Football gossip column: Aguero, Kompany, Simeone, Darmian, Allardyce, Gibson

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Striker Sergio Aguero, 28, and defender Vincent Kompany, 30, are facing uncertain futures at Manchester City. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester United will look to sell 26-year-old right-back Matteo Darmian in January, with 18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah earmarked as the club's future first-choice. (Times - subscription required)external-link

West Ham will have police inside the London Stadium for Wednesday's EFL Cup match against Chelsea after resolving radio communication issues at the £700m ground.(Sky Sports)external-link

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has rejected foreign bids to buy the club since relegation to the Championship, and remains determined not to sell. (Telegraph)external-link

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone wants a move to the Premier League, and could leave the Spanish club before his contract expires in 2018. (Mirror)external-link

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Friday's Sun back page

Tottenham hope to agree a new contract with defender Jan Vertonghen, 29, in the next few weeks. (Evening Standard)external-link

Inter Milan are considering making a move for 31-year-old Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta in January. (ESPN)external-link

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants greater control of the club's transfer policy and has told chairman Daniel Levy he does not want a direct replacement for departing head of recruitment Paul Mitchell. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi made corruption allegations about English football in an interview on Kuwaiti TV in March. He said managers in the country "take under the table a lot" and described them as "brokers". (Sun)external-link

Chelsea will send scouts to watch Middlesbrough's 23-year-old defender Ben Gibson face Arsenal on Saturday. (Mail)external-link

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, 19, is a January loan target for Huddersfield and Bournemouth.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

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The Times leads on Vincent Kompany's Manchester City "snub"

Former referee Howard Webb says Sunderland manager David Moyes "gave me the most stick" during his career.(Goal)external-link

Former Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 33, has returned to England and is looking for a new club after a short spell with American third-tier side Sacramento Republic. (Sacramento Bee)external-link

Another former Chelsea and West Ham player - midfielder Joe Cole - has been nominated for the Golden Ball award, given to the best player in the American second tier. The 34-year-old plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies.(Telegraph)external-link

Juventus' 38-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon described the sale of AC Milan and Inter Milan to Chinese investors as "the defeat of Italian football". (Guardian)external-link

Everton have sent scouts to watch Sporting Lisbon centre-back Ruben Semedo, 22. (A Bola, via Talksport)external-link

Sam Allardyce was at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United beat Fenerbahce in the Europa League, in his first public appearance since addressing the media after leaving his post as England manager. (Guardian)external-link

Hull City owners Assem and Ehab Allam remain open to offers from potential investment groups, despite a £130m takeover bid being tabled by one Chinese consortium. (Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Burnley defender Michael Keane, 23, has not been distracted by talk of a move away from Turf Moor, according to boss Sean Dyche. (Burnley Express)external-link

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Leicester City's slow start to the Premier League season has been well documented, and it seems goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has taken toreminiscing about their shock title win of 2015-16...external-link

Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan

After their defeat by Inter Milan in the Europa League, striker Charlie Austin was quick to point out Southamptonwere hard done by.external-link

Charlie Austin

Patrice Evra has congratulated Barcelona striker Luis Suarez - with was found guilty of racially abusing him in 2011 - for his Golden Shoe award. Suarez was Europe's top scorer last season and Evra wrote:external-link "In my Instagram there's only love and hate never!!! Luis, you're a great player is the best number 9. Congratulations Luis @luissuarez9 I love THIS game !!! Hahahaah."

Luis Suarez
Suarez was banned in 2011 after Evra claimed the then Liverpool striker had racially abused him

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was pleased with their win over Fenerbahce, but quickly turned his attentionexternal-link to Sunday's trip to Chelsea.

Chris Smalling's tweet on focusing on Sunday at Chelsea

Some of Tottenham's squad were mixing with rapper Kano on Thursday night, as both Dele Alli and Kyle Walker shared photos on Instagram.external-link

Dele Alli

And finally...

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson found himself in the rare position of celebrating a goal scored against his former side, when Robin van Persie netted a consolation goal for Fenerbahce at Old Trafford. (Metro)external-link

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