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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea have stolen a march on Arsenal in the chase for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, because the Spanish giants are interested in Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32. (Daily Express)

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll was a £15m buy from Liverpool in June 2013, after spending a season on loan with West Ham

Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, 25, is not interested in returning to his former club even if West Ham choose to offload him. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal will bid £8m for Celtic's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, in January. (Daily Star)

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, 24, has shrugged off suggestions he could move to Burnley in the January transfer window. (Sunderland Echo)

Aston Villa will have to double 29-year-old defender Ron Vlaar's wages to stop him moving to Manchester United in January. (Daily Star)

Midfielder Mezut Ozil, 25, has denied he wants to leave Arsenal and join Bayern Munich. (Metro)

Manchester United are poised to offer goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, a new £30m deal in an attempt to discourage interest from Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Winger Jack Grealish, 19, is poised to sign a new £20,000-a-week contract at Aston Villa after joining Stellar Group, the football agency which represents Gareth Bale and Ashley Cole. (Daily Telegraph)

Villa have also made a formal new four-year contract offer to Fabian Delph, 24, as they try to keep the England midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 21, says he rejected a move to Manchester United in 2011 because they had just signed Phil Jones, 22, from Blackburn.(Daily Mail)

Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page
Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

England manager Roy Hodgson's chat with Raheem Sterling, 19, before the Estonia game should have been kept private, says former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.(Sky Sports)

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has praised Sterling's actions and claims it was a "selfless act".(Liverpool Echo)

Striker Wayne Rooney is preparing for a special Wembley celebration with his children if he becomes the youngest player to win 100 caps for England against Slovenia next month.(Daily Express)

Arsenal shareholders will use Thursday's Annual General Meeting to question majority owner Stan Kroenke over a £3m payment to another of his companies and challenge Arsene Wenger about his summer transfer strategy.(Daily Telegraph)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has urged fans to be patient with winger Christian Atsu, 22.(Liverpool Echo)

Roy Keane has threatened to quit as Aston Villa's assistant manager if his work as the Republic of Ireland's number two suffers.(Birmingham Mail)

Neil Lennon has accused Premier League chairmen of looking down on his achievements at Celtic after ending his six-month managerial exile by taking over at the Championship's bottom club, Bolton.(Daily Telegraph)

GLOBAL GOSSIP (Sourced from BBC Monitoring)

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, will not leave the Spanish club for less than a billion euros, according to his agent, Jorge Mendes. (Le Figaro in French)

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has hinted that he may step down after the 2016 European Championship. (AS - in Spanish)

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi says Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti advised the club to sign 32-year-old goalkeeper Diego Lopez from the Spanish club. (Marca - in Spanish)

Manchester City are considering making a transfer move for Juventus' 21 year-old French midfielder Paul Pogba, who moved to Italy from Manchester United in 2012. (Le Figaro in French)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 23, was delighted with his country's 2-1 victory Cyprus. He tweeted: "Great effort again by the boys tonight! 7 out of 9 points is a great start to the campaign."

Former striker John Aldridge has ruled himself out of becoming Tranmere's next manager but has tipped former Southampton boss Dave Jones as a possibility. "My days of management are well in the past. Dave Jones could be a good shout? If he's available," Aldridge tweeted.

Wales striker Simon Church, 25, hopes not to be out for too long after going off injured against Cyprus. "Thanks for the messages hopefully not out for too long. The boys were great again tonight. Good start. Need to keep it up, support was brilliant."

AND FINALLY

Former Manchester United forward Bebe, 24, has been tipped by Benfica boss Jorge Jesus to return to England and be a star, despite only playing 14 minutes for the Portuguese club. (Daily Mail)

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