IN FOOTBALL news almost as earth shattering as FA chairman Greg Dyke's view that England are unlikely to win the 2014 World Cup, the Daily Mirror reports that Manchester United executive director Ed Woodward has admitted that the Premier League champions had a disappointing summer transfer window.
ARSENAL will continue to monitor Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, as they prepare to give manager Arsene Wenger permission to sign a big name in January. That's another Daily Mirror offering.
BARCELONA want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 21, to replace Victor Valdes, 31, as their number one next season according to the Dail Mail.
CHELSEA defender David Luiz, 26, turned down a move to Barcelona during the summer despite attempts by Brazil team-mates Neymar and Daniel Alves to persuade him to move to Spain. The Sun carries that story.
TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas says forward Gareth Bale, 24, put Spurs under "intense pressure" to force his £85.3m move to Real Madrid says the Daily Telegraph.
WEST Ham United have abandoned plans to re-sign 29-year-old striker Carlton Cole due to concerns over his fitness writes the Daily Star. The Hammers released Cole after the end of last season but issued a statement this week saying the player was undergoing a medical.
THE FOOTBALL Association allowed wives, girlfriends and families to visit England's players at their five-star hotel on the eve of today's World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley. You'll have to buy the Daily Mirror to see whether that is deemed good, bad or simply irrelevant.
MOLDOVA manager Ion Caras, 62, says there is no chance of an upset at Wembley despite England's injury problems says The Sun. Sounds like Caras is singing from the same hymn sheet as Greg Dyke. If Moldova do win, would it mean England have a chance of lifting the World Cup in 2014?
THE INDEPENDENT reports that defenders Bacary Sagna, 30, and Per Mertesacker, 28, are set to be offered new contracts by the club.
MANCHESTER City defender Martin Demichelis, 32, is out for at least six weeks after sustaining knee ligament damage in a training session on Wednesday. Talk about making an immediate impact! The Argentine joined City on Sunday from Atletico Madrid. The Manchester Evening News carries that one.
LIVERPOOL'S 33-year-old captain Steven Gerrard dreams of managing Liverpool and plans to gain his coaching qualifications in the near future says the Daily Express.