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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal and West Ham have held talks over the signing of Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate according to the 24-year-old's agent.

Emre Can
Emre Can scored twice in the league for Bayer Leverkusen last season and is a target for Liverpool

Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 31, has told team-mates he will join Manchester City this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Versatile Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can has emerged as a target for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who has contacted the German side over the 20-year-old.

Full story: Daily Star

The Reds are also willing to meet a £20.4m release clause fee for Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo to bring the 25-year-old to Anfield this summer, according to Spanish newspaper Superdeporte.

Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea are prepared to offer £30m-rated Brazil defender David Luiz, 27, in exchange for Bayern Munich's Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 27, plus £15m.

Full story: Daily Mirror

But the Blues have had their hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blocked by the German side, who insist the 27-year-old is not for sale.

Full story: Daily Express

Everton have joined Newcastle in the chase for Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez tried to take the 22-year-old, ruled out of the World Cup to have ankle surgery, to Goodison on loan last summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, 27, remains undecided on his future at the club and is expected to wait to learn the identity of Spurs' new manager before making his decision.

Full story: Metro

Everton want Swansea's record £12m signing Wilfried Bony, 25, to replace on-loan Romelu Lukaku and spearhead their attack next season.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Liverpool's 31-goal striker Luis Suarez, 27, is happy at Anfield and will not be asking for a summer move, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino could move to Newcastle when Loic Remy leaves the Magpies at the end of his loan spell

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been in Belgium to check on the progress of Eden Hazard's younger brother Thorgan, 21, who is earning rave reviews while on loan from the Blues at Zulte Waregem.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City are planning to strengthen their defence with a move for Roma's Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia, 27.

Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle are ready to make a bid for West Brom's England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino, 20.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Manchester United's apparent manager-in-waiting Louis van Gaal, 62, has given executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a list of potential signings, who include Bayern Munich's Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, 30.

Full story: the Guardian

OTHER GOSSIP

Southampton's board held a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss how to deal with any approach for boss Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham.

Full story: the Telegraph

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard is targeting a Premier League and Champions League double when he returns from World Cup duty with Belgium.

Full story: Daily Star

Players at Queens Park Rangers do not want Adel Taarabt to return from his loan spell with AC Milan as they believe the attacker is a divisive character.

Full story: talkSPORT

Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has distanced himself from the vacant job at Brighton.

Full story: Argus

Wayne Rooney has criticised England's training pitch in Portugal as "spongy and a bit small".

Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt is not wanted back at QPR by teammates despite scoring four times in 12 loan appearances at AC Milan

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Garry Monk, recently appointed as the permanent manager of Swansea City, has warned his players that every one of them will have to fight for the honour of wearing the club's shirt.

Full story: Wales Online

Stoke defender Robert Huth, 29, is on track to end more than six months of cartilage trouble by rejoining his team-mates for pre-season training.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

The full cost of David Moyes's brief reign as Manchester United manager has been revealed to be £50.4m in lost prize money and wages paid to the 51-year-old.

Full story: the Telegraph

Newcastle are unlikely to field a B team in any version of a revamped Football League, but the Magpies could be open to the idea of a "feeder club".

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

AND FINALLY

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has been re-united with referee Howard Webb who officiated on the day the 26-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while playing against Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Express

Steve Bruce's face will feature on tiger-striped toilet seats created to celebrate Hull City's FA Cup final appearance.

Full story: Hull Daily Mail

A Manchester United fan who lost his £10 bet with a friend after Liverpool finished higher in the table decided to pay out in 50p pieces - one for each of United's league titles - in a commemorative frame.

Full story: Metro

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