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The top stories making Wednesday’s back pages in the UK…

The Sun: Arsenal are set to allow Robin van Persie to join Manchester United in a £22m deal.

Also: Roy Hodgson wants John Terry to be cleared by the FA of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Daily Mirror: Robin van Persie is close to a sensational £20million move after Arsenal officially began talks with Manchester United.

Also: David Sullivan says West Ham bid £17million for Andy Carroll because they wanted to build their team around him.

And: Roy Hodgson last night dropped an amazing clanger after claiming he hopes the FA clear John Terry.

Plus: Manchester United have beaten neighbours City to the signature of 18-year-old Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez.

Daily Star: Roy Hodgson is praying the FA don’t hit John Terry with a ban so the defender can continue his England career.

Also: Real Madrid have made a final take-it-or-leave-it £25m offer for Tottenham rebel Luka Modric.

Daily Mail: England manager Roy Hodgson has risked the wrath of his employers by publicly outlining his support for Chelsea captain John Terry, who is preparing to defend himself against an FA charge of abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Also: Manchester City have hatched an audacious plan to build up a reserve of English talent and are lining up bids for as many as five of the country’s top young players.

Daily Express: Roy Hodgson has expressed his hope that John Terry will beat a Football Association charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand and ‘be free to play for England’.

Metro: Daniel Agger has reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool, but suggested that the club could choose to cash in on the interest from Manchester City.

Also: Manchester United are ready to tempt Arsenal into selling captain Robin van Persie by lodging a bid close to their £25 million asking price.

And: Gaston Ramirez’s proposed move from Bologna to Tottenham has broken down over wage demands, according to the player’s agent.

Plus: Moussa Dembele has fueled rumours that he could move to Real Madrid after claiming the Spanish champions have contacted his advisers.

Daily Telegraph: Roy Hodgson held a meeting with his England players in which he reminded them of their responsibilities as role models and to take inspiration from the humility shown by Team GB competitors at the Olympics.

The Times: Roy Hodgson has reignited the John Terry debate by expressing the hope that the Chelsea defender will be cleared of using racially abusive language towards Anton Ferdinand by an FA independent regulatory commission.

The Guardian: Roy Hodgson has expressed his hope that John Terry will be cleared of allegedly using racially abusive language by an independent regulatory commission and can play for England as the Chelsea captain awaits confirmation of a date for his personal hearing.

Also: Real Madrid have turned to Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele as an alternative target to Luka Modric.

The Independent: Manchester United will hold firm on their valuation of Robin van Persie but remain convinced the player will join them before the transfer window closes at the end of this month.

Also: Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu flew to London on Tuesday to try to agree a £15m deal for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.

Kirk is a lifelong follower of all motorsports, particularly Formula 1, Nascar and WRC. When not found at the side of the circuit, eyes stinging from the burnt rubber, he also covers tennis, eSports and other categories for us.

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