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Sevilla are monitoring Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata with a view to a January move for the 26-year-old. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The Daily Mirror's back page

Liverpool's players have joined forces to plead with captain Steven Gerrard, 34, not to leave at the end of this season.(Guardian)external-link

AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini, 30, is being offered to Premier League clubs - with Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Aston Villa all interested. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Porto's Colombian striker Jackson Martinez, 28, by offering Spanish forward Roberto Soldado, 29, in part-exchange. (Metro)external-link

Liverpool are considering a move for Stromsgodset's 15-year-old Norway international midfielder Martin Odegaard, who was shown round the club's training ground on Wednesday. (Daily Mail)external-link

AC Milan's French forward M'Baye Niang, 19, has revealed how a dream move to Arsenal fell apart in 2012. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, 33, could join his brother Bradley in America's Major League Soccer when his contract ends. (Talksport)external-link


Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini claims Louis van Gaal's side can still win the Premier League title after winning four games in a row. (Daily Star)external-link

Real Madrid have rewarded their players for winning last season's Champions League and Copa del Rey competitions by giving them each a watch worth around £24,000. (Marca)external-link

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The Daily Express back page

Leicester City are investigating an altercation between manager Nigel Pearson and a section of fans after Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at home by Liverpool. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

West Brom centre-back Joleon Lescott, 32, has said he wants to help under-pressure head coach Alan Irvine keep his job. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 29, expects to be fit for Monday's Premier League trip to Southampton after a scan on a knee injury gave him the all-clear. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, 29, says he is still not fully over the dislocated kneecap he suffered last season, despite scoring in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Burnley. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool say they will hold a meeting next week with fans disgruntled by the rising cost of tickets at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Inverness and Hibernian boss Terry Butcher, 55, is in line to return to Motherwell for a second spell as a manager. (Daily Express)external-link


Former Manchester City midfielder Paul Lake had nothing but praiseexternal-link for striker Sergio Aguero after Wednesday's 4-1 win at Sunderland: "Sergio Aguero is in that wonderful place where he *knows* he's going to score. From his perspective, the football's the size of a beach ball."

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Morgan Schneiderlin's view at the Emirates Stadium

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin's hip injury kept him out of Wednesday's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal, and he tweeted:external-link "Want to play! Come on lads."

Piers Morgan wasn't impressed by Arsenal's win. The journalist, TV personality and Gunners fan posted:external-link "Lucky win against a good Southampton team. Performance thoroughly mediocre though."

Tottenham's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea had Match of the Day host Gary Lineker going through the memory banks. He asked:external-link "Has anyone mentioned the fact that Spurs haven't won a league game at Chelsea since some big-eared goalhanger scored the winner in 1990?"

Gary Lineker
Action from the days when Tottenham could win at Stamford Bridge (ask your parents)

Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor was thinkingexternal-link of a different historical event: "Amazing stat: the last time Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge was the day they announced Mandela was going to be released."

Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick tweeted:external-link "Time to start getting in the Christmas spirit and start watching some movies. Starting off with Elf."

A cryptic postingexternal-link from Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol: "One thing I've come to learn in this game is look after no1!!"

Chelsea defensive prospect Alex Davey, 20, who is currently on loan at League One strugglers Scunthorpe, shares his joy at signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge.external-link


Iago Aspas beat Robbie Fowler's record for the fastest hat-trick by a Liverpool player - although he did it while on loan at Sevilla. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Tottenham's secret weapon could be their assistant manager Jesus Perez, who has a frightening 1,000-yard stare to match Roy Keane. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has risked the wrath of the club's fans by wearing a Spurs hat - but he was only showing support for his favourite basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs. (Metro)external-link