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Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Real Madrid are stepping up their efforts to sign England winger Raheem Sterling, 19, next summer as a new Liverpool deal fails to materialise. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are preparing a £35m bid for Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27. (Daily Star)

United are also lining up a return for Barcelona and Spain centre-back Gerard Pique, 27, in January. (Daily Express)

Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid will make another attempt to sign Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, 29, in January. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United and Arsenal target Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar, 29, has told Aston Villa he is finally ready to start contract negotiations. (Daily Mirror)

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling's £30,000-a-week deal makes him one of the lowest paid in the Liverpool squad

Everton insist midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, is not for sale amid fresh rumours Manchester City have made him a £30m summer transfer target. (Liverpool Echo)

Argentina and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 27, has dismissed suggestions that he turned down a summer move to Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Midfielder James Milner, 28, has reiterated he will only commit his future to Manchester City if he is getting enough match time. (Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are ready to sell midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, in January and Arsenal intend to approach the French club. (Talksport)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United's defensive mistakes have prompted manager Louis van Gaal to consider using Michael Carrick, 33, as an emergency centre-back. (Daily Mail)

QPR midfielder Sandro, 25, has been injured after sliding on his knees to celebrate a training-ground goal and will miss Saturday's Premier League trip to Southampton. (TalkSPORT)

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick has yet to play under new manager Louis van Gaal as he recovers from an ankle injury

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is set to name the teenager billed as "Mini Messi" - 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo - as a substitute in Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. The Spaniard was bought for £2.4m from Real Madrid in 2012. (The Times - subscription required)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned forward Sammy Ameobi, 22, that his future is on the line at Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash with Crystal Palace. (Daily Telegraph)

Brain Clough
Brian Clough, who guided Derby and Nottingham Forest to league titles, died on 20 September, 2004

Liverpool's plans for an expanded Anfield stadium will include a 'Memorial Garden' as a tribute to Hillsborough disaster victims.(Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has taken a payment of £3m out of the club according to the latest company accounts.(Guardian)

Uefa is poised to introduce new rules to tackle what it sees as the scourge of third-party ownership of players in Europe as early as next season.(Guardian)

Liverpool are 'very relaxed' amid suggestions they may have almost £7m of Champions League prize money withheld due to breaches of Uefa financial fair play regulations.(Daily Mail)

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, 27, is excited about Christian Benteke's return to the fold - even though it could cost him his place in the side. (Birmingham Mail)

AND FINALLY

Nottingham Forest fans will pay tribute to former manager Brian Clough at Tottenham on Wednesday night by wearing replicas of his famous green jumper for the League Cup third-round tie at White Hart Lane. (The Sun - subscription required)

A Norwich City fan commissioned a £299 replica of Carrow Road made from more than 2,000 Lego bricks. (Norwich Advertiser)

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