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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 25, is set to reject a £20m move to Arsenal next summer because he is concerned he will not win titles at the Emirates. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal will make a £30m January bid for Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, 31, and forward Pedro, 27. (Daily Express)external-link

Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique has found nothing funny about warming the Barcelona bench of late

The Gunners are stepping up their interest in Ipswich's £10m-rated 21-year-old defender Tyrone Mings, who cost just £10,000 from non-league Chippenham less than two years ago. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 27, will hold crisis talks with manager Luis Enrique as Chelsea and Manchester United monitor his availability. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are believed to have joined the race for unsettled 28-year-old Paris St-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.(Metro)external-link

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 32, is nearing a move to Old Trafford after hinting he is ready to return to competitive football following injury. (Daily Express)external-link


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 34, who is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk to rival clubs on 1 January, will begin formal contract talks with the Anfield club this week. (Daily Express)external-link

Meanwhile, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has warned against placing pressure on striker Daniel Sturridge, who is nearing a return after first suffering a hamstring injury more than two months ago. (Times - subscription required)external-link

West Brom have opened talks with 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino, who has been named in the senior England squad for the first time, about extending his contract beyond 2017. (Daily Express) external-link

Jurgen Klinsmann backs Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as Emmanuel Adebayor asks fans to stop booing. (Independent)external-link

Daily Telegraph
Tuesday's Daily Telegraph sport section

Meanwhile, Spurs players are becoming increasingly concerned that the club will never become truly successful while Daniel Levy is chairman. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan boss Owen Coyle, 48, is a leading contender to replace Stuart McCall at Motherwell. (Daily Record)external-link

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's position as manager at Etihad Stadium is set to be reviewed at the end of the season. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, feels he was made a "scapegoat" for David Moyes's failure as a manager at Old Trafford after his £27.5m signing from Everton. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be handed a £20m January transfer budget to kick-start the Gunners' season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

On-loan Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao, 28, looks to have had his hopes of a permanent move to Old Trafford dashed after pictures on Instagram revealed he has to pack his knee with ice after every game. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing, 30, is determined to make the most of his recall to the England squad. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has urged his assistant Roy Keane to make his peace with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.(Guardian)external-link

Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has hit out at Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's attitude - saying the striker has not been educated well.(InsideFutbol.com)external-link

Stoke's former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic, 24, says Potters boss Mark Hughes was one of the main reasons behind his summer move to the Britannia Stadium, revealing Hughes has been monitoring him since his time in charge at Manchester City. (International Business Times)external-link

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, 43, has ruled out returning to his former club Barcelona, saying "there are cycles in life" and his time with the Catalan side is over. (Marca)external-link

Francisco Gento, who won 12 La Liga titles with Real Madrid between 1954 and 1969, has compared Cristiano Ronaldo to club legend Alfredo Di Stefano, adding that the 29 year-old striker is a 21st-Century version of Di Stefano. (As.com)external-link


Kevin Davies tweet of Callum Robinson
Callum Robinson took home the match ball after his hat-trick for Preston

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is gearing up for another chance to represent England and tweeted:external-link Always a pleasure to meet up with the England squad... hard work starts in the morning! #ENG #Proud…

On-loan Aston Villa striker Callum Robinson caught a few eyes with his hat-trick for Preston in the FA Cup first round against Havant & Waterlooville. Team-mate Kevin Davies tweeted a pictureexternal-link of him with the match ball on the team bus.


It could take four months for Wembley's pitch to recover from Sunday's American football match, a leading stadium official says. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The signing of defender Dejan Lovren, 25, may have backfired a little for Liverpool, with the Croat having made more defensive errors in the Premier League this season than any other player. Southampton, meanwhile, have not made any. (Metro)external-link

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