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Liverpool will not be drawn into an auction for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, though, following their £16m offer for the 21-year-old Spain defender. Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Jonathan Soriano
Jonathan Soriano was top scorer in Austria this season with 31 Bundesliga goals

Newcastle are interested in Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano, 28, and are close to finalising a deal for 20-year-old Tenerife forward Ayoze Perez. Newcastle Journalexternal-link

Incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman for £30m in January when the 24-year-old returns from a knee injury. Guardianexternal-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would prefer Atletico Madrid's Koke and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to Barcelona's £30m-rated midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Independentexternal-link

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has urged fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas to rejoin the Gunners. Midfielder Fabregas, 27, looks set to leave Barcelona this summer. Metroexternal-link

Gareth Barry will land a £9m deal by joining Everton on a permanent basis. The midfielder, 33, has been offered a three-year, £60,000-a-week deal by the Goodison Park club. Sun (subscription needed)external-link

Manchester City are closing in on Fernando from Porto. The 26-year-old midfielder will cost the Premier League champions £15m. Daily Expressexternal-link

Paris St-Germain are ready to offer £61m to prise away Eden Hazard from Chelsea. But the 23-year-old winger says he is happy after being given the number 10 shirt at Stamford Bridge. Daily Mailexternal-link

Wales midfielder Jonny Williams says Swansea City want to sign him. The 20-year-old is currently with Crystal Palace but said: "I spoke to my agent who said Swansea were interested."Wales Onlineexternal-link

Napoli have made a £7.5m offer for Sandro, 25, after a representative in Brazil said that the Tottenham midfielder would be keen to move to Italy.Times (subscription needed)external-link


Ghana's most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo's participation at the World Cup. Portugal are in the same World Cup group as Ghana. Guardianexternal-link

West Brom have dismissed suggestions from the agent of midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 27, that he will leave this summer.Express & Star external-link

Youssouf Mulumbu
West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu began his career at Paris St-Germain

Italian striker Fabio Borini, 23, says he still has a future at Liverpool despite the arrival of 31-year-old forward Rickie Lambert from Southampton.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Netherlands could have former United boss David Moyes to thank for turning Robin van Persie back into their World Cup lethal weapon. Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Roy Keane, who has pulled out of his role as a pundit for the World Cup to concentrate on his coaching, has been strongly linked with an assistant's role at Aston Villa, which it is believed the 42-year-old would be able to undertake in addition to his Republic of Ireland job.Guardianexternal-link

Former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says compatriot Mesut Ozil, 25, "has not been the same player" since his £42m move to Arsenal last summer.Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Former Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has ruled himself out of the Southampton and West Brom jobs by revealing he will only consider an offer from a "big club". Talksportexternal-link

But Southampton have held talks with former Ajax and Valencia coach Ronald Koeman about the prospect of the 51-year-old succeeding Mauricio Pochettino as manager.Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is in talks with Brighton over the vacant manager's job at the Amex Stadium.Daily Starexternal-link


Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller, 24, says he expects to have talks with club officials over his future this summer after speculation of a move away from the Allianz Arena. Stern.de (in German)external-link

Edy Reja is to have talks with president Claudio Lotito to discuss whether he will remain as manager of Lazio. Sky Sportsexternal-link


Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis celebrated making Argentina's World Cup squad by getting his ponytail chopped off. Daily Mailexternal-link

Real Madrid have launched a new pink away kit featuring a 'granddad' collar. Metroexternal-link

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