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German side Wolfsburg are considering a summer move for 28-year-old Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal are ready to make Swansea an offer for their highly-rated goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 29, to solve their problems in that position.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, 29, could join Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in order to trim the club's wage bill should they be relegated from the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Liverpool have rejected loan bids from Championship sides Leeds, Cardiff and Bolton for struggling 18-year-old winger Raheem Sterling.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Chelsea have said that Atletico Madrid will have to pay £17m for 20-year-old Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has spent close to two seasons on loan at the Spanish club and is yet to play for his parent club.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal are keen on St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, after receiving positive scouting reports from former player Gilles Grimandi. (the Sun).

But the Gabon international is also attracting the interest of Chelsea, who may look to bolster their attacking options in the summer.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


QPR boss Harry Redknapp may give the goalkeeping gloves to Robert Green after Julio Cesar's display in Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Aston Villa.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal's victories against Bayern Munich and Swansea came after the team's defence decided to sit down and review their poor performance against Tottenham on video.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

The Metropolitan police is investigating incidents of coin-throwing by West Ham supporters at Chelsea, with captain John Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard both targeted.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Reading caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan is getting increasing support from the club's players to carry on as boss until the end of the season following Brian McDermott's sacking.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is in line to take over at Leicester should under-fire boss Nigel Pearson lose his job at the Foxes. (Daily Mirror)

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Real Madrid will offer midfielder Sami Khedira, 25, a three-year extension to his contract at the end of the season. His deal expires in 2015.

Full story: ABCexternal-link

Former Chelsea striker Dider Drogba has ruled out a return to Marseille, but said he will always have love for the club.

Full story: Sport 24external-link

Barcelona's Adriano Correia will miss the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain with a torn hamstring.

Full story: Marcaexternal-link


Play was interrupted during Blackburn's 1-1 draw with Burnley when fans let a chicken onto the pitch in protest against Blackburn owners Venky's, who own a poultry firm. It is the second time this has happened after a similar incident against Wigan last season.

Full story: the Sun external-link

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