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Jurgen Klopp was not Liverpool's first choice to replace Brendan Rodgers as manager, says ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who claims Carlo Ancelotti, formerly of Chelsea and Real Madrid, was their number one pick. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Wednesday's Sun back page
Wednesday's Sun back page

Everton's 33-year-old defender Phil Jagielka, who captained England against Lithuania on Monday, says manager Roy Hodgson should pick "strong teams" for next month's friendlies against Spain and France otherwise they are "pointless". (Guardian)external-link

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 27, says he has to "recover without rushing" after damaging his hamstring playing for Argentina last week. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal's second largest shareholder, has written to the club before Thursday's annual general meeting requesting an explanation of a £3m payment to the company of majority owner Stan Kroenke. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has confirmed the club will continue to spend big despite having spent more than £250m on new players since Louis van Gaal's arrival as manager last summer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, who has been frozen out of the first team by manager Louis van Gaal, is open to a move to Newcastle United as a replacement for the injured Tim Krul. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham owner David Sullivan says defender James Tomkins, 26, will not be leaving Upton Park for a reunion with former boss Sam Allardyce, who has been named as Sunderland's new manager. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, has refused to comment on speculation he has a release clause in his contract, telling reporters after Spain's 1-0 victory over Ukraine that they "should ask Jorge [Mendes, his agent] that question; he's the one who pays attention to those details". (Daily Express)external-link

United are in a battle with Tottenham to sign Sunderland's 21-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. (Daily Star)external-link

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda could be on his way to the Premier League in January, with Tottenham and Everton keen to sign the 29-year-old Japan international. (Daily Express)external-link

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28, has agreed to join Napoli in January. (Talksport, via Tuttosport)external-link

Real Madrid are stepping up their interest in Arsenal and Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid so they can pair the 24-year-old with compatriot Karim Benzema in attack. (Talksport)external-link

Fifa is investigating the August 2014 transfer of centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 24, from Porto to Manchester City as the move could have breached third-party ownership rules. (Bloomberg)external-link

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson may have had a falling-out with Wayne Rooney, 29, towards the end of his tenure at Old Trafford but he has backed the striker, who has just one Premier League goal to his credit this season, to rediscover his scoring touch. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, 28, has criticised France manager Didier Deschamps for not picking him, despite his impressive form for the Hammers this season. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Best of social media

After scoring in their 2-0 victory over Andorra, Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrated qualification for Euro 2016. He said:external-link"We waited a long time for a night like that, it didn't disappoint. That was for our fans, diolch."

There were some aptly named goalscorers in Tuesday's Ryman League match between Dulwich Hamlet and Metropolitan Police, as Eurosport UK points out on its Twitter account...external-link

Eurosport UK tweet

Eagle-eyed supporters spottedexternal-link that kit manufacturer Adidas was advertising Manchester United tracksuit tops with a model wearing Chelsea tracksuit bottoms - an advert that has since been removed.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has thanked the Queen and the Houses of Parliament,via a video on Facebook,external-link for giving him the chance to provide "true justice" as Latin American director of Football for Unity - a non-governmental organisation that helps children and was launched in London this week.

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur posted on Twitterexternal-link in praise of the "unbelievable" dance moves of club-mate Joe Ledley, who was once again in the centre of the celebrations as Wales ended their successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Andorra.

And finally

Alexis Sanchez was 'cursed' by fans of Peru before Tuesday's match against Chile on Tuesday during a ceremony involving a tortoise, but their efforts were to no avail - Chile won 4-3 with the Arsenal forward scoring twice. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The Daily Mirror has asked the makers of the computer game Football Manager to simulate how Brian Clough's 1979 European Cup-winning Nottingham Forest side would perform in this season's Premier League. (Daily Mirror)external-link