Chelsea to watch Barkley: Chelsea will use today's Premier League clash against Everton to add to their "growing dossier" on England international Barkley, the Daily Mail reports. The Blues are "committed to signing the planet's best young talent", the report claims, and Jose Mourinho already has numerous detailed scouting reports on the 19-year-old. The teenager would set Chelsea back over £20 million, the paper says.
Paper Round's view: Were Barkley to sign for Chelsea, first-team opportunities would surely be at a premium given the strength of the current Blues' squad. Which is probably not what Greg Dyke has in mind in terms of his efforts to save English football, a cause that Mourinho has revealed he is ready and willing to be a part of.
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Palace failed in deadline day bid for Zaha: The Daily Express reports that Crystal Palace made a deadline day bid to take Manchester United striker Zaha back to Selhurst Park. The offer for the former Palace ace was rejected by the Premier League champions, even though he has found it difficult to break into United's first team since David Moyes took over in the summer.
Paper Round's view: You've got to love the audacity and honesty of Holloway. As he said himself, he knew "damn well they wouldn’t allow it", but he thought he'd try anyway. And then for him to tell the world about the failed bid in such a candid way is plain refreshing. Only time will tell, but Zaha may wish United had sanctioned a loan deal if his current situation continues much longer.
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Lescott on verge of City exit: Despite an impressive start to the season, City defender Lescott is "almost certain" to leave Eastlands in January, the Daily Mail reports. The England international has been told he will not be first-choice once Manuel Pellegrini - who has had to deal with something of an injury crisis - has all his defensive options back available to him. Everton and Aston Villa continue to be interested in his services, the paper claims.
Paper Round's view: Lescott is now fourth choice centre-back at City, behind captain Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and new signing Martin Demechelis, so it's easy to see why an exit is on the cards. Luckily for City, he's still there at the moment - and doing a good job - but a January sale should be expected.
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Carroll has a ballerina's injury: 'Is Andy Carroll the new Billy Elliot after his ballet injury?' asks the Daily Mirror after West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce revealed the striker's heel problem is something more associated with basketball players and ballerinas than footballers.
Paper Round's view: It remains unclear whether Billy Elliot ever picked up a heel injury -or indeed, if Carroll has ever actually tried ballet - prompting some confusion over the links made between the two in the Mirror's headline. But what is for sure is that Carroll is yet to get his season under way and that can only be of concern to Allardyce, whose side have failed to score in their last two home games in the Premier League.
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QPR to make bid for Adebayor: Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be the subject of an audacious bid from Championship side Queens Park Rangers, reports The Independent. The Togo international has been told to train with the reserves and is believed to be on his way out of White Hart Lane, with QPR boss Harry Redknapp stating his interest in taking him on a loan deal.
Paper Round's view: Adebayor was not interested in offers made for him over the summer, but if he craves first-team football even a drop down to the Championship could now be a realistic option for him. He knows Redknapp well from their time together at Spurs and he would find familiar faces at Loftus Road after both Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto moved across London in loan deals over the summer - this move would make sense for all parties.
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Welcome to Madrid: The Daily Mail delight in photographs of "hatchet man" Cristiano Ronaldo's training ground "lunge" on new Real Madrid player Gareth Bale, under the headline 'Welcome to Madrid'. The Daily Mirror's back page screams 'The moment reckless Ronaldo put Bale in his place' while the Daily Telegraph's headline mirrors the Mail's with a sub heading of 'Bale clattered by Ronaldo'.
Paper Round's view: While hardly in the league of, say, John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic, this is still great tabloid fodder considering all the speculation over Ronaldo's feelings towards Bale. Of course there is probably nothing in it at all, but it is sure to get the rumour mongers salivating is the reaction of the other Madrid players who were taking part in the drill - they appear to snigger following the challenge and none seem to be the slightest bit concerned for Bale's well being. Mind you, he was okay.
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