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Arsenal are considering a £20m move for Bayer Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer, 23, if they fail to land fellow Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, from Real Madrid. (Daily Star)external-link

Roma are weighing up a January move for £7m-rated Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32. (Daily Mail)external-link

Steven Gerrard
Wednesday's Independent back page

Paris St-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc has played down talk that the Ligue 1 giants will approach striker Thierry Henry, 37, who left New York Red Bulls this week, with an offer of a short-term deal. (London Evening Standard)external-link

However, Turkish side Galatasaray are interested in signing the Frenchman. (Talksport)external-link

Liverpool have offered Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, 25, a £125,000-a-week contract to join them in January as Simon Mignolet's replacement. (Metro)external-link

Forward Lukas Podolski, 29, is open to a move away from Arsenal, with a return to his boyhood team Cologne a possibility. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 28, is considering quitting Paris St-Germain in the next transfer window just a year after joining the club, according to team-mate Javier Pastore. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal are weighing up a move for Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches, 24, in January.(Daily Express)external-link

Inter Milan have joined Leicester City and Newcastle in the race to sign Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto, 20. (Talksport)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 26, is a target for Brazilian clubs Sao Paulo and Corinthians. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Buenos Aires club Boca Juniors want to sign Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo, 28, who has scored seven goals in 15 games while on loan at Inter Milan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Cesar Azpilicueta
Cesar Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2012

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed he has had no contact from Arsenal regarding James McCarthy, 24, and that he looks forward to seeing the midfielder stay with the Toffees "for a long, long time". (London Evening Standard)external-link

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 25, has brushed off reports linking him to Barcelona and Real Madrid and pledged his future to the Blues. (Daily Express)external-link

Former England striker Emile Heskey, 37, is training with Bolton in an effort to earn a deal at the Macron Stadium.(Bolton News)external-link


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he believes he can lead the Gunners to the Premier League title within the next three seasons.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Wenger also says Arsenal legend Thierry Henry should be granted a final international appearance for France in a friendly against Brazil.(Independent)external-link

Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry last played for France in the 2010 World Cup match against South Africa

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his side could blow the title if they get distracted trying to become the next "Invincibles". (Daily Star)external-link

Mourinho also hinted that defender John Terry, 33, who is out of contract at the end of the season, could be offered a new deal. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany faces a race against time to be fit for the club's decisive Champions League clash with Roma.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Everton will wait until the summer to offer forward Kevin Mirallas, 27, a new deal, says boss Roberto Martinez. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says the FA Cup, which the club have not won since 2004, is one of his main priorities this season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

QPR could be hit with a multi-million-pound penalty for breaching financial fair play regulations.(Guardian)external-link

Manchester City's former Platt Lane training complex has been taken over by Manchester Metropolitan University. (Manchester Evening News)external-link


Arsenal are ready to make a £33m transfer move in January for Palermo's 21-year-old Argentine forward Paulo Dybala.(Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala has scored six goals in 14 appearances for Palermo this season

Argentina's 26-year-old forward Sergio Aguero says he will try and convince his fellow countrymen Lionel Messi, 27, to join him at Manchester City.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, 28, has hinted he could leave Marseille this summer. (Le Figaro - in French)external-link

German clubs Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg are interested in Marseille's 24-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew.(Bild - in German)external-link

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign Manolo Gabbiadini but Sampdoria are unlikely to let go of the 23-year-old Italian forward. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Juventus could sign Sampdoria's 19-year-old Italian defender Alessio Romagnoli as they look to inject young talent into the side. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

German side Schalke want to retain Klaas-Jan Huntelaar until the end of his career and are looking at an annuity contract for the 31-year-old forward. (Bild - in German)external-link

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller feels compatriot Manuel Neuer, 28, deserves to win the Golden Ball and that giving the award to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo for a second consecutive year would be "boring".(Marca - in Spanish)external-link


Gary Lineker and Emile Heskey
Gary Lineker posted a picture of himself and Emile Heskey sporting different fashion styles

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:external-link "Went to the same school, played for the same club, and the same country....different tailor though @EmileHeskeyUK."

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell, whose side beat West Brom 2-1, tweetedexternal-link: "Another big win from the boys! Ugly but good away win! Happy days."


The Argentine town of El Chanar has honoured the country's national football team by naming a number of streets after Lionel Messi, 27, Sergio Aguero, 26, and Angel Di Maria, 26. (Metro)external-link

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