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Man City stars Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero are wanted by Arsenal and Barcelona respectively, and Man United are set to miss out on Marco Reus.
The Sun
  • Manchester United plan to have Wayne Rooney locked up on a new £53million contract by the New Year.
  • Ashley Cole has been warned he could miss next year’s World Cup.
Daily Mirror
  • Ashley Cole was last night warned his World Cup place is in jeopardy.
  • Edin Dzeko is the latest player on Arsenal’s January transfer hit-list.
  • Hull will bid £6.5million for West Brom striker Shane Long in January.
  • Roy Hodgson has confirmed Wigan’s Callum McManaman is a contender for a place in England’s World Cup squad.
  • Manchester United are scouting Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mane.
  • West Brom are eyeing Sporting Lisbon central midfielder Adrien Silva as a summer target.
Daily Star
  • Roy Hodgson has told his World Cup hopefuls it’s time to stand up and be counted.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he will be a much bigger loss to the World Cup than Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Gus Poyet has been given the go-ahead to add to Sunderland’s squad in January.
Daily Mail
  • Frank Lampard admits he is in a dogfight for his place in England’s World Cup squad as he prepares to receive his golden cap at Wembley.
  • Borussia Dortmund want Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa to replace Robert Lewandowski.
  • David Moyes is facing more transfer frustration, following claims in Germany that his top target Marco Reus has already turned down the chance of joining rivals Manchester City, with the German set to do the same with United’s interest.
  • Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Salomon Kalou in January.
  • Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was in the stands last night watching Monaco striker Falcao inspire Colombia to a 2-0 win over Belgium.
  • David Moyes has poached the Premier League’s head of elite development to work as part of his coaching set-up at Manchester United.
Daily Express
  • Ashley Cole has been warned his England place is under threat and he can no longer be considered as an automatic pick ahead of the World Cup.
  • Barcelona are ready to rekindle their interest in Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
  • Liverpool could swoop for Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo.
  • Roy Hodgson indicated yesterday that the competition between Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines to be England’s number one left-back is wide open, after 12 years of the Chelsea man having dominated the position in the team when fit.
The Times
  • Roy Hodgson has warned Ashley Cole that his England place is under threat as competition for inclusion in the squad for the World Cup finals intensifies tonight with a warm-up match against Chile at Wembley.
The Guardian
  • Frank Lampard has admitted his century of caps will count for nothing as he and England’s handful of senior players seek to convince Roy Hodgson they merit inclusion in the squad for the World Cup, with tonight’s friendly against Chile at Wembley the first of three auditions before the naming of the party for Brazil.
London Evening Standard
  • Former England international midfielder Chris Waddle has claimed that Tottenham are capable of winning the Premier League title this season.
  • Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal believes moving to England has boosted his chances of gaining a regular spot in the Spain team.
  • Frank Lampard insists it’s a big mistake to write off Ashley Cole and has backed the Chelsea left back to fight hard for his first team place for club and country.
Manchester Evening News
  • Flying winger Jesus Navas insists he is not intimidated by the challenge facing him at Manchester City.
Liverpool Echo
  • Former Liverpool favourite Patrik Berger has revealed his admiration for a number of the current squad – but says Champions League football is vital if the club is to keep attracting the best players.
  • He has helped his two previous clubs inflict the most galling of defeats on their cross-city rivals, and now Gareth Barry wants to grab a career hat-trick.
  • Roberto Martinez believes success in May is more important than Everton making a fresh entry in the record books this season.
The Chronicle
  • Bafetimbi Gomis and another long-term target Luuk De Jong could be back on Newcastle’s radar as possible January transfer targets.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Resurgent Cheick Tiote has told Fabricio Coloccini he is still Newcastle United’s leader.
Sunderland Echo
  • Gus Poyet has hinted that banned pair Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena will find it tough to reclaim their starting spots, as he bids to heat up the competition in Sunderland’s ranks.
  • Paolo Di Canio has cast serious doubt on the abilities of Sunderland’s director of football, Roberto De Fanti, and the club’s chief scout, Valentino Angeloni.
Birmingham Mail
  • Ciaran Clark reckons his friendly rivalry with Nathan Baker is behind the mean-machine mentality helping Villa turn a clean-sheet corner this season.
  • Ashley Westwood confesses he has not hit the heights of his debut campaign so far during his second season at Villa and admits: “I need to improve.”
  • Youssouf Mulumbu has paid tribute to Albion midfield partner Claudio Yacob as the double act continues to prosper.
Express & Star
  • Defender Gareth McAuley today claimed the variety in Albion’s new-look strikeforce will help fire the Baggies to Premier League success this season.
  • Wolves fringe wingers Zeli Ismail and Anthony Forde will be loaned out again in the January window, boss Kenny Jackett revealed today.
The Sentinel
  • Marko Arnautovic says he is enjoying his new quiet life in England … apart from being flummoxed about what is happening to Stoke in games after the hour mark.
  • Mark Bowen says Stoke’s out-of-favour senior players have been perfect professionals as they try to earn a place back in the first team.
Newham Recorder
  • Kevin Nolan is confident his form will return.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Ashkan Dejagah is worried his World Cup dream will go down the pan if he doesn’t secure a regular spot in Fulham’s starting XI.
  • QPR are willing to offer Alejandro Faurlin a new contract – even though the stricken midfielder is out for the rest of the season.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Morten Wieghorst has leapt to the defence of Chico Flores after Stoke’s Jon Walters claimed the defender should be banned for play-acting.
Wales Online
  • Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius came through an hour of action as the Bluebirds lost in a reserve game at Yeovil.
The Pink un
  • Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson can join the Canaries’ international contingent insists his club captain Russell Martin.
Hull Daily Mail
  • Hull City are prepared to let Matty Fryatt continue his prolific loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday for now – but will consider recalling the in-form striker at the end of the month.
Derby Telegraph
  • Steve McClaren’s appointment as Derby County’s head coach is a massive step forward for the club in their bid to reach the Premier League, says the man behind the stadium’s new backers, iPro.
The Bolton News
  • Keith Andrews does not know where his footballing future lies beyond this season.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Callum McManaman still has a chance to go to the World Cup next year, according to England coach Roy Hodgson.
Blackpool Gazette
  • Thomas Ince says he’s going nowhere during the January transfer window.
The Argus
  • Albion’s handling of their break-up with former boss Gus Poyet has come under fire from Dick Knight.
Bournemouth Echo
  • Cherries striker Lewis Grabban has signed a contract extension at the club.
Evening Times
  • The clock is ticking a little bit on Joe Ledley’s contract situation given that he is able to speak to other clubs in January.
  • Rangers officials today stepped up the search for a new chief executive after their No.1 target turned down the chance to take over the running of the Ibrox club.


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