LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea’s poor start to the season was made worse on Thursday with the news that first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has injured his knee in training.
Arsene Wenger insists he did not lie about the extent of Danny Welbeck’s injury and has defended Arsenal’s decision not to sign a striker in the transfer window.
Son Heung-min chose to join Tottenham despite strong interest from both Manchester City and Liverpool.
Real Madrid will not return for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in January after last week’s botched move for the Spaniard.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims he bought Anthony Martial for his successor, Ryan Giggs.
Manchester City’s Fernando is pain-free for the first time in around a year, and the Brazilian midfielder is poised to bolster manager Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield numbers as he nears full fitness.
On-loan Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori says he was “relieved” to move Aston Villa on loan, and that he is happy he will finally get a chance to play in the Premier League.
Roberto Martinez has ruled out Everton signing any free agents this autumn – and maintains the club’s business is done until the New Year.
Newcastle United fans should enjoy watching Moussa Sissoko in action while they can – because the midfielder is destined to play for a Champions League side one day, warns Olivier Bernard.
Fabio Borini became a fans’ favourite during a loan spell at Sunderland two years ago, and full-back Billy Jones expects more of the same now he returns to the club.
Newcastle’s Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran are set to reject potential loan moves to Championship clubs.
FIFA have blocked the proposal for Ricky Alvarez to return to his homeland with Argentine side San Lorenzo, according to reports in Italy.
Sunderland have been involved in a summer-long dispute with Inter Milan over Alvarez after failing to activate the £8m clause in the midfielder’s season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s central midfield additions Ola Toivonen and Yann M’Vila will show their real worth once they are up to speed with the Premier League, believes club captain John O’Shea.
Tiago Ilori reckons he will bring a winning mentality whilst on loan at Aston Villa as he chases his dream of playing Premier League football.
EXPRESS & STAR
A desire to reduce the average age of the defence motivated West Brom’s decision to sell Joleon Lescott to Aston Villa, according to the Baggies’ director of football administration Richard Garlick.
Richard Stearman insists he did not feel ‘forced out’ of Wolves following his surprise move to Fulham.
Former Stoke midfielder Salif Diao is surprised his former club didn’t take a shot at Senegal international Cheikh N’Doye this summer.
Stoke’s new signing Sergio Molina, who joined from Real Madrid this summer, says his decision to cut a decade-long tie with the Spanish club was “a big call, but the right one”.
THE DAILY ECHO
Rickie Lambert will go in search of his first West Brom goal on Saturday, as he bids to become the latest ex-Saint to score against his former club.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Jake Livermore will report back for Hull City training on Thursday morning after he was spared a long-term suspension over a failed drugs test.
Leicester City are understood to have taken Dutch defender Dwight Tiendalli on trial.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Nelson Oliveira reckons his time at Swansea City will help him along as he kicks off his second crack at English football. The Benfica striker has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan having spent the second half of last term at the Liberty.
GET WEST LONDON
QPR are keeping tabs on Southend’s Daniel Bentley and could make a fourth bid in the January transfer window – or just as likely – wait until next summer when they can sign the Shrimpers star keeper for nothing.