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Liverpool have offered midfielder Steven Gerrard a new contract but the 34-year-old is in no rush to accept what would be a one-year deal with a pay-cut. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Major League Soccer sides New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy could be possible destinations for Steven Gerrard if the Liverpool captain fails to agree a new deal with the Anfield outfit. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson
Glen Johnson scored Liverpool's winner against Stoke on Saturday

Roma will match Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson's £120,000-a-week wages to sign the 30-year-old, who says he will not go "crawling" to the Reds for a new deal with his current contract expiring next summer. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have been made aware that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to listen to offers for his coveted French international Karim Benzema, 26. (Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal may join Real Madrid in the race to sign midfielder Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, with the 21-year-old set to cost £12m. (Sun -subscription required) external-link

Frank Lampard, 36, wants to delay his move to parent club New York City and extend his loan period at Manchester City beyond next month, with the midfielder keen to help Manuel Pellegrini's side fight former club Chelsea for the Premier League title. (Daily Mail)external-link

But Lampard says he has not spoken to the Manchester City hierarchy about staying on at the club. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United will line up a move for Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris, 27, if their Spanish international stopper David De Gea, 24, decides to move to Real Madrid. (Daily Star)external-link

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is lining up a January raid for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, who hails from Hampshire and was released by the Saints as a schoolboy. (Daily Mirror)external-link


The Sun back page
Manchester City's win over Southampton makes the back page of Monday's Sun

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has challenged Brazilian midfielder Anderson, 26, who has not played for the first team since August, to get fit if he wants to save his Old Trafford career. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Chelsea are furious with the lack of first-team appearances winger Christian Atsu, 22, has received at Everton, and are threatening to recall him and send him to Sunderland.(Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson, 30, says he will continue to give everything for the club - despite feeling he is not wanted at Anfield beyond this season. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane was involved in a training-ground row with club players 24 hours before his sudden exit from the club. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has expressed his concern about the busy Premier League festive period. (Guardian)external-link


Roberto Soldado
Soldado posted a montage of celebrations of his goal against Everton

After scoring his first Premier League goal since March in Sunday's 2-1 win over Everton at White Hart Lane, Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado tweeted:external-link "What moment!! Great win today, 3 points very important."

Team-mate Harry Kane was also pleased for his fellow striker: "Buzzing with that result!," he tweeted.external-link "Great atmosphere at the lane! Recovery time now to get ready for Wednesday! Congrats @R9Soldado with the goal! #COYS"

And the Spanish striker also earned the praise of team-mate Aaron Lennon. "What a win today," Lennon tweeted.external-link "Lads put some shift in and we deserved it, Also so happy for my boy @R9Soldado with his goal!!!"


French newspaper L'Equipe dedicated a 100 page supplement to former France, Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry ahead of what might have been the 37-year-old's last professional match which saw New York Red Bulls lose in a MLS play-offs. (Metro)external-link

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