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Zenit St. Petersburg have targeted Brazil striker Leandro Damiao in the January transfer window if they progress from their Champions League group, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.
Damiao was linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer, but had wanted to remain in Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals, according to the report.
The recruitment policy of Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been questioned by Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail.
Samuel queries why the Black Cats boss is not looking to the North East for talent after Sir Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton, Bryan Robson and Paul Gascoigne were all previously unearthed in the region.
Fabio Borini, who is on loan at Sunderland, has been told leaving Roma for Liverpool last year may have been a mistake, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror. Surprisingly, however, it is the striker's agent Marco De Marchi who is making the claim.
Southampton players were so keen to help striker Dani Osvaldo settle into life on the south coast that they bought him a car and found him a new home, reports The Sun.
Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has admitted he rejected a big-money move to Arsenal during the summer, reports Ben Curtis of the Daily Mirror.