CHELSEA blocked Arsenal's bid to take striker Demba Ba, 28, on a season-long loan to the Emirates because Jose Mourinho saw the Gunners as serious title rivals according to the Daily Mirror.
THE DAILY Express reports that Arsenal had competition from Roma, with the Italian Serie A side keen on taking the Senegal striker on loan.
MAROUANE Fellaini, 25, delivered a transfer request in person to Everton says the Daily Mirror. The Belgiun international reportedly drove to the club's training ground yesterday evening to speak personally to manager Roberto Martinez and plead with him to sanction his switch to Manchester United.
NEWCASTLE midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, had his hopes of a transfer deadline move to Arsenal dashed when Magpies boss Alan Pardew and the United board told him that he would not be allowed to leave. The Daily Star carries that story.
ARSENAL midfielder Jack Wilshere believes the Gunners have made the signing of the summer after completing a club-record £42.4m for Real Madrid's 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil says Goal.com. Real Madrid fans might disagree with that one.
GERMAN international Ozil is believed to have turned down a bigger offer from French side Paris Saint-Germain to join the Premier League side. That's from the Daily Mirror.
GERMAN midfielder Sami Khedira has scored eight goals in 128 appearances for Real Madrid
MANCHESTER United were knocked back by Real Madrid says the Independent, after making an offer of £35m for 26-year-old Germany midfielder Sami Khedira.
REAL Madrid were prepared to let Khedira leave the Bernabeu, but they wanted United to make an improved bid says the Metro.
England's medical team studied photographs of Wayne Rooney's cut forehead before ruling him out of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
SCOTLAND coach Mark McGhee describes Friday's World Cup qualifying opponents Belgium as a "step up" on their previous opponents, England, reports the Scotsman.
RETURNING AC Milan midfielder Kaka, 31, is hopeful that he can forge a relationship with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 23, similar to the one he had with Filippo Inzaghi, says Goal.com.