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Friday October 17

Raheem Sterling wants to play for England's Under-21s in next summer's Euro finals.
James Milner has given Manchester City a huge boost by saying he wants to sign a new deal.
Mario Balotelli admits he needs to show some forward thinking to get Liverpool back on the straight and narrow.
Mesut Ozil picked up his nightmare injury - just by passing the ball.
Fabian Delph is facing surgery which could rule him out of England's next Euro qualifier.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman insists he will not quit to coach Holland.
Chris Hughton and Steve Clarke are going head-to-head for the Fulham vacancy - their second managerial tussle in a row.

Raheem Sterling wants to play for England Under-21s in next summer's Euro 2015 finals.
Arsenal are set to make an £8million move for Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk in January.
Lukas Podolski admits he is "not happy" at Arsenal to fuel speculation over a January departure.
Yaya Toure returned to Manchester City training 24 hours early in order to face Tottenham.
West Ham starlet Diego Poyet is wanted by both England and Uruguay in an international tug of war.

Manchester United have been told by Aston Villa that January target Ron Vlaar could cost as much as £12million.
Juventus have upped their asking price for Arturo Vidal as Real Madrid emerge as serious rivals for Manchester United target.

Raheem Sterling is ready to play for England Under-21s at the European Championship next summer, providing that Liverpool and the Football Association can reach an agreement.
Arsenal could make a £7million swoop for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk in an attempt to solve their defensive headache brought on by an injury crisis.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club put pressure on England boss Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling for the Three Lions' Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday.
Mario Balotelli has faith that manager Brendan Rodgers can help him become a success at Liverpool.
Harry Redknapp should be given time to sort out QPR, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Aston Villa have told Manchester United they will need to stump up £12m to sign captain Ron Vlaar.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits the club are keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus.
Mario Balotelli has pleaded for patience and promised Liverpool fans he will eventually come good.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said Raheem Sterling has been 'hung out to dry' after England's Euro 2016 qualifier.
Neil Warnock has said he will resist any attempt by Crystal Palace to elevate him into a director of football position.


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Barcelona's Dani Alves has agreed to join Manchester United in the summer when his current contract expires.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes thinks striker Peter Crouch can emulate Teddy Sheringham and play until he is 40.

Galatasary's Turkey international defender Semih Kaya will opt for Manchester United ahead of Atletico Madrid.
PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot is set to join Roma rather than Arsenal.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa may need three weeks rest to recover from a hamstring problem.

Arsene Wenger wants Hull's Andy Roberston at Arsenal.
Alan Irvine has issued a hands-off warning over West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
New Bolton boss Neil Lennon has said he would love to be reunited with Celtic's Kris Commons next season.
Chelsea have signed teenage goal-keeper Frances Tie.
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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for three more weeks.
Theo Walcott played 45 minutes for Arsenal's U21s on his comeback from a knee injury.
Andere Herrera could make an earlier than expected return for Manchester United thanks to a special corset to protect his broken rib.

West Brom have dismissed rumours of being persuaded to sell £15m-rated striker Saido Berahino.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has said that he does not fear for his job.


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Monday October 20

Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case has described misfiring striker Mario Balotelli as a "waste of space".
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp insists he is the best man for the job, despite the team's position at the bottom of the Premier League.
New Bolton manager Neil Lennon is hoping to bring former Celtic striker Gary Hooper on loan from Championship rivals Norwich.
Andre Ayew has edged closer to a Premier League move by rejecting Marseille's latest contract offer. Liverpool, Everton, Swansea and Hull City are among those keeping an eye on the Ghana winger.

England manager Roy Hodgson insists he has no problem with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after leaving 10 minutes before the end of the Reds' 3-2 victory over QPR.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has accused midfielder Adel Taarabt of being fat and lazy and unfit to play in the team.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has told Manchester United to forget about trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone will ask his team-mates to refund the club's supporters who travelled to Southampton on Saturday to see the team thrashed 8-0.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is confident striker Mario Balotelli will hit form soon after he failed to score again on Sunday.
Arsenal have opened discussions over a deal for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
Burnley striker Danny Ings is ready to see out his contract and leave Turf Moor for free in the summer.
Blackpool have handed a trial to Belgian international Jonathan Legear.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is relaxed over his contract situation at the club as his current deal draws closer to completion.

Arsenal will hand Emiliano Martinez his Champions League debut against Anderlecht on Wednesday as Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina are both unavailable.
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart reckons the closed-doors game with CSKA Moscow will be like playing for Shrewsbury reserves again.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp insists he is the best man for the job, despite the team's position at the bottom of the Premier League.
Gary Monk has accused Stoke forward Victor Moses of cheating after he won a penalty in the 2-1 victory over Swansea on Sunday.


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Tuesday October 21

Adel Taarabt has hit back at Harry Redknapp's claim that he's three stone overweight and told the QPR boss to stop trying to turn fans against him.
Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United can still win the league despite more dropped points at West Brom on Monday night.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to manage in Spain one day.

Adel Taarabt has hit back at Harry Redknapp after the QPR boss accused him of being three stone overweight.
Jose Mourinho says Roy Hodgson is the only international manager who bothers to call him over Chelsea players.
Fernandinho has warned Manchester City to stay alert in CSKA Moscow's empty stadium.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti reckons Liverpool supporters will make a big mistake if they boo former Manchester United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday's Champions League tie.
Birmingham will approach former manager Chris Hughton to replace Lee Clark, who was sacked on Monday.

Manchester United are plotting a £20million move to bring Gerard Pique back to Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand could be offloaded by QPR in January after just six months at the club.
QPR could turn to Porto's Rolando and West Ham's Winston Reid as possible replacements.
Liverpool will compete with several Spanish sides for the signature of Porto teenager Ruben Neves.
Chelsea scouts have again watched Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula.
Martin Skrtel knows Liverpool's defending must improve against Real Madrid's formidable forward line.

Manchester United will offer Sami Khedira a £5.5million-a-year contract to beat Chelsea and Arsenal in the queue.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all turned down the chance to sign Raheem Sterling before he joined Liverpool in 2012.

Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett is the man most likely to take the vacant Birmingham City manager's post after Lee Clark was sacked.


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Wednesday October 22

West Brom's highly-rated Saido Berahino is set to earn a bumper new deal less than a year after signing his last one.
Leicester City's England U21 defender Liam Moore is a £10m target for Arsenal and Manchester City.
Manchester City have complained to UEFA after hundreds of CSKA Moscow fans cheered on their team - in a match which was supposed to be behind-closed-doors.

Bundesliga outfit Schalke - with Roberto Di Matteo now in charge - are poised to make a January swoop for Chelsea's £50m outcast Fernando Torres, currently on loan at Milan.
Chelsea's hopes of signing Real Madrid star Sami Khedira have have been handed a major boost after reports claiming the 27-year-old wants a Premier League switch.
Arsenal and Chelsea have suffered a set-back in their respective pursuits of Barcelona's forward prodigy Munir El Haddadi.
Arsenal are looking to replace Arsene Wenger with Real Madrid boss and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti if the Frenchman leaves at the end of the season for Monaco.
Steven Gerrard says his side face humiliation if each and every one of his team-mates is not on the top of his game tonight.

Gus Poyet says he is not responsible for the strength of his squad at Sunderland as the fallout from the 8-0 humiliation at Southampton continues.
Luke Shaw admits his performances since joining Manchester United have not yet justified his £30m price tag but has vowed: 'You'll see my best soon.'
Arsenal's new goalkeeper David Ospina has been ruled out for three months, with an injury he picked up while playing for former club Nice.
Hull pair Nikica Jelavic and Michael Dawson are set to miss up to six weeks with injuries sustained at Arsenal last weekend.

Sir Alex Ferguson claims the Manchester United job was "too big" for David Moyes, distancing himself from the appointment.

Harry Redknapp faces a club fine for responding in his newspaper column to Adel Taarabt's unauthorised interview.
Tottenham are scouting Ajax defender Niklas Moisander.
Leicester defender Liam Moore is being watched by Arsenal and Manchester City.
Gus Poyet has pinned some of the blame for Sunderland's woes on his having to operate with an under-strength squad.

Manchester United have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of Inter Milan star Freddy Guarin.
Sir Alex Ferguson says Louis van Gaal is the right man to lead Manchester United forward.


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Thursday October 23

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Lukas Podolski he is not leaving the club in January after the German striker scored the winner against Anderlecht last night. Podolski has been linked with a number of other clubs including arch rivals Tottenham.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman wants to bring former Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt, currently of Fenerbahce, to St. Mary's.
Tottenham are tracking Birmingham City youngster Demerai Gray.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been taken to hospital with a mystery illness.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has vowed to kick out any racists from his team following allegations made against defender Giuseppe Cellino by Norwich striker Cameron Jerome.
Tony Pulis says he risked his reputation by managing Crystal Palace last season because they appeared to be a club certain for relegation.
Roy Keane says Manchester United is like a mafia family that everyone is scared to speak out against.

The FA are fearful they could be rapped themselves for minor breaches of bidding regulations as a result of FIFA investigator Michael Garcia's report into corrupt bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Liverpool youngster Divock Origi is targeting a first blow to rivals Everton when Lille, for whom he is currently playing on loan, face the Toffees in the Europa League tonight.

A leading FIFA anti-racism campaigner has warned that an African team could walk off the field at the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the country does not improve its racism issues.
The total bill for West Ham's conversion of the Olympic Stadium has risen to £618.9m.

Tim Howard believes he already has the edge of Lille striker Divock Origi having stopped him 15 times during the USA's match against Belgium at the World Cup in Brazil.

Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to the World Cup in 2006, is reportedly under investigation for tax evasion along with his wife.
West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is set to return to action earlier than expected and could be available for the game against Manchester City this weekend.


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Friday October 24

Mario Balotelli has just 68 days to save his Liverpool career.
Liverpool are keeping tabs on AC Milan full-back Ignazio Abate as a potential replacement for Glen Johnson.
Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi has been watched by scouts from both Manchester clubs, as well as Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle.
Patrick Vieira believes Chelsea can match Arsenal's Invincibles and go unbeaten in the Premier League.
Torquay's seagull mascot Gilbert has had his wings clipped after allegedly swearing at the club's fans and challenging them to a fight.

Brendan Rodgers admits £16million striker Mario Balotelli may never be good enough for Liverpool.
Balotelli spends £500 a week maintaining his mohawk haircut, having it clipped, patterned and dyed five times a week.
An Alex Ferguson movie is in the pipeline. The idea is the brainchild of former New York Cosmos and USA star Werner Roth.
Arsene Wenger has issued a hands-off warning over Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.

Gonzalo Higuain is ready to reject the opportunity to replace Mario Balotelli at Liverpool and isn't interested in a move to Arsenal either.
Real Madrid want Manchester United to lower their £17million asking price for Javier Hernandez.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes fears Victor Moses could become a marked man after Garry Monk accused him of diving.

Bayern Munich's former Chelsea wideman Arjen Robben insists 'there is not even a one per cent chance' of him returning to play in England.
Per Mertesacker blames the players' attitude in training for Arsenal's struggles in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Adel Taarabt may have talked his way into the QPR team. He trained with the first team on Wednesday after his public spat with Harry Redknapp.
Blackpool boss Jose Riga has put pressure on chairman Karl Oyston to strike a deal for Belgian midfielder Jonathan Legear.
Luka Modric says Real Madrid eased off in the second half against Liverpool to save themselves for Saturday's clash with Barcelona.

Paul Pogba will snub a return to Manchester United and a move to Chelsea by signing a new contract with Juventus.


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Saturday October 25

Louis van Gaal has identified Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay, 28, as the player to shore up Manchester United's struggling back four.
Crystal Palace deny rumours of an imminent takeover by US billionaire Joshua Harris.

West Brom manager Alan Irvine may ask former Arsenal striker Ian Wright to help with the development of 21-year-old forward Saido Berahino.
Billionaire American investor Josh Harris has opened exploratory talks with Crystal Palace over a potential purchase of the club.
Brendan Rodgers is ready to persist with striker Mario Balotelli in Liverpool's starting line-up against Hull.
Victor Valdes trained with the Manchester United first team on Friday and is in talks with Louis van Gaal over a move to Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba has signed a new improved contract with Juventus which will keep him with the Serie A giants until June 2019.

Chelsea and and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado is just "details away" from signing a new deal with Fiorentina.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal refuses to rule out the possibility of signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
Sami Khedira has lowered his wage expectations in order to engineer a move to Arsenal.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says the club has the option to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on a permanent deal in January.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had ruled out bringing in a specialist defensive coach, and insists he will continue to give Mario Balotelli opportunities in the first team.
The owner of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, Josh Harris, has contacted the board at Crystal Palace and expressed an interest in buying the south London club.
Manchester United's manager, Louis van Gaal, has refused to rule out signing the goalkeeper Víctor Valdés.
Former England captain and Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says his reputation as a long-ball manager is a myth created by managers he has beaten.


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Sunday October 27

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could face action from the FA after an X-rated challenge on West Ham's Mark Noble.
Cristiano Ronaldo is backing Louis van Gaal to bring the glory days back to Manchester United.
Liverpool are about to discover that Mario Balotelli is the footballer nobody wants after a bad start to his career at Anfield.
Roy Hodgson will check on the fitness of Kyle Walker before England's matches with Slovenia and Scotland.
Sam Allardyce received a 'thank you' text for beating Manchester City from Jose Mourinho - the man who last season accused the West Ham boss of playing '19th century football'.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed there is no buy-out clause in Ross Barkley's new contract.
Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Dutch wonderkid Daley Sinkgraven.
QPR misfit Adel Taarabt is being lined up for a permanent move to AC Milan in January.

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United to forget about re-signing him - and the Premier League title.
Sergio Aguero faces FA action for a stamp on Mark Noble.
Arsene Wenger plans to find the next Arsene Wenger - and bring in his own successor at Arsenal.
Stoke forward Bojan could be leaving after a furious changing room bust-up.
Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini is on the trail of Christoph Kramer after watching the Germany World Cup winner three times since the start of the season.
Nani could still be in Manchester United's plans.
Rio Ferdinand stunned a TV audience by revealing he could quit playing in January.

Diego Costa is expected to start for Chelsea at Manchester United despite his hamstring problems and an overnight stay in hospital last week with a virus.
Liverpool will have to spend £25million to sign highly-rated West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is being lined up to replace Walter Mazzarri as Inter Milan's head coach.
Leeds United have sacked head coach Darko Milanic following their 2-1 defeat at home to Wolves on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded Louis van Gaal be afforded time to shape United, just like Sir Alex Ferguson got early in his reign and predicts they will eventually win the title.
Tottenham face at least two years playing in Milton Keynes as they build their new stadium.
West Ham are ready to offer Diafra Sakho an improved contract ahead of schedule.
Bayern Munich are in discussions to sign former Brighton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Ross Barkley is not for sale.
Manuel Pellegrini insisted yesterday that he is not feeling any additional pressure in the Manchester City hot-seat.
Louis van Gaal has set himself a target - to be as good as Jose Mourinho!
Van Gaal has also told executive chairman Ed Woodward he needs two new defenders - with ex-Manchester United centre-back Ryan Shawcross in the frame.

Manchester United are reeling from an injury blow to striker Radamel Falcao.
Jose Mourinho has warned his Premier League rivals that the best is yet to come from Chelsea.
Manchester United seem poised to play a friendly with AC Milan in Dubai towards the end of January.

Chelsea will not appoint a chief executive to replace Ron Gourlay, who left the club last week with immediate effect.


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Monday October 27

Robin van Persie scored a dramatic equaliser for Manchester United against Chelsea - only to be branded "stupid" by boss Louis van Gaal.
Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted claims he left an ageing Manchester United in bad shape when he retired.
Arsenal are still interested in signing West Ham defender Winston Reid.
Clint Dempsey is ready for a Premier League return in the MLS close-season in January.
Neil Warnock insists Crystal Palace should "snap the hands off" any potential new billionaire owners - even if it costs him his job as manager.

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has refuted claims he intends to retire - despite saying he will 'probably' quit in May during a TV interview.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards is a transfer target for Serie A giants Juventus.
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho could be sidelined for a month with a shoulder injury following a collision with Joe Hart during Saturday's 2-1 win over Manchester City.
Gary Rowett will be unveiled as the new Birmingham boss today after Lee Clark was sacked last week.
Mauricio Pochettino slammed the mentality of his stars after Tottenham's meek surrender to Newcastle.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to escape an FA ban for stamping on Mark Noble during Manchester City's defeat to West Ham on Saturday.
Manchester United Louis van Gaal blasted Robin van Persie's goal celebration after his equaliser in injury time against Chelsea on Sunday.
Christian Benteke is set to start for Aston Villa against QPR tonight despite not being fully fit after six months out following Achilles surgery.

Barcelona star Pedro has handed in a transfer request to give Arsenal more hope of a deal.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has vowed to quit QPR if fans are unhappy with his decisions.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge will never become one of the best European strikers unless he can overcome his recurring injury problems.
Steve Bruce has claimed that Liverpool should treat out-of-form striker Mario Balotelli like Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.

Josh Harris' proposed takeover of Crystal Palace will enter its final stages this week, with a deal close to completion.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left seething after a decision to send off Branislav Ivanovic led to his side conceding a last minute equaliser at Manchester United.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United take on Chelsea in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.


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Tuesday October 28

Southampton are lining up a £10million move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane in January.
Lee Clark is set to become Blackpool's new manager after he was axed as Birmingham boss last week.
Tottenham fans are questioning whether chairman Daniel Levy's appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager was wrong - just five months into the Argentine's reign at White Hart Lane.
Axed Leeds boss Darko Milanic could bag £800,000 - despite spending just 32 days as manager. The Slovenian has a contract on paid leave until 2016 with the club and must be "ready to take over the team again if requested by the owner".

West Ham midfielder Alex Song has admitted he may stay at the club beyond this season if they qualify for Europe. The 27-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Barcelona at the beginning of the season and believes the club could become "one of the best clubs in England".
Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Newcastle have been put on alert after Marseille admitted they might not be able to afford to keep hotshot striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Manchester United have a close eye on Ghana's World Cup striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

Mauricio Pochettino will ask Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, to make a new move for the Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez in the January transfer window.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is battling to be fit for Sunday's derby with Manchester City after suffering a suspected foot injury in training yesterday.
Newcastle United's White Hart Lane hero Ayoze Perez has claimed La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid wanted to sign him before the forward moved to the North East.

Arsenal have received a massive boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels.
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs watched Trabzonspor striker Abdul Majeed Waris in action against Lokeren in the Europa League last Thursday.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with QPR.
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho will discover how long he will be out with a shoulder injury today. The Senegal star has scored six goals in six starts for the Hammers.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have been handed a giant boost in their pursuit of PSV Eindhoven starlet Zakaria Bakkali.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign Zenit St Petersburg centre-half Ezequiel Garay.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila last night insisted snapping up John Guidetti for nothing has become a Parkhead priority.

Harry Redknapp has sought an end to his spat with Adel Taarabt, claiming the Moroccan forward has a future at the club, as long as he sorts out his act.

Takeover talks between Crystal Palace and the American businessman Josh Harris are at such an advanced stage that the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers owner is poised to enter a period of due diligence on the club.

Ally McCoist has been assured that his position as manager is safe after the arrival of Mike Ashley as Ibrox powerbroker as he prepares to welcome yet another chief executive.


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Wednesday October 29

Manchester United could go back in for £90m-rated forward Gareth Bale after the Welshman lost his place in the Real Madrid first team to Isco.
Chelsea are considering a £24m January bid for Gerard Pique - who is unwanted at Barcelona.
Out-of-form Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is set to be axed for the clash with Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned his under-fire team to be ready for a make-or-break week.City face three crucial games in seven days - starting tonight against Newcastle.
A Uruguayan newspaper has claimed that Luis Suarez's Barcelona team-mates did not help him on his debut against Real Madrid. El Observador noted that Lionel Messi did not pass to the former Liverpool striker at any stage during the 3-1 defeat.

Mis-firing Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is on Napoli's wanted list, and will test Brendan Rodgers' resolve with a £10m offer in January.
Aston Villa are eyeing winger Bakary Sako from rivals Wolves in a bid to add more cutting edge.
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand has revealed he could quit Chelsea for a permanent move to the Saints in the summer.
Bolton boss Neil Lennon is trying to sign out-of-favour Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan.
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini insistshis side are still in Premier League title hunt
Hull's Steve Bruce is a shock Fulham managerial candidate as bookies slash odds on him taking over
Newcastle United right-back Daryl Janmaat has insisted Newcastle want to win a cup - despite the boardroom saying silverware is not a priority. Newcastle face a Capital One cup clash with Manchester City tonight in a bid to reach the quarter-finals.

Arsenal are tracking Sevilla and Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 24, who has a buy-out clause of £24m.
Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has been axed from this weekend's list of officials for speaking to Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock in a private telephone call, hours after the 2-2 draw with West Brom at the weekend. He also stunned referees' bosses by leaving the Hawthorns in his own car to travel to an Ed Sheeran concert.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli found the net in Liverpool's 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Swansea, but is embroiled in a new row after appearing to flick Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey's ear as they argued after the final whistle.
Executive Alexander Koch has made an extraordinary claim that FIFA spent three times more than Brazil on staging the 2014 World Cup. The corporate communications manager told the host city summit that $600m for temporary structures was the real cost for Brazil - whereas the governing body forked out $1.7bn.
Swansea vice-chairman Leigh Dineen has called on all Premier League clubs to reduce ticket prices.
The average yearly wage of a League Two manager is £50,000, compared with the £3m for a Premier League boss.

Manchester United are considering a move for unsettled Roma full-back Ashley Cole.
Arsenal lead the race for Bayern Munich and AC and Milan target Goncalo Guedes, 17, of Benfica.
Stoke have switched defender Ryan Shawcross from man-marking to zonal on corners amid fears he is being targeted by officials after his recent sending off against Swansea.
New Birmingham boss Gary Rowett believes anything but an easy life awaits him, but he is confident he can lift them from "rock bottom".
Barcelona have produced more footballers playing in Europe's top leagues than any other club, according to recent research.
Vincent Tan is set to be unveiled as the new owner of an MLS football team in America. The controversial Cardiff owner is part of a three-man consortium bidding to buy a Los Angeles franchise.
Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell could emerge as the surprise answer to the team's defensive crisis.
New Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has been promised his old job back in charge of Leeds academy if things go wrong.
Adel Taarabt's hopes of returning to QPR's starting line-up have suffered a setback after he was ruled unfit to play in an U21 game yesterday.

The highly influential chairman of the European Club Association Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is lobbying FIFA and UEFA in an attempt to ensure the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is played in April and May - rather than the winter months.


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Thursday October 30

Mauricio Pochettino believes £20million-rated Jay Rodriguez can give Tottenham's season lift-off in January.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is plotting a January swoop for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala.
Arsenal have reportedly contacted Juventus wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner over a move to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace's prospective new American owners are planning a major redevelopment of their Selhurst Park home.
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes is reportedly on the Real Sociedad shortlist if the Spanish club decide to dispense with current coach Jagoba Arrasate.

Arsene Wenger is keen on sealing a deal for Poland and Seville midfield ace Grzegorz Krychowiak in the next window.

Vincent Tan has said he is planning to take legal action against "several agents" over the fees they received from transfers completed during Malky Mackay's tenure as manager of Cardiff City.
Blackpool president Valeri Belokon is willing to buy the club and has issued legal proceedings against the Oyston family.

Arsenal youngster Wellington Silva - signed for a reported £3.5m fee from Fluminense in 2010 - is finally eligible to play for Arsene Wenger's side after gaining a work permit to ply his trade in England.

Arsenal are looking to sign Spartak Moscow star Romulo this January, with Arsene Wenger preparing to offer the Russian outfit £9.5million plus Yaya Sanogo on loan.
Manchester United's long-term pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has received a massive boost.

Alexis Sanchez is unhappy with life at Arsenal.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are tracking Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is aiming to beat Liverpool to the £20m signing of Jay Rodriguez in January.
Arsenal could move for Sporting Lisbon's Cedric Soares or Stephan Lichtsteiner of Juventus to solve their problem right-back position.
Arsenal are set to open talks with Barcelona over a January deal for Pedro.


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Friday October 31

Joe Hart insists Manchester City's players are to blame for their slump - not boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Andy Cole says Robin van Persie's last-gasp equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea will breathe new life into him.
Jack Wilshere is set to miss Arsenal's clash with Burnley on Saturday.
Harry Redknapp wants Twitter booted out of football after Rio Ferdinand was hit with a three-match ban.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will miss a crucial week for the Reds as his injury agony goes on.
Samuel Eto'o is on course for a new deal at Everton - after just nine games.

Daniel Sturridge will miss the massive week that could define Liverpool's season.
David Silva is out of Sunday's Manchester derby with a knee injury and fears he could be facing three weeks out of action.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted he could leave the club in the summer if he is not offered a new deal.
Rodney Marsh thinks Manuel Pellegrini will be sacked if Manchester City's troubles continue.
Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli not a January transfer target, claim Serie A club Napoli.
Tottenham are struggling to offload Benoit Assou-Ekotto, due to his wage demands.
Arsenal's injury worries have deepened with news Kieran Gibbs is a doubt for the Burnley game.

Police are on red alert at the prospect of drones flying overhead during Sunday's Manchester derby.
Daniel Levy will begin a major restructuring of Tottenham's scouting and recruitment procedures after their poor start to the Premier League season.
Manchester United are on the trail of striker Abdul Majeed Waris, according to the Ghana international's club Trabzonspor.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge is out of Liverpool's biggest week of the season as he continues to recover from a calf problem.

Steven Gerrard admits he may be forced to move away from Liverpool if the club fails to offer him a new deal.
Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of one of the biggest weeks of Liverpool's season.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is keen to continue his career beyond this season and admits he may be forced to move away from Anfield if the club fails to offer him a new deal.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could unleash all of his Galacticos on Manchester City this weekend in a bid to pile on the pain for the champions.
Harry Redknapp has blasted the FA for slapping Rio Ferdinand with a three-game ban for something he said on Twitter.
Samuel Eto'o is on the verge of landing a one-year contract extension at Everton after just two months at the club.


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Real Madrid are ready to launch a £20m January move for Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris.

Manuel Pellegrini says Man City were priced out of a summer move for Angel di Maria.
Rio Ferdinand and Joey Barton have launched a stinging attack on the FA.
Louis van Gaal has no fear about facing Man City and would not swap squads.
Brighton have signed keeper Ali Al Habsi on loan from Wigan.

Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has held talks over a new contract with German club Schalke which could scupper the hopes of Liverpool and Arsenal of signing him on a free next summer.
Manuel Pellegrini claims Man Utd are no better than last year despite splashing out £151m on new players.
Under-fire Paul Lambert says he loves living in fear because it stops him being complacent.
Norwich have vowed to keep £5m striker Gary Hooper.
Wolves are set to sign former Man Utd keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
Bradford are ready to sign striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes is wanted by Spanish side Real Sociedad.

Brendan Rodgers wants Steven Gerrard to remain with Liverpool and wants him to get a contract extension.
Everton hope Arouna Kone will take a step closer to ending his injury exile next week.

Alan Pardew believes the job he has had to do at Newcastle is like building a piece of furniture from Ikea.

Michel Platini will hold talks with Greg Dyke next week over timings for the 2022 World Cup.
Brendan Rodgers has dismissed criticism of Liverpool's summer transfer policy.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says there are no concerns for striker Arouna Kone's career even though the 30-year-old may not return to full fitness until January.


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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale insists he has no intention of making a £90m move to Manchester United.
Liverpool are set to swoop for Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, 25, in January to replace the out-of-form Simon Mignolet.
Louis van Gaal believes neighbours City will never be as big as Manchester United - citing their popularity abroad and on social media as evidence.
Tottenham are planning a summer swoop for Porto playmaker Yacine Brahimi but face competition for his signature from Napoli and PSG.
Brendan Rodgers believe Moussa Sissoko should have been sent off for a 'horrendous' challenge on Joe Allen, before he set up Newcastle's winner at St James' Park.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique could favour a move to London over Manchester due to the friendship Cesc Fabregas has with his girlfriend Shakira.

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is lining up a £12million move for Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote.
Jose Mourinho has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea fans at yesterday's game with QPR, claiming playing at Stamford Bridge was 'like playing in an empty stadium'.
Manual Pellegrini admits he is a fan of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, whose contract expires at the end of this season, and wants him to be part of his project at the Etihad should he wish to move from Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers has told his misfiring team they are simply not good enough in front of goal.
Louis van Gaal claims champions Manchester City are years behind United.
Victor Valdes took a big step towards completing a shock move to Manchester United after the free agent completed a medical at the club.

Argentine-duo Sergio Aguero and Marcos Rojo have come to blows ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby in a dispute concerning Aguero's girlfriend Karina Tejeda.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ordered the club's American owners to hand Steven Gerrard a new contract.
James Milner believes he is ready to sign a new contract at the club after taking up a more important playing role.
West Ham are preparing to offer Winston Reid a bumper four-year contract in a desperate bid to fend off unwanted bids for the defender.
Skipper Steven Gerrard must get new Liverpool contract, insists boss Brendan Rodgers
Newcastle are trying to beat Celtic to the signing of 29-year-old midfielder Lassana Diarra, who is a free agent after leaving Lokomotiv Moscow.

Arsenal face competition from Manchester United in their attempts to sign midfielder Julian Draxler from German side Schalke.
A defiant Alan Pardew said he was ready to party last night after guiding Newcastle to four consecutive victories in all competitions.
Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea are capable of winning a league and European Cup double in his first season at the club.
Federico Fazio says he is indebted to Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for helping him make it back to the highest level of football.

Formula 1 giants Red Bull are in talks to buy Leeds United from controversial Italioan owner Massimo Cellino.
Brendan Rodgers has advised Raheem Sterling to observe Cristiano Ronaldo, citing the Portuguese star as the perfect role model for the young Englishman.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is relishing playing with summer signing Alexis Sanchez and has learnt a lot from the Chile international.
Diego Costa says he is desperate to win the Champions League with Chelsea after last season's heartbreak at Atletico Madrid.
David Moyes believes Marouane Fellaini is finally starting to blossom at Old Trafford, and draws on the belgian's recent form as evidence to why he signed him on two occasions.

Manuel Pellegrini has said he would love to sign Steven Gerrard, should he ever want to leave Liverpool.
Mark Hughes has blasted referee Chris Foy for failing to award his side a free kick in the build up to West Ham's first goal at the Britannia.

Figures released by the PFA claim only four per cent of those holding key backroom roles in football come from black and ethnic minorities.


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Marouane Fellaini was caught up in a spitting row as 10-man Manchester United suffered a fourth straight derby defeat.
Arsene Wenger has given the green light for Theo Walcott to report for England duty.
Jose Mourinho blasts Chelsea players with shock therapy despite dropping just four points from 30.
Brendan Rodgers laments loss of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge following Liverpool slump.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has told West Brom striker Saido Berahino to "keep his mouth shut" after he accused Foxes defender Marcin Wasilewski of elbowing him.
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes is in the running to take charge of Spanish side Real Sociedad.

Brendan Rodgers says sentiment is not behind his desire to hand Steven Gerrard a new deal.
Paul Lambert claims Spurs conned Christian Benteke into getting sent off.
Arsene Wenger is refusing to gamble on the health of Theo Walcott.
Neil Warnock is drawing up two lists of January targets, just in case he gets a hefty boost to his transfer kitty.
Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons is in the mix for an England U21 call-up.
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is in Thailand for crunch takeover talks with tycoon Brian Marcar.
Germany coach Joachim Low is set to beat Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini to the Fifa Coach of the Year award.

Chelsea fans have hit back at Jose Mourinho after he moaned about the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is backing in-form winger Stewart Downing for an England recall.

Manchester City will battle it out with local rivals Manchester United in the race to sign 20-year-old Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo.
Arsenal's hopes of signing Basel defender Fabian Schar have been boosted after the 22-year-old admitted he is ready to leave the Swiss club.

Leicester City defender Marcin Wasilewski is in line for retrospective action by the FA and a three-match ban for elbowing Saido Berahino.
Kenwyne Jones will miss Cardiff City's next two games after the striker returned to Trinidad following the death of two family members.

Steven Gerrard could follow Spain legend Raul to North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos if he fails to sign a new deal at Liverpool.
Louis van Gaal has branded Chris Smalling 'stupid' for his sending-off in the Manchester derby defeat that consigned United to their worst start to a season in 28 years.

Marouane Fellaini is likely to escape FA punishment for an apparent spitting incident in Manchester United's derby defeat.
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that Stewart Downing is under consideration for an England recall.

Manchester City have sold out Etihad Stadium for Wednesday's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow by offering fans two seats for the price of one.

Stuart McCall sensationally quit as Motherwell manager on Sunday night, with former Fir Park player Derek Adams immediately installed as the favourite to take over.
Rangers boss Ally McCoist has appealed for calm amid the hysteria of the League Cup semi-final draw against Celtic.
Kris Boyd warned John Guidetti that words count for nothing in a Rangers v Celtic clash.
Gordon Strachan insists Scottish football must find a way to promote Rangers, Hearts and Hibs to the top level.


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Frank Lampard will not join New York City in January and will instead stay on loan at Manchester City, earning £190,000 a week.
Steven Gerrard is set to be rested for Liverpool's Champions League clash with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tonight.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert could be sacked two months after signing a four-year contract extension if the club lose upcoming games against West Ham and Southampton.
Arsenal are preparing contract talks with Theo Walcott after the England winger returned to first-team actionin the 3-0 victory over Burnley.

Inter Milan are keen to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini but are unlikely to come up with the £14million fee agreed between Liverpool and Sunderland during the summer.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be on the bench for Spurs' Europa League clash with Asteras Tripolis on Thursday night - to keep him fresh for a Premier League start next weekend.
Manchester United's crocked defender Marco Rojo faces up to three months out after injuring his shoulder in Manchester derby on Sunday.
Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes wants Phil Neville to be his No.2 if he takes charge at Real Sociedad.
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta feels the balance of power has shifted in Manchester.

Manchester City and Bayern Munich will both attempt to sign Germany winger Marco Reus at the end of the season.

Turkish club Fenerbahce have enquired about the possibility of signing Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.
Energy drink giants Red Bull are set to make a £60million bid to seize control of Leeds United from Massimo Cellino.
Swansea and West Brom are tracking Alex Pritchard, who is currently on loan at Brentford from Spurs.
Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will take charge of Burnley's game against Hull on Saturday. The official was dropped last weekend for breaking protocol by driving home alone after officiating West Brom's game with Crystal Palace to watch an Ed Sheeran concert.

David Moyes has been offered the manager's job at Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid are stepping up their bid to sign Manchester United keeper David de Gea as Iker Casillas' long-term replacement.
Steven Gerrard will be offered a new contract at Liverpool - but faces a 50 per cent pay cut from his current £150,000-a-week deal.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says Mario Balotelli has been unfairly singled out for criticism as Liverpool struggle.

New Bolton boss Neil Lennon has said he could return as Celtic manager one day and has discussed a future return with Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.
Lennon also revealed he can't stand watching Celtic because 'it feels like watching your girlfriend with another man'.


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Jose Mourinho has given up trying to persuade the Premier League to be more reasonable over fixture pile-ups. Chelsea face a Champion League clash with Maribor in Slovenia tonight and play Liverpool on Saturday - 64 hours later.
Journalist Simon Yeend has claimed Arsenal need a "warrior leader" after Arsenal have kept only five clean sheets so far this season - compared with 24 last season.

Sky pundit Paul Merson has branded Arsenal "clueless" after The Gunners let a 3-0 lead slip to a 3-3 draw in last night's Champions League tie with Anderlecht.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has described people who racially abused him on social media "a disgrace".
Stoke chairman Peter Coates has accused referees of being biased against his team after defender Ryan Shawcross was deemed to have grappled Swansea striker Wilfried Bony to concede a penalty last month.
Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez is training again and wants to return to the club next month to plan his future after receiving the all-clear for testicular cancer.
Hull striker Nikica Jelavic is on course for an early comeback from a knee injury and is pencilled to return against Spurs on November 23.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettinho is ready to overhaul his strike force in January. Spurs are tracking River Plate's £6m-rated Teofilo Gutierrez, Southampton's Jay Rodriguez and Borussia Monchengladbach's Patrick Herrmann.
West Brom are looking to sign a new striker in January after record £10m signing Ideye Brown, who signed from Dinamo Kiev in July, has failed to hit the net in the Premier League and failed to make the bench for Saturday's win at Leicester.

Former England goalkeeper David James has been forced into auctioning shirts, shorts and matchballs after being declared bankrupt in May.
Qatar have told FIFA they will stage the 2022 World Cup whenever required - but are leaning towards a winter tournament preference to maximise tourism benefits.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to make his return from injury today in a practice match against Southend at Upton Park. The England target man has not featured for The Hammers this season due to an ankle injury.
QPR defender Rio Ferdinand will not appeal his three-match ban and £25,000 fine for using a slang word for 'promiscuous female' on Twitter.
England striker Jermain Defoe is set to make an extraordinary return to the Premier League with QPR set to sign the 32-year-old on a three-year deal worth £90,000 a week from MLS side Toronto.
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock will not be charged by the FA for his referee rant following Monday's defeat by Sunderland.
Former Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies has claimed that if 'grappling' in the box had been outlawed he would have won an extra 50 penalties in his prime.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers last night hit back at Gary Lineker following criticism for picking a second XI against Real Madrid.
Manchester United could scrap their £44m move for loan star Radamel Falcao.
Angry Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal shot themselves in the foot at the Emirates last night.
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has revealed he has no desire to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is unconvinced whether striker Radamel Falcao is capable of sustained Premier League action and is considering not turning his loan move into a permanent one in the summer. United will try to land Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar for £6m in January to address their defensive crisis. The 29-year-old's current contract expires at the end of the season.

Michael Carrick is happy to solve Manchester United's injury crisis by playing at centre-back in the coming weeks.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he was right to leave out key players at Real Madrid.

Billy Stark is set to step down as Scotland under 21s boss after almost seven years in the job.


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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants to sign Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi for £10m in January to bolster his flagging defence.
Arsenal and Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell is furious with Arsene Wenger for leaving him out in the cold since his return to the Emirates.

Manchester United officials will be in Rome this weekend to scout £30m-rated Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman's comeback from knee injury. The Serie A club have said they will not sell the 24-year-old for less than £100m.
MLS side Toronto have told QPR they want £10m for former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe.

West Ham may lose starlet Reece Oxford in the summer after professional contract talks reached stalemate - with several top clubs ready to sign the 16-year-old.
Crystal Palace outcast Barry Bannan wants to go out on loan - with Bolton and Forest interested in the 24-year-old.
Barcelona ace Luis Suarez has said he cannot believe former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard can continue to play after his slip against Chelsea last season - which led to a Chelsea Demba Ba goal and crushed Liverpool's title hopes.

Gerard Pique was left out of the starting line-up for the second successive game amid reports that Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have submitted offers for the Barcelona defender.
Nottingham Forest owner Fawz Al Hasawl hinted at discontent with manager Stuart Pearce in the programme for yesterday's 3-1 defeat to Brentford after Forest's winless run of nine games - which became 10 at the final whistle.
Real Sociedad have confirmed they are in talks with former Manchester United boss David Moyes regarding the vacant manager position at the La Liga club.

West Ham target man Andy Carroll could make his long-awaited comeback from injury against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal is not planning to strengthen his Manchester United squad in January unless a key target becomes available, with the manager focusing instead on next summer.
Liverpool's principal owner, John W Henry, has travelled to Dubai for meetings that could open up sponsorship or naming rights deals between the Anfield club and businesses in the Middle East.

Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman could return to action for Roma reserves at the weekend, alerting long-term suitors Manchester United anew.