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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned clubs interested in striker Christian Benteke, 22, that he is now worth double the £7m they paid for the Belgian in the summer.

Full story: The Sun

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke has scored 14 goals since his summer move to Aston Villa

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has revealed his admiration for Andy Carroll, who is on loan at West Ham from Liverpool, with the 24-year-old striker "open" to move back to Tyneside.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

But West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan, 30, hopes striker Andy Carroll, 24, will stay at Upton Park this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, has told Chelsea to make a bid for him if they are serious about signing him.

Full story: The Sun

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has revealed record signing Christopher Samba is already attracting interest from an unnamed "big club".

Full story: Press Association

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez faces the sack if his team lose at home to Wigan on Saturday - and Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is in the running to replace him.

Full story: The Sun

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is upset with midfielder James McClean, 23, for returning to social networking site Twitter.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Bolton and Burnley manager Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle was sacked by Bolton in October after relegation from the Premier League in 2012

Andre Villas-Boas is set to discipline striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 28, after he missed the Tottenham manager's 15:00 GMT deadline on Friday to return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, 31, had a bust-up with his team-mate Steven Reid on his return to training after the Nigeria forward's aborted move to QPR.

Full story: Daily Mail

Blackpool have met former Bolton and Burnley boss Owen Coyle to discuss their vacant manager's position.

Full story: Blackpool Gazette

But Coyle is set to turn down the Seasiders after failing to agree personal terms.

Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, has spent the week in the England camp winding up Everton defender Phil Jagielka, 30, ahead of the two sides meeting on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Mirror

The captains of Turkey and the Czech Republic exchanged carpets, instead of the usual pennants, before their friendly in Ankara on Wednesday.

Full story: 606 newsletter