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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsenal are prepared to make Karim Benzema their highest-paid player in a bid to sign him from Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are on the verge of completing an £86million deal for Gareth Bale and plan to unveil the Tottenham winger at the Bernabeu next week.

Julio Cesar will stay with Queens Park Rangers this season even though the club have been trying to get him off the wage bill, says Luiz Felipe Scolari.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Fulham will wait until Mahamadou Diarra returns to full fitness before making a decision on his future.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United are set to raid Real Madrid once the world record transfer of Tottenham's Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu officially goes through. Although Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is still Reds boss David Moyes' No.1 target, Real's Luka Modric is also on his wanted list, along with team-mate Mesut Ozil.

City winger Jesus Navas already looks at home on the Etihad pitch, and it is hoped the once-homesick star will also settle in Manchester - thanks to his brother signing for Bury.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Daniel Agger has spoken about his pride at being named Liverpool's new vice-captain.

Lucas Leiva believes his six years at Liverpool have made him "a more complete player".

Roberto Martinez insists he will not be rushed into handing Gerard Deulofeu his debut in English football.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Alan Pardew has urged the Toon Army to judge his side after their two home games with West Ham United and Fulham.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle United risk losing out on their preferred replacement for Yohan Cabaye unless they can persuade Florian Thauvin to join them over Marseille.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Steven Fletcher is on the verge of joining his Sunderland team-mates on the training field, as the striker nears a first-team comeback.

Valentin Roberge has apologised for "the moment of madness" which cost Sunderland dear against Fulham last weekend - and boss Paolo Di Canio says he will not hold it against the defender.

EVENING GAZETTE

Boro have had a bid accepted for Norwich defender Daniel Ayala.

Boro sources insist their bid for Ross McCormack is not dead - but that they will not be increasing it.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michael Laudrup has indicated that Roland Lamah could join the list of players who will be allowed to leave Swansea City before the transfer window closes.

Michael Laudrup admits his players may never have heard of their opponents tonight - but warned that Petrolul Ploiesti will be headline news if they humble Swansea City.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

West Bromwich Albion remain on target to sign Scott Sinclair - with the player due in for talks and a medical later today.

Lee Clark has told his Birmingham City players to express themselves.

Kenny Jackett has followed the career of trialist Hogan Ephraim for some time as the 25-year-old QPR winger tries to win a contract at Wolves.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wanted man Scott Sinclair was due at the Hawthorns today for a medical and to talk terms over a loan switch to West Brom.

Captain Chris Brunt today warned West Brom will struggle to match last season's record-breaking season unless they splash out on new faces.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett today insisted there is no financial necessity for the club to sell Kevin Doyle or Bakary Sako.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Luke Murphy wants Leeds United to put themselves "in the mix" in the coming nine days with the unbeaten Elland Road side set for a hard finish to the opening month of the Championship term.

Leeds United have rubbished suggestions that fans could be banned from drinking alcohol in Elland Road's bars and hospitality suites.

THE DAILY ECHO

Adam Lallana says Rickie Lambert's success with England has inspired him to rekindle his international ambitions.

READING POST

Reading have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and Alex Pearce knows that's something that has to change if they are to mount a serious title bid.

THE SENTINEL

Matthew Etherington says he has been given a new lease of life as Mark Hughes takes off Stoke's shackles.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Owen Coyle admits Marc-Antoine Fortune has given him a massive headache ahead of Sunday's visit of Middlesbrough.

THE BOLTON NEWS

The future of Wanderers defender Matt Mills remains unclear with just over 10 days until the transfer window closes.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has called for fans to be patient as his side chase their first win of the season.

Tom Heaton believes Burnley are showing signs of being hard to beat this season.

THE STAR

Sean McGinty believes the knowledge he gleaned from Manchester United stars Rafael and Patrice Evra can help him become a permanent fixture in David Weir's starting 11.

EVENING TIMES

Bobby Petta today described Shakhter Karagandy as little more than "average" - and believes Celtic can still eliminate the Kazakhstan side to progress into the group stage of the Champions League.

Charlie Mulgrew won't use the summer departures of the spine of the team as an excuse for Celtic's shocker against Shakhter Karagandy.

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone today expressed hope former director Paul Murray can still return to the troubled Ibrox club.

The Rangers board have given a move to bring former director Paul Murray back to the Ibrox club a bit of a cool reception.

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic's search for a new striker has turned its focus to Siena forward Innocent Emeghara.

A group of Rangers shareholders intent on removing Ibrox directors from the board are to press on despite attempts to make peace with influential investors pushing for the changes.

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