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Fabio Coentrao
Defender Fabio Coentrao has represented Portugal at two World Cups and one European Championship

Liverpool face a huge battle to persuade 19-year-old midfielder Raheem Sterling to sign an extension to his contract at Anfield. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal's German forward Lukas Podolski, 29, says "change must occur" if he can't get more regular football at Emirates Stadium. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United have agreed personal terms for a permanent transfer for 28-year-old striker Radamel Falcao, who is currently on loan from Monaco. (Daily Mail)

Manager Louis van Gaal is hoping Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao can persuade ex-Real Madrid team-mate Fabio Coentrao, 26, to join Manchester United in January.(Daily Express)

Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 31, is looking to move to the Premier League next summer, with both Manchester United and Liverpool interested in the Brazil international.(Daily Star)

West Brom are prepared to sell striker Saido Berahino, 21, if a top club comes in for him, admits boss Alan Irvine.(Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will sign MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, 18, in January but the youngster will return to the League One side for the remainder of the season. (Daily Express)

Manchester United are considering a move to bring Barcelona's former Red Devils defender Gerard Pique, 27, back to Old Trafford in January. (Daily Star)


Friday's Daily Mirror back page
Friday's Daily Mirror back page

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, 23, says accusations that he is a poor finisher are unfair because he has so often been played out of position. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is worried the criticism he is currently experiencing is affecting his friends and family. (Sun - subscription required)

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, could return to Old Trafford next month - if Manchester United reach agreement to host an international friendly between Portugal and Argentina. (Daily Telegraph)

Former United forward Dwight Yorke says the £16m fee the club received for Danny Welbeck was a "disgrace", insisting the club should have held out for more money from Arsenal. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, believes his club can win four trophies this season. (Daily Express)

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is considering a £2m-a-year offer to become coach of Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad. (Sun - subscription required)

Leading Premier League clubs are furious that Liverpool appear to have been given preferential treatment by England manager Roy Hodgson after Daniel Sturridge was left out of the latest international squad. (Independent)

Liverpool's "calculated gamble" on striker Mario Balotelli, 24, is yet to pay off, admits boss Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Mirror)

Blackpool manager Jose Riga has described striker Nile Ranger, 23, as "stupid" after a pre-match Twitter outburst when he was left out of Tuesday's squad which drew with Middlesbrough. (Blackpool Gazette)

Danny Welbeck of Arsenal
Dwight Yorke believes the fee Manchester United received for Danny Welbeck was a "disgrace"

Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, that his status as England's first-choice centre-forward is at risk as club-versus-country tensions linger.(Times - subscription required)

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has been named as a club ambassador and will return for Sunday's visit of Everton. (Daily Mail)

Celtic tweeted a team including the ineligible John Guidetti for their Europa League meeting against Dinamo Zagreb, but spotted their mistake in time. (Daily Telegraph)


Arsenal training
Arsenal welcome a Springfield favourite to training

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski revealed a special guest had joined the Gunners for training on his Instagram account.

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is the latest sportsman to reveal his love for the Great British Bake Off, adding on his Twitter account that it was "vitally important" he caught up on Wednesday's episode.


Gary Lane, a bricklayer from Woking, loves Tottenham so much he has changed his name to White Hart Lane - even though the club are planning to move to a new stadium. (Metro)

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