Tottenham join Liverpool in race to sign £20m striker

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez
Southampton's Jay Rodriguez
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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

DAILY MAIL: Rio Ferdinand was banned for three matches and fined £25,000 after failing to respond to an FA charge of misconduct regarding an abusive tweet. Also: More agony for Man City as they crash out of League Cup after teenager Aarons and Sissoko fire Newcastle to shock triumph.

GUARDIAN: Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside plays down talk of an imminent takeover after a Thai consortium claimed to be in discussions over a £40m deal.

THE INDEPENDENT: Graziano Pelle took Southampton into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with his second goal of this fourth-round tie last night, snatching victory after Stoke had mounted a determined comeback that was only two minutes from taking the tie into extra time.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suggests his chronic injury problems could be hereditary after revealing frustration at his prolonged absence.

DAILY STAR: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is aiming to beat Liverpool to the £20m signing of Jay Rodriguez in January.

DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester City are a bigger club than Manchester United, claims Red Devils great Peter Schmeichel. Also: Arsenal are looking to sign Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo, 24, this January, with manager Arsene Wenger preparing to offer the Russian club £9.5m plus striker Yaya Sanogo on loan.

METRO: Liverpool are in pole position to sign Germany midfielder Marco Reus, 25, after talks over a new contract at Borussia Dortmund collapsed.

DAILY MIRROR: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is planning on signing Southampton’s 25-year-old £20m-rated England attacker Jay Rodriguez.

SUN: Referee Mark Clattenburg is “hurt and upset” at the decision to drop him from the Premier League list this weekend.