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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is considering a £40m summer bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, to replace Mario Balotelli who left for AC Milan during the January transfer window.

Full story: Daily Express

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has scored 22 goals this season

Free agent Nigel Reo-Coker, 28 could make a post-deadline day move to West Brom. The former West Ham midfielder has been without a club since rejecting a new deal with Ipswich and is able to move outside of the transfer window.

Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle are already planning to buy a new striker in the summer transfer window, with the club's scouts exploring a number of options in mainland Europe.

Full story: Evening Chronicle

Mexico striker Aldo de Nigris, 29, says he turned down a January move to Premier League strugglers Wigan.

Full story: Univision Deportes [in Spanish]

OTHER GOSSIP

West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists want-away striker Peter Odemwingie can have a future at the club despite the lengths the 31-year-old went to secure a deadline day move to QPR.

Full story: The Times [subscription required]

Odemwingie has scored 31 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions for West Brom
Odemwingie has scored 31 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions for West Brom

Odemwingie disputes West Brom's version of events and will fight any fine imposed on him as believes he had permission from technical director Dan Ashworth to travel to London to discuss his move to Harry Redknapp's side.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says his team-mate Robin Van Persie is so good that sometimes he wants to "stand there and clap" in training.

Full story: The Sun

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, will not feature in this summer's European Under-21 Championships as he is fully established in the senior set-up.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says he has given up his penalties duties voluntarily, saying "they weren't good enough".

Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Leeds United fans are planning a quackers greeting for transfer deadline day signing Habib Habibou - they're going to dress up as ducks in tribute to the 25-year-old striker due to a video featuring him throwing one of the birds off a football pitch.

Full story: Metro

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, 27, is listening to a "teach yourself French" CD in his car to help his new Gallic team-mates feel at home in the north east.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Alexander Doni, 33, has revealed he suffered a 25-second long heart attack while undergoing medical tests at the club last summer.

Full story: Globo Esporte [in Portuguese]