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The Football Association held secret talks with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers late last year about him replacing Roy Hodgson, 68, as England's head coach. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City will follow up their move for Celta Vigo's 29-year-old Spain striker Nolito by offering £30m for Schalke's Germany forward Leroy Sane, 20. (Daily Mail)external-link

New United boss Jose Mourinho is preparing a £35m bid for Arsenal's 25-year-old Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (Sun)external-link

Ryan Giggs is set to leave Manchester United for his first managerial role, ending a 29-year association with the Old Trafford club. (Daily Mail)external-link


Wayne Rooney has advised England's less experienced players and their partners to avoid social media and to keep a low profile before Monday's last-16 match. It is understood the captain and other senior players have spoken to Jamie Vardy about the prominence of his new wife, Rebekah, in the media. (The Times - subscription only)external-link

Concerns have been raised among the England management staff over Raheem Sterling's state of mind after the 21-year-old's confidence was apparently dented by criticism of his form from the stands and on social media. (Guardian) external-link

Tottenham have agreed a £12m deal for Roma's 20-year-old Paraguay forward Antonio Sanabria. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

Chelsea have opened talks with Real Madrid over Alvaro Morata, and Blues owner Roman Abramovich watched the 23-year-old Spain forward play in Bordeaux on Tuesday at Euro 2016. (Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool are considering making a move for Sadio Mane, with Southampton valuing their 24-year-old Senegal forward at £25m. (Daily Express)external-link

West Ham United are preparing a £15m bid for Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza, 24. (Guardian)external-link

The Hammers have returned for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 25, and are ready to pay £30m for him. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool are prepared to sell 26-year-old Wales midfielder Joe Allen for £10m. (Telegraph)external-link

The Reds will end their interest in 19-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell unless Leicester reduce their £10m asking price. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Arsenal have begun new contract talks with right-back Hector Bellerin, 20. (Sport - in Spanish)external-link

Inter Milan want to sign Manchester City's 31-year-old Argentina right back Pablo Zabaleta. (Sun)external-link

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West Ham's 17-year-old midfielder Reece Oxford has been offered a £20,000-a-week contract by promoted Bundesliga club Red Bull Leipzig. (Sky Sports)external-link

West Brom are interested in signing 24-year-old winger Andros Townsend from Newcastle and are prepared to sell winger Callum McManaman, 25. (Express and Star)external-link

Burnley have turned down a £15m bid from Leicester for defender Michael Keane, 23, and would like to sign Stoke's 30-year-old midfielder Charlie Adam. (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti described the signing of 17-year-old Norwegian forward Martin Odegaard when he was Real Madrid manager as "a marketing exercise". (AS)external-link

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, 32, says he was set to take Spain's penalty against Croatia before Real Madrid's 30-year-old defender Sergio Ramos insisted he take it instead and missed. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)external-link

Watford have offered to double 27-year-old forward Troy Deeney's wages to fend off interest from Premier League champions Leicester City. (Telegraph)external-link

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Deeney was less than impressed with reports linking him with a move to Leicester, and appears to have the same feeling towards suggestions he is about to sign a new deal at Vicarage Road.external-link

Troy Deeney

Judging by this tweet, the German national team are all about poking fun at national stereotypes - but would they take the joke to the next level by losing on penalties for a change?

Mesut Ozil and his Germany team-mates on sun loungers by a pool

Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern played a blinder in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat by Germany and on Wednesday tweeted: "So proud last night. We're not ready to go home yet. The dream continues. Thanks for all the messages and thanks to the gawa for the incredible support."

But are the Republic of Ireland's fans the real stars of Euro 2016? When a car roof was left dented these supporters were on hand to bash it into shape again,external-link after stuffing money through the locked doors first.

This was the scene inside the Republic's dressing room after a 1-0 win over Italy set up a last-16 tie against hosts France at the Euros. Forward Jon Walters' message? "We're coming for you..."external-link

The Republic of Ireland dressing room after victory over Italy

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A Swedish footballer was sent off for passing wind during a match - with the referee dismissing him for "deliberate provocation" and "unsportsmanlike behaviour". (Sport Bladet)external-link

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