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Former England manager Sam Allardyce, 62, is being lined up to replace under-pressure Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, 55, who could be axed if the Eagles lose to Southampton on Saturday. (Telegraph)

A leak of 18.6 million documents reveals the "tax tricks" and "murky financial transactions" employed by world football's biggest stars, it is claimed. Twelve European media outlets have been working together on the leaked data, and will publish their findings over the next three weeks. (European Investigative Collaborations)

In one of the first articles to be published, a Spanish newspaper alleges 31-year-old Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo avoided paying tax on image-rights earnings totalling 150 million euros. The Portuguese's representatives said he was "fully compliant with his tax obligations". (El Mundo - in Spanish)

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Arsenal are planning to bid for West Ham's 29-year-old France attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet in January. (Sun)

The Gunners' Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, has refused to rule out a return to Real Madrid. (Marca)

Meanwhile, Ozil says players and parents laughed behind his back at his impecunious upbringing during his junior football days. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson, 24, has been taken out of the squad for Saturday's game with West Ham - to save him from the wrath of the club's own supporters. (Sun)

Leicester have agreed a £15m deal with Belgian club Genk for their 19-year-old Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi. (Guardian)

Serie A club Roma are closing in on a deal to sign Manchester United's 22-year-old Netherlands forward Memphis Depay on loan in January. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says "there was a lot of truth" in a story suggesting he could replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss when the Frenchman retires.(ESPN)

Meanwhile, Wenger believes it will take years for Saturday's opponents West Ham to settle into their new London Stadium. (Telegraph)

The Hammers say they have only been able to ban a quarter of the 200 fans they promised to exclude following the violence that marred their home match against Chelsea in October. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham are planning to bid for Liverpool's 27-year-old England striker Daniel Sturridge in January. (Daily Star)

Meanwhile, the Reds will look to sell Mamadou Sakho in January after Jurgen Klopp revealed "nothing changed" in his stance towards the 26-year-old France defender.(Daily Mirror)

Tottenham have introduced the most expensive season ticket in the country, with a top price of £18,000 for a seat at their new stadium, which is set to open at the start of the 2018-19 season at a cost of £400m. (Times - subscription required)

Former Brazil international Ronaldinho, 36, and ex-Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme, 38, are ready to play for Chapecoense in a gesture of solidarity with the Brazilian club, 19 of whose players were killed in a plane crash this week. (Independent)

New England boss Gareth Southgate wants Steve Holland to replace Sammy Lee as his assistant manager, while Phil Neville could become the next Under-21 boss. (Mirror)

Wales are confident Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 27, will be fit for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in March, despite reports in the Spanish media stating otherwise. (Wales Online)

Liverpool Under-23 boss Michael Beale is set to join Brazilian club Sao Paulo as assistant manager to Rogerio Ceni. (Globo Esporte - in Portuguese)

Beale's departure could present ex-Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard with his first opportunity in coaching. (Independent)

Aston Villa's Chinese owner Tony Xia, 40, says he hopes the Championship side "in five or six years can be the top club in the Premier League so we can play in (the) Champions League." (Times - subscription required)

West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, 24, claims being a father gives him extra energy and says: "Every day I want to achieve things I can show my son later on and instil that same drive in him." (Guardian)

Ex-Liverpool skipper and manager Graeme Souness, 63, has revealed he would have become Manchester United manager had Michael Knighton's purchase of the club gone through in 1989 - while he turned down the chance to sign ex-Manchester United players Eric Cantona and Peter Schmeichel when he was manager at Anfield. (Daily Mail)

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs said he almost retired from football in 2009 after losing the Champions League final 2-0 to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.(Telegraph - subscription required)

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American comedy actor Steve Martin was apparently the victim in a case of mistaken identity, as Newcastle fans vented their frustration during the Magpies' 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Friday. Rafael Benitez's side gave away two penalties (which were both saved) and had two players sent off...

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick keeps up with the latest sports news and demonstrates use of appropriate emojis, but an incorrect use of the word "bogeys".

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And finally

A German amateur side have won all but one of their league games since allowing members of their website to vote on club matters ranging from team selection to merchandising. (Spiegel Online - in German, and ESPN)

Manchester City's Brazilian winger Gabriel Jesus signed a block of Dutch cheese with his squad number (33) for a fan as he returned to his hotel in the city. (Daily Mail)

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