Premier League - Paper Round: Balotelli wants City exit, says Evra

Controversial Manchester City star Mario Balotelli is desperate to return to Italy - says Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

In an epic piece of stirring, Evra has lent credence to rumours Balotelli is a transfer target for AC Milan after falling out of favour with City manager Roberto Mancini.

Evra, who began his professional career in Italy, is friends with Balotelli and believes the 22-year-old is ready to return home.

“Mario really misses Italy," said.

“I don’t know if he will stay in Manchester, because he wants to return to his country. I am not his agent - I am only telling you how he feels.

“He is my rival in Manchester - I meet him a lot, I know him well. Off the pitch, we joke around and I take the mickey out of him.”

Meanwhile, a misquoting of City's defensive coach has got this morning's Daily Mirror excited.

Angelo Gregucci said: “Will he stay? It’s not up to me to say. I just know that he is definitely sellable. He has 22 years of talent and quality."

The Mirror interpret "definitely sellable" as "definitely available". Paper Round's reading of the quote is that Gregucci only means that there would definitely be takers for him if he became available.

Everton have joined Fulham in the chase for Norway defender Vegard Forren, the Daily Mail claims.

David Moyes was in the crowd as Forren represented his country against Hungary on Wednesday.

Fellow Norwegian Brede Hangeland earlier revealed that Fulham have asked him about Molde centre-back Forren - his deadpan response: "Occasionally good players come out of Norway."

FALCAO WATCH: It wouldn't be Paper Round without a bit on Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Despite Falcao-to-Chelsea rumours populating every single newspaper on a daily basis for the last 12 months, the Daily Mail slaps a big 'EXCLUSIVE' tag on its claim that Roman Abramovich is ready to pull the trigger on a £48m move for the Colombian.

The Russian oligarch has reportedly come to the reluctant conclusion that Fernando Torres is not going to come good.

Still on the subject of cutting losses, the Mirror says Liverpool will look to ship out Stewart Downing, taking a massive loss on the £20m they paid for him 16 months ago.

Downing, who has hardly featured for Liverpool this season, would be unlikely to fetch more than £8m in January.

Elsewhere, a dust-up looms as Senegal attempt to stop Newcastle's Papiss Cisse from playing against Swansea this weekend.

Newcastle withdrew Cisse from international duty, claiming he was injured. However, his country say there is nothing wrong with them and want to invoke FIFA's 'five-day rule' that prevents a player from competing less than five days after an international that he has missed through injury.