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Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being lined up as an interim manager at Chelsea - should they fire under-pressure Jose Mourinho. (Belfast Telegraph)external-link

Alternatively, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is preparing to replace manager Mourinho with former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United will step up their bid to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, after they failed to score in 120 minutes in the League Cup defeat by Middlesbrough. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea are planning a January move for 25-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, who has scored more goals than Robert Lewandowski this season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mirror backpage
Paul Scholes' comments to BBC Radio Manchester on Louis van Gaal's style of football at Manchester United is on the back page of the Mirror

Manchester United and Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan, 27, is ready to sign a new contract at Benfica. (Daily Star)external-link

Paris St-Germain's former Manchester United winger Angel di Maria, 27, says he never wanted to join the Old Trafford club. (Marca)external-link

Chelsea and Manchester City will compete with Barcelona and Bayern Munich for 22-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is valued at £72m.(Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal are set to recall winger Serge Gnabry, 20, from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.(Telegraph)external-link

Aston Villa's hopes of securing Remi Garde, 49, as their next manager may have been hampered by the Frenchman's former club Lyon. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering Kieran Gibbs, 26, as an emergency winger after losing Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey to injury recently.(Mirror)external-link

West Ham chairman David Sullivan believes the Hammers can complete a Premier League and FA Cup double.(Talksport)external-link

Friday's Sun back page
The Sun also leads on Paul Scholes' United view

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has apologised to fans for the derby defeat by Sunderland.(Chronicle)external-link

Aston Villa captain Micah Richards believes sacked manager Tim Sherwood should have been given more time to prove himself at the club.(Daily Star)external-link

Stoke manager Mark Hughes hopes his club can reach agreement with Jon Walters, 32, to extend the striker's stay at the Britannia Stadium.(Daily Express)external-link

Manchester City prospect Kelechi Iheanacho, 19, says striker Wilfried Bony has been like a big brother to him at the Etihad Stadium. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says players must consider where and when they go out after striker Andy Carroll, 26, was reportedly involved in a row with a Chelsea fan in a restaurant.(Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, 23, says he suffered from an inner anger over his treatment by former manager Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino claims he feels shame when he goes to the shops following a defeat for the struggling Championship club.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Best of social media

Leicester defender Christian Fuchs (left) tweeted this picture of himself with team-mate Shinji Okazaki enjoying pizza

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri delivered on his promise of pizza for his squad as a reward for keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace. (Daily Mail)external-link

Thomas Sorensen tweet
Thomas Sorensen joined A-League side Melbourne City in the summer

Former Stoke, Aston Villa and Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, 39, offers a clue via Twitterexternal-link as to why he left English football at the end of last season.

And finally

A man has carved Arsenal legend Thierry Henry into a pumpkin as a wedding present for an Arsenal-mad couple.(Metro) external-link

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno says he will dance the flamenco if they win a trophy under new manager Jurgen Klopp.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

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