Football: Friday’s paper talk

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A round-up of the best football stories making the back pages of Friday morning’s national newspapers.
Louis van Gaal is ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira as he makes one last attempt to sign an ‘A list’ target.
Malky Mackay was facing new allegations last night – 24 hours after news of Cardiff’s dossier put paid to his hopes of managing Crystal Palace.
Tottenham are sizing up Sevilla centre-half Federico Fazio after failing to get a deal done for Villarreal’s Matteo Musacchio.
Artur Boruc wants out of Southampton after losing the goalkeeper’s spot to Fraser Forster.
Manchester United and PSG will do battle for Angel Di Maria after the winger rejected a new Real Madrid deal. Louis van Gaal is ready to smash United’s transfer record for the £50m-rated Argentine.
Blackburn want £12m for Jordan Rhodes after rejecting Hull’s £8m bid for the Scotland striker.
West Brom are hoping to sign former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras on a free transfer.
Watford manager Beppe Sannino’s job is under threat as his training methods cause unrest among the squad.
Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira are both on Manchester United’s radar, although Di Maria is the No 1 target.
PSG and Monaco are willing to take Petr Cech on loan for a year if that is Chelsea’s preferred option.
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, is exploring the possibility of swapping Fernando Torres with Roma striker Mattia Destro.
Tottenham are willing to sell Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches as they pursue Sevilla’s Federico Fazio.
Swansea are targeting three new signings – Costa Rica midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, Montpellier’s Benjamin Stamboulli and Southampton midfielder Jack Cork.
Leicester are interested in Portugal striker Hugo Almeida – a free agent after leaving Besiktas last month.
Louis van Gaal could pass on signing Angel Di Maria as he does not want to stunt Adnan Januzaj’s development.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to return ahead of schedule from a long-term Achilles injury.
Arsenal are monitoring both Sami Khedira and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho as they wait to discover the extent of captain Mikel Arteta’s injury.
West Ham defender Winston Reid is being watched by Arsenal, although there has been no bid.
Neil Warnock has turned down the chance to take Huddersfield’s vacant manager’s job.
QPR want Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy as a replacement for Julio Cesar.
Fulham are on the verge of signing teenage defender Tiago Casasola from Boca Juniors.
Sources close to billionaire George Soros have rubbished suggestions he could buy into Rangers.
Celtic are hoping to sign Sporting Gijon striker Stefan Scepovic before PSV and Werder Bremen get involved in the bidding.

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