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* David Beckham believes he is on course for another come-from-behind victory to help England host the World Cup.

* Chelsea spent more than £9million on agents' fees this year - but bought just two players.

* Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park has emerged as a transfer target for Sevilla.

* Lars Lagerback is the new favourite to become Wales boss.

* Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could face a battle to keep William Gallas.

* Landon Donovan has urged Everton to bring him back to the Premier League - as David Beckham ruled out a move to Goodison Park.

* Manchester City scouts are watching Benfica defender Maxi Pereira.

* Celtic are set to keep Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster for the rest of the season.

* Blackpool's bid to keep midfielder David Vaughan is being hit by a contract snag.

* Portsmouth striker David Nugent is ready to snub Blackpool by signing a new contract at Fratton Park.

* Sheffield United are considering a January bid to sign Preston right-back Billy Jones.


* Arsene Wenger has stunned Arsenal's board by insisting he will not sign any players in January.

* Liverpool are eyeing a £12million swoop for Lille defender Adil Rami.

* Newcastle have moved to block strong interest from Tottenham by offering Steven Taylor improved terms to stay.


* England's hopes of staging the World Cup in 2018 were rapidly improving last night with the bid suddenly on the up.

* Newcastle say they have made defender Steven Taylor a second contract offer after talks stalled in the summer.

* Fulham could make a January bid for Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi despite his £5million valuation.

* Manchester City are monitoring Santos midfielder Zezinho.

* Werder Bremen are interested in Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo.

* Leicester could make a £500,000 bid for Everton striker James Vaughan.

* Middlesbrough have warned Arsenal that goalkeeper Jason Steele is not for sale.


* David Beckham believes England's hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup are back on track with cracks appearing in Russia's rival bid.

* Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has aired his frustration at Wayne Bridge's poor injury record.

* Landon Donovan says he must listen to his body before deciding whether to return to Everton in January.


* Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is set to make a £10million bid for Bolton defender Gary Cahill after losing Jamie Carragher for three months.

* Crystal Palace could swoop for Dover's FA Cup hero Adam Birchall.

* Everton are interested in signing Barnsley winger Adam Hammill.


* The bid for damages by Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr against the new owners of Liverpool Football Club and the Royal Bank of Scotland has moved a step nearer as the pair prepare for a return to the High Court early next year.


* Liverpool have paid out more than £9m - the price of the second striker they could not afford last summer - on agents' fees in the last year.

* David Beckham last night claimed that he and Prime Minister David Cameron had put England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup back on a good footing.


* Roy Hodgson will accelerate his search for defensive reinforcements after learning that Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will be out for at least three months.


* England's bid team raised hopes of a late surge to land the 2018 World Cup as the prime minister, David Cameron, led a final lobbying push.


* Craig Whyte is on his way to Scotland for talks with Sir David Murray on his plans to buy out Rangers.


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THE GUARDIAN: FIFA executive committee members confirmed last night that the lingering backlash against the British media following explosive corruption allegations had counted against England and contributed to the bid team's humiliating defeat in the race to host the 2018 World Cup. Also: Barack Obama last night said that FIFA had made the ''wrong decision'' in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar instead of the United States.

THE INDEPENDENT: The English team for the bid to host the 2018 World Cup finals were left fearing they had been victims of a fix last night after they earned just two votes from the FIFA executive committee in a crushing defeat to Russia that ended any hope of England hosting their first tournament since 1966. Also: The result will suggest that Liverpool qualified comfortably for the latter stages of the Europa League but they will mislead as much as any FIFA delegate when asked for his vote.

DAILY STAR: England were told Russia had landed the 2018 World Cup bid 24 hours before decision day. Also: Russia admit they have to start work straight away after winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup... Aaron Ramsey is on a mission to rebuild his career after ending nine months of injury hell.

THE SUN: The World Cup bidding process was branded a fix last night - as it emerged Russia knew the result 24 hours before it was announced. Also: Pepe Reina owned up to the clanger which cost Liverpool victory - but did not stop their Europa League charge.


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DAILY TELEGRAPH: Relations between the Football Association and FIFA descended into acrimony last night following the humiliating rejection of England's 2018 World Cup bid. Also: England will withdraw from a friendly against Thailand agreed as part of the failed 2018 World Cup bid, in protest at the broken promises that undermined the campaign...Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, was forced to intervene when Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng clashed on the training ground yesterday.

THE INDEPENDENT: English football's relations with FIFA were in meltdown yesterday after the acting chairman of the Football Association declared that the world governing body was untrustworthy and the FA prepared to withdraw Fabio Capello's team from their proposed friendly against Thailand in June...Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti yesterday confessed his players had not shown enough desire to win during their recent stump...Jose Mourinho has made his first thinly disguised attack on Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola since Real Madrid's 5-0 defeat at the Nou Camp on Monday, claiming: "It's one rule for me and another rule for the rest."

DAILY EXPRESS: Carlo Ancelotti has accused his Chelsea players of "lacking desire" after they blew a five-point lead in the Premier league. Also: Rattled Ricky Ponting confronted Andrew Strauss as the two captains left the field after a great first day for England in the second Test. Also: England have been warned there is no point in bidding to stage the World Cup under FIFA's present flawed set-up as the tournament is more likely to be staged "in Antarctica with heated stadiums".

DAILY MAIL: England set the Ashes alight with a superb performance in the field here yesterday to leave Australia reeling and their captain Ricky Ponting at boiling point on the first day of the Ashes Test. Also: Martin Broughton has claimed Liverpool and Everton may be forced to end their long-standing stadium issues by ground-sharing...Manchester City are pressing ahead in their £35million pursuit of Barcelona right-back Dani Alves.

DAILY STAR: Joleon Lescott admits he may have to quit Manchester City to save his England career. Also: Arsene Wenger last night admitted Arsenal are lucky to still be in the title race...Aston Villa are plotting a £7million move for Charles N'Zogbia...Jimmy Anderson destroyed Australia's stunned batsmen and roared: We never doubted ourselves.

THE SUN: The head of the English football is quitting after slamming FIFA in an explosive letter to his fellow FA board members. Also: Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng grabbed each other in a heated bust-up which resulted in them being pulled apart by team-mates...Andrew Strauss was bowled for one off the third ball of the second day of the second Test in Adelaide...Alex Ferguson has been handed £100million to strengthen his Manchester United squad...Ken Bates wants England to quit FIFA.

THE TIMES: Arsene Wenger turned off his television in disgust after hearing the outcome of FIFA's vote after the 2018 World Cup finals and described the governing body's decision-making process as something out of the Middle Ages...Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, says that Steven Gerrard's recovery from a hamstring tear remains on course, despite an injury scare in training...A rank day for Australia began with their worst start to a first innings in 60 years and ended with a grumpy Ricky Ponting trading angry words with Andrew Strauss when the pair walked off at the end of the day.

DAILY MIRROR: FIFA is set for a confrontation with Europe's big clubs as it emerged the 2022 World Cup could be played in January. Also: Joleon Lescott and Shay Given admit they may be forced out of Manchester City to save their stagnant careers...Paul Sackey is to retire from internationals at the next World Cup.

THE GUARDIAN: Jimmy Anderson sparked an angry on-field dispute between the captains Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting after one of his finest displays overseas spearheaded a brilliant start to the second Test for England. Also: Roger Burden, the acting Football Association chairman, will not take the job full-time in protest at the "night of the long knives" in Zurich that left England's 2018 World Cup bid in tatters with only two votes.