Gossip column: Sterling, Oscar, Hummels, Toure, Pelle, Pogba

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea are considering a move for England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, after his contract talks with Liverpool stalled. (Daily Mail)

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 26, told his Germany team-mates during the recent international break that a summer move to Manchester United is on the verge of being agreed. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 23, is set to become Juventus' priority transfer target this summer at the request of manager Massimiliano Allegri. (Metro)

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Daily Mail report that Chelsea are considering a bid for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, has been described as a "dream" target for Inter Milan. (Sun - subscription only)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's top midfield target is Netherlands international Kevin Strootman, 25, of Roma, not 22-year-old Paul Pogba of Juventus, who is a former Red Devils player. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are keen on signing Pogba and may let midfielders Oscar or Ramires, 28, leave as part of the deal. However, if the London club are unsuccessful in their attempt to sign Pogba, they will try Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 23 instead. (Telegraph)

Eight clubs want to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 24, at the end of the season. (Sun, subscription required)

Manchester United are considering an £11m bid for Lille and Denmark defender Simon Kjaer, 26. (Daily Express)

Lazio have earmarked Southampton's Italy striker Graziano Pelle, 29, as a replacement for Miroslav Klose, 36, who is expected to retire this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is keen to make four signings during the summer after the club posted a £23m pre-tax profit. (Times, subscription required)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is not worried that striker Romelu Lukaku has changed his agent and does not believe the 21-year-old wants to leave Goodison Park. (Daily Express)

Swansea City manager Garry Monk says goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 29, will stay with the club, despite being linked with a move to Serie A side Roma. (South Wales Evening Post)

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson says the Reds need to sign another striker in the summer. Thompson wants them to move for Paris St-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29, or his team-mate Edinson Cavani, 28, or bid for Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain, 27. (Sky Sports)

OTHER GOSSIP

Striker Darren Bent, 31, who is on loan at Derby County, has revealed he has had talks over a surprise new deal with Aston Villa and insists the club were right to sack Paul Lambert. (Telegraph)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he does not fear for his future at the club, despite growing speculation over a takeover. (Times - subscription only)

Meanwhile, Sherwood says he wishes he still had striker Bent available to help his side's attempt to stay in the Premier League. Bent moved on loan to Derby until the end of the season before Sherwood became Villa boss.(Birmingham Mail)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says Raheem Sterling should stay at Liverpool.(Independent)

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, 34, has urged Sterling to stay loyal to the club this summer. Toure said Sterling could have the same problems as fellow English players Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair, who struggled to get in the first-team at Manchester City.(Liverpool Echo)

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Brendan Rodgers saying Liverpool will not sell Sterling dominates the back pages of the papers

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that 28-year-old French midfielder Abou Diaby, whose career has been blighted by injuries, may be offered a new pay-as-you-play contract. (Daily Star)

Wenger has admitted he fears for Theo Walcott's state of mind after the 24-year-old forward was left "exposed" in the No 10 role for England. (Telegraph)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists the club always have to buy the best players rather than dream about a team loaded with academy products.(Sun - subscription only)

Derby manager Steve McClaren has played down reports that he has been lined up as the next head coach of Newcastle United.(Newcastle Chronicle)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is willing to let England striker Harry Kane, 21, play in the European Under-21 Championship in the summer. (Independent)

Burnley defender Michael Duff expects manager Sean Dyche to one day be in charge of the England national team.(Daily Star)

Hull City have informed the Football Association of a new bid to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.(Guardian)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says the club has money to spend on big signings in the summer.(Stoke Sentinel)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

England midfielder Jack Wilshere played for an Arsenal XI on Tuesday. The 23-year-old tweeted: "Felt good to play my first game since November, finally I can practise with the team every day."

West Ham United tweeted a video of defender Aaron Cresswell, 25, scoring a powerful goal past two Hammers goalkeepers.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge posted a picture on Instagram of him training. The 25-year-old missed England's matches against Lithuania and Italy because of a hip injury.

AND FINALLY....

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has promised to tackle his waistline after seeing 'unflattering' holiday snaps. (Daily Mail)