Palace job Pulis's to turn down: Tony Pulis "will be approached" over the Crystal Palace manager’s job vacated by Ian Holloway on Wednesday, reports The Independent. The paper claims that the former Stoke boss will be spoken to over the next 24 hours by Palace co-chairman Steve Parish, who had said that Pulis's record of never having been relegated from the Premier League makes him an attractive prospect for the managerial hot-seat at Selhurst Park. Parish could also potentially speak to former managers Steve Coppell and Neil Warnock about a director of football role
Paper Round's view: Parish's comments do indeed suggest that the job is Pulis's to turn down and, considering he has been out of work since the back end of last season, he is likely to take up any offer. Whether he can stave off relegation and maintain his proud record as a top flight manager is another story.
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Harsh penalties called for racist fans' clubs: Most back pages today have the lamentable image of Yaya Toure apparently pointing out sections of the crowd from where racial abuse was coming during last night's Champions League tie in Moscow. The Manchester City midfielder was subjected to what the Daily Telegraph labels "vile" monkey chants in his side's victory over CSKA in the Russian capital. The same paper goes on to detail the 2018 World Cup host's sorry record over racial abuse, comprising seven shameful incidents.
Paper Round's view: Toure has called for stadium closures "for a couple of times or maybe for a couple of years" and the Ivorian isn't far off the mark. Only when severe measures are introduced will FIFA's promises of eradicating the problem from stadiums carry any weight. Unfortunately, the chances of FIFA shutting down a stadium for a couple of years aren't good and we can expect a paltry fine and not a great deal more. Once again.
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Spurs target Benteke: Tottenham "are looking" to make a £28 million bid for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in January, reports the Daily Mail. However, Villa would want £35m if they were to sell once the transfer window re-opens. Roma and Juventus are also rumoured to be interested in the Belgium international.
Paper Round's view: Benteke only signed a new deal at Villa a few months ago - a four-year one at that - but it's unlikely he will honour anywhere near that length of time. It might come down to a case of which club can stump up enough cash to match Villa's valuation, with Spurs having already proved they're capable of mixing it with the best in that regard.
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Southampton to go after Astori again: Southampton will renew their interest in Italy defender Davide Astori in January, reports the Daily Mirror. The £10m-rated Cagliari player was already on the Saints' wish list before Dejan Lovren arrived from Lyon last summer and has also attracted attention from the likes of AC Milan and Everton, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: Astori, 26, is a decent player who has won five caps for his country, but Southampton have hardly suffered by not bringing him on board before the season started. Do they really need him? Perhaps that answer to that question will be clearer at the end of the year.
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