Herrera open to January move: Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera is open to a move to Old Trafford once the transfer window re-opens in January, according to the Daily Mail. The Spaniard has denied he underwent a medical ahead of a proposed move to Old Trafford on deadline day but has left his options open by saying "you never know what might happen" in the future, the Mail reports.
Paper Round's view: Well played Ander Herrera. Deny you wanted out to keep onside with Athletic fans, while ensuring United know you'll be keen if they want to renew interest in January.
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Everton to reward Baines with new deal: Everton are keen to tie down Leighton Baines to a new long-term contract before the January transfer window opens, according to the Guardian. Everton are aware that Manchester United could re-ignite their interest in the left-back in the new year, and want to ward off any further approaches for the 28-year-old. The Toffees are also keen to reward Baines for not going down the same route that Marouane Fellaini did to secure a move to Old Trafford by handing in a transfer request.
Paper Round's view: Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be hopeful that his deadline signings will help convince Baines to sign a long-term deal at Goodison, but that - and an improved deal - still may not be enough.
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Coentrao cried after move fell through: The Daily Express has the rather bizarre story that Fabio Coentrao was reduced to tears after learning that his loan move to Manchester United had fallen through. The paper, citing reports in Portugal, claims that the left-back had to be consoled by Portugal team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani after his deadline day move did not materialise.
Paper Round's view: It's never easy to imagine a grown man sobbing on the shoulders of his friends, but perhaps understandable since Coentrao probably knows his chance to join United has gone, with the Premier League champions likely to go in for Baines in more determined mood in January.
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Fabregas would never have joined United: The Daily Express carries new quotes from Cesc Fabregas about his refusal to move to United this summer. The Barcelona midfielder told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he would not have gone even for double the money and that he wants to retire at Barca.
Paper Round's view: Fabregas is now saying all the right things, having kept quiet on the matter for what seemed like ages. He wasn't doing that to keep his options open, was he? Either way, these latest comments are a further kick in the teeth to United, Moyes and new chief executive Ed Woodward.
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Wenger prioritises trio's contract talks: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will make new contracts his next priority having secured the services of Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, reports the Daily Mirror. Bacary Sagna, Tomas Rosicky - both in the final year of their contracts - and Per Mertesacker - into the final two years - will now become the focus of Wenger's attention.
Paper Round's view: Ozil was a great signing, but Wenger failed in bringing in either defenders or strikers over the summer - two areas he needed to strengthen. So it comes as no surprise to hear that the Gunners want to tie up two of their current defenders. At 32, Rosicky has plenty to prove if he is to win a new deal though.
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Rooney's head wound: And finally, Wayne Rooney's head features heavily once again in today's papers, although this time it's not monster mock-ups that we're being treated to. Instead, the huge gash on the England striker's forehead is there for all to see after the player posted a photo of himself on his Facebook page.
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