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Gareth Southgate will earn £500,000 for leading England over the next two months, the equivalent of his annual salary as Under-21s boss. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City tried to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27, in the summer, according to the Borussia Dortmund striker. (Onze, via Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United scouts were in attendance at Benfica last weekend, keeping tabs on 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo' - 19-year-old Goncalo Guedes. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The back page of the Daily Mirror focuses on Wayne Rooney's mixed start to the season

Crystal Palace will make another attempt to sign 26-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Lima from Santos, having failed with a bid during the summer transfer window. (Sun)external-link

Forward Memphis Depay, 22, says he could be forced to leave Manchester United if he does not feature more often in the first team. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Celtic say Moussa Dembele is not for sale, but the club's major shareholder Dermot Desmond believes that interest in the 20-year-old French striker from Europe's top clubs is inevitable. (Daily Mail)external-link

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones, 43, is a surprise name under consideration for the Aston Villa job, with owner Tony Xia concerned with how fans would accept former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, 37, wants to manage the club - but says the current vacancy after Roberto di Matteo's sacking has come too soon. (Talksport, via Birmingham Mail)external-link

RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke, 19, says England "tried a little cheeky one" by courting his services as he prepared to play for Scotland, for whom he has now won three caps. (Guardian) external-link

Andre Villas-Boas, who was assistant to Jose Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, says his relationship with the Manchester United manager is now so bad he does not have his mobile number. (Daily Mirror)external-link

England captain Wayne Rooney, 30, has backed 18-year-old Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford to develop into a "superstar" for club and country. (Sky Sports)external-link

Steven Pressley, 42, sacked by Coventry City in 2015, is the bookmakers' favourite to return to take charge of the League One side. (Coventry Telegraph)external-link

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, 24, says his ambition of playing for England will "take care of itself" and that all his focus is on helping his club. (Daily Echo)external-link

The back page of The Times leads on Gareth Southgate's pay rise

Blackburn Rovers fans unhappy with owners Venky's will stage a demonstration during the televised home Championship game with Wolves on 29 October. (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

Manager Neil Harris, 39, retains the full support of the Millwall board despite four straight defeats leaving the club 19th in League One. (London Evening Standard)external-link

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It has not been a good week for Aston Villa. Having been beaten by Preston and started the search for a new manager following Roberto di Matteo's sacking, they have now become a target of jokes by Virgin Trains.

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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, who is currently on loan at Middlesbrough, spent his time on the flight to Kazakhstan with England Under-21s perfecting a bottle trick, a video of which he has posted on Twitter.external-link

It looks like Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has a stalker - club and country team-mate Ander Herrera...

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Midfielder Jack Grealish tweeted this picture of the England Under-21 squad as they prepared to fly out for a Euro 2017 qualifier against Kazakhstan on Thursday

And finally

Manager Pep Guardiola has blocked his Manchester City players from using the internet at the club's training ground as he wants more face-to-face communication and a greater team spirit. (Tyc Sports, via Guardian)external-link

A US TV channel got Swansea City's managerial appointment wrong when they announced new boss Bob Bradley "has been signed to manage Chelsea". (Wales Online)external-link

Manchester United youth players who traditionally mock senior playing stars at their Christmas panto are a bit nervous about including martial arts expert Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the mickey-taking. (Sun)external-link

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