From the Back Pages, December 19: Arsenal scouts continue to watch £32m Atletico goal machine Costa ahead of January window

From the back pages
From the back pages

Arsenal are continuing to watch Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, with the Brazilian goal machine carrying a £32million release clause. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are preparing to make Luis Suárez the highest-paid player in the club’s history by offering the striker a new contract that would double his wages to about £200,000 a week. (The Times)

Real Madrid and Barcelona are among the seven Spanish clubs the European Commission will charge with alleged state aid today, after a damning indictment of the EC’s handling of the case by its independent regulator. (The Independent)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted an FA charge over an offensive hand gesture during Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City. But the England man will contest a mandatory two-match ban for the incident when his hearing takes place on Thursday. (The Mirror)

Tottenham 1-2 West Ham: Capital One Cup: Tim Sherwood’s first game ended in defeat after West Ham scored two late goals. (The Guardian)

Gareth Bale could return to the Real Madrid side to face Valencia in La Liga this weekend despite sitting out Wednesday night’s Copa del Rey match against Olimpic Xatvia through injury. (The Telegraph)

WAYNE ROONEY missed Manchester United’s Capital One Cup quarter final win at Stoke because of injury and has not been rested, manager David Moyes confirmed. (The Express)