Football: Morning Paper Talk

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The top stories and transfer rumours making the back pages of the national newspapers on Thursday morning.
Roy Hodgson is set to name Wayne Rooney as England’s new captain ahead of the start of Euro 2016 qualifying next month.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is ready to make an offer to Celtic for defender Virgil van Dijk – he is rated at £8m by the Scottish champions.
Galatasaray are set to sign Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski but have been told there will be no double deal involving Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell.
Manchester United will offer a bumper new contract to England defender Phil Jones.
Gareth Barry refuses to give up on his England career, feeling he still has plenty to offer Roy Hodgson.
Stephen Ireland revealed Mark Hughes laid into Stoke’s players after their opening day Premier League defeat by Aston Villa.
Liverpool have made the first moves to bring AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli to the club on a season-long loan.
Steve Bruce is looking to Rotherham star Ben Pringle as a replacement for injured winger Robert Snodgrass.
Lokomotiv Moscow are hoping to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote but they are holding out for a £14m fee.
Stevan Jovetic has vowed to impress Manchester City fans this season despite being linked with a move to Juventus.
Monaco are lining up a £10m bid for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech after Thibaut Courtois started their first Premier League game of the season. 
Reading are set to sign Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood.
Hull City will launch a £12m raid on Blackburn for striker Jordan Rhodes.
Valencia are keen on Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo even though he is sidelined with a broken foot.
Burnley have revived their interest in Wigan midfielder James McArthur and have upped their offer to £5m.
Swansea have made an improved £5m bid for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.
Neil Warnock is set to end his 16-month managerial exile and take over from Mark Robins at Huddersfield.
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is set for a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury he sustained against Besiktas.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea are battling to sign highly-rated Brazil midfielder Lucas Silva, who currently plies his trade with Cruzeiro.
Jose Fonte has pleaded with Southampton team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary’s.
Roma are set to offer Fernando Torres an exit from his Chelsea nightmare, possibly in a loan-swap deal with Italy striker Mattia Destro.
Queens Park Rangers have opened talks with Reading’s highly-rated keeper Alex McCarthy.
Paris Saint-Germain have slapped a £20m price tag on teenage midfielder Adrien Rabiot, a reported target for Arsenal.
Manchester United target Mehdi Benatia could end up joining Bayern Munich this week instead of a move to England.
Manchester United owners the Glazer family have ruled out selling the club for at least five years.
Robin van Persie could return to action with Manchester United this Sunday against Sunderland.
Paul Scholes is ‘scared’ about Manchester United’s future and feels they need to buy at least five players to avoid further decline.
Liverpool have opened contract talks with Daniel Sturridge to keep the striker at Anfield until 2017.
Former Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner is set to take up a similar role with Nottingham Forest.
Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland next month with a knee injury.

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