Premier League clubs battle for cut-price Real Madrid star

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WE take a look at the papers for the latest from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Sunderland, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Chelsea, West Ham United, Aston Villa, Fulham, Sunderland and Manchester United.

DAILY MAIL: Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City are targeting cut-price Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Liverpool are eyeing Sunderland’s England midfielder Jordan Henderson and have been told they can have him for £16m.

World football gave an extraordinary vote of confidence to a corrupt regime last night as president Sepp Blatter was swept back into office despite FIFA’s reputation being at rock bottom. Also: Mark Hughes’ deal as Fulham manager expired last night, making him a free agent.

THE SUN: Guus Hiddink is ready to quit Turkey for the Chelsea job. Also: David Sullivan dismissed last night’s takeover bid for West Ham as ‘ridiculous’ and told new boss Sam Allardyce: You’re safe.

DAILY STAR: AC Milan are preparing an £11m bid to snap up Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Also: Sam Allardyce was yesterday unveiled as the new West Ham boss and walked straight into a boardroom minefield.

DAILY EXPRESS: Graham Taylor today reveals how corruption is second nature at the heart of FIFA. Also: Liverpool have opened talks with Sunderland after making the first move to lure midfielder Jordan Henderson to Anfield.

DAILY MIRROR: Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios will discover in the next 48 hours if he can secure a £7m move to Italian side Napoli.

Gerard Houllier waved goodbye to Aston Villa last night with a huge pay-off after just nine months in charge. Also: Sam Allardyce took over as manager at West Ham yesterday - and warned the club against getting involved in a buy-out battle.

THE GUARDIAN: Fulham are confident they will be able to hold on to Mark Hughes as manager and remain convinced he will sign a two-year deal. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has provided further evidence that he believes Dimitar Berbatov’s future lies away from Manchester United by handing a one-year contract extension to Michael Owen.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: England’s diminished standing in world football was exposed at the Fifa congress yesterday. Also: Counties and the MCC will submit bids of up to £15million this month to win the right to host major England matches between 2013 and 2016, a period which includes two Ashes series.

THE INDEPENDENT: The Football Association was on the receiving end of a succession of brutal and very public attacks as its attempt to postpone Fifa’s presidential election incurred the wrath of Sepp Blatter’s football family. Also: Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson has emerged as a leading target for Liverpool this summer.

THE TIMES: The Football Association’s isolation in the world game was exposed last night when Sepp Blatter rounded on England’s representatives for “failing to set an example” after his re-election as Fifa president. Also: Danny Cipriani wants the Australian players union to mediate with Melbourne Rebels in his dispute over alleged breaches of club discipline.