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Wayne Rooney will be stripped of the England captaincy after pictures emerged showing him at a wedding at the team's hotel while on international duty. (Sun)

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has ruled out becoming the next manager of MK Dons after the League One side made contact with the player's representatives. (ESPN)

Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning a £25m move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 25, who will link up with Wales team-mate Gareth Bale. (Sun)

Chelsea are looking to move for Inter Milan's France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 23, who is unhappy at not playing regular football at the Serie A club. (Daily Mirror)

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Inter Milan will make a £50m move for Paris St-Germain's Argentina winger Angel di Maria, 28, if a bid for Real Madrid's 25-year-old Colombia international James Rodriguez fails. (Sun)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is interested in signing out-of-favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22, having tried to recruit the Netherlands international when in charge of Southampton. (Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 26, was "absolutely spot on" to describe their relationship at Anfield as a "disaster". (Talksport)

Reds striker Daniel Sturridge, 27, has emerged as a shock £25.5m transfer target for Italian side AC Milan. (Calciomercatoweb, via Sun)

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho was pictured going into the city's Spire Hospital on Thursday. It is thought the Brazil international, 24, was having a scan on an injury that leaves him doubtful for Saturday's match at Southampton. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea are considering whether to accept January loan offers for midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with the 20-year-old having only played three times under manager Antonio Conte this season. (Evening Standard)

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Stoke have calmed fears that Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 26, could be sold to a bigger club after an excellent start to his Potters career. (Stoke Sentinel)

Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp, 23, wants to join West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window. (Express and Star)

Sunderland and Newcastle are both interested in signing Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan, 24, who has scored 10 goals in his last 22 games. (Telegraph)

John Obi Mikel is set to leave Chelsea in January and the 29-year-old Nigeria midfielder is a target for clubs in France and China. (Le 10 Sport, via Daily Star)

Arsenal have joined Juventus and Bayern Munich in a race to sign 17-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak from AIK. (Calciomercato)

Everton have had a £7m approach for 19-year-old striker Ademola Lookman rejected by Charlton. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, is "disgusted" by his treatment at the club and wants to leave, with AC Milan and Inter both interested in the France international. (La Parisien, via Daily Star)

Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, says he is happy at current club Napoli, who rejected a £58m bid for the defender from the Blues in the summer. (Evening Standard)

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Tottenham players Eric Dier and Dele Alli have mimicked UFC star Conor McGregor famous strut with a video on Instagram.

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New Zealand rugby league team performed the haka and presented a shirt to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in the build-up to Sunday's Four Nations final against Australia at Anfield.

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The Manchester City players and manager Pep Guardiola have been getting in the festive spirit in a Team Elf v Team Santa theme for the club's Christmas photoshoot. (ManCity.com)

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