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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, 27, wants to move to Manchester United. He scored against the Premier League leaders in the Champions League last week.

Hamburg will attempt to land Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner, 25, at the end of the season. The Dane has been on loan with Italian side Juventus.

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Lukas Modric
Lukas Modric wants a move back to England with Manchester United

Juventus and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing 27-year-old Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.

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Barcelona expect Arsenal to bid for goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 31, in the summer. However, boss Arsene Wenger is still weighing up a move for Liverpool's Pepe Reina as an alternative.

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Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, who has scored 32 league goals this season.

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Everton are continuing to monitor FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer, 23, after scouts watched him against Vitesse Arnhem at the weekend.

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Former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio is in talks to take over as Reading manager following the sacking of Brian McDermott.

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Paolo Di Canio left Swindon Town last month.
Could Paolo Di Canio be the next Reading boss?

Meanwhile, the bookmakers have Di Canio and former West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Curbishley as favourites to replace McDermott.

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, is almost certainly out of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 second-leg tie with Bayern Munich.

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Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, 27, is targeting his first England senior cap later this month.

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Jose Mourinho's long-rumoured return to the Premier League appears a step closer after claims his move away from Real Madrid was officially agreed last year.

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Coventry City face a real threat of administration next week with the saga involving rent and matchday revenue at the Ricoh Arena rumbling on.

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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, 26, should be named PFA Player of the Year, according to ex-Everton striker Andy Gray, who won the award in 1976-77.

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Jack Wilshere is set to miss the Bayern Munich game after picking up an ankle injury against Tottenham
Jack Wilshere is set to miss Arsenal's Champions League game against Bayern Munich

Chelsea's fixture pile-up is testing the planners and they may be forced to play three matches in five days.

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England boss Roy Hodgson is considering ending the international exile of Rio Ferdinand, 34, for March's international double-header against San Marino and Montenegro.

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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, has fuelled talk of a summer exit with the cancellation of a autograph session at the club store.

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Blackburn winger David Bentley, 28, admits he absolutely loves being hated by opposition fans and says they buy the right to have a go at players when they pay for a match ticket.

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GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Jose Mourinho is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, after a deal struck with the club's directors in January, according to Portugal's Caden SER. His departure will spark a managerial chain reaction that affects Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain.

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Levante's former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, 28, has secured a move to US Major League Soccer with the Seattle Sounders.

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Juventus have been fined £3,500 for racist chanting by their fans which was directed at AC Milan's Mario Balotelli earlier this year.

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A football match where five players were sent off has been described as "not dirty".

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