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Liverpool are chasing three top young talents - including the 'Egyptian Lionel Messi' - as Arsenal and Man Utd battle for two Portuguese stars.

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Mohamed Salah: One of three Liverpool targets

Mohamed Salah: One of three Liverpool targets

THE SUN

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka faces an FA probe after being accused of making a neo-Nazi racist salute.

Manchester City are considering a move for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25, with the club willing to offer £20m plus midfielder Javi Garcia

City keeper Joe Hart needed six stitches after suffering a sickening cut eye during his heroic performance against Crystal Palace.

Malky Mackay faces six months out of football because of his forthcoming legal war with Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.

SUNDAY MIRROR

Wigan are reportedly planning a loan move for Arsenal starlet Serge Gnabry.

Harry Redknapp is ready to prise Carlton Cole out of West Ham in the January transfer window.

Manchester United transfer target Leighton Baines, 29, is going nowhere in January insists Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Meanwhile, United winger Nani is an £18m transfer target for Juventus if he shakes off hamstring injury.

Newcastle keeper Tim Krul, 25, is wanted by Italian side Napoli who are set to lose Pepe Reina - on loan from Liverpool - to Barcelona in the summer.

Joe Hart was bloody and brilliant as Manchester City hit the top of the Premier League.

Tottenham will resume their attempts to recruit Louis van Gaal as their new boss.

DAILY STAR

Top of Brendan Rodgers' January wanted list is Basle attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah, known as the 'Egyptian Lionel Messi', who is valued at £10million.

Liverpool could also make a loan move for Barcelona's Spanish left-back Martin Montoya, who can also double up as a central defender, while Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic is being watched by Anfield scouts.

Manuel Pellegrini had one eye on the Premier League title last night - and praised keeper Joe Hart for his performance after cutting his left one in a gruesome incident at the Etihad.

Fulham are plotting a January raid on Portugal for Pacos winger Paolo Hurtado and Sporting midfielder Zakaria Labyad.

Cardiff City's bid to land Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new boss is under threat - from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Tottenham's top managerial choice is Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Ashley Cole could be heading for a stunning move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Tomas Rosicky is ready to call time on his Arsenal career and seal a lucrative move to America.

Everton and Newcastle want to sign Reading's 24-year-old goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Liverpool legend John Barnes fears striker Luis Suarez, 26, will leave Anfield in the summer even if the club finishes in the top four.

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka was at the centre of an international race row last night after appearing to celebrate his two goals at West Ham with an anti-Semitic salute.

MAIL ON SUNDAY

Manchester United's hopes of signing Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke appear to be back on after they tabled a £30m bid for the 21-year-old.

West Ham could make a double swoop on Everton to land defender John Heitinga as well as striker Nikica Jelavic.

Controversial striker Nicolas Anelka is to be the subject of a Football Association investigation after allegations that he used an anti-Semitic gesture to celebrate his first goal in West Bromwich Albion's 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham yesterday.

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is the man most likely to join Arsenal in the January transfer window to help support Olivier Giroud up front.

SUNDAY TIMES

Nicolas Anelka, the West Bromwich Albion striker, was last night facing a storm of controversy in France for making a "race-hate" gesture at Upton Park to celebrate the first of his two goals in his club's 3-3 draw against West Ham United in the Premier League.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Nicolas Anelka is under investigation by the Football Association for a gesture which was last night condemned by the French Sports Minister as a "shocking disgusting" display of anti-semitism.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Nicolas Anelka faces an investigation by the Football Association after he made a gesture when he scored for West Bromwich Albion yesterday that has been interpreted as being anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist.

Jose Mourinho has dismissed Luis Suarez's infamous biting of Branislav Ivanovic last season, saying that "everyone makes mistakes" and refusing to fuel the feud between the two clubs over the incident which earned the Uruguayan a 10-match ban.

THE OBSERVER

Nicolas Anelka could face a Football Association charge for his controversial goal celebration during yesterday's 3-3 draw with West Ham.

THE PEOPLE

Chelsea may have to part with back-up keeper Thibaut Courtois permanently if they want to land Atletico Madrid's star striker Diego Costa, or Spanish midfield starlet Koke.

Manchester United face a battle to land French winger Antoine Griezmann after mega-bucks Paris Saint-Germain entered the race.

Arsenal and Manchester United are tracking Benfica youngsters Goncalo Guedes and Joao Nunes with a view to a summer double swoop.

Tim Sherwood has been told he will not have major funds to spend in the January transfer window - but could make a shock move for West Brom striker Shane Long.

Jonas Gutierrez is heading for the Newcastle exit door - due to a clause in his contract that triggers a new deal once he has made a set number of appearances.

Chelsea's bid for French centre-half Kurt Zouma is on hold - until the end of the season.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi - the 'new Romelu Lukaku'.

Malky Mackay will sacrifice his managerial career to take on Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan in court.

Tottenham will try to lure Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer if their experiment with Tim Sherwood does not work.

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