Manchester United have joined three Premier League rivals in the battle to sign a La Liga star, while Tottenham are worried about Harry Kane’s future in North London – all in Thursday’s papers.
MAN UTD JOIN EYEING UP ODEGAARD
The 20-year-old is currently enjoying a loan spell at fellow La Liga side Real Sociedad, where he has scored one goal and assisted two others in six appearances, leading to him being named the club’s Player of the Month for August.
According to The Sun, United believe they can sign Odegaard for £25m next summer with the promise of regular Premier League football – a sizeable drop to the figures previous reports have quoted for the Norwegian.
However, the newspaper adds that the Red Devils have company in their battle to sign Odegaard, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool also keen on the winger.
Odegaard – who moved to the Spanish capital at the age of 15 from Stromsgodset and The Sun also claims that the player’s performances have led to considerations from Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane about recalling him.
United face AZ Alkmaar in their second Europa League game of the competition’s group stages on Thursday night, having edged past Astana 1-0 in their previous encounter.
AND THE REST
Tottenham are worried that striker Harry Kane could become the next player at the club to seriously consider leaving North London (The Times)
Despite Spurs’ poor start to the season, boss Mauricio Pochettino is not in danger of losing his job and he will continue to have the full backing of club chairman Daniel Levy (The Telegraph)
Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov says that Levy has scheduled talks with Pochettino this week to find “the right way forward” for the club (Daily Star)
Manchester United are still monitoring Leicester midifelder James Maddison ahead of a potential £80m move for the England Under-21 international (The Mail)
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has called on his teammates to be patient and says it is only a matter of time before the club wins the Champions League (The Mirror)
England boss Gareth Southgate is considering calling up Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori for the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria this month (The Telegraph)
Inter Milan are eyeing up a £32 move for Burnley hitman Jay Rodriguez as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his attacking options (The Mail)
Newcastle defender Paul Dummett says that harsh words were spoken inside the Magpies’ dressing room after their 5-0 defeat to Leicester on Sunday (The Mirror)
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham – who netted in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Lille – is set for an England recall due to Marcus Rashford’s injury worry (Daily Star)
The FA has managed to secure three times as many tickets as they were allocated for England’s game with the Czech Republic next week, in an attempt to reduce the risk of fan misbehaviour in Prague (The Times)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says that he won’t use the plastic pitch at the home of Young Boys if his side fail to get a result in Thursday’s Europa League tie (Daily Record)
Celtic boss Neil Lennon says that Tottenham’s 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday proves that his side – and Scottish football in general – deserves more respect (Daily Record)