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David De Gea
David De Gea's brilliant form for Manchester United is being noticed by Real Madrid

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 23, is wanted by Real Madrid as the replacement for captain and Bernabeu icon Iker Casillas, 33. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, wants to leave Arsenal in January - with the club willing to sell him to Bayern Munich for £30m.(Daily Mail)external-link

Midfielder Juan Mata's days at Manchester United could be numbered with manager Louis van Gaal looking to use the Spaniard as part of a deal to sign Arturo Vidal, 27, from Juventus. (Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham are watching Toulouse's prolific £5m-rated goalscorer Wissam Ben Yedder, 24, with new boss Mauricio Pochettino underwhelmed by Roberto Soldado, 29, and Emmanuel Adebayor, 30. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle will be offered the chance to re-sign England striker Andy Carroll, 25, in January for as little as £6m after an injury-hit spell at West Ham. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

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Liverpool are considering a move for Benfica's 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder Fabio Sturgeon - who is eligible to play for England, where his father was born. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to keep striker Lukas Podolski, 29, amid reports that he is ready to leave. (Daily Express)external-link

Newcastle winger Shane Ferguson, 23, wants a loan move after failing to get any games at St James' Park this season. (Shields Gazette)external-link


Goalkeeper Joe Hart was voted man of the match on an online poll for the second game running - despite barely touching the ball in England's 1-0 win in Estonia. (Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has apologised for his part in last weekend's touchline confrontation with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - but insists he was provoked. (Guardian)external-link

Mourinho says he has rejected two offers to take charge at Paris St-Germain - and that he was first choice for the job before Carlo Ancelotti's appointment in December 2011. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois has defended the club's treatment of his head injury during their 2-0 win over Arsenal - insisting he was not knocked unconscious. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

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West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 21, says England's under-21 players are prepared for the possibility of racial intimidation when they play their European Championship qualifying play-off second leg in Croatia on Tuesday. (Independent)external-link

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 25, will battle through the pain of a back problem to help Wales in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus on Monday.(Guardian)external-link

Liverpool will consider selling the naming rights to their main stand at Anfield in order to pay for its £75m expansion. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Huddersfield boss Chris Powell says he supports the idea of bringing more black coaches and managers into English football by introducing an equivalent to NFL's Rooney Rule. (Talksport)external-link

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace wants rules in place to prevent young Premier League players from frittering away their million-pound pay packets. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says the Premier League champions are still relying on the players he bought before he was sacked in 2013. (Four Four Two)external-link

Billy McKinlay has admitted to feeling disillusioned over his treatment at Watford - where he was replaced as boss by Slavisa Jokanovic after just eight days in the role. (Sky Sports)external-link

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, 26, is battling to be fit to face Leicester next Saturday, while his club face an anxious wait on their other internationals. (Northern Echo)external-link


AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien has responded to a hoax claiming that he had contracted the Ebola virus. He tweeted:external-link "No truth in internet rumours that I have contracted Ebola. I'm very well... & will be training as usual tomorrow. #falsenews"

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand tweeted his thoughts on Sunday's 1-0 win in Estonia:external-link "Away games for England were always tough....until you got the 1st goal, then the game opened up and everyone would relax more & tension lifts."

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"Me showing world number 1 how to hit a double top" - Millwall captain Alan Dunne

But England's goalscorer Wayne Rooney is "average"external-link and "past his best" according to former Nottingham Forest striker Nigel Jemson, who tweeted:external-link "Showed in the World Cup he's not top class and his place is under threat. Good Premiership player at times but not world class #pasthisbest"

Millwall captain Alan Dunne made the most of a trip home to Dublin by getting in some darts practiceexternal-link with world number one Michael van Gerwen at the World Grand Prix.

Derby captain Shaun Barker said he's not about to retire despite being out for almost two and a half years with a knee injury, tweeting:external-link "Just to clarify, I'm not 'looking to call time' on my injury. As tough as it's been at times, I've never considered giving up!"

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique kept his Twitter followers updated on his holiday in Dubai by posting a pictureexternal-link of his trip to an aquarium with girlfriend Amy Jaine.


One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's unsuccessful bid to buy Doncaster Rovers hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for the club - as he showed by going out to dinner with manager Paul Dickov. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

A plea to fund a film about the life of former West Brom, Real Madrid and England winger Laurie Cunningham has soared past its £1.4m target by £250,000. (Birmingham Mail)external-link