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Manchester United missed out in an audacious £38m transfer deadline day bid for Brazil forward Neymar. The 20-year-old Santos star preferred to stay at home until after the 2014 World Cup in his country. THE SUN.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was prepared to swap midfielder Jordan Henderson, winger Steward Downing or left-back Jose Enrique to land Fulham forward Clint Dempsey who instead moved to Tottenham. According to the DAILY MAIL.

Man City striker Mario Balotelli has been ordered to see a shrink to stop smoking. Fuming City boss Roberto Mancini wants his madcap striker to see a hypnotherapist to help him finally kick the habit. According to the DAILY STAR.

Arsenal are understood to have offered Andrey Arshavin a free transfer in the hope that he will finally find a new club before the Russian transfer window closes. According to THE TELEGRAPH.

Andy Carroll was forced to quit Liverpool after boss Brendan Rodgers told him he would not be guaranteed a place on the bench, let alone in the team. THE SUN.

Newcastle will try again to sign winger Tom Ince, 20, from Blackpool in January after having a £4m bid rejected. According to the DAILY MIRROR.

Sir Bobby Charlton has dismissed Roy Hodgson’s chances of leading England to World Cup glory. The 1966 World Cup hero believes it will be hard for them to win any sort of silverware in the future. According to the DAILY EXPRESS.

Tottenham and Porto submitted an agreed deal sheet for Joao Moutinho on deadline day but a third-party with a stake in the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder is reported to have scuppered the deal. THE GUARDIAN.

Goalkeeper Shay Given is on collision course with Aston Villa after being dropped. The Irishman is still reeling from his omission from the side which drew 1-1 at former club Newcastle on Sunday. According to the DAILY STAR.

Sir Trevor Brooking admits that England’s dearth of strikers at senior level is reflected in the younger age groups but he is adamant that the right steps are being taken to rectify the shortage in the long-term. THE TIMES.

Jermain Defoe says that even the Tottenham Hotspur players were none the wiser as to who of them would be at the club at the end of the transfer window. According to the INDEPENDENT.

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