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West Ham United will make a January loan move for Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, 29. The Spanish midfielder has played just 87 minutes in the league this season. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Full-back Matteo Darmian, 26, says it is too early to think about a transfer away from Manchester United, despite only playing five times this season. (Sky Italy via Manchester Evening News)external-link

Everton will face a fight to keep striker Romelu Lukaku as Paris St-Germain are ready to make a big-money offer for the 23-year-old. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Luke Shaw, 21, and Chris Smalling, 26, are fighting for their futures at Manchester United following Jose Mourinho's accusation that some of his players lack the toughness to play through pain. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Daily Telegraph reports Gareth Southgate will get the England manager's job on a full-time basis
The Daily Telegraph reports Gareth Southgate will get the England manager's job on a full-time basis

England boss Gareth Southgate has backed Shaw and Smalling. (Daily Star)external-link

However, senior members of the Manchester United squad are backing Mourinho over the issue. (The Sun)external-link

Queens Park Rangers are expected to appoint former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, 47, as their new manager. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has described the team's forward line of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as world class and said their work rate is responsible for the club's rise to the top of the Premier League table. (The Guardian)external-link

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli has urged his former Liverpool team-mate Mamadou Sakho, 26, to quit the club and join him at the French club in January. Sakho has only featured for the Reds' Under-23 team this season. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, 43, hopes to one day become the club's sporting director. (The Sun)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is confident compatriot Leroy Sane, 20, will become a vital player for the club once he has fully adapted to English football. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Daily Mirror leads on West Ham's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas
The Daily Mirror leads on West Ham's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas

Winger Jeremain Lens, 28, has revealed he does not want to return to Sunderland when his season-long loan spell at Fenerbahce ends. (ChronicleLive)external-link

Hector Bellerin is close to agreeing a new contract with Arsenal despite reported interest in the 21-year-old full-back from Barcelona. (Guardian)external-link

Former Liverpool midfielder Ronnie Whelan believes the club can mount a "real title challenge" and feels manager Jurgen Klopp's defenders have found a key "pragmatism" in their play. (Irish Independent)external-link

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised for picking up a yellow card in Sunday's win at Swansea. The 35-year-old will now be suspended for the visit of Arsenal on 19 November. (BT Sport)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has talked of being "very impressed" with the atmosphere in stadiums when clubs pay respect on or around Remembrance Day. In his latest blog, Mata also says United "needed" their latest league win over Swansea. (Juan Mata blog)external-link

The Daily Star leads on comments made by England boss Gareth Southgate relating to Jose Mourinho's criticism of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw
The Daily Star leads on comments made by England boss Gareth Southgate relating to Jose Mourinho's criticism of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, 22, has laughed off talk that the club's form represents a crisis, citing their unbeaten record in the Premier League. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 30, is a target for Southampton. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Stoke City could make the loan signings of defender Bruno Martins Indi, 24, and goalkeeper Lee Grant, 33, permanent as the pair have impressed manager Mark Hughes. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Manchester United have added Roland Janssen to their backroom staff. The 58-year-old was a respected scout at Belgian side Genk. (Het Belang Van Limburg via Daily Star)external-link

Best of social media

Juan Mata shared birthday wishesexternal-link for one of his Manchester United team-mates on Monday, but who is it? (Answer under the image)

David De Gea turned 26 on Monday
Goalkeeper David de Gea turned 26 on Monday

Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh seemed to be receiving some life lessons on Monday, tweeting:external-link "My five-year-old asked what I want to be when I grow up, I said footballer, her reply..."that's not a real job, dad, you're going to have to work harder."

Chelsea defender David Luiz proved a popular figure in the dressing room as his former club Paris St-Germain shared images of him visiting on Instagram.external-link

PSG players
David Luiz (third from left, middle row) with his former PSG team-mates

Los Angeles Galaxy defender Ashley Cole has dropped a hint that the team's captain Steven Gerrard, 36, may be about to call time on his career there. Ex-Chelsea player Cole missed a penalty as Galaxy lost a shootout to Colorado Rapids in the MLS play-offs on Sunday. "A special thanks and apology to the legend that is Steven Gerrard," Cole posted on Instagram.external-link "I don't know what's going to happen but it's been a pleasure to play alongside you."

Crystal Palace and Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 29, told his Instagram followersexternal-link he had "just chipped in from 100 yards" during a game of golf at a course in south Wales.

Wayne Hennessey
Wayne Hennessey was proud of his golfing prowess

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, 29, showed us his affectionate side by posting an image of him holding hands with his wife to to show off tattoos of a lion and lioness. "Together, they are fighting for our dreams. I love you, honey," posted Suarez.external-link

A lion and lioness tattoo

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick poked fun at Rio Ferdinand's age when his former team-mate turned 38 on Monday.

Michael Carrick

And finally...

Dynamo Dresden have been fined and face a partial stadium closure as a result of incidents during their German Cup win over RB Leipzig, which included a bull's head being thrown from the stands. (Four Four Two)external-link

Jose Mourinho walks behind a gent balancing a ball on his head

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played the role of spoil sport before the Red Devils' win at Swansea on Sunday when he interrupted a pitchside trick by a home supporter. (Wales Online)external-link

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