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Newcastle, Man City and Spurs are chasing Gil Vicente defender Pecks, while Gianfranco Zola and Paul Ince are linked with the Sunderland job.

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Pecks (r): Linked with Premier League trio

Pecks (r): Linked with Premier League trio

DAILY MIRROR

Everton have 'put aside' a new deal for Manchester United target Leighton Baines, 28, but manager Roberto Martinez promises a contract will be sorted for the England left-back.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola is the shock name on Sunderland's managerial shortlist after the sacking of Paolo Di Canio.

England right back Glen Johnson will be offered a new deal by Liverpool - but must accept a cut on his reported £139,000-a-week salary.

Newcastle, Manchester City and Spurs will have to come up with at least £8m to land Gil Vicente defender Pecks.

Monaco hope to sign Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes on a pre-contract after January 1 next year.

Fabio Capello's departure as England boss in February 2012 saved the FA almost £2m, according to official new figures.

THE SUN

Sunderland owner Ellis Short is in no rush to appoint a new manager to replace Paolo Di Canio.

Jose Mourinho has challenged Chelsea stars Juan Mata and David Luiz to prove themselves in the Capital One Cup at Swindon Town tonight.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still has £50m in his kitty to spend - even after the £42.5m signing of Mesut Ozil.

Luis Suarez returns from his 10-game biting ban tomorrow with Brendan Rodgers insisting: "He's hungrier than ever."

DAILY STAR

Sunderland face a fight to persuade Roberto Di Matteo to return to management.

Juan Mata has accepted Jose Mourinho's criticism - and is ready to knuckle down at Chelsea.

Nemanja Vidic has ordered Manchester United to show their mettle and put some pride back in their faltering season.

Bristol City are interested in signing winger Luke Freeman, 21, in a £300,000 deal from League One rivals Stevenage.

Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, 21, is wanted on loan by MK Dons and Swindon.

DAILY MAIL

Blackpool manager Paul Ince could be in the running as Paolo Di Canio's successor at Sunderland.

David Moyes, still coming to terms with the reality of managing Manchester United following Sunday's dire derby demolition, is heading into another potentially damaging clash with Liverpool - and Luis Suarez.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is facing a race against time to be fit for England's make-or-break World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Chelsea duo Juan Mata and David Luiz have the chance to prove a point to boss Jose Mourinho against Swindon tonight.

DAILY EXPRESS

Ellis Short finally decided that Paolo Di Canio had become "unmanageable" after a delegation of senior Sunderland players insisted they could no longer work under his bizarre regime.

Wayne Rooney has warned his Manchester United team-mates to learn the lessons of their stuttering derby loss as David Moyes considers his first shake-up since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Paolo Di Canio was sacked as Sunderland manager after a player rebellion of unprecedented scale in this country led to several indicating they would refuse to play for him again, which made it impossible for him to remain in charge of the team.

Liverpool are prepared to wait before offering Glen Johnson, 29, a new contract despite the defender entering the final two years of his current deal.

THE TIMES

Luis Suarez accepts he is indebted to Liverpool's supporters as he prepares to make his return from a 10-match suspension after a summer in which he attempted to force his way out of Anfield, according to Brendan Rodgers.

THE INDEPENDENT

Paolo Di Canio's 175-day reign of fear at Sunderland was ended because of the "systematic destruction of the players' self-esteem and self-worth", The Independent can reveal.

Wayne Rooney has bluntly declared that his side's display in the Manchester derby on Sunday - from which only he emerged with any credit from the United camp - was simply "not good enough".

"We will see, we will see," Brendan Rodgers said yesterday, when asked whether Luis Suarez, who is in line to return for Liverpool at Old Trafford tomorrow night after completing a 10-game suspension, has learned lessons from the consequences of biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on April 21.

THE GUARDIAN

As Sunderland compiled a shortlist of potential replacements for the sacked Paolo Di Canio it emerged that the two names likely to loom large in the club's thoughts have serious reservations about the post.

Juan Mata will have an opportunity to demonstrate he is worthy of greater involvement in the Chelsea first team when the Spain international begins tonight's Capital One Cup tie at Swindon.

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