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New boss Antonio Conte has told owner Roman Abramovich he needs five more signings to make Chelsea challengers again. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are considering a £54m bid for Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, 25. (El Confidencial)external-link

Manchester City are set to go back to Everton with a bid of more than £50m for defender John Stones, 22. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror reports that former Hull City boss had been told to get by with 13 players

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has left Nabil Bentaleb, 21, Clinton N'Jie, 22, Federico Fazio, 29, and Alex Pritchard, 23, behind for the club's tour of Australia and all could be moved on. (The Sun)external-link

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 29, is a target for Turkish side Galatasaray. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes, 53, will be named successor to Sam Allardyce as Sunderland manager this weekend. (The Sun)external-link

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said he was not in the running for the England job, after Allardyce was appointed on Friday. (Bournemouth Daily Echo)external-link

Everton's search for a new first-choice goalkeeper will no longer include Kasper Schmeichel as a result of Steve Walsh's arrival as the club's first director of football from Leicester. It is understood there is an agreement that Everton will not sign players from Leicester for a specified period. (The Guardian)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been put off a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 24, because of the player's £240,000-a-week wages.(The Sun)external-link

Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane are in the frame to replace their former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce as Hull manager. (Daily Express)external-link

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said left-back Ben Chilwell, 19, is going to sign a new deal with the club after speculation Liverpool had made a £7m bid for him.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

Daily Express
The Daily Express reports that former Manchester United player and coach Ryan Giggs could replace Steve Bruce at Hull City

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, needs "the right opportunity" to re-launch his career, according to his agent Mino Raiola. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Everton are prepared to bid £25m for Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 26. (Daily Express)external-link

West Brom have made a £7m bid for Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, 24. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has encouraged boss Arsene Wenger to make a move for Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, 29. (The Sun)external-link

The Gunners are braced for another backlash from their supporters after warning them not to expect expensive summer signings. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison, 23, has sparked rumours he could be joining Aston Villa by following them on Twitter. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw has sent Shanghai Shenhua striker Demba Ba a video message of supportexternal-link after the Senegalese striker suffered a broken leg last week. Shaw has just returned to the United side after suffering a similar injury against PSV Eindhoven last September.

Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw missed almost the whole of the 2015-16 season with a broken leg

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore has posted a message of thanksexternal-link to former boss Steve Bruce after he left the Tigers on Friday.

Jake Livermore
Livermore posted this picture with the caption: "Great manager. Great man, will be missed. Thank you."

And finally...

West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell looks like he's got himself a new hobby...

Aaron Cresswell
The former Tranmere and Ipswich man seems to have taken to angling quite well

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