Gossip column: Costa, Eto'o, Assou-Ekotto, Wright-Phillips

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Manchester United are on the trail of 23-year-old Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris, according to his Turkish club Trabzonspor. (Daily Mail)external-link

Crystal Palace and QPR both want Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 30, but are not prepared to meet his £40,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mirror)external-link

QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, 33, has rejected opportunities to go on loan and will fight for his place at Loftus Road. The former England international has not made a Premier League appearance this season. (Talksport)external-link

Fulham owner Shahid Khan is prepared to hand newly appointed manager Kit Symons transfer funds in January as he aims for the club to bounce back into the Premier League at the first attempt. (Daily Express)external-link

Italian club Napoli have rejected suggestions that they will make a move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, in January. (Daily Mirror)external-link


Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has criticised former team-mate Paul Scholes by claiming the midfielder was too lazy to do TV interviews as a player.(Daily Express)external-link

Daily Star front page
Friday's Daily Star front page

Everton striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, has already earned himself a new Everton contract, after inspiring his team-mates with his winning mentality.(Daily Mirror)external-link

The Football Association has collected about £350,000 in fines from social-media-related offences in the past three years, with the governing body investigating 121 cases.(Guardian)external-link

American baseball tycoons are circling Premier League clubs and are set to launch a batch of takeover raids.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Police are on red alert at the prospect of drones flying overhead during Sunday's Manchester derby. (Daily Mail)external-link

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque will not back down over picking Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 26, for next month's internationals against Belarus and Germany. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

West Brom manager Alan Irvine has admitted the club are taking steps to ensure the heightened attention on top-scorer Saido Berahino does not go to the 21-year-old England Under-21 striker's head.(Daily Star)external-link

Daily Mail
Friday's Daily Mail back page

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, 61, is heading for the sack, according to former Blues forward Rodney Marsh. City are without a win in three games, losing their last two. (Talksport)external-link

West Ham signings Enner Valencia, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho could be handed a Christmas break by manager Sam Allardyce in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the injury crisis that hampered the Hammers last season.(Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal can win the Premier League this season if they sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, in January, claims former Gunners winger Perry Groves. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will begin a major restructuring of the club's scouting and recruitment procedures after their poor start to the Premier League season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to leave in-form striker Harry Kane, 21, waiting until the last minute to find out whether he has earned his first Premier League start of the season against Aston Villa on Sunday. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool and England winger Raheem Sterling, 19, is ranked the best under-21 prospect in Europe. (Bleacher Report UK)external-link

QPR boss Harry Redknapp will consider involving midfielder Adel Taarabt at Chelsea on Saturday after ending his dispute with the 25-year-old following their row over his weight. (Sky Sports)external-link

Redknapp admits he would like to stop his players using Twitter after defender Rio Ferdinand was banned for three games for a message he posted on the social media site. (getwestlondon.co.uk)external-link

Garry Monk has asked a fan who posted advice on how the Swansea boss can improve to his home address to send any future correspondence directly to the club. (Daily Star)external-link

Fifa has apologised for an embarrassing mistake after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia. (Guardian)external-link


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil:external-link No, this is neither a red carpet nor a magic carpet. It is just the place where I'm working for my comeback.

The German FA announced earlier this month that the 26-year-old playmaker's recovery from a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint would take up to 12 weeks.

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil discovered a problem with his knee after joining up with the Germany squad for international duty earlier this month

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge:external-link Feeling good right now, closer to full fitness each day.

Sturridge, 25, is recovering from a calf strain he sustained having only just recovered from a thigh strain picked up on England duty in September.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk:external-link Positive news, no FA charge & Federico Fernandez red card rescinded. Glad common sense prevailed.

Monk will not face any further action from the Football Association following his post-match comments after the defeat by Stoke earlier this month. In addition, Fernandez has had his ban for a red card against Liverpool rescinded.


Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane, 43, is set to make an appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (Daily Star)external-link

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique, 28, and 20-year-old midfielder Suso cheered up Mario Balotelli by singing a rendition of the striker's 'Mario Magnifico' chant and sending it to the 24-year-old.(Daily Mail)external-link