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Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now manager at Shanghai SIPG, wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, to join him in China. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan's Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for Icardi rejected in the summer. (Tuttosport - in Italian)external-link

Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been made aware of the availability of Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, in the January window. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Daily Express
Arsenal's Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb features prominently on the back page of Wednesday's Daily Express

Paris St-Germain will offer Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo £250,000 a week after tax in an attempt to persuade the 30-year-old Portugal international to leave the Spanish capital. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club's Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club's 4-0 defeat at Everton. (Telegraph)external-link

Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new £17m-a-year contract to remain as Bayern Munich manager. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.(Chronicle)external-link

Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season.(Daily Mail)external-link

Football journalist Andy Brassell says Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, cannot be tempted away from the Bundesliga. (Radio 5 live)

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.(BT Sport)external-link

Daily Telegraph
Arsenal also feature on the front page of Wednesday's Daily Telegraph sports pull out

Birmingham City want to sign Czech striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea. (Turkish Football)external-link

Manchester City are set to appoint Simon Davies as Under-21 manager to replace Patrick Vieira. Davies was Vieira's former assistant and was a member of Manchester United's so-called 'Class of 92'. (Daily Mail) external-link

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says potential new owners of the Championship club may want to replace him. The Trotters are bottom of the table, four points from safety. (Bolton News)external-link

Liverpool and Burnley will present their case regarding the transfer of Danny Ings, 23, at a tribunal next year. The Reds must pay compensation for the striker as he is under 24, and value him at £5m, but Burnley say they previously had a £12m bid from Tottenham. (Daily Express)external-link

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs - Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Preston fans, angry at being asked to pay £37 for an adult ticket, have called for a boycott of the 20 December Championship game at Leeds United. (Lancashire Evening Post) external-link

Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, will fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United. (Norwich Evening News)external-link

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan. (Coventry Telegraph)external-link

Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini's loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October. (Northern Echo)external-link

Best of social media

Boris Becker
Three-time Wimbledon singles tennis champion Boris Becker spent Tuesday night supporting AFC Wimbledon against Dagenham & Redbridge. While his beloved Bayern Munich were beating Olympiakos 4-0 in the Champions League, Becker, 48, was pictured at the League Two match with a Wimbledon scarf on. Unfortunately his appearance did not bring the side luck as they were beaten 1-0.

AFC Wimbledon on Twitter:external-link "The former King of Centre Court @TheBorisBecker looks great in an @AFCWimbledon scarf!"

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweetedexternal-link after the Gunners kept alive their Champions League hopes with a win over Dinamo Zagreb: "A good win, we'll go to Greece confident we can qualify."

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has thanked the fans who travelled to London to cheer the Black Cats to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. On Tuesday, Kaboul tweeted:external-link "Great team performance last night. Big respect to the fans who travelled down there also. We keep going."

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard says he has rediscovered his scoring touch - thanks to pop star Justin Bieber. Leonard has scored three goals in five League One games since the Shrimpers starting listening to Bieber's music in the dressing roomexternal-link before kick-off. He failed to find the net at Oldham on Tuesday despite Southend's 5-2 win, but that did not stop Phil Brown's team celebrating - by playing more of Bieber's music.


And finally

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top-of-the-range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano. (Daily Star).external-link

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