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Paris St-Germain are confident they will beat Manchester United to the £100m signing of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, 31. (Express - in German)external-link

And Klopp is prepared to hand former captain Steven Gerrard, 35, a role at Anfield looking at the club's 'long-term strategy'. (Independent)external-link

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Thursday's Daily Mail back page

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all want to convince Pep Guardiola, 44, to turn his back on Bayern Munich and be their next manager.(Sun)external-link

Manchester United and Liverpool are both keen to sign 18-year-old Danish forward Emre Mor, who plays for FC Nordsjaelland. (Daily Mail)external-link

Tottenham are monitoring Gent pair Laurent Depoitre and Moses Simon. Depoitre, 26, has scored six goals in 14 games for the Belgian league leaders while 20-year-old Simon is a Nigeria international who can play across the forward line.(Daily Mail)external-link

David Wagner, 44, will reject the chance to again link up with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and instead succeed Chris Powell as Huddersfield manager. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, returning to the club is the "last thing" Klopp needs.(Talksport)external-link

Manchester City have denied speculation they could make a January loan move for Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, who plays for their sister club New York City.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Monaco will make a second bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, following a failed £10m move in the summer.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Despite their lack of goals this season Newcastle may allow striker Ivan Toney, 19, to leave the club on loan. Wolves and Burton Albion are both keen on a move. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 19, is set to return to the England Under-21 squad when Roy Hodgson names his side to face Spain and France next week.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Hodgson will use the friendlies to take a look at Leicester winger Marc Albrighton, 25, and Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, 22.(Daily Star)external-link

And fit-again West Ham forward Andy Carroll, 26, could earn a recall. Carroll - who scored at the Euro 2012 finals - last won a cap in September 2012.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Best of social media

Daily Mirror
Thursday's Daily Mirror back page

Monaco used Twitter to deny they have made an approach for Jose Mourinhoexternal-link after shareholder Alessandro Proto claimed the Ligue 1 side were interested in appointing the Chelsea boss.

Midfielder Fabian Delph endeared himself to the travelling Manchester City fans by sliding in front of the away endexternal-link after his side's 3-1 victory at Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich's official Twitter feed revelled in their side's 5-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, marking Thomas Muller's opening goal - their second - with a single-word post: "Mullered."external-link

Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is challenged to name team-mates from descriptions by fans - and correctly selects himself as the answer to the question of who the best free-kick taker in the Premier League is. (YouTube)external-link

And finally

Chelsea scoreboard

Chelsea may not have been feeling too confident before their Champions League game with Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, as a fan took a picture of the scoreboard at Stamford Bridgeexternal-link showing the visitors holding a 2-1 lead - five hours before kick-off. The match did finish 2-1, but in favour of the Blues.

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