Manchester City told to pay £40m for attacking midfield target

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
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A round up of sporting headlines including news from Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton, Aston Villa, Preston North End and Liverpool.

DAILY MAIL: Roy Hodgson has told Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal that Wayne Rooney s best position is to play as a striker. Also: Manchester City star Nasri has launched an attack on Chelsea saying they are not special, and are going to make mistakes.

INDEPENDENT: Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says Louis van Gaal’s team is not living up to its attacking ethos and taking enough risks going forward.

SUN: Striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, who joined Everton for £28m from Chelsea in the summer, says he plans to leave the Toffees for a “top club” in the future.

DAILY MIRROR: Randy Lerner thanks Paul Lambert for his time at Aston Villa following sacking. Also:

DAILY STAR: Man United boss Louis van Gaal holds crunch talks with the Glazers over stuttering season. Also: England manager Roy Hodgson says strikers Harry Kane and Danny Ings are ready to make the step up to his England squad.

DAILY EXPRESS: Preston North End forward Kevin Davies feels that Manchester United are falling well short of expectations. Also: Real Madrid are considering a move to take 22-year-old striker Alvaro Morata - a Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United target - back to the Bernabeu from Juventus after one season away.

TALKSPORT: Manchester City have been told they will have to pay £40m if they want to sign Porto’s attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi, 25.