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Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now manager at Shanghai SIPG, wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, to join him in China. (Sun)

Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan’s Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for Icardi rejected in the summer. (Tuttosport – in Italian)

Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been made aware of the availability of Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, in the January window. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians. (London Evening Standard)

Arsenal’s Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb features prominently on the back page of Wednesday’s Daily Express

Paris St-Germain will offer Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo £250,000 a week after tax in an attempt to persuade the 30-year-old Portugal international to leave the Spanish capital. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club’s Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club’s 4-0 defeat at Everton. (Telegraph)

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone. (Chronicle)

Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Football journalist Andy Brassell says Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, cannot be tempted away from the Bundesliga. (Radio 5 live)

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.(BT Sport)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been accused of acting like “a kid” by former defender Paul Parker, who made four appearances for the club in 1997.(Sun)

Arsenal also feature on the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph sports pull out

Birmingham City want to sign Czech-born striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.(Birmingham Mail)

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job.(Daily Mirror)

Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea. (Turkish Football)

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says potential new owners of the Championship club may want to replace him. The Trotters are bottom of the table, four points from safety. (Bolton News)

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs – Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.(Sunderland

Preston fans, angry at being asked to pay £37 for an adult ticket, have called for a boycott of the 20 December Championship game at Leeds United.(Lancashire Evening Post)

Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, is to fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February.(Stoke Sentinel)

Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United. (Norwich Evening News)

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan.(Coventry Telegraph)

Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini’s loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October. (Northern Echo)

Best of social media

AFC Wimbledon on Twitter: “The former King of Centre Court @TheBorisBecker looks great in an @AFCWimbledon scarf!”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey tweeted after the Gunners kept alive their Champions League hopes with a win over Dinamo Zagreb: “A good win, we’ll go to Greece confident we can qualify.”

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has thanked the fans who travelled to London to cheer the Black Cats to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. On Tuesday, Kaboul tweeted: “Great team performance last night. Big respect to the fans who travelled down there also. We keep going.”

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard says he has rediscovered his scoring touch – thanks to pop star Justin Bieber. Leonard has scored three goals in five League One games since the Shrimpers starting listening to Bieber’s music in the dressing room before kick-off. He failed to find the net at Oldham on Tuesday despite Southend’s 5-2 win, but that did not stop Phil Brown’s team celebrating…by playing more of Bieber’s music.

And finally

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top of the range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries. (Sun)

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano. (Daily Star).

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