Friday's Football Paper Talk

  • Last Updated: August 22 2014, 7:41 BST

A look at the best football rumours in Friday's newspapers, including the latest on Liverpool's interest in Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli: Liverpool transfer target
Mario Balotelli: Liverpool transfer target

DAILY MIRROR

Liverpool want Mario Balotelli to sign a good-conduct clause to seal his £16million Anfield move.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira as he makes one last attempt to sign an 'A list' target.

Van Gaal is now working from a transfer B-list after seeing his first-choice targets fail to come off.

Hull will bid £10million for Jordan Rhodes as Steve Bruce hunts for striker to replace Shane Long.

Malky Mackay was facing new allegations last night - 24 hours after news of Cardiff's dossier put paid to his hopes of managing Crystal Palace.

Tottenham are considering Sevilla centre-half Federico Fazio after failing to get a deal done for Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio.

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is not for sale despite strong interest from Juventus.

THE SUN

Liverpool have told Mario Balotelli: You must promise to behave or we will not sign you.

Ex-Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is fighting for his future - amid an FA probe and a statement from bosses' union over 'disrespectful' texts

Manchester United and PSG will do battle for Angel Di Maria after the winger rejected a new Real Madrid deal and Louis van Gaal is ready to smash United's transfer record.

Blackburn want £12million for Jordan Rhodes after rejecting Hull's £8million bid for the Scotland striker.

West Brom are hoping to sign former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras on a free transfer.

Watford manager Beppe Sannino's job is under threat as his training methods cause unrest among the squad.

DAILY MAIL

Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira are both on Manchester United's radar, although Di Maria is the number one target.

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has ruled himself out of the running to become Crystal Palace's new boss.

PSG and Monaco are willing to take Petr Cech on loan for a year if that is Chelsea's preferred option.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is exploring the possibility of swapping Fernando Torres with Roma striker Mattia Destro.

Tottenham are willing to sell Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches as they pursue Sevilla's Federico Fazio.

Swansea are targeting three new signings - Costa Rica midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, Montpellier's Benjamin Stambouli and Southampton midfielder Jack Cork.

Leicester are interested in Portugal striker Hugo Almeida - a free agent after leaving Besiktas last month.

DAILY EXPRESS

Liverpool will insist upon contractual guarantees from Mario Balotelli relating to his behaviour before agreeing to press ahead with the massive gamble of his £16million move from AC Milan.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could pass on signing Angel Di Maria as he does not want to stunt Adnan Januzaj's development.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to return ahead of schedule from a long-term Achilles injury.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila last night confirmed he is interested in Serbian ace Stefan Scepovic.

DAILY STAR

Tottenham are lining up a late swoop for QPR striker Loic Remy.

Neil Warnock has turned down the chance to take Huddersfield's vacant manager's job.

Artur Boruc wants out of Southampton.

QPR want Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy as a replacement for Julio Cesar.

Fulham are on the verge of signing teenage defender Tiago Casasola from Boca Juniors.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Arsenal are monitoring both Sami Khedira and Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho as they wait to discover the extent of captain Mikel Arteta's injury.

Manchester United are on alert after Argentina winger Angel di Maria told Real Madrid he wanted to leave the Spanish club.

THE TIMES

West Ham defender Winston Reid is being watched by Arsenal, although there has been no bid.

Southampton appear to have ruled out Morgan Schneiderlin being part of a deal to sign Andros Townsend from Tottenham.