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WE take a look around the papers for the latest from the world of football including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea, Fulham, Manchester City and Leeds United.

DAILY MIRROR

Arsenal are ready to make a £10m January transfer move for versatile Fiorentina star Juan Manuel Vargas.

Birmingham could hand a new deal to out-of-contract James McFadden. The Scotland forward has been out for a year with a knee injury but is now training with his old team-mates.

Aston Villa are set to go head-to-head with Italian side Napoli to sign Rosenborg and Norway midfielder Markus Henriksen.

Tottenham are plotting a cut-price January move for striker Eder Lopes, whose Portuguese side Academica de Coimbra would rather sell than lose him on a free in the summer.

Owen Hargreaves provided another YouTube hit when he scored a brilliant comeback goal. Also: Steven Gerrard became Kenny Dalglish’s Brighton Rock - but Liverpool were made to sweat on their captain’s comeback.

THE SUN

Roberto Mancini believes Owen Hargreaves can make an England return after last night’s brilliant comeback. Also: Andre Villas-Boas hailed his “superhuman” players after Fulham hit the bar with two penalties to spare Chelsea’s blushes.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

From three years of Mancunian misery to rhapsody in blue, Owen Hargreaves laid sole claim to the title of football’s Comeback Kid with a dream goalscoring debut for Manchester City. Also: While the debate continues over whether Arsenal strengthened sufficiently during the summer, Joey Barton has claimed he could have signed for the club but for his flare-up with Gervinho which led to the striker being sent off.

THE TIMES

Ben Foden launched a robust defence of Mike Tindall last night as criticism of the under-fire England vice-captain continued to overshadow the build-up to the rugby World Cup match against Romania in Dunedin on Saturday. Also: Liverpool shopped for some expensive items in the summer transfer market but one of Kenny Dalglish’s best bits of business may have been the re-signing of Craig Bellamy on a free transfer from Manchester City.

THE GUARDIAN

Football’s under-fire world governing body has executed a bizarre U-turn amid criticism over the appointment of Issa Hayatou to oversee the London 2012 football tournament at a time when he is under investigation by the International Olympic Committee for alleged corruption. Also: For Owen Hargreaves, it is difficult to imagine his comeback could conceivably have gone any better.

DAILY MAIL

Owen Hargreaves made a sensational return to competitive football with a goal on his Manchester City debut last night and was immediately tipped to play for England again. Also: Manchester United and Leeds fans who sullied the names of the victims of Munich and Istanbul have been branded disgusting and deplorable as West Yorkshire Police opened an investigation into a night of shame at Elland Road.

DAILY EXPRESS

Owen Hargreaves made a dream return last night scoring 17 minutes into his debut for Manchester City. Also: England full-back Ben Foden has leapt to Mike Tindall’s defence as the Royal in-law prepares to re-emerge in Saturday’s World Cup pool game against Romania.

DAILY STAR

Owen Hargreaves capped his dramatic return to action with a stunning goal on his Manchester City debut last night. Also: Joey Barton last night claimed he came within a whisker of joining Arsenal in the summer.

THE INDEPENDENT

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini declared last night that Owen Hargreaves can become an important player for England after he marked his return to the game in remarkable fashion, with a superb 25-yard strike to ensure Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat of the Carling Cup holders Birmingham. Also: The West London derby here last night was a frustration to both managers, as Chelsea and Fulham found their backbreaking workloads further increased by extra time.