Real Madrid open to Premier League offers for Karim Benzema

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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Southampton.

DAILY MAIL: I’m going nowhere! Wenger hits back at critics: ‘I started to manage a team at the top level in 1983... if I am completely useless tactically, I am a genius’ Also: Roy Keane was involved in a training-ground row with Aston Villa players 24 hours before his sudden exit from the club after five months as Paul Lambert’s assistant.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roma will match Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson’s £120,000-a-week wages to sign the 30-year-old, who says he will not go “crawling” to the Reds for a new deal with his current contract expiring next summer.

INDEPENDENT: City manager Pellegrini targets league leaders after champions stroll past Southampton despite finishing match with just nine men on the pitch.

TELEGRAPH: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi struck by plastic bottle as his team celebrate injury-time winner in La Liga.

SUN: Major League Soccer sides New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy could be possible destinations for Steven Gerrard if the Liverpool captain fails to agree a new deal with the Anfield outfit. Also: Arsenal may join Real Madrid in the race to sign midfielder Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, with the 21-year-old set to cost £12m.

DAILY STAR: Manchester United players are poking fun at midfield flop Anderson over his eating habits. Also: Arsene Wenger mocked his doubters after Arsenal saw off West Brom - by joking he doesn’t have a Plan B.

DAILY EXPRESS: Steven Gerrard is considering his Liverpool future as Glen Johnson said he will not go “crawling” to the club over a new contract. Also: Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have been made aware that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is prepared to listen to offers for his coveted French international Karim Benzema, 26.

DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool have offered midfielder Steven Gerrard a new contract but the 34-year-old is in no rush to accept what would be a one-year deal with a pay-cut. Also: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is lining up a January raid for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, who hails from Hampshire and was released by the Saints as a schoolboy.