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The Sun

Everton want £45m for 22-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku, who is believed to interest Paris St-Germain and Juventus. (Daily Mail)external-link

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will not rule out a move for 31-year-old former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is a free agent. (Guardian)external-link

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is interested in signing Tottenham winger Andros Townsend. The 24-year-old has been dropped by Spurs after clashing with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has told playmaker Riyad Mahrez, 24, he should carry on "growing up" as a Foxes player before moving on to the "highest level". Mahrez has been linked with a move to Manchester United. (Daily Star)external-link

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell's agent says the 23-year-old Costa Rica international, who was linked with a move away during the summer, wants to stay at Arsenal. (Metro) external-link

England manager Roy Hodgson has told Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28, he should be "happy" to be in his squad, let alone demand in which position he wants to play. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be able to communicate with his backroom staff from the team hotel while he serves a stadium ban during Saturday's Premier League match against Stoke. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Times

New Aston Villa manager Remi Garde, 49, says he rejected an offer from another Premier League club before moving to Villa Park but refused to confirm whether it was Newcastle. (Independent)external-link

Managerless QPR could reappoint former boss Ian Holloway, 52, who has been without a club since being sacked by Millwall in March. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Meanwhile, Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, 44, is also in the frame to succeed the sacked Chris Ramsey as QPR boss. (Daily Mail)external-link

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says the sackings of fellow Championship managers Ramsey and Huddersfield's Chris Powell were "harsh".(Argus)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to several loan players, including Coventry winger Ryan Kent, 18, for an assessment before the international break.(Coventry Telegraph)external-link

Liam Bridcutt's potential loan move to Leeds United is in the balance after Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said the deal for the 26-year-old midfielder was "confused - like Leeds".(Yorkshire Evening Post)external-link

Italy Under-21 centre-half Daniele Rugani could leave Juventus on loan in January. The 21-year-old has been linked with Arsenal.(Talksport)external-link

Former England manager Peter Taylor has been sacked by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The 62-year-old was in charge of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters, co-owned by Tendulkar. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, 33, says the Gunners need to toughen up following their 5-1 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane, 44, has labelled the club's current 30-year-old winger Ashley Young a "disgrace" and claimed "if he's a Manchester United player, I'm a Chinaman". Keane was giving his view as an ITV pundit on an alleged dive by Young in a Champions League game against CSKA Moscow. (ITV Football)external-link

Best of social media

Gary Lineker's local baker
Does Gary Lineker's local baker resemble Diego Costa?

Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker spots a familiar-looking face, writing: "Popped out for a loaf and spotted Diego Costa doing a bit of moonlighting."

Former England striker Peter Crouch was avidly following the Class of 92 documentary on the BBC, quipping on Twitter:external-link "It's been a problem for me throughout my career. Choosing modelling or football #ClassOf92"

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has had his say on England rugby union international Sam Burgess's return to rugby league, writing: external-link"Can't blame @SamBurgess8 poorly treated, hung out to dry. Union's loss is League's gain. Good luck."

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted a short clipexternal-link from his film, to be released on Monday, showing him dancing at his birthday party in a silver top hat.

And finally

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger donned some smart clothes for an interview with French sports newspaper L'Equipe's magazine Sport and Style as he claimed "my constant battle in this job is to bring out the beauty in man". (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Wojciech Szczesny, the 25-year-old keeper who is on loan at Roma from Arsenal, is an "uncontrollable lunatic", according to former Juventus keeper Stefano Tacconi. (Gazzetta TV)external-link

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