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Chelsea are planning a bid for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, whilst Man City will turn to Malaga’s Willy Caballero to solve their goalkeeper issues.
Daily Mirror
  • Chelsea are planning a £60m bid for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 27, with boss Jose Mourinho heading to watch him in action for Colombia against Belgium on Thursday.
  • Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 25, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks to boost his attacking options.
  • Halmstads’ wonderkid Valmir Berisha, 17, caught the eye of Spurs scouts with a hat-trick against Argentina in the U-17 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
  • Former Manchester United assistant boss Rene Meulensteen is a surprise outsider for the Crystal Palace managerial vacancy.
The Sun
  • Micah Richards fears his refusal to go on Roy Hodgson’s standby list ahead of Euro 2012 could cost him his England career.
  • West Ham are looking at Real Madrid’s highly-rated young striker Jese Rodriguez.
  • Former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, now in charge of Dinamo Moscow, has emerged as a shock candidate to replace Martin Jol at Fulham.
Daily Star
  • Thomas Vermaelen insists he has no plans to quit Arsenal despite losing his place in the side.
  • Chelsea are interested in signing promising 18-year-old Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.
  • Lazio are to open talks with Arsenal and Tottenham target Hernanes, 28, over a new deal to remain with the Serie A side.
  • England captain Steven Gerrard is set to miss Friday’s clash with Chile at Wembley.
  • Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is lining up a move for Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
  • Born-again Sunderland star Phil Bardsley last night claimed Paolo Di Canio tried to “destroy” him during his five months in charge.
Daily Mail
  • Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, has told Chelsea he will not open talks on his future at the club until after the World Cup.
  • Arsenal will step up their pursuit of Karim Benzema amid suggestions that the striker is ready for a new challenge away from Real Madrid.
  • Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris will resume full training for France today and coach Didier Deschamps expects him to play against Ukraine on Friday after he suffered concussion at Everton.
Daily Express
  • West Ham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of striking reinforcements with former Manchester City player Felipe Caicedo, 25, ready to quit Lokomotiv Moscow in January.
  • Phil Jones claims people “hate” Manchester United because they have been so successful.
Daily Telegraph
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho called West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonas Olsson a “Mickey Mouse player” to spark a tunnel bust-up between the two sides after their 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.
The Times
  • Manchester United are weighing up an ambitious move in January for Marco Reus, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, as part of a deal that could lead to Shinji Kagawa returning to the German club.
  • Phil Bardsley has suggested that he was almost destroyed by his treatment under Paolo Di Canio during their brief but often tempestuous working relationship at Sunderland.
The Guardian
  • Frank Lampard is in line to captain England in Friday’s friendly against Chile to commemorate his achievement in becoming the eighth player to win 100 caps for his country, a move that will most likely see Steven Gerrard rested until next week’s visit of Germany.
London Evening Standard
  • Tottenham are considering a January move for Southampton full-back Luke Shaw if they cannot find a way to bring in Fabio Coentrao from Real Madrid.
  • Chelsea midfielder Ramires says he is not seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge amidst speculation that he could be offered to Real Madrid in a possible swap deal with Sami Khedira.
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho labels West Brom defender Jonas Olsson a “Mickey Mouse player”.
Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta says manager Manuel Pellegrini is quite prepared to show his angry side when it is required.
Liverpool Echo
  • Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes there are places up for grabs in England’s World Cup squad – and he plans on putting himself in the frame this week.
  • Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he would have no qualms about unleashing Gerard Deulofeu from the start in a Premier League match against Liverpool.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Alan Pardew has given Newcastle United the belief to win the big games, says Chieck Tiote.
  • Phil Bardsley has set his sights on a new Sunderland contract after resisting what he feels were Paolo Di Canio’s attempt to “destroy” him.
Sunderland Echo
  • Seb Larsson has backed Gus Poyet’s footballing philosophy to bring the best out of him.
Birmingham Mail
  • Carson Yeung has failed in his bid to have his money-laundering trial thrown out.
Express & Star
  • Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today challenged new signing Michael Jacobs to nail down a permanent move to Molineux.
The Sentinel
  • Jon Walters has called for play actors to be banned in the wake of Chico Flores trying to get Steven Nzonzi sent off.
Fulham Chronicle
  • John Arne Riise will weigh up his options in January if he fails to force his way into Martin Jol’s starting XI.
  • Harry Redknapp has revealed Andy Johnson is the latest player allowed time off training with his QPR team-mates.
South London Press
  • Stephen Dobbie has talked about missing out on Crystal Palace’s 25-man Premier League squad – and harbours no grudges against Ian Holloway for failing to make the cut.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Stoke forward Jonathan Walters reckons Chico Flores should be banned for play-acting during last weekend’s thriller at Swansea City.
Wales Online
  • Joe Mason’s loan move from Cardiff City to Championship club Bolton Wanderers has been called off.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington is poised to miss the first Republic of Ireland game later this week under the new management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane after remaining in Norfolk for treatment on a dead leg suffered in the 3-1 Premier League win over West Ham.
Hull Daily Mail
  • Hull owner Assem Allam has signalled his intentions to press ahead with a proposed name change of the club in early 2014, with Hull Tigers still his controversial preference.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United’s Ross McCormack insists he has no axe to grind with Scotland boss Gordon Strachan for his Tartan snub – and is purely focusing on continuing his predatory exploits to spark a recall.
Derby Telegraph
  • DERBY County are in talks with Kalifa Cisse over a more permanent deal, while winger Michael Jacobs has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has travelled to India for talks with owners Venky’s – but his position is not under threat.
The Bolton News
  • Cardiff City have sensationally pulled the plug on Joe Mason’s loan at Wanderers.
Blackpool Gazette
  • Blackpool’s Barry Ferguson is aiming to be back in action by the end of the month.
The Star
  • Owls manager Dave Jones has warned his under-achieving Sheffield Wednesday squad that no-one is safe from the axe.
Huddersfield Examiner
  • Huddersfield Town are to stay sharp during the international break by taking on Manchester City behind closed doors.
Doncaster Free Press
  • Terry Bramall believes John Ryan’s shock resignation “wasn’t neccessary” – and says the former Doncaster chairman was not kept in the dark over negotiations with Sequentia Capital.
The Argus
  • Brighton winger Craig Conway has been called into the Scotland squad.
Evening Times
  • Rangers midfielder Ian Black has set his sights on a return to the Scotland squad.
The Scotsman
  • Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas will be officially presented as Hibernian’s new management team this afternoon.


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