ALAN Pardew appears set to take charge of Newcastle United for the weekend clash with Hull City, despite speculation about his future.
However, several names have been linked with his job, and a shock candidate has been rumoured to be in contention over the last 24 hours.
That is just one of the stories to have made today’s newspapers, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United among the other clubs making the headlines.
Fabricio Coloccini could take over as Newcastle manager if the club sacks Pardew. (Daily Telegraph)
Barcelona forward Pedro could be ready to quit the club, which would alert Arsenal and Liverpool. (Metro)
Man United have prepared an offer to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. (Sky Sports)
The Red Devils have been given a boost in their pursuit of Ronaldo after Paris Saint-Germain ruled out a bid for the forward. (Daily Star)
Ronaldo is disillusioned with life at Real Madrid, and could be keen on joining Man United, according to former Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon. (talkSPORT)
Liverpool could swoop for PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. (Daily Express)
Eden Hazard is close to signing a new five-year deal at Chelsea worth £200,000-a-week. (Daily Mail)
Southampton midfielder Jack Cork – who was linked with Crystal Palace in the summer – wants to sign a new contract at St Mary’s. (Sky Sports)
Meanwhile, it’s relatively quiet on the Sunderland front following the closure of the transfer window.