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Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a battle to sign Anderlecht's Mile Svilar, the 15-year-old Belgian goalkeeper tipped to be the next Thibaut Courtois. (Daily Mail)external-link

Marco Reus
Marco Reus has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Midfielder Marco Reus, 25, is refusing to enter into contract negotiations with Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal prepare to make bids at the end of the season .(Daily Express)external-link

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has played down the possibility of making a loan move to bring Sunderland's 27-year-old ex-Molineux striker Steven Fletcher back to the club. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified Valencia's former Chelsea and Manchester City target Nicolas Otamendi, 26, as the man he wants to reinforce the Red Devils' defence in January. (Daily Express)external-link


West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says that if he were in former Manchester United boss David Moyes's shoes, he would be wondering why the Old Trafford club hadn't given him £150m to spend. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Southampton are close to agreeing a new five-year contract with 19-year-old left-back Matt Targett, seen as the long-term successor to Luke Shaw. (Daily Mirror)external-link

David Moyes and Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce claims Manchester United did not fully support former manager David Moyes

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling will be assessed on Thursday after hurting his thigh in training, ahead of Saturday's Premier League match with West Ham at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, 32, says he wasn't happy with his own performance in the League Cup win over Middlesbrough, which overshadowed the honour of being named captain for the night. (Daily Star)external-link

Everton's Costa Rican left-back Bryan Oviedo, 24, says it was "very emotional" to make his return to first-team action against Swansea on Tuesday after eight months out with a broken leg. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he hopes to "transform" Abou Diaby, 28, into a defensive midfielder to prolong his career after the France international suffered repeated injury problems. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says defensive solidity is in the club's "DNA", despite the Blues conceding 17 goals in their first seven matches of the season. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend, 23, says a number of fringe players are pushing for inclusion in Saturday's north London derby with Arsenal. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, insists Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has never told him he has to leave the club. (Sportwereled - in Dutch)external-link

Former West Brom head coach Steve Clarke would be open to an approach from managerless Fulham, while claiming he was "quite close" to getting the Crystal Palace job in the summer. (Talksport)external-link

Midfielder Kevin Nolan, 32, admits he faces a fight to win back his place in the West Ham team as he nears a return to full fitness. (Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, hints that he could leave next summer if he does not get enough playing time this season. (Daily Star)external-link

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has been banned from playing football since he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans a holding midfield role for 28-year-old Abou Diaby, who has recently returned from injury. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Luis Suarez scored twice for Barcelona B against Indonesia Under-19s in a behind-closed-doors friendly as the banned 27-year old edges towards his return to first-team football on 27 October. (The Independent)external-link

Midfielder Michael Essien, 31, is enjoying having former Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres, 30, at AC Milan. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Former Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn says he would "put my house" on Russell Slade being a success at Cardiff City if the O's boss - who has been targeted by Cardiff and tendered his resignation to Orient on Wednesday - takes over at the Championship club. (Wales Online)external-link


Hull defender Paul McShane on his team-mate's dietary habits before Wednesday's League Cup tie: Robbie Brady's pre match meal for tonight... external-link

Hull winger Robbie Brady enjoyed a light meal before the League Cup match at West Brom

Ashley Cole, 33, was at the centre of a Roma team photoexternal-link taken on a aeroplane following their 2-1 win against Parma on Wednesday, in contrast to the left-back's awkward poseexternal-link in the summer when he stood apart from his new team-mates.


Some Manchester United fans have chartered a £3,000 plane carrying a banner to fly over Real Madrid's game with Villarreal on Saturday to help persuade former Old Trafford forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, to return 'home'. (Metro)external-link