Paper Round: Mourinho to move for Lampard
Jose Mourinho is lining up a January move to sign Frank Lampard from Chelsea, according to Monday's papers.
The Sun reports that the Real Madrid coach wants to lure the midfield stalwart from his Stamford Bridge days to the Bernabeu, and will offer the Blues attacking midfielder Esteban Granero in exchange.
Granero, valued at £6 million, is a transfer target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, but Mourinho would apparently favour a straight swap for the 33-year-old England star.
Elsewhere, the back pages are dominated by two stories: Martin O'Neill's victory in his first match as Sunderland manager, and Harry Redknapp's "f-word rant" about the referee and linesman whose decisions helped consign Tottenham to defeat by Stoke.
It wasn't exactly a rant, however, more Redknapp's characteristically colourful language as he imagined the match officials watching replays (while noshing on bacon sarnies cooked by their wives) and saying "F*** me, what have I done there?"
The best coverage of the officials' blunders is in the Daily Mail, whose careful analysis with relevant screengrabs makes you feel for the Tottenham boss - but their analysis is nothing compared to watching the video, as you can do on this very page in the video box above (UK users only).
Fulham and England striker Bobby Zamora could be set for a January move to Aston Villa, according to the Daily Mirror.
Zamora has had a frosty relationship with Cottagers boss Martin Jol this season, even getting dropped from the squad to face Swansea at the weekend, and is expected to try and force a move to boost his hopes of making the final squad for Euro 2012.
The Daily Express also reports that the "unhappy" Zamora is hoping for a New Year move, but claims that QPR are favourites to secure his services.
North of the border, Celtic are sweating over news that Palermo will make a £2m bid for Greek striker Georgios Samaras. The Daily Record reports that the Serie A side want to bring in the Celtic man in the event that their star player, Josip Ilicic, is successfully lured away by one of Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham or Arsenal.
Alex Ferguson is to target a Dutch star in January - but for once it's not Wesley Sneijder who is being linked with a move to Manchester United.
Instead, it's PSV Eindhoven's 17-year-old left-back Jetro Willems who is in the frame, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the starlet is seen as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.
The Times reports that struggling Blackburn Rovers and Wolves will both make January moves for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, who is currently the Championship's top scorer.
And finally, Mario Balotelli spent £150,000 on a late-night curry on Saturday, according to the Daily Star, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
The Manchester City striker will be fined a week's wages after he broke club curfew rules with a midnight meal at Manchester's Zouk curry house less than 48 hours before Monday's crunch clash with Chelsea.
You'd think that, knowing he was in line for a hefty fine if he got caught, Balotelli and his friends might have tried to keep a low profile and try to slip away unnoticed.
But no: Balotelli and one of his friends instead decided to entertain their fellow diners by staging a mock sword fight, using rolling pins as pretend swords.