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Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours

Manchester City's search for a new defender in January and Cesar Azpilicueta's future at Chelsea are two of the big stories doing the rounds in Thursday's national newspapers.

DAILY MAIL

  • Pep Guardiola will look at signing a new centre-back in the January transfer window after Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte was ruled out for the rest of the year.
  • Chelsea's army of players out on loan has been slashed by more than a third as a result of the club's transfer ban, Frank Lampard's policy shift and with an eye on FIFA's plans to introduce new limits.
  • Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Real Madrid made more than one attempt to sign him while playing for Arsenal in the Premier League.
  • Manchester United must manage Aaron Wan-Bissaka's fitness over the coming weeks as it emerged he was already carrying the back injury that ruled him out of England contention.
  • Juventus are reportedly eyeing a triple swoop on Manchester United with the Italian champions 'considering moves for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic' next summer.
Aymeric Laporte suffered the leg injury during Manchester City's win over Brighton
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DAILY MIRROR

  • Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has returned to the club to take training after recovering from pneumonia.
  • West Ham are lining up a move for Croatia international Mandzukic in the January transfer window.

THE SUN

  • Cesar Azpilicueta's struggle to stay top dog at Chelsea has put two Spanish clubs on alert with a view to luring him home.
  • Bayern Munich are set to renew their interest in Leroy Sane in January - despite his serious knee injury.

THE GUARDIAN

  • The NHS is running mental health sessions for distressed fans of Bury FC following an outpouring of grief at the club's expulsion from the football league.
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DAILY EXPRESS

  • Rangers winger Jordan Jones has not suffered knee ligament damage.
  • Spanish sides Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao are set to pounce on Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, if he becomes available.

THE TIMES

  • Derby County could yet face sanctions for possible breaches of financial regulations after the English Football League ordered an independent valuation of their Pride Park stadium.
  • Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be the person who "bears the responsibility" if the club do not challenge for the Premier League title.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • Tammy Abraham could be given the chance to commit himself to England and end Nigeria's hopes of convincing him to switch his international allegiance as early as next month.

SCOTTISH SUN

  • Ross McCrorie admits he had to be selfish and leave Rangers after a chat with Steven Gerrard.
  • Northern Ireland are set to pinch St Johnstone winger Matty Kennedy from Scotland.

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