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Chelsea's Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, could follow Stamford Bridge team-mate Oscar to the Chinese Super League in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Brazil midfielder Oscar, 25, will earn £400,000 a week after tax when he moves to China to join Shanghai SIPG in January. (Times - subscription required)

Bundesliga club Hoffenheim are likely to rebuff Chelsea's £30m January transfer window bid for Germany centre-back Niklas Sule, 21. (Daily Star)

Everton face competition from Tottenham to sign Manchester United's Netherlands winger Memphis Depay, 22, in the January transfer window. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez £9.3m a year to sign a new contract at Emirates Stadium, but the Gunners are still significantly short of meeting the 27-year-old Chile forward's wage demands. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City would have signed Sanchez had it not been for Financial Fair Play regulations, according to former manager Manuel Pellegrini. (ADN, via Daily Mirror)

Pellegrini's new club in China, Hebei China Fortune. are ready to offer a Sanchez a £500,000-a-week deal. (Sun)

Former Manchester United and Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov, 35, is to return to train with his old club to prepare himself for any potential Premier League interest. (Sportal, via Manchester Evening News)

Berbatov was back at Carrington on Thursday

Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, who joined for a world record £89m fee in August, misses life at Juventus, according to the Italian side's Argentina striker Paulo Dybala. (Corriere dello Sport, via 101 Great Goals)

Everton will compete with West Ham to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, 24, in January. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are set to offer England left-back Leighton Baines, 32, a new two-year contract.(Guardian)

Southampton are lining up a January move for Valencia's £16.7m-rated Spanish midfielder Dani Parejo, 27. (Daily Star)

Manchester City are set to make a new £20m bid for Benfica and Brazil goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, 23, next summer. (Sun)

City manager Pep Guardiola is likely to name Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, in his revised Champions League squad, following Ilkay Gundogan's serious knee injury. (Daily Express)

City's Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, 31, says there have been no discussions with the club about extending his current contract, which runs out this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt expects Baggies striker Salomon Rondon, 27, to be a transfer target for other clubs following his strong start to the season. (Daily Star)

Stoke City want to make 33-year-old goalkeeper Lee Grant's loan from Derby County permanent - but the price tag could be a stumbling block. (Telegraph)

Former Liverpool midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira, 23, is set to join Brighton on loan after an indifferent start to the Portuguese's time at Porto. (Zero Zero, via Sport Witness)

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Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier will be given time to prove himself by the club's next owners. (Sun)

Senior players at Birmingham City are angry at the sacking of Gary Rowett as manager. Rowett has been replaced by former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola, despite the club being one point off a play-off spot. (Birmingham Mail)

League One Coventry City want former Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell, 34, as their next manager. (Coventry Telegraph)

League One Bolton Wanderers, who are losing £800,000 each month, are looking to release many of the 17 players who are out of contract next summer. (Bolton News)

Hull City fans are angry at having to move seats to make way for Manchester United supporters in the EFL Cup semi-final at the KCOM Stadium on 26 January. (Hull Daily Mail)

Best of social media

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, posted a picture of himself meeting five-year-old Bradley Lowery, who is terminally ill and appeared as a mascot at Wednesday's Premier League game between Sunderland and Chelsea. (Twitter)


When a property agent mentioned Petr Cech's former home was on the market, the Arsenal goalkeeper posted his review on Twitter. It wasn't exactly glowing...

Petr Cech

Has it really been five years? Striker Harry Kane was feeling nostalgic on Thursday as he remembered his first goal for Tottenham.

Harry Kane

Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard caught up with former world heavyweight title contender Shannon Briggs backstage at a concert in Manchester.

Jesse Lingard and Shannon Briggs

And finally

Shanghai SIPG's move for Chelsea midfielder Oscar is being driven by local government officials, who want big-name foreign signings to promote the city. (Independent)

Sheffield Wednesday's recent good form is down to a team trip to Amsterdam, says defender Sam Hutchinson. The Owls have won two Championship games since the break in the Netherlands. (The Star)

Kai Rooney, the seven-year-old son of Manchester United and England captain Wayne, has started training with Manchester City's Academy. (Daily Mail)

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