Gossip column: Cahill, Defoe, Vlaar, Hart & Sterling

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FC Toronto president Tim Leiweke does not expect Jermain Defoe to play for the club again, increasing the likelihood that the 31-year-old striker will return to the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)

Gary Cahill of Chelsea
Gary Cahill looks set to extend his stay at Chelsea

England centre-half Gary Cahill is expected to commit his long-term future to Chelsea, with the 28-year-old in talks over a new deal. (Evening Standard)

Aston Villa face a battle to keep Dutch captain Ron Vlaar, 29, as the defender, who is in the final year of his contract, has not begun detailed negotiations to extend his current deal. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are set to face competition from Roma to sign 19-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot from Paris St-Germain in January. (Evening Standard)


West Ham United have the power to prevent their Olympic Stadium home being shared with Tottenham Hotspur for the 2017-18 season. (Guardian)

Raheem Sterling
Sterling won his ninth England cap on Monday when facing Switzerland

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has encouraged any British player to take the opportunity to play abroad. (Independent)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says integrating his new signings Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind into his side will be "easy". (Daily Mirror)

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says restrictions forced by Financial Fair Play regulations mean his side will never be able to compete with the seven clubs who are on "another planet". (Daily Telegraph)

Joe Hart's place as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper could be under threat as manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is prepared to give Willy Caballero, 32, a chance. (Manchester Evening News)

Saturday's Daily Mail back page
Saturday's Daily Mail back page

Lazar Markovic, 20, is ready to show why Liverpool paid £20m for his services as the winger prepares to make his home debut against Aston Villa. (Liverpool Echo)

Former European Footballer of the Year Marco van Basten, 49, is to step down as coach of AZ Alkmaar as his health issues persist. (Independent)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he will safeguard Raheem Sterling's long-term career despite the growing importance of the 19-year-old for the Reds and England. (Guardian)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says QPR defender Rio Ferdinand, 35, is a great player but he left Old Trafford at the right time. (Daily Mail)

Celtic announce a pre-tax profit of £11.17m for the year ending June 2014, but tells supporters they will not spend money they do not have. (Daily Record)


Tom Cleverley impressed his new Aston Villa team-mates by giving them a rendition of "Stand By Me" as part of his initiation. Fabian Delph shared the moment on his Instagram page.


Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 26, stunned an eight-year-old fan by joining his birthday celebrations at a Chinese restaurant. (Liverpool Echo)

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