LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez came within three hours of becoming West Ham manager according to co-chairman David Sullivan.
Chelsea feel they can do no more in the pursuit of Everton centre-back John Stones and will pursue other targets.
Chelsea will pursue Paul Pogba but believe they can try again for the Frenchman in future windows if no deal can be done before Tuesday’s deadline.
West Ham are moving closer to agreeing a deal for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United are preparing a bid for Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben according to reports.
Wilfried Bony has sparked injury fears after the Manchester City striker was pictured wearing a protective boot.
Kevin De Bruyne will become the most expensive player in Manchester City’s history when the Belgian playmaker completes a £54m move from Wolfsburg.
Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic is set for a one year loan deal to Fenerbahce.
Liverpool still expect Fabio Borini to leave the club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Former midfielder Nobby Solano has warned Newcastle against selling striker Papiss Cisse.
Newcastle United look set to offload striker Haris Vuckic after they reportedly set a fee of around £450,000 for the Slovenia international.
Sunderland are set to miss out on Jonathan de Guzman after the player rejected a move, according to reports.
Sunderland target Fabio Borini is waiting to see what interest materialises in the final days of the transfer window, before deciding on his future.
EXPRESS AND STAR
Kenny Jackett has said Wolves have no interest in selling striker Benik Afobe at any price.
Ronald Koeman has hit out at two refereeing mistakes after his side failed to reach the group stages of the Europa League.
Leicester City’s chances of signing Birmingham’s Demarai Gray have suffered a blow after the Blues said they are confident of keeping the winger with the promise of guaranteed first team football.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United are in the running to sign Fernando Forestieri from Watford but are unsure of the striker’s intentions.
Brighton and Hove Albion have been linked with Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri.
Bournemouth have not upped their bid for want-away Norwich striker Lewis Grabban, Canaries boss Alex Neil confirmed.
John Ruddy says his fellow Norwich players are just as excited as the fans to see who the club will sign in the transfer window.
Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah is not expected to travel with the squad to face Sheffield Wednesday after handing in a transfer request at the club.
Cardiff City boss Russell Slade has refused to be drawn on a potential move for former West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan.
Bolton manager Neil Lennon believes Blackburn Rovers are well within their rights to hold out for top dollar for star striker Jordan Rhodes.