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We take a look at what is making the back page headlines of the national press today. They feature reports from England, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham, Athletico Madrid, Man Utd, Newcastle and Blackburn


•Fulham are set to revive their interest in £7m Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia in January.

•Rio Ferdinand is ready to replace race-row John Terry in the England set-up.

•Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna, 29, is a target for Inter Milan if contract talks with the Gunners do not go well between now and next summer.

•Steven Gerrard claims Luis Suarez is being targeted by referees because they think he is a diver.


•England manager Roy Hodgson has not spoken to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand since he was left out of England’s Euro 2012 squad for “football reasons” and remains reluctant to call him up despite John Terry’s shock retirement from international football.

•Theo Walcott is desperate to stay at Arsenal and sign a new contract. Meanwhile, the Gunners are trailing AGF Aarhus striker Aron Johannsson, 21, after the Icelander netted 10 goals in his last four games.


•Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has branded Antonio Valencia a “cheat” after he won a penalty for Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

•Rio Ferdinand believes he is the right man to replace John Terry in the England team.

•Charlton are set to sign Fulham defender Matthew Briggs on a month’s loan.

•Bristol City are ready to sign former Auxerre winger Omar Kossoko, 24, after he impressed in trials.


•England boss Roy Hodgson has not ruled out a return for the retired John Terry - even if he is found guilty by the FA of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

•Wayne Rooney has an outside chance of making the substitutes’ bench for the League Cup match against Newcastle on Wednesday after the striker recovered from a badly gashed leg.


•Rio Ferdinand is open to the prospect of playing for England again but has yet to be contacted by manager Roy Hodgson in the wake of John Terry’s international retirement.

The Times

•Blackburn have made former striker Alan Shearer, 42, as their leading candidate to replace current manager Steve Kean - if the Scot is sacked.

The Guardian

•Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is open to a return to the England team following John Terry’s decision to retire from international football.