The Daily Telegraph says European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is prepared to extend the deadline for a deal on the Northern Ireland border until the eve of next Thursday’s EU summit, in an attempt to shore up Theresa May’s position.
The paper adds that Mr Juncker is fearful of a Tory coup, which would result in the prime minister being replaced by a hardline Brexiteer.
The Guardian reports that the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has given the UK 48 hours to come up with a deal on the Irish border or face a delay to the next stage of negotiations.
The Financial Times reports on the Brexit secretary’s revelation that the government has not carried out any assessments of the impact leaving the EU will have on the UK economy.
It quotes David Davis as saying the usefulness of carrying out such studies was “near zero” because of the “paradigm shift” Brexit represents.
The Sun, in its editorial, says that while Wednesday “wasn’t a good day for the government”, none of the issues around Brexit are “impossible hurdles”.
Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was met with a “cacophony of angry and despairing voices in the Middle East”, according to the Guardian.
It reports that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman telephoned the US president and told him such a move would be a “flagrant provocation” to all Muslims.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, believes the idea of two states is over.
In its editorial, the Wall Street Journal plays down the row, saying it is not a “radical policy departure” as some critics have said, noting that Mr Trump has embraced the two-state solution.
The Sun notes that Bath Spa University – which has paid an £808,000 “golden goodbye” to its outgoing vice-chancellor – is one of the lowest ranked and smallest universities in the country.
The Times claims that Christina Slade’s remuneration package will intensify calls for tougher scrutiny of vice-chancellors’ pay.
According to the Daily Mail, the former Labour education minister, Lord Adonis, wants a cap of £200,000 on salaries.
Several papers report on new research into child obesity. The Daily Mirror says the findings suggest one-in-three 14-year-olds are overweight.
The Times says the study makes a link between a child’s weight and their mother’s education, saying children of university-educated mums are less likely to be overweight.
The Sun reports on a separate study by the Centre for Social Justice, which says schools should ban fruit juice, run after-school fitness classes and “teach pupils about veg”.
Sticking with food, the Daily Mail picks up on how a garden shed managed to become London’s hottest dining spot with the help of 83 fake reviews on the Tripadvisor website.
According to the paper, it took writer Oobah Butler six months to invent the online reputation of his phoney restaurant, The Shed at Dulwich.
The Telegraph adds that the stunt raises questions about the reliability of the website.
A Tripadvisor spokesman tells the paper: “the only people who create fake restaurant listings are journalists”.