'England fans forced to move seats to make way for Poland fans': Following on from Sunday's report that the FA had more than doubled Poland's official ticket allocation for Tuesday nights's match - from 8,000 to 18,000 - Monday's papers claim that the true number of Polish fans with tickets is over 25,000. The Mirror reports that thousands of Britain-based Poles have obtained tickets in the home supporters end, and the FA is desperately trying to identify those fans and reorganise the stadium seating plan in order to move them into neutral areas.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph claims that the FA is unrepentant after, "gifting hugely increased backing to the team trying to stop England qualifying automatically for the World Cup… Such is the huge cost of running Wembley, and paying off the debt incurred building the £757 million stadium, that the FA seizes every opportunity to generate funds as seen with the scars on the pitch from recent NFL combat. Concerned that Wembley was not going to sell out, and also to stop UK-based Poles buying in the home end, the FA struck another deal with the Poles."
Paper Round says: Paper Round thinks that this is probably the biggest non-story of the season so far. More away fans will only make for an atmosphere that is all the more exciting and dramatic, and ironically the fact that nearly half the true fans in the stadium will be Polish (i.e. ignoring the 20,000 or so corporate tickets) will actually ensure that the home fans never forget to cheer their loudest to get behind their men.
Leighton Baines actually agrees with that very point of view in The Guardian: "If it adds to the atmosphere, then great. I remember when we played Ghana [who had 21,000 fans in the ground for a friendly in 2011] and they were amazing, so it'll add to the occasion. Sure, it could lift the away side, but you'd rather play in a stadium with a good atmosphere."
On top of that, if English football fans are really worried that a few extra Poles in the crowd could put their men off, that doesn't say much for their faith in the team doing anything next year in Brazil - should they qualify, of course…
'Arsenal to lose out on Barcelona goalie': The Daily Mail reports that Victor Valdes will reject a move to The Emirates and instead join Monaco at the end of the season. "Valdes will definitely leave the Nou Camp after his contract ends after 11 years as stopper for the Catalan giants," the paper reports. "Eric Abidal made the same move to the mega-rich French club last summer and Valdes said: ‘Playing alongside him again would be special.’"
Paper Round says: Valdes has made no effort to hide the fact that he is forcing a move away from Barcelona in order to make as much money as humanly possible - and Monaco is the only possible place to do that. We're talking about a man with 19 winners' medals already, including five Liga crowns and three Champions Leagues.
'Mackay issues ultimatum to Cardiff chiefs': The bizarre row between Cardiff manager Malky Mackay and his employers after the club's chief player negotiator was replaced with a 23-year-old work experience boy has taken a new twist. Mackay has urged Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan to "provide supporters with a clear explanation of what has been going on" - and his agent claims that the manager himself will blow the lid on the extraordinary machinations if nobody else does.
Paper Round says: It'd actually be a shame if the strangest behind-the-scenes story of the year so far was cleared up so quickly - we've been quite looking forward to hearing what's coming next. Vincent Tan's wife's hairdresser being played at left-back, for example, or Mackay being fired and being replaced with a magic 8-ball.
'Palace raid for City starlet': Crystal Palace will try to lure Manchester City's Norwegian midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim to Selhurst Park in January. "Ibrahim is free to quit the Etihad Stadium when his loan spell with Norwegian club Stromsgodset ends in December," the Daily Mirror reports. "And Palace boss Ian Holloway has identified the 22-year-old as a January transfer target to beef up his engine room."
Paper Round says: As expected, Crystal Palace are deep in relegation peril already despite some plucky performances - but with clubs from around Europe eyeing the highly-regarded player, this could be a tough deal to land. In addition, what Palace lack is top flight experience rather than a young up-and-coming star with something to prove.