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Arsenal have been told they will have to pay £32million to sign Diego Costa, while Liverpool have rejected Napoli's approach for Daniel Agger.

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal have been warned they must pay £32million to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid next month.

Kevin De Bruyne's agent met Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and executive board member Marina Granovskaia last night to discuss the midfielder's potential departure from Chelsea.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino says he has received no contact from Tottenham about the vacant manager position.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United manager David Moyes says that he is impressed with the new singing section at Old Trafford.

Vincent Kompany says the festive fixtures could damage Manchester City's chances of success on all fronts if they are not careful.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool Managing director Ian Ayre held talks with Luis Suarez's agent in Barcelona earlier this week.

Roberto Martinez will turn to the loan market in January for another midfielder and striker to boost Everton's Champions League hopes.

Liverpool have rebuffed an approach from Napoli to take Daniel Agger on loan in January.

THE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United fans may have to accept a quiet January after Alan Pardew admitted that they may not buy anyone during the transfer window.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the Black Cats are meeting Norwich City at the 'perfect moment', just three days after their cup win over Chelsea.

John O'Shea always had faith that Wes Brown would return from injury - and says he will be crucial to Sunderland's battle against the drop.

THE JOURNAL

Long-serving defender Steven Taylor is told he still has a future at Newcastle United and will not be going out on loan.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is due to see a specialist and may need surgery to solve his shoulder problem.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Gus Poyet says he "does not have the words" to describe how influential Lee Cattermole has been since he arrived at Sunderland in October.

EVENING GAZETTE

Aitor Karanka identified positions he wants to strengthen in January and admits Middlesbrough are unlikely to appoint an assistant manager before New Year.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Rene Meulensteen says keeping Fulham in the Premier League is the priority rather than sorting out player contracts.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Nathan Dyer is hoping to be back in action much sooner than expected after his ankle injury proved to be less serious than Swansea City initially feared.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Aston Villa fan and Prime Minister David Cameron backs Christian Benteke to score and Aston Villa to win this weekend.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark says unbeaten run won't lead to anyone getting carried away at the club.

Caretaker boss Keith Downing has re-opened the door for some of West Bromwich Albion's peripheral or out-of-favour players to make their mark.

EXPRESS & STAR

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake thanked Wolves and the fans for the best days of his career as he embarked on a new chapter at Ipswich.

Ron Vlaar is labelled a major doubt for Aston Villa's trip to Stoke as he struggles to recover from a calf problem.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Brian McDermott wants Leeds United to detach themselves from talk of promotion as they bid to reach Christmas in a top-six position.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City have ended their interest in Willem II striker Jeroen Lumu after taking a look at him on trial this week.

Curtis Davies has welcomed the seamless return of defensive partner James Chester as Hull City prepare for the busiest period of their Premier League season.

DAILY ECHO

Mauricio Pochettino has indicated that Southampton will not be active in the January transfer window and has played down rumours that players such as Rickie Lambert could leave when the market opens.

READING POST

The absence of owner Zingarevich may hinder Reading FC boss' transfer hopes during the January window.

BOLTON NEWS

Bolton Wanderers medical staff have been warmed to take no risks with Stuart Holden's recovery from a cruciate ligament injury.

David Ngog has been told he must fight his way back into contention for a regular starting place at Bolton Wanderers.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer will have to sell to buy in the January transfer window.

EVENING TIMES

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig faces four months on the sidelines after undergoing a double hip operation.

Johan Mjallby says success in Celtic's festive fixtures can soften the disappointment at the decisive end to this year's Champions League adventure.

Rangers fans today vowed to continue their battle for change at the troubled Ibrox club - despite the board surviving a stormy AGM.

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