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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Man United have No. 7 shirt, £100m set aside for Antoine Griezmann move

Craig Burley addresses Jose Mourinho's comments about Man United's need for 2-3 additional signings.

Deadline day has come and gone, and all the latest deals and potential deals can be found here, but there's plenty brewing in the market as clubs begin to look toward January.

United keep famous No. 7 free for Griezmann

Have Manchester United given up hope of signing Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann? Not at all, says the Star.

It reports that United "have left their No. 7 shirt free for a major signing -- and have put aside £100 million in order to make it."

The man in the frame for that big-money move is France international Griezmann, who was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer but opted in the end to sign a new Atletico deal.

The Star says he remains "very much on manager Jose Mourinho's wishlist" as United look to fill a shirt that has been graced by superstars including George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo over the years.

And the Manchester Evening News concurs, reporting that United "believe their commercial strength will prove pivotal at a time when spending has escalated at a remarkable rate."

It says that could be a key factor in next summer's window, when Griezmann "will be back on Mourinho's wanted list -- and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will be too."

Atleti, meanwhile, continue to be linked with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, with reports continuing to suggest that his arrival could bring about Griezmann's departure.

Blues and Reds set for battle over defensive prospect

The window has hardly been closed for any time at all but we should already be bracing ourselves for a forthcoming transfer tug of war, according to the Sun.

It reports that both Premier League champions Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Uruguay's Under-18 captain Sebastian Caceres and have sent scouts to watch him.

But they are not the only clubs interested in central defender Caceres, who plays for Montevideo club Liverpool FC, with Barcelona and Manchester City also keen.

The Sun says "there is now a race to land the youngster, who does not require a work permit as he holds a Spanish passport, making it easier to seal a move away from Uruguay."

It adds that Caceres has an English-based representative, a factor that "could work in favour of Premier League clubs."

Tap-ins

-- Brighton are basking in the glow of a first top-flight win for more than 30 years, but the Mail reports that boss Chris Hughton is still targeting a striker as he looks to ensure that they can stay in the Premier League.

The Seagulls saw off West Bromwich Albion 3-1 on Saturday, but the Mail says Hughton "is well aware that they did so without the new striker they desperately wanted" after potential deals fell through in the summer.

-- Defender Ryan Shawcross has decided he wants to end his playing days with the club, according to the Mirror.

It reports that the Potters captain, who has been at the club for more than a decade, "hopes to finish his playing days at Stoke because he feels so at home." He is under contract at Stoke until 2021.

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