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Fulham manager Martin Jol is considering a move for free agent Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, as a solution to his shortage of midfielders.

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson is being given the green light to splash out on Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford, 28, and Reading forward Simon Church, 23.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Manchester United defender Henning Berg, 43, is a contender for the Bury job.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Former Blackburn striker Benjani, 34, is joining South African side SuperSport United having initially planned to retire.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, 26, makes it clear he has no plans to quit for Spain.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Roberto Di Matteo is "optimistic" defender Ashley Cole, 31, will sign a new deal at Chelsea as he enters the final 10 months of his contract.

Full story: Goal.comexternal-link


The Chelsea captain has quit international football and the paper's chief writers have been giving their thoughts on his decision.

John Terry
Former England captain John Terry has announced his retirement from international football

Henry Winter says in the Daily Telegraph:external-link "John Terry claimed on Sunday night that the Football Association had made his position in the England squad 'untenable'. Nonsense. Terry was the author of his own downfall."

Oliver Holt writes in the Daily Mirror:external-link "He had become seen not as an ambassador for our football but as someone of whom the FA was secretly embarrassed."

Matt Lawton suggests in the Daily Mail:external-link "Before he complained of the FA making his position 'untenable', he perhaps should have reflected on how often he has made the situation untenable for the England management."

Daniel Taylor writes in the Guardian:external-link "Terry's argument is a tenuous one, undeserving of sympathy."

Charlie Wyatt complains in the Sunexternal-link: "It is still ridiculous that such a courageous, talented player, with at least one major tournament left in him, has decided to quit."

Tony Evans says in the Times (subscription required):external-link "The end of his international career was looming but he will resent it being forced upon him."


Steven Fletcher
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher has scored four goals in three games

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, 27, could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes striker Steven Fletcher, 25, who cost £12m from Wolves in the summer, is already proving value for money.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Real Madrid were still unsure whether their game at Rayo Vallecano would take place on Monday after the match was postponed on Sunday when floodlights at the Vallecas Stadium failed due to sabotage.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)external-link

Striker Alexander Kerzhakov, 29, and midfielder Igor Denisov, 28, boycotted training with Zenit St Petersburg in protest against the salaries being given to expensive new signings Brazilian Hulk, 26, and Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, 23, last week, and have been relegated to the reserves as a result.

Full story: L'equipeexternal-link

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