From the Back Pages, January 3: Steven Gerrard’s decision to go ‘toughest of my life’

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Steven Gerrard has described his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of this season as “the toughest of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time”. (The Times)

Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans has been offered a route back into football - by Maltese side Hibernians. (Daily Mail)

Lukas Podolski is on his way to Inter Milan. The Arsenal forward has flown out to Italy to finalise a loan deal with a view to a permanent £5million switch in the summer. (The Mirror)

Crystal Palace are confident Alan Pardew will be at the helm for Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Dover despite a delay in his appointment as manager. (The Independent)

BORUSSIA DORTMUND are ready to listen to offers for Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also interested. (The Express)

Tottenham Hotspur’s new £400 million stadium is being looked at by America’s NFL as a potential venue for a much-anticipated London-based franchise. (The Telegraph)

Fernando Alonso would be top of the list for Mercedes should the Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton fail to agree a deal with the team beyond 2015, according to the team’s motorsport director Toto Wolff. (The Guardian)