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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea are looking to sign Xabi Alonso on a free transfer from Real Madrid next year.

Adel Taarabt is undergoing extra training sessions in a bid to improve his fitness.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is set to be warned over his future conduct after appearing to claim that his omission from tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea was because of his colour.

Ashley Cole has told Chelsea that he wants to sign a new contract and extend his career at Stamford Bridge.

Andros Townsend has urged supporters to be more patient after Tottenham's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Hull on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen believes Tottenham have a genuine chance to win the Premier League title for the first time this season despite their struggles in attack.

The agent of controversial striker Mario Balotelli believes Jose Mourinho wants to sign him for Chelsea.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

David Moyes has revealed that Wilfried Zaha is in contention to face Norwich despite not yet making his Premier League bow for the champions.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Tim Howard has responded to the signing of a rival goalkeeper at Everton by producing perfect performances, says Roberto Martinez.

John Aldridge says Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is worth more than Gareth Bale.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is understood to have torn into some of his players at the Stadium of Light after they lost their second Tyne-Wear derby in a row.

Sunderland's Jack Colback hopes his return to midfield has called time on his stint as a makeshift defender.

THE JOURNAL

Cheick Tiote has told his Newcastle United team-mates not to dwell on a derby defeat he does not think they deserved.

Self-belief was the key to Sunderland's derby victory, according to match-winner Fabio Borini.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan has been linked with a loan move to the Championship.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City's Demarai Gray,17, has been tipped for success by manager Lee Clark.

EXPRESS & STAR

Fabian Delph paid tribute to manager Paul Lambert for putting his career back on track amid Aston Villa's topsy-turvy start to the season.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic must go to court in Munich as he fights an accusation he dodged car tax while on the books of Werder Bremen, it has been reported.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Matt Jarvis has warned West Ham not to take Burnley lightly when the teams meet in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Bryan Ruiz is desperate for Fulham to get past Leicester City on Tuesday and get one step closer to Wembley.

Branislav Ivanovic says Chelsea are taking the League Cup seriously.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Leon Britton insists Swansea City's new recruits will be primed and ready for Sunday's clash with arch-rivals Cardiff.

WALES ONLINE

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he helped Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay through his strained relationship with Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan.

THE PINK UN

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is relishing the prospect of trying to cause a Capital One Cup fourth round upset against Manchester United.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned against expecting too much too soon of Saints' brilliant young guns.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Matty Fryatt has been granted his wish to remain on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, but will have to wait until Hull City assess their injuries further before departing.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United defender Aidan White has joined Sheffield United on loan until January 1.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Eric Steele says Derby County are determined to build on the past month.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson said his side will "not necessarily be underdogs" when they face Premier League side Fulham.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has told his players there is no limit to what they can achieve this season.

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has challenged Jason Lowe to add goals to his game after handing the midfielder a contract extension.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Grant Holt is confident Wigan's luck will change as they embark on two home games in four days - starting with the visit of QPR.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Karl Oyston thinks Blackpool are the envy of the Football League.

Blackpool could be forced into the loan market to solve a defensive crisis.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough Caretaker boss Mark Venus has been explaining his decision to take the captain's armband from Rhys Williams.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Mark Robins wants to build on the feel-good factor created by the derby win over Leeds as Huddersfield Town prepare for Saturday's trip to Wigan.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Doncaster Rovers have Harry Redknapp to thank for the arrival of South Korean star Yun Suk-Young, according to Paul Dickov.

READING POST

Billy Sharp could return for Reading for Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

IPSWICH STAR

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has challenged Anthony Wordsworth to work his way back into the first team fold.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon is preparing to reward some of his most consistent stars with new long-term contracts over the coming weeks.

The Celtic manager is also hoping that common sense prevails this week as Scott Brown heads to Geneva to present his case in front of Uefa's disciplinary committee.

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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