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Former Fifa referee Graham Poll says Manchester United's disallowed goal in their Champions League defeat by Wolfsburg would have stood last season. (Daily Mail)

United captain Chris Smalling, 26, was blanked during the pre-match handshake in Wolfsburg on Tuesday. (Metro)

Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, says he has received an approach from Liverpool but wants to delay a decision until the end of the Serbian Super League season. (Guardian)

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The Daily Mail describe Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as a "loser"

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is lining up a club-record £15m bid for Marseille's 22-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. (Sun)

Besiktas are trying to sign Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, 27, from Arsenal. (Fanatik in Turkish via Daily Star)

Birmingham City winger Demarai Gray could move in January with Leicester and Bournemouth interested in the 19-year-old who has a £3.75m release clause. (Daily Mirror)

Defender Mathieu Debuchy, 30, has revealed he may have to leave Arsenal in January to gain a place in France's Euro 2016 squad. (RMC Radio in French via Guardian)

West Ham will refuse to spend big in January even after 22-year-old Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini became their latest player to be injured. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea target Jonathan Calleri, 22, could be set to leave Boca Juniors after the Argentine striker tweeted "thanks for everything and goodbye". (Metro)

Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, 28, is set to rejoin AC Milan in January after Schalke agreed to terminate his contract. (Goal.com)

Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, telephones or texts former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba regularly and receives tips from the Ivorian. (Sun)

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge says it was "unacceptable" that forward Roberto Firmino pulled out of a challenge during Sunday's loss at Newcastle.(Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham are leading the race to sign Walsall's 18-year-old left-back Rico Henry. (Daily Express)

West Brom's 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino, who wanted to leave the Baggies in August, has 'liked' a series of tweets criticising his club. (Daily Telegraph)

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Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu
Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has been getting in the festive spirit

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was thrilled by his side's 4-2 Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach, which meant they topped their group. The Argentine tweeted "vamos" and added: "As I always say: fight 'til the end. C'mon, City."

Everton and Spain winger Gerard Deulofeu, a Christmas tree, his natty slippers and a cute dog are "all ready for Christmas".

Chelsea's on-loan striker Radamel Falcao says he is "very happy" to be back in training and the Colombian is sure he will come "back strong". He last played in the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool on 31 October.

And finally

Two Croydon councillors have apologised after they were caught watching coverage of Crystal Palace's draw with Everton on Monday during a debate about the future of a local theatre. (Croydon Guardian)

Singer Kanye West has helped design a concept football boot called the 'Yeezy Ace'. (Metro)

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