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…….And Benzema could be on his way out of Real Madrid

The Sun
  • Roy Hodgson has warned his England players: Don’t get too cocky.
  • FA chiefs have earmarked a five-star Rio hotel next door to a notorious shanty town as England’s World Cup base.
  • Manchester United boss David Moyes is back on the trail of Chesterfield’s £1.5million-rated midfielder Tendayi Darikwa.
  • Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits Mike Ashley struggles to grasp the way football works.
  • Fulham are ready to throw Mahamadou Diarra a Premier League lifeline.
  • Gillingham want to reappoint Peter Taylor as manager after sacking Martin Allen last night.
  • Newcastle are preparing a move for Leicester youngster Liam Moore.
  • Stoke have joined the chase for Portsmouth winger Jed Wallace.
  • Crystal Palace are back in the hunt for Manchester City flop Abdisalam Ibrahim.
  • Derby are ready to swoop for Iain Moody after his shock exit from Cardiff.
Daily Mirror
  • Roy Hodgson gave his England players a stern World Cup warning with the order: Don’t blow it now.
  • Malky Mackay fears the knives are out for him ahead of a crunch meeting with Cardiff chiefs today.
  • Gareth Bale is at the centre of a bitter row between Real Madrid and the Spanish media over his back injury.
  • Former England caretaker boss Peter Taylor is set to take over from Martin Allen at Gillingham.
  • Manchester City will give Reece Wabara an improved long-term contract.
  • Peter Schmeichel wants the Sheffield United manager’s job.
  • Wolfsburg are the latest club to show interest in Chelsea’s Kevin de Bruyne.
  • Crystal Palace will try to sign Manchester City’s Abdisalam Ibrahim when he returns from loan in Norway.
  • Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor wants the Irish Football Association to give Michael O’Neill a new deal despite a run of poor results.
Daily Star
  • Roy Hodgson has warned his World Cup-chasing England stars: Don’t get cocky.
  • Robert Lewandowski insists Poland can shake Wembley to its foundations tomorrow.
  • Andros Townsend will give defenders nightmares at the World Cup, according to Kyle Walker.
Daily Mail

  • Tottenham have agreed a bumper pay deal with Andros Townsend – two years after they were ready to sell him to Millwall for £500,000.
  • Roy Hodgson has warned England players against complacency.
  • Poland will have 18,000 fans at Wembley tomorrow night after the FA increased their allocation to ensure a sell-out.
  • Ukraine boss Mykhaylo Fomenko has started his psychological battle with Roy Hodgson by insisting his side are already preparing for a play-off as Poland are not good enough to shock Wembley.
Daily Express
  • Roy Hodgson has delivered a stern lecture to his England players.
  • England will face a wall of Polish noise at Wembley after the FA allocated the visitors an extra 10,000 tickets.
  • Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd believes he can still manage at the highest level.
London Evening Standard
  • Arsenal have been told they can sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for a cut price deal in January – as the Spanish giants step up plans to signLuis Suarez.
  • Kyle Walker has no doubt Andros Townsend will give the best defenders in the world nightmares if he ends up going to Brazil next summer.
Manchester Evening News
  • David Moyes used the international break to go and watch Fleetwood play Chesterfield, although rumours it was on a scouting mission are all unconfirmed.
  • Manchester City are reportedly eyeing a move for Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.
Liverpool Echo
  • Steven Gerrard is refusing to give up hope of one day winning the Premier League title with Liverpool.
  • Leighton Baines is convinced Everton youngster Ross Barkley will continue to frighten the life out of defenders – despite coming in for ‘special attention’.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew has predicted Gus Poyet will have a difficult job rescuing Sunderland – and is in for a shock in this month’s Wear-Tyne derby.
  • New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the best way for Sunderland to draw a line under a tumultuous month is to win at Swansea.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Alan Pardew has mounted a staunch defence of the Mike Ashley era at St James’ Park – but revealed the owner’s “upset” at football logic is behind some of the baffling mistakes he has made at Newcastle United
  • Craig Gardner has praised Lee Cattermole and caretaker manager Kevin Ball for the leadership they showed in revitalising Sunderland.
Sunderland Echo
  • Brighton striker Leo Ulloa has shrugged off suggestions that he could be a target for new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.
Birmingham Mail
  • Jed Steer admits working alongside his boyhood idol Shay Given, No.1 Brad Guzan and goalkeeping coach Terry Gennoe has underlined the standards he must achieve to play in the top flight.
  • Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says Wolves are “trying very hard” to convince Danny Batth to commit his long-term future to the club.
Express & Star
  • Wolves winger Bakary Sako was today set to return to training for the first time since the saga over his on-off transfer to Nottingham Forest blew up again.
  • Arsenal are set to bid for Albion starlet Saido Berahino.
  • 28-year-old Italian striker Graziano Pelle is a £500,000 target for West Brom boss Steve Clarke.
  • Fulham are keen to hijack Nottingham Forest’s bid for Wolves midfielder Bakary Sako.
  • Goalkeeper Shay Given is lining up a January move away from Villa Park.
The Sentinel
  • Jermaine Pennant remains convinced Stoke are on course to crack their new style of play as they prepare for Saturday’s crunch clash against old foes West Bromwich Albion.
Newham Recorder
  • Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski has alerted a host of English clubs to his availability by denying that he has agreed to join Bayern Munich next summer.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Uwe Rosler locked his Brentford players in the dressing room for an hour-and-a-half clear the air chat following Saturday’s defeat at Stevenage.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michu is hoping for another chance to impress for Spain when they host Georgia tomorrow.
Wales Online
  • Malky Mackay’s agent has sent out a warning ahead of Monday’s board meeting, questions whether Vincent Tan and some board members fully support the Scot and reveals the manager fears his good work is in danger of unravelling.
The Daily Echo
  • The agent of Gastón Ramírez has reportedly indicated the player could leave St Mary’s in January and that he is not keen on the club’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
Nottingham Post
  • Nottingham Forest will use the international break to ensure their young players are ready to make the step up to first team action if required.
Leicester Mercury
  • Nigel Pearson has hailed midfielder Andy King as a fantastic role-model for any aspiring young professional at Leicester City.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • New Football Association talent chief Mike Rigg has revealed he advised Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s to stick with boss Gary Bowyer.
  • Burnley’s Danny Ings has described his England under 21 debut as “A dream come true!”
The Bolton News
  • Stuart Holden believes he can beat his latest injury to be a force for Wanderers by February – and hopes he can even claim a place at next Summer’s World Cup finals.
  • Promotion is still the target for Alex Baptiste despite Wanderers’ poor start to the season.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Thomas Rogne has called on Wigan Athletic to pick up where they left off when they resume after the international break.
Blackpool Gazette
  • Tony Warner says Blackpool has been the perfect place for him to make the step from player to coach.
  • Ricardo Fuller wants Blackpool to become more ruthless in front of goal and his team-mate Tom Ince has the same message for England U21s.
Evening Gazette
  • Lukas Jutkiewicz still has a key role to play in the Boro team, insists Tony Mowbray.
  • Matthew Bates has joined the growing Boro connection at Bradford City after signing a short-term deal.
The Star
  • Sheffield United hope to appoint a new manager within the next 48 hours as the search for David Weir’s successor continues to gather pace, with Nigel Clough remaining the favourite.
  • Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is confident versatile forward Michail Antonio will recapture the form which made him a major attacking threat last season.
Huddersfield Examiner
  • Nigel Pearson reckons Leicester are well poised to maintain their stranglehold on home league meetings against Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Doncaster Free Press
  • Ambitious Brian Horton wants to see the number of players on international duty from Rovers to double.
Reading Post
  • Jordan Obita is loving life after finally making the breakthrough to the first team at Reading.
The Argus
  • Leo Ulloa has vowed to take no risks as he recovers from the worst injury of his career.
  • Paul Barber wants every Albion employee to be ready for life in the top flight.
Ipswich Star
  • Ipswich Town academy sponsorship manager Simon Milton hopes more fans follow suit after the entire first team squad agreed to donate £10-a-month towards a big fund-raising push.
  • Ipswich Town could become victims of their own success when it comes to the prospects of keeping on-loan Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe.
The Observer
  • Youth team coach Dave Hughes believes “winning isn’t enough” for Watford’s academy players; insisting the club’s young starlets have to adopt a certain style of play if they are to break into the first team.
  • Gianfranco Zola says Fernando Forestieri’s quality has never been in doubt and believes the player has the attitude needed to live-up to his “huge potential”.
Bournemouth Echo
  • Bournemouth assistant boss Jason Tindall believes Tokelo Rantie’s goalscoring exploits on international duty will give the striker added confidence.
  • Chairman Jeff Mostyn reflected on the anniversary of Eddie Howe’s homecoming and insisted Cherries and their manager were a “marriage made in heaven”.
The Scotsman
  • Celtic could face a major new injury headache after Mikael Lustig hobbled off during Sweden’s World Cup qualifier on Friday.
  • Dave King’s bid to become chairman of Rangers will first need to be ratified by the Scottish Football Association, it has been confirmed.
  • Shareholders at Celtic are calling for the club to lodge a UEFA complaint over Scottish football’s governing bodies’ handling of the collapse of Rangers.
  • Billy McKay will not leave Inverness Caley Thistle unless a “really special” bid is made for the Northern Ireland international, according to manager Terry Butcher.


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