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Liverpool are monitoring Theo Walcott's contract dispute at Arsenal and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers could use the £10m he has been promised for transfers at Anfield to make a bid for the 23-year-old England forward.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Theo Walcott
Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006

Chelsea's pursuit of 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, who is also wanted by Inter Milan, may be doomed after his club Corinthians dismissed rumours he will be sold.

Full story: talkSPORT

Having signed Jan Vertonghen in the close season, Tottenham are eyeing another Belgian defender playing for Ajax, with £8m-rated 23-year-old Toby Alderweireld their latest target.

Full story: Metro

Manchester City's out-of-favour defender Kolo Toure, 31, has revealed he would like to play in France.

Full story: Daily Mirror

France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23, admits he is interested in a move to Newcastle United when his Toulouse contract expires next summer.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Everton could move for Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, 18, after the Gornik Zabrze player became the youngest leading scorer in Europe.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Arsenal are looking to sign Croatia Under-17 attacking midfielder Ante Roguljic, 16, with Arsene Wenger ready to pay £1.5m for the NK Adriatic Split player.

Full story: the Sun

West Ham are considering a move for 21-year-old Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric, currently on loan at Lokomotiva from Dinamo Zagreb.

Full story: talkSPORT


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini reportedly held talks with Monaco with a view to joining them last season.

Full story: The Guardian

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger criticises Chelsea's decision to publicise their complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg - saying the allegations have "little proof".

Full story: Daily Express

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says the controversial decision for the team to wear T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez in his race-case last season was not his idea.

Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor believes referees deserve more credit from players, managers and supporters.

Full story: The Times [subscription required]

Arsene Wenger says Robin van Persie turned down an offer from Premier League champions Manchester City to join Manchester United. City are thought to have offered a £300,000-a-week salary to the Dutchman.

Full story: Independent

Tottenham fear £15m midfielder Mousa Dembele could be sidelined until Christmas with a hip injury.

Full story: the Sun

Norwich are in danger of losing midfielder Wes Hoolahan, 30, after stalling contract talks with the Republic of Ireland international.

Full story: Daily Mail

Spurs defender Kyle Walker insists he would never dive - because he was born and raised in the north of England.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Oldham boss Paul Dickov says the Sheffield United fans who claimed his midfielder Lee Croft racially abused a ball boy at Bramall Lane are "mindless idiots".

Full story: Manchester Evening News


Former Spurs striker Robbie Keane, now a team-mate of David Beckham at LA Galaxy, has been described as an "unidentified fan" in the caption for a picture taken with Beckham and comedian Russell Brand.

Full story: Metro

The Dutch Football Federation has released an advert featuring a man wearing a closet in an attempt to promote the acceptance of gay footballers.

Full story: Metro

Actor Kelsey Grammer, best known for playing Dr Crane in award-winning US sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, could turn up at Carlisle's Brunton Park ground to watch their FA Cup first-round tie with Ebbsfleet. Ebbsfleet striker Phil Walsh, 28, is Grammer's brother-in-law.

Full story: the Sun