LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Brazil legend Pele has defended under-fire Chelsea striker Diego Costa after insisting the Blues star’s actions against Arsenal at the weekend was not worse than Luis Suarez’s bite on Branislav Ivanovic two years ago.
Agent Mino Raiola has hit back at Sir Alex Ferguson after the former Manchester United boss blamed him for Paul Pogba’s Old Trafford exit in 2012. Raiola insists that had Pogba’s future been dependent on his own financial gain he would have kept him in Manchester.
Chelsea have been told that club doctor Eva Carneiro would not have quit her job if manager Jose Mourinho had made a simple apology.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Anthony Martial’s £36m fee is ‘not ridiculous’.
18-year-old £11m summer signing Patrick Roberts has been promised first team opportunities this season by manager Manuel Pellegrini after making an impressive debut for Manchester City in the League Cup.
Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has set his sights on becoming Liverpool’s No 1 as he insisted: “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench.”
Roberto Martinez says Ross Barkley has “moved to a different” level after the 21-year-old fired in the equaliser in the 2-1 win at Reading last night in the League Cup.
Everton FC’s hunt for a number 10 goes on, and the Blues are reportedly eyeing up a move for Empoli midfielder Riccardo Saponara.
Steve McClaren has laughed off suggestions that Cheick Tiote is a “poisonous” character in the Newcastle United dressing room.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been ruled out of his side’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday night.
Fabio Borini could remain as Sunderland’s central striker at Manchester United this weekend, while Lee Cattermole may also earn a recall at Old Trafford.
Aston Villa derby hero Rudy Gestede’s goal-getting performance against Birmingham City was described as a “mixed bag” by boss Tim Sherwood.
Mark Hughes celebrated last night’s Capital One Cup win over Fulham – and then immediately questioned the Football Association’s two-match ban for Ibrahim Afellay.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Jake Livermore has thanked Hull City fans for their ‘overwhelming’ support after the midfielder made an emotional return for the Tigers last night.
Striker Nicky Maynard, who was on trial at Blackburn Rovers in the summer, has signed for their Championship rivals MK Dons.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Liverpool have denied approaching Carlo Ancelotti about possibly replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager.
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John Terry will return to the Chelsea defence against Walsall, while Radamel Falcao will be given a chance to shine in Diego Costa’s absence.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Will Buckley is an ideal signing for Leeds, says Adam Virgo.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has accused Sam Byram of thinking the Elland Road club is “not big enough for him” with the 22-year-old refusing to sign a new contract.
Dougie Freedman has no immediate plans to loan out any of Nottingham Forest’s young stars – as he says they are closer to the first team than some might think.
Aitor Karanka is delighted with Albert Adomah’s return to form and believes the winger has benefited from being left out of the first team squad.
Swansea City boss Garry Monk defends decision to make wholesale changes after their Capital One Cup exit to Hull City.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Bolton have seen a loan move for Swansea City striker Marvin Emnes collapse but are still hopeful a new striker will be on board by the time they face Brighton this weekend.
Left-back Daniel Pudil wants to repay Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri’s faith in him by helping the Championship club cause a cup upset tonight.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said he had never doubted goalkeeper Adam Federici following his much-publicised blunder for former club Reading in last season’s FA Cup.
Carlton Cole is prepared to take a huge drop in wages to enjoy the final years of his career at Celtic – according to Ronny Deila.
Matej Vydra’s agent Ondrej Chovanec says the £2.5 million Reading paid Watford to sign the striker on a season-long loan is too much.