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Manchester United have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Lionel Messi and believe Manchester City would be favourites to sign the 29-year-old Argentina forward if he left Barcelona. (Sun)
Gareth Southgate, 46, will be confirmed as England's next permanent manager on a four-year contract before the end of the month. (Guardian)
England forward Wayne Rooney, 31, is set to be left out of the Manchester United team to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)
Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho is furious with the Football Association for neglecting their duty of care to the striker after pictures emerged of him at a wedding party at the weekend. (Daily Express)
Mourinho wants to sign £25m Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj, 22, as he prepares to allow centre-back Chris Smalling and right-back Matteo Darmian, both 26, to leave. (Daily Star)
But Mourinho may have to abandon a move for Monaco full-back Fabinho, 23, because of the Ligue 1 side's likely Champions League progress. (Manchester Evening News)
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has calmed concerns over his fitness. The 27-year-old was pictured wearing a bandage around his leg while on international duty with Chile. (Latercera, via Metro)
Manchester City and Liverpool shared the £120,000 cost of a private jet to get their South American players back a day early from international duty, but Chelsea decided such a move was unnecessary. (Daily Mail)
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says renewed speculation over midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, will not affect the France international's future at the club. (London Evening Standard)
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he plans to use the January transfer window for long-term signings - dampening speculation over a potential short-term move for 36-year-old midfielder Steven Gerrard, who is leaving LA Galaxy. (Daily Mail)
Everton will not sign Manchester United forward Memphis Depay on loan as the Red Devils do not want to let the 22-year-old leave. (Daily Mirror)
United have stepped up their interest in 23-year-old Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier.(Canal Plus, via Daily Express)
West Ham are trying to cut short the loan deal of Simone Zaza, 25, to allow them to bring in a new striker in January. (ESPN)
Liverpool's hopes of signing Mahmoud Dahoud have faded as Borussia Monchengladbach's sporting director claims there is "zero chance" the 20-year-old midfielder will leave in January. (Kicker, via Daily Star)
Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore, 21, is wanted by French side Lyon. (Foot Mercato, via Daily Star)
Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired as Manchester United manager in 2013, is needed to help get Scottish football out of the doldrums, says former Scotland striker Ally McCoist. (Sky Sports)
Chelsea's out-of-favour defender Branislav Ivanovic, 32, is a potential transfer target for Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo via Talksport)
West Brom's chances of signing Leicester City's 23-year-old winger Jeffrey Schlupp are growing. (Birmingham Mail)
Hull City want a takeover to be completed before the start of the January transfer window, with four parties interested. (Sky Sports)
Bournemouth are watching Portsmouth's 19-year-old striker Conor Chaplin's progress.(Sun)
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In light of criticism of Wayne Rooney attending a wedding while on England duty, former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby tweeted: "So Rooney has had a pint on his night off, he's only been playing top flight football for 15 years, think he deserves a drink every now and again."
Arsenal striker Mesut Ozil has a warning for Manchester United before Saturday match at Old Trafford, tweeting: "Gained new energy during international break. See you in Manchester on Saturday!"
Pop star Olly Murs popped along to Carrington to watch Manchester United in training on Wednesday.
Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp is not letting speculation about his future dominate his mind. He tweeted the below picture from the ATP World Tour finals on Wednesday.
Fans of the Football Manager computer game should be hunting Lucca Pellegrini at Roma, Toni Lato at Valencia and Alex Grimaldo at Benfica. They are just three of the young stars earmarked to provide success in your virtual manager career. (Daily Express)
A group of angry Charlton fans travelled all the way to Belgium to gatecrash owner Roland Duchatelet's 70th birthday meal. (Daily Mirror)