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West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, will be able to leave the club for £15m if the Hammers are relegated from the Premier League. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool and Tottenham are considering trying to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 28, in January. (Daily Mirror)

The agents of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, and midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, are working together during contract talks. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes he may have found the new Thierry Henry - Sanchez. (Daily Telegraph)

Wolfsburg have dropped 23-year-old midfielder Julian Draxler from their matchday squad to play Bayern Munich this weekend, alerting Arsenal to his possible availability in January. (Metro)

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 33, is considering leaving Fenerbahce to return to one of his former clubs - Feyenoord.(Sun)

Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror leads with ex-Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman stating the club must keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has played down the prospect of a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, citing doubts over the 27-year-old's fitness. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, accepts that there will be criticism of his performances but he says it helps him. (Guardian)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has criticised Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, 25, for comments he made about Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius, 23. (Liverpool Echo)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes expects Derby County to continue increasing their asking price for goalkeeper Lee Grant. The 33-year-old has impressed while on loan with the Potters. (Stoke Sentinel)

MP Damian Collins, the chair of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee says Russia is not fit to host the 2018 World Cup after the revelations of state-sponsored doping. (Sun)

Former Manchester City and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, 32, has played down talk of a move to China and hinted he could retire.(Ole, via Talksport)

Nice striker Mario Balotelli, 26, says it is possible he could challenge Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 29, and Real Madrid frontman Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, for the Ballon d'Or if he can have an injury-free season. (Xinhua, via ESPN)

Sergio Aguero
The Daily Star lead references Pep Guardiola's defence of Sergio Aguero's disciplinary record

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has criticised Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 28, over the wild tackle that left him "scared" about defender David Luiz, 29. (Daily Mail)

Watford striker Odion Ighalo would like the Hornets to sign Nigeria team-mate and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi, 29, in January. (Goal)

AC Milan are prepared to offer 27-year-old midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura - a reported target for Chelsea - a new deal. (Tuttosport via Sky Sports)

West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher, 32, will trigger a clause early in the new year that will extend his contract by a further 12 months. (Express and Star)

Hundreds of signed EFL shirts featuring the poppy symbol and worn by players during November's league fixtures are to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. (EFL.com)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants to make at least four signings in January and will not stand in the way of fringe players he expects will leave the club. (Liverpool Echo)

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Saturday's Times sport section front page

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Striker Diego Costa posted on Instagram: "Chelsea have become the first club to collect a hat-trick of Premier League awards in the same month!" The Spain striker won player of the month, Pedro won goal of the month, and manager Antonio Conte was named manager of the month.

Pedro, Conte and Diego Costa

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva posted a video to Instagram of what appears to be his son showing some excellent volleying skills at home.

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian shared an image on Twitter of an impressive Christmas tree.

Matteo Darmian

Leicester City defender Danny Simpson wished his former Queens Park Rangers team-mate Bobby Zamora well in retirement. Simpson tweeted reference to Zamora's winner in the 2014 play-off final at Wembley.

Danny Simpson tweet

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was spending time with Andrea Pirlo when the Italian visited the Blues training ground to catch up with his old manager Antonio Conte and tweeted describing the former Juventus and Italy playmaker as "the master".

Cesc Fabregas

And finally...

Stoke City striker Xherdan Shaqiri, 25, says he spends a large chunk of his £65,000-a-week wage on shoes, admitting he has a room full of them. (Sun)

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