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Juan Mata’s Chelsea future looks bleak after Jose Mourinho said he’s struggling to find room for him and Martin Jol has denied talk of tension.
Man City want to swap Joe Hart for Asmir Begovic, while Tottenham are after Real Madrid hitman Alvaro Morata to solve their goalscoring issues.
The Sun
  • Wolfsburg’s Brazilian playmaker Diego has opened the door for a move to Arsenal or Southampton.
  • Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton wants to extend his loan stay at Wigan.
  • Burnley want to raid Bolton for striker Craig Davies.
  • Doncaster are trying to sort out a loan deal for Bolton defender David Wheater.
Daily Mirror
  • Manchester City are looking to splash the cash in January on Champions League-eligible keeper Asmir Begovic – and will offer Stoke Joe Hart in return.
  • Liverpool and Manchester United will face competition from Italian giants AC Milan in the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.
  • Tottenham chief Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to solve his goal-scoring crisis with a January loan deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he was tracking Florian Thauvin before the attacking midfielder joined Lille in January.
  • Brazil ace Diego has opened the door for a move to Arsenal or Southampton. The Wolfsburg playmaker is out of contract next summer.
  • Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has joined Manchester City’s growing worldwide fan club, according to Blues defender Pablo Zabaleta – an Argentina teammate of the Nou Camp superstar.
Daily Star
  • Wayne Rooney has escaped any further FA action over his kick at Jordon Mutch.
  • Ashley Westwood smashed in a beauty to rob the Baggies of bragging rights in the West Midlands.
Daily Mail

  • Andre Villas-Boas is under mounting boardroom pressure following Tottenham’s 6-0 mauling at Manchester City on Sunday.
  • Manchester City are still paying Emmanuel Adebayor in the region of £40,000 a week.
  • Jan Vertonghen insists Tottenham can recover from their weekend humiliation at the hands of Manchester City to beat champions Manchester United in their next fixture.
Daily Express
  • Panicky Andre Villas-Boas says he might ditch 4-2-3-1 (the dominant formation in the Premier League) and play with two strikers in future.
Daily Telegraph
  • With his newly-shorn GI Joe haircut, Jose Mourinho last night declared that Chelsea are already entering the hard yards of the season “when only the brave survive”.
The Guardian
  • Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge insisted he had no regrets about playing 90 minutes for England despite a thigh injury.
  • Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen has denied there is any rift at the club involving the manager, André Villas-Boas.
  • Jose Mourinho has called on Chelsea to secure their passage into the knockout phase of the Champions League with victory at Basle as his players enter a cluttered and pivotal period of the season where “only the brave can survive”.
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has laid down a challenge to his club’s title rivals by insisting the busy fixture list leading up to the new year will be the survival of the fittest.
London Evening Standard
  • Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has defended his month-long search for a new manager – and believes that in Tony Pulis he has his own version of club legend Steve Coppell.
  • The future of Juan Mata at Chelsea is looking bleak after manager Jose Mourinho admitted he is struggling to find room for the Spanish international in the first team.
  • Wolfsburg midfielder Diego has opened the door on a possible move to the Premier League amid interest from Arsenal.
  • Arsenal footballer Nicklas Bendtner has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage at his luxury apartment block.
  • Jose Mourinho has surprisingly come to the support of arch-rival Andre Villas-Boas by insisting Tottenham are still in the title race despite their humiliating 6-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool Echo
  • Brendan Rodgers admits Jon Flanagan’s Merseyside derby performance has given him food for thought with Jose Enrique ruled out of action until at least February.
  • Everton have confirmed that Leighton Baines fractured his toe in Saturday’s Merseyside derby .
The Chronicle
  • Davide Santon believes Newcastle United are putting the ghosts of last season’s horror show to rest with their Premier League hot streak.
  • Gus Poyet wants more academy graduates to follow Jack Colback into Sunderland’s first team.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Striker Steve Howard departs by mutual consent as Hartlepool United look to free up funds for loan signings.
Sunderland Echo
  • Gus Poyet says his long-term vision for Sunderland is to give the club’s homegrown players a chance to stake their first-team credentials.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has defended his decision to start with Gabby Agbonlahor, Andi Weimann and Fabian Delph on the bench at West Brom.
Express & Star
  • Double derby goalscorer Shane Long today revealed his Albion future remains uncertain despite an impressive return to form.
The Sentinel
  • Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam is back in the saddle after revealing he has never felt happier over the past 11 months.
Newham Recorder
  • Ryan Giggs says Arsenal are fully deserving of their place at the top of the Premier League table but insists Manchester United will fight to defend their title.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Martin Jol has rubbished reports claiming there’s tension between himself and Fulham’s academy bosses.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michel Vorm has urged Swansea City to seize the chance to do something “amazing” when they take on Valencia on Thursday.
Wales Online
  • Bluebirds striker Peter Odemwingie insists Cardiff City will still be in the Premier League next season after Sunday’s last-gasp draw.
The Daily Echo
  • Jose Fonte called for more consistency from referees after another weekend of Premier League controversy surrounding the match officials.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Released Leeds United winger Ryan Hall is steadfastly focusing on moving onto a new chapter in his career after the end of his fraught spell at Elland Road.
Nottingham Post
  • Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies will be given full backing in his search for a new left back before the loan window closes on Thursday.
Leicester Mercury
  • Leicester City striker David Nugent hopes to hold new contract talks before the end of the year.
Lancashire Telegraph
  • Chris Taylor admits Blackburn Rovers’ run of one win in six games is not ‘good enough’.
The Bolton News
  • Bolton striker Tom Eaves has had his loan spell at Rotherham cut short and returned to the Reebok Stadium a month early.
Blackpool Gazette
  • Blackpool are considering a loan swoop for Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara.
Evening Gazette
  • Jason Steele will miss Middlesbrough’s next three games after the FA confirmed he was sent off at Leeds for serious foul play.
Doncaster Free Press
  • Martin Woods looks set to be a surprise name on the Doncaster teamsheet at Charlton tonight. The 27-year-old midfielder – released by Rovers in the summer – announced his return to the club on a social media site yesterday.
The Argus
  • Brighton will not be out of pocket if former striker Steve Cook gets a move to the Premier League.
Ipswich Star
  • Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits he’ll struggle to strengthen his thin squad before Thursday’s loan deadline.
The Observer
  • Gianfranco Zola has confirmed Ikechi Anya will be out for at least three weeks and says Watford’s current injury problems are the worst he has seen since he became a head coach.


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