What the papers say
A look at the big stories making the back pages of today's national newspapers.
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THE TIMES: Manchester United are braced for another protracted battle to keep Wayne Rooney, with the England striker seriously considering leaving the Barclays Premier League champions. Also: Stuart Lancaster admitted yesterday that, 20 months away from the World Cup, having to select 11 players in the preliminary England squad under the age of 23 was not part of his masterplan.
THE INDEPENDENT: West Bromwich Albion last night confirmed Pepe Mel as their new head coach on an 18-month contract. Also: All quiet on the West Ham front. Quiet at least behind the two mock castellated towers guarding the entrance to Upton Park; there is to be no changing of the guard. Not just yet.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Billy Davies is the shock name in the frame to take over at West Ham if co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold finally bow to growing pressure and sack Sam Allardyce. Also: Theo Walcott has rejected a flood of offers from specialists and surgeons who believe they can get him fit for the World Cup.
THE GUARDIAN: England's head coach, Stuart Lancaster, believes his team have no reason to fear any of their opponents in this year's Six Nations championship, despite picking a clutch of uncapped players in his 35-man squad before the opening game against France on 1 February. Also: Sam Allardyce has insisted in an email to West Ham fans he will "come out fighting" following his team's dismal 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, a result that has persuaded the club to drastically reduce under-18 ticket prices for the semi-final, second leg on Tuesday week.
DAILY MAIL: Chris Smalling was forced to apologise yesterday after causing outrage by attending a party dressed as a suicide bomber. Also: West Bromwich Albion have performed a huge U-turn in their hunt to find a new head coach, turning once more to little known Spaniard Pepe Mel on an 18-month deal.
DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Carroll will make his long-awaited return for West Ham at Cardiff tomorrow as Sam Allardyce plays his final card in a bid to turn around the club's season. Also: Pepe Mel was appointed head coach of West Brom last night despite originally turning down the job two weeks ago.
DAILY MIRROR: Sam Allardyce has vowed to "get angry and come out fighting" after being humiliated by Manchester City. Also: Arsene Wenger has been told by Real Madrid that they will listen to loan offers of around £1.7million for striker Alvaro Morata.
THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand pleaded with Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford last summer. Also: Fans have mocked David Moyes being nominated for December's Manager of the Month award.
DAILY STAR: Sam Allardyce has warned his West Ham players they must come out fighting - or else they will sink and die. Also: Roy Hodgson has lined up England warm-up games against Ecuador and Honduras - to perfectly mimic their World Cup showdowns.