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Karim Benzema: Could be headed to London

Karim Benzema: Could be headed to London

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal have been told they can sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for a cut price deal in January - as the Spanish giants step up plans to sign Luis Suarez.

Kyle Walker has no doubt Andros Townsend will give the best defenders in the world nightmares if he ends up going to Brazil next summer.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

David Moyes used the international break to go and watch Fleetwood play Chesterfield, although rumours it was on a scouting mission are all unconfirmed.

Manchester City are reportedly eyeing a move for Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Steven Gerrard is refusing to give up hope of one day winning the Premier League title with Liverpool.

Leighton Baines is convinced Everton youngster Ross Barkley will continue to frighten the life out of defenders - despite coming in for 'special attention'.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew has predicted Gus Poyet will have a difficult job rescuing Sunderland - and is in for a shock in this month's Wear-Tyne derby.

New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the best way for Sunderland to draw a line under a tumultuous month is to win at Swansea.

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew has mounted a staunch defence of the Mike Ashley era at St James' Park - but revealed the owner's "upset" at football logic is behind some of the baffling mistakes he has made at Newcastle United

Craig Gardner has praised Lee Cattermole and caretaker manager Kevin Ball for the leadership they showed in revitalising Sunderland.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Brighton striker Leo Ulloa has shrugged off suggestions that he could be a target for new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Jed Steer admits working alongside his boyhood idol Shay Given, No.1 Brad Guzan and goalkeeping coach Terry Gennoe has underlined the standards he must achieve to play in the top flight.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says Wolves are "trying very hard" to convince Danny Batth to commit his long-term future to the club.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves winger Bakary Sako was today set to return to training for the first time since the saga over his on-off transfer to Nottingham Forest blew up again.

Arsenal are set to bid for Albion starlet Saido Berahino.

28-year-old Italian striker Graziano Pelle is a £500,000 target for West Brom boss Steve Clarke.

Fulham are keen to hijack Nottingham Forest's bid for Wolves midfielder Bakary Sako.

Goalkeeper Shay Given is lining up a January move away from Villa Park.

THE SENTINEL

Jermaine Pennant remains convinced Stoke are on course to crack their new style of play as they prepare for Saturday's crunch clash against old foes West Bromwich Albion.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski has alerted a host of English clubs to his availability by denying that he has agreed to join Bayern Munich next summer.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Uwe Rosler locked his Brentford players in the dressing room for an hour-and-a-half clear the air chat following Saturday's defeat at Stevenage.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michu is hoping for another chance to impress for Spain when they host Georgia tomorrow.

WALES ONLINE

Malky Mackay's agent has sent out a warning ahead of Monday's board meeting, questions whether Vincent Tan and some board members fully support the Scot and reveals the manager fears his good work is in danger of unravelling.

THE DAILY ECHO

The agent of Gastón Ramírez has reportedly indicated the player could leave St Mary's in January and that he is not keen on the club's manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Nottingham Forest will use the international break to ensure their young players are ready to make the step up to first team action if required.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Nigel Pearson has hailed midfielder Andy King as a fantastic role-model for any aspiring young professional at Leicester City.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

New Football Association talent chief Mike Rigg has revealed he advised Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's to stick with boss Gary Bowyer.

Burnley's Danny Ings has described his England under 21 debut as "A dream come true!"

THE BOLTON NEWS

Stuart Holden believes he can beat his latest injury to be a force for Wanderers by February - and hopes he can even claim a place at next Summer's World Cup finals.

Promotion is still the target for Alex Baptiste despite Wanderers' poor start to the season.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Thomas Rogne has called on Wigan Athletic to pick up where they left off when they resume after the international break.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Tony Warner says Blackpool has been the perfect place for him to make the step from player to coach.

Ricardo Fuller wants Blackpool to become more ruthless in front of goal and his team-mate Tom Ince has the same message for England U21s.

EVENING GAZETTE

Lukas Jutkiewicz still has a key role to play in the Boro team, insists Tony Mowbray.

Matthew Bates has joined the growing Boro connection at Bradford City after signing a short-term deal.

THE STAR

Sheffield United hope to appoint a new manager within the next 48 hours as the search for David Weir's successor continues to gather pace, with Nigel Clough remaining the favourite.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is confident versatile forward Michail Antonio will recapture the form which made him a major attacking threat last season.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Nigel Pearson reckons Leicester are well poised to maintain their stranglehold on home league meetings against Huddersfield Town at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

DONCASTER FREE PRESS

Ambitious Brian Horton wants to see the number of players on international duty from Rovers to double.

READING POST

Jordan Obita is loving life after finally making the breakthrough to the first team at Reading.

THE ARGUS

Leo Ulloa has vowed to take no risks as he recovers from the worst injury of his career.

Paul Barber wants every Albion employee to be ready for life in the top flight.

IPSWICH STAR

Ipswich Town academy sponsorship manager Simon Milton hopes more fans follow suit after the entire first team squad agreed to donate £10-a-month towards a big fund-raising push.

Ipswich Town could become victims of their own success when it comes to the prospects of keeping on-loan Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe.

WATFORD OBSERVER

Youth team coach Dave Hughes believes "winning isn't enough" for Watford's academy players; insisting the club's young starlets have to adopt a certain style of play if they are to break into the first team.

Gianfranco Zola says Fernando Forestieri's quality has never been in doubt and believes the player has the attitude needed to live-up to his "huge potential".

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Bournemouth assistant boss Jason Tindall believes Tokelo Rantie's goalscoring exploits on international duty will give the striker added confidence.

Chairman Jeff Mostyn reflected on the anniversary of Eddie Howe's homecoming and insisted Cherries and their manager were a "marriage made in heaven".

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic could face a major new injury headache after Mikael Lustig hobbled off during Sweden's World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Dave King's bid to become chairman of Rangers will first need to be ratified by the Scottish Football Association, it has been confirmed.

Shareholders at Celtic are calling for the club to lodge a UEFA complaint over Scottish football's governing bodies' handling of the collapse of Rangers.

Billy McKay will not leave Inverness Caley Thistle unless a "really special" bid is made for the Northern Ireland international, according to manager Terry Butcher.

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