Liverpool set to make move for £30m Napoli striker

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain
Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain
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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Southampton .

DAILY MAIL: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers has warned Roy Hodgson not to pick Daniel Sturridge for England duty next week as he says the striker will not be fit. Also: Paul Scholes says the fans at the Etihad Stadium don’t create the same atmosphere as supporters do at Old Trafford and Anfield on European nights. ‘

THE GUARDIAN: Manuel Pellegrini criticised Manchester City’s display in the 1-1 draw with Roma that leaves them with only one point from their opening two Champions League games but vowed to win the remaining 12 available to qualify from Group E.

THE INDEPENDENT: Pellegrini’s men fail to capitalise on quick start at the Etihad as Totti proves ageless class. Also: Arsene Wenger has no answers as injury crisis stretches Arsenal midfield

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Steven Gerrard after critisicm of recent performances by saying the captain should be appreciated before it is too late.

DAILY STAR: Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, 27, could move to Arsenal or Liverpool at the end of the season on a free transfer. Also: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be informed he’s in the last chance saloon when he holds talks with owner Mike Ashley over the next 48 hours.

DAILY EXPRESS: Liverpool have told Roy Hodgson not to pick Daniel Sturridge for England looming Euro 2016 qualifiers – even though he could return to action at the weekend. Also: Liverpool are weighing up a £30m move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, 26 - a deal which could scupper Arsenal’s hopes of signing 27-year-old Porto striker Jackson Martinez, who Napoli may target as Higuain’s replacement.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester United target Mats Hummels rules out Old Trafford move to stay with Borussia Dortmund.

THE TIMES: Disintegration became a reality when Graeme Swann left England and the tour of Australia, retiring from first-class cricket with immediate effect. Also: Tim Sherwood wants Daniel Levy to outline his philosophy in talks with the Tottenham Hotspur chairman this week that will determine the club’s short-term future, but there are no question marks over his own footballing creed.

METRO: Manchester United are set to launch a £51m double bid for the Juventus pair of midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, and defender Angelo Ogbonna, 26.

THE SUN: Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo, 28, says he wants to make his loan switch to Inter Milan permanent.