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Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, says he would like to play alongside Manchester United midfielder and France team-mate Paul Pogba, 23, at club level in the future. (Sky Sports)external-link

Chelsea are keen to sign Paris St-Germain's 24-year-old midfielder Marco Verratti, and the Blues are listening to offers for Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has opened up about his infamous 'hairdryer treatment', and claims he only ever lost his cool with players "about half a dozen times" in 27 years. (Sun)external-link

Everton are considering a January loan move for out-of-favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Striker Sergio Aguero, 28, has dismissed links with Real Madrid and said he will only ever leave Manchester City to join boyhood club Independiente. (ESPN Radio FC, via Sun)external-link

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The Daily Mirror leads on the prospect of Wayne Rooney returning to England's starting line-up against Scotland

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney, 31, rejected an offer to move to the Chinese Super League last summer, according to the chairman of Beijing Guoan. (Guardian)external-link

United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan says "nothing will prevent me from achieving my dream" at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old Armenian joined for more than £26m in the summer but has been repeatedly left out by manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mourinho's recent criticism of defenders Chris Smalling, 26, and Luke Shaw, 21, has been described as "disappointing" by Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 29, will have to stay within Tottenham's tight wage structure if he wants to sign another long-term contract. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Antonio Conte has drawn up a shortlist of four centre-backs to strengthen his Chelsea squad. He is keen to sign at least one of Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, 29, AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli, 21, Roma's Antonio Rudiger, 23, and Burnley's Michael Keane, 23. (Squawka)external-link

The Sun leads on Gordon Taylor's disappointment in Jose Mourinho's criticism of Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw
The Sun leads on Gordon Taylor's disappointment at Jose Mourinho's criticism of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw

Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold claims the club are "as big as a religion" on social media. (Daily Mail)external-link

Tony Pulis has made his case to West Bromwich Albion owner Guochuan Lai as he plans improvements to the squad in the winter transfer window.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

And the Baggies are considering a loan move for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, who has fallen out of favour at Anfield. (Express and Star)external-link

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The Daily Star leads on Antoine Griezmann's comments on one day playing alongside Paul Pogba at club level

Burnley chairman Mike Garlick says the club will be looking to the European market to strengthen their squad in January, and want "quality not quantity". (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

Watford forward Jerome Sinclair, 20, could move to Championship side Brentford on loan after failing to make an impact since a £2m summer move from Liverpool. (Watford Observer)external-link

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino could be set to sell the Championship club and buy a stake in Serie B club Brescia. (Calciomercato, via Yorkshire Evening Post)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has no plans to follow Manuel Pellegrini's lead by taking the club's players on a mid-season training camp to Abu Dhabi. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, 29, says negotiations over a deal to extend his contract at the Nou Camp are going well. (NDTV)external-link

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 27, is still "one of the boys" for Wales despite his new £150m deal with the Spanish giants, says international team-mate Joe Ledley, 29. (Guardian)external-link

Former QPR boss Ian Holloway has been interviewed for the vacant manager's job at the club. Holloway has been out of management since being sacked by Millwall in March last year. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea have 38 players out on loan, but Blues youth coach Adi Viveash says the club intend to send more of their youngsters out in January. (Goal)external-link

Best of social media

The official Chelsea Twitter account posted a videoexternal-link of Gianfranco Zola performing some trademark trickery to beat Jamie Carragher, along with the message: "You can never get bored of watching this." The ex-Liverpool defender replied by posting an imageexternal-link of Luis Garcia celebrating a controversial goal against the Blues in the 2005 Champions League semi-final, adding: "Or this! #ghostgoal."

Luis Garcia celebrates and a banner reads: "You're right, it never crossed the line"

Former West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet dismissed speculation on Twitter that he will join Derby County. The 21-year-old free agent posted:external-link "Derby are a great football club but despite reports on here I would like to confirm I'm not currently training with the team."

Everton defender Brian Oviedo showed offexternal-link the Costa Rica national team's take on the mannequin challenge.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk tweeted an image of the club's players training in the snow. He wrote:external-link "Keeping up the intensity in training over the international break despite the weather. Always looking for the players to improve."

Leeds training

Preston goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has gone for a spot of post-election political forecasting, tweeting:external-link "I predict the first female president in America is going to be Kim Kardashian #KimKardashian2020"

And finally...

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, 31, says his team-mates think he is "a granddad" because he likes playing Scrabble. (London Evening Standard)external-link

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