberto De Fanti on Wearside.
Newcastle and Sunderland

  • Alan Pardew wants to loan out Newcastle United’s young guns Adam Campbell, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic
Sunderland Echo

  • The Republic of Ireland coaching set up have been left unimpressed by Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood’s withdrawal from the squad due to play Germany in Cologne and Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
  • Seb Larsson is excited at the prospect of working under Gus Poyet after speaking to the new Sunderland head coach within hours of his appointment.
Birmingham Mail

  • West Brom could face a fight to keep hold of impressive midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, with Serie A giants Juventus and Roma reportedly interested.
The Star

  • Boss Paul Lambert sent a passionate letter to Villa fans and insisted the team will live up to their expectations.
  • Ben Foster urged Albion fans not to forget his deputy Boaz Myhill in the chorus of acclaim for new-look Albion.
  • Lee Evans was urged by boss Kenny Jackett to learn his lessons to force his way back into the Wolves midfield and progress to the next level.
The Sentinel

  • Stoke City’s radical shift in style will not be blown off course by recent results, according to assistant boss Mark Bowen.
Newham Recorder

  • England’s 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst says he would have no problem with Adnan Januzaj turning out for the national team.
Fulham Chronicle

  • Harry Redknapp has ruled out a Loftus Road return for former QPR favourite Les Ferdinand to bolster his backroom staff.
  • Fulham are reportedly considering offering a pay-as-you-play deal to Mahamadou Diarra.
South Wales Evening Post

  • Andy King insists Wales will be doing all they can to help save Chris Coleman’s job when Macedonia visit the Cardiff.
Wales Online

  • Bluebirds chief executive Simon Lim refused to comment when asked whether Malky Mackay was asked to resign from his post at Cardiff City.
The Daily Echo

  • Morgan Schneiderlin reveals that a call-up for France is still a distant dream.
Nottingham Post

  • MK Dons are reportedly keen on taking Nottingham Forest defenderJamaal Lascelles on loan.
The Bolton News

  • Zat Knight praised by Dougie Freedman for showing good example to being dropped by Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Evening Post

  • Ryan Shotton admits Wigan Athletic are finding out fast how tough life in the Championship is.
Blackpool Gazette

  • Dan Gosling doesn’t want to be football’s forgotten man after signing for Blackpool.
The Star

  • Sheffield United “owe” under-fire manager David Weir and their long-suffering supporters a good performance when they face Coventry City this weekend, according to midfielder Michael Doyle.
Reading Post

  • He’s playing some the best football of his career right now, but Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie believes he can only get better.
The Argus

  • Keith Andrews has urged Brighton’s midfielders to keep doing their bit in front of goal.
Bournemouth Echo

  • Midfield dynamo Harry Arter insisted he would prosper from the influx of international stars at Cherries – despite the added competition for places.
Evening Times

  • The former Ibrox director Dave King is prepared to resume a role at the club provided key conditions are met after a summit in South Africa with Ibrox chief executive Craig Mather and finance supremo Brian Stockbridge.
  • Celtic first-team coach Danny McGrain revealed Hoops striker Amido Balde’s desire to improve is the reason for their one-to-one coaching sessions on match days.
The Scotsman

  • Georgios Samaras could swap Parkhead for the Nou Camp and make a sensational January move to Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.


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