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Manchester United will make a £30m bid to bring Leicester's England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, back to Old Trafford in January. (Sun)external-link

United manager Jose Mourinho has blamed Louis van Gaal's legacy for United's run of three straight defeats. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea's Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi, 29, says he will talk to other clubs in January, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. (Goal) external-link

West Ham rejected 29-year-old France winger Dimitri Payet's wish to talk to Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid over a possible move after Euro 2016. (Squawka)external-link

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is still deciding whether to sign former Arsenal and Crystal Palace forward Marouane Chamakh, 32, but will not be following up an interest in ex-Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko, 31, following a trial spell. (Express and Star)external-link

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Chelsea's Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, has revealed he received a 'get well soon' message from Real Madrid when he was recovering from a knee injury last season. (Marca)external-link

Blues manager Antonio Conte's position is not under threat following their first Premier League defeat of the season. (Bleacher Report)external-link

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic, 26, capped once by Spain, hopes to gain clearance from Fifa to play international football for Serbia. (

Former Nottingham Forest, Derby and Preston boss Billy Davies has held talks with St Mirren about a possible return to the Scottish Championship's bottom club, where the 52-year-old was a player. (Daily Record)external-link

Andy Carroll could add to West Ham's striker problems, with fears the 27-year-old may be out until late October. (Sun)external-link

Aston Villa are looking into allegations midfielder Jack Grealish, 21, was involved in an unruly party in a Birmingham hotel after Saturday's goalless draw with Ipswich. (Daily Mail)external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says 17-year-old attacking midfielder Marcus Edwards reminds him of a young Lionel Messi. (Guardian)external-link

West Ham legend Billy Bonds appears unimpressed with the club's move to their new home, saying the London Stadium pitch is "like an island out in the middle". (KUMB)external-link

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial suffered a head injury in their Premier League defeat at Watford on Sunday, but the 20-year-old is recovering well.

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Anthony Martial is yet to score this season

However, Tottenham striker Harry Kane may be out for longer with an ankle-ligament injury he suffered after scoring in Sunday's 1-0 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

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Kane has made 71 consecutive Premier League starts and been Tottenham's top-scorer for the past two seasons
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Former Leicester striker Gary Lineker comes to terms with the Foxes' EFL Cup loss to Chelsea
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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was given the night off but enjoyed his team-mates' efforts against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup

And finally

Former Uefa president Michel Platini could get a seven-figure pay-out from European football's governing body despite being banned from the sport. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has told former Barcelona forward Maxi Lopez, 32, he needs to lose weight after effectively "carrying a washing machine on his back". (Squawka)external-link

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