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Chelsea are being linked with £10m-rated Kurt Zouma, Everton are chasing Alfred Finnbogason, and Leeds will snub all offers for Ross McCormack.

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DAILY MIRROR

Everton are moving ahead of West Ham in the race to sign £2million-rated Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason from Heerenveen - and the Toffees could allow Nikica Jelavic to move on in January. Dundee United's teenage centre-back John Souttar remains a target for Roberto Martinez too.

Derby boss Steve McClaren wants Crystal Palace's out-of-favour Norwegian left-back Jonathan Parr on loan.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to buy Saint-Etienne's 19-year-old French centre-back Kurt Zouma in a £10million deal.

Former West Ham and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun will this week join QPR on an 18-month deal.

Brazil's World Cup reputation was tarnished again last night after three football fans were left in a coma and several others were seriously injured in violent clashes at a local league game.

DAILY STAR

Jose Mourinho is set to condemn Chelsea's shot-shy strikers to the scrapheap.

David Moyes says Manchester United's title slump won't make him panic buy in January.

THE SUN

Jose Mourinho has written off Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League.

THE TIMES

Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea's title challenge is being derailed by his goal-shy forwards after a damaging defeat away to Stoke City left them five points adrift at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Alan Pardew believes that his Newcastle United side could make a surprise push for a top-four finish this season.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is facing a race against time to keep his job at Upton Park.

Jose Mourinho has ruled out any January signings even though he is losing patience with Chelsea's ineffective forwards.

THE GUARDIAN

Police have arrested six people in connection with a second investigation into spot-fixing in English football after a former Premier League defender allegedly told a reporter he had been involved in rigging matches in return for money.

Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as "unique" and a "real English diamond" after the young Everton midfielder had starred in front of the England manager, Roy Hodgson, in his team's 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal yesterday.

THE INDEPENDENT

David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, has insisted he will not be panicked by a start to the Premier League season which threatens to send the club into freefall and see them miss out on a Champions League place for the first time since 1995.

DAILY EXPRESS

Scouts from Everton and Liverpool watched Dundee United's 4-1 win over Hearts at Tannadice on Saturday. The Terrors trio of attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld, left-back Andrew Robertson and centre-back John Souttar were all being monitored.

England's players will need jabs against rabies and yellow fever before they head into the Amazon jungle to play Italy at the World Cup next June.

Roberto Martinez has warned Roy Hodgson next year's World Cup may come too soon for his uncut diamond Ross Barkley.

DAILY MAIL

Former Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson claims that David Moyes is kidding himself if he thinks he has the luxury of a "transitional period".

DAILY RECORD

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has told Celtic to stop selling their star players if they want to gain genuine Champions League credibility.

Scotland star Ross McCormack won't be sold by Leeds United next month despite Premier League clubs hovering.

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