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    Chelsea are ready to sell defender Jose Bosingwa and forward Salomon Kalou in the summer.
    Daily Mirror

    Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy could attempt to force through a controversial move to rivals Spurs or Liverpool amid rumours that talks over a new contract have broken down.
    Metro

    Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says he will plead with Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson to let him have striker Danny Welbeck on loan again next season.
    Daily Mirror

    AC Milan are weighing up whether to join Arsenal in the race to sign Southampton's 17-year-old winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    Daily Mail

    Aston Villa are leading the chase for 15m-rated Lille striker Gervinho. Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested in the 24-year-old Ivory Coast forward.
    Daily Mail



    Yaya Toure has leapt to the defence of his brother Kolo who has failed a drugs test. The Manchester City midfielder declared: Kolo is a sane person - he did not use any substance that was illegal."
    the Sun

    Liverpool's new striker Luis Suarez hopes his goals can help prevent Manchester United from winning a record 19th league title.
    Daily Mirror

    As his team prepare to play Liverpool at the weekend, Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs insists there is no better feeling than beating Liverpool at Anfield.
    Daily Mirror



    Birmingham's Liam Ridgewell has claimed watching inspirational DVDs helped his team beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup final.
    Daily Mirror


    Gerrard Houllier has defended his weakened team selection for Aston Villa's FA Cup defeat on Wednesday by admitting that his side are not good enough to beat Manchester City and he did not fancy a replay had the match been drawn.
    Daily Express
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    March 7th,2011
    Bayern Munich say manager Louis van Gaal will leave at the end of the season, one year before his contract is due to expire, because of "strategic differences". The 59-year-old Dutchman won the German double in his first season at Bayern and reached the Champions League final, but the club has slumped to fifth in the Bundesliga and has been eliminated from the German Cup.
    Bayern Munich are in the race for Aston Villa's England star Ashley Young, 25, and are set to make a summer swoop for the forward if he fails to agree a new contract with the Midlands club.
    Daily Mirror


    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has joined the chase for 17-year-old Argentine Juan Jose Vea Murguia after the River Plate attacking midfielder decided he wants to come to England.
    Daily Mirror


    Chelsea will make a 40m bid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 21, this summer as the Stamford Bridge outfit look to lower the average age of their squad.
    caughtoffside.

    Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli is interested in pursuing a deal to sign Barcelona's 23-year-old Spanish winger Jeffren Suarez.
    caughtoffside


    Blackburn owners Venky's are likely to give manager Steve Kean at least one more game to halt his side's slide toward the relegation zone. Rovers have taken one point from a possible 15.
    the Sun



    Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has hailed Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as one of the world's best players but doubts even he is worth the 50m the Blues paid Liverpool to secure his services.
    Daily Mirror



    Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba could be given the chance to revive his Chelsea career against Blackpool on Monday night after being a substitute in three of their last four matches.
    Daily Mail



    West Ham striker Carlton Cole believes his side can still finish in the Premier League top 10 this season, despite being in the relegation zone for most of the current campaign.
    Talksport




    Meanwhile, West Ham manager Avram Grant has criticised Stoke for their attempts to hijack his move for striker Demba Ba, who has scored his four goals in three Premier League starts since arriving from Hoffenheim. Stoke were set to sign the 25-year-old in January but he failed a medical because of a long-standing knee injury.
    Daily Mail



    Referee Mark Clattenburg is giving serious thought to quitting football following a week of controversy where he failed to send off Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United man appeared to elbow Wigan's James McCarthy and awarded Fulham a controversial late penalty in their 3-2 win over Blackburn on Saturday.
    Daily Mail
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    March 8th,2011
    Liverpool and Tottenham are back in the chase to sign January transfer target Mirko Vucinic after his agent hinted that Roma may listen to offers for the 27-year-old striker in the summer.
    Metro

    Italian giants Juventus are weighing up Bolton's Swedish striker Johan Elmander, who is available on a free transfer this summer.
    Daily Mirror

    Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City could all come in with big-money bids for Borussia Dortmund's 20m rated central defender Neven Subotic.
    Metro

    Real Madrid are interested in Arsenal's Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi, who is currently on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord.
    CaughtOffside

    Liverpool have been knocked back by Middlesbrough after attempting to sign the Teessiders' 18-year-old winger Cameron Park.
    the Times


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says rivals Tottenham are still in with a shout of winning the Premier League title, even though the White Hart Lane outfit are currently 12 points off the pace.
    Metro



    Manchester United winger Nani is unhappy that the club refused to complain publicly about Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher's tackle in Sunday's match that left the Portuguese player with a badly gashed shin. Neither Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson nor any of his players spoke to the media in the wake of the 3-1 defeat.
    the Guardian


    Carragher attempted to apologise to Nani after the match at Anfield but was refused access to the Manchester United dressing room.
    Daily Telegraph



    Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 28, says he was so frustrated after being left out of key games by manager Harry Redknapp that he almost quit the north London club in January.
    Daily Mail



    Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn says the speedy return from injury of 27-year-old striker Robin van Persie will be "massive" for the Gunners in their Champions League tie with Barcelona.
    Talksport



    Manchester United are missing a Roy Keane-style midfield general, according to ex-Red Devils striker Teddy Sheringham.
    Daily Mirror



    Everton look set to give 33-year-old French defender Sylvain Distin a new contract because manager David Moyes is so impressed with the player's consistent performances.
    Daily Mail



    AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini has said that matches against Tottenham are special for him as he still has former club and Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal "in his heart". Milan play Tottenham in the Champions League Wednesday.
    Daily Mail

    Celtic and Rangers will be warned today that Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist will be arrested at the Co-operative Insurance Cup final if there is any repeat of the touchline confrontation between the management teams witnessed in Wednesday's Old Firm derby. (Daily Telegraph)
    Rangers duo El Hadji Diouf and Madjid Bougherra are unlikely to receive further punishment from the Scottish Football Association following their red cards against Celtic as referee Calum Murray has reported "no additional misconduct". (the Herald)
    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley's Bothwell home was the subject of an attempted break in and his car tyres were slashed. (the Sun)

    AND FINALLY
    Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has had enough of people saying he wants to move back to his boyhood club Barcelona. "I'm fed up of people saying what I feel because they don't know what I feel," he declared.
    Daily Mirror
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    March 10th,2011

    Atletico Madrid will offer want-away strikers Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan to Tottenham for a combined price of 40m this summer.
    Metro

    Manchester United and Barcelona are locked in a battle to sign Besiktas' 16-year-old midfielder Muhammed Demirci, who is regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.
    talkSPORT


    Full-back Gael Clichy has hinted he could leave Arsenal this summer as talks on extending his current contract have ground to a halt.
    Metro



    Arsenal and Chelsea target Philippe Mexes has still not ruled out a summer move to the Premier League. The French defender's contract with Italian side Roma expires in June.
    talkSPORT


    Newcastle have joined Arsenal in tracking Saint-Ettiene midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who is expected to leave the French club this summer.
    insidefutbol.com



    Meanwhile, Magpies boss Alan Pardew is keen to make midfielder Stephen Ireland's loan move from Aston Villa permanent at St James' Park.
    Daily Mirror


    Newcastle are also weighing up a move for Espanyol striker Jose Maria Callejon.
    Daily Mail

    Chief executive Steve Walton insists Sunderland are under no financial pressure to sell star players such as striker Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea.
    Metro


    Stoke are set to make a 4m summer swoop for out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock.
    Daily Mirror


    Real Madrid are ready to cut their losses on Kaka this summer - and Chelsea and AC Milan are currently leading the chase to sign him. The midfielder has struggled for form and fitness since moving to Spain from Milan for 56m in 2009.
    talkSPORT


    Manchester City are set to make a significant loss on striker Felipe Caicedo by selling him to Levante in the summer for 850,000. The Spanish side - who can sign the 22-year-old for a reduced fee as part of the loan deal agreed with City last summer - will then immediately put the player up for sale for 4m. City signed Caicedo for around 5m in February 2008.
    Daily Mirror



    West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is set to battle it out with Everton for Leicester's Andy King this summer - providing the Baggies stay in the top flight.
    the Sun



    Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen - a target for Liverpool - says Barcelona are the only club who could tempt him away from Ajax.
    Daily Mail


    Inter Milan are considering a summer-move for Tottenham's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.
    talkSPORT


    Promotion-chasing League One side Huddersfield are eyeing a loan move for Bolton winger Danny Ward.
    Daily Mirror




    Ipswich are monitoring Coventry striker Marlon King's contract situation after talks over a new deal stalled. King, 30, is in demand as a free agent in the summer having scored seven goals this season.
    Daily Mail



    Manchester United winger Nani faces up to a month on the sidelines as the gash suffered to his knee during the 3-0 loss at Liverpool is worse than first thought.
    Daily Mirror



    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly broken the media silence he has kept since he was charged by the Football Association for criticising referee Martin Atkinson. Cbsport.org, a regional sports website, quoted Ferguson as saying Arsenal were leaders United's main threat in the Premier League title race, while the Scot added he had "no excuses" for their "poor performance" in their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday. The website comments, however, were later removed.
    Daily Telegraph




    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has been given a vote of confidence by chairman Dave Whelan, despite the club slumping to the bottom of the Premier League.
    Daily Star



    Liverpool fear captain Steven Gerrard will require surgery on a troublesome groin injury and could miss much of the season run-in. The midfielder has been left out of the squad that travelled to Portugal to face Braga in the Europa League on Thursday .
    Daily Mirror


    Former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has tipped Carlo Ancelotti to lead the club to the Champions League final this season. "They have got a great side with great players, experienced players. They are very hungry to win the Champions League because they have been so close for so many years. They deserve to get at least to the final and I'm sure they will," said Vialli.
    talkSPORT



    A number of Barcelona players have criticised the way Arsenal played in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg at the Nou Camp, which the Spanish champions won 3-1 to beat the Gunners 4-3 on aggregate. Xavi says he was surprised Arsenal did not play with "more joy, more attacking flair" while fellow midfielder Sergio Busquets criticised Wenger's side for a "lack of ambition".
    Daily Mirror




    Manchester United could be boosted by the return of winger Antonio Valencia to their match-day squad for Saturday's FA Cup tie with Arsenal at Old Trafford.
    Daily Mail



    England boss Fabio Capello is being courted by Juventus, who want the Italian to return to his homeland to become their technical director after the 2012 European Championships. Capello won three Italian league titles as a player with Juve and was their manager between 2004 and 2006.
    the Sun


    AND FINALLY
    England defender Rio Ferdinand hailed Massimo Busacca as the world's best referee on his Twitter account - before the Italian showed Arsenal's Robin van Persie a second yellow card for kicking the ball away in their defeat at Barcelona. Ferdinand later stood by his initial assessment of Busacca, tweeting: "... still the best referee for me, 1 decision doesn't change that."
    Daily Mail



    A top sports scientist believes football stars such as Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney are geniuses who naturally excel at maths and science and develop an intuitive understanding of geometry which allows them to perfect the beautiful game.
    Daily Mirror
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    March 11,2011

    Aston Villa and England forward Ashley Young is holding out for a move to Manchester United in the summer. The 25-year-old, whose current deal expires at the end of next season, is reported to have told team-mates of his ambitions to join Sir Alex Ferguson's team.
    Daily Mail


    Brazil striker Adriano, 29, who has had his contract with Roma terminated, has claimed his future is in his homeland despite being linked with Newcastle and Tottenham.
    Daily Mirror


    Chelsea are lining up a move for Real Madrid and Brazilian superstar Kaka with a club source at Stamford Bridge saying: "There is a strong chance it will happen."
    Daily Telegraph




    Juventus and Liverpool will lead the chase for Arsenal's 25-year-old defender Gael Clichy, if the French international decides not to renew his contract with the Gunners.
    talkSPORT



    Arsenal are to seek permission to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan following injuries to Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone.
    Daily Mirror


    Manchester City are interested in Belgium Under-21 international Yassine El Ghanassy. The 20-year-old, who plays for AA Gent and can operate either upfront or as a winger, is valued at 4.3m.
    talkSPORT



    AC Milan want to capture Tottenham midfielder Sandro after the 21-year-old Brazilian helped to dump the Italian giants out of the Champions League.
    caughtoffside.com
    OTHER GOSSIP
    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli lasted only 57 minutes in the 2-0 defeat at Dynamo Kiev on Thursday after suffering an allergic reaction to grass. Manager Roberto Mancini said: "He had an allergy and his face was swollen."
    Full story: the Sun



    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp fears injury-plagued defender Ledley King's days at the club could be numbered.
    talkSPORT




    Mohamed bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president, will decide within 10 days whether to challenge Sepp Blatter in Fifa's forthcoming presidential election. After 13 years of Blatter running football's international governing body, Bin Hammam of Qatar said: "People have to try change. Change is good."
    the Guardian

    AND FINALLY
    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says nightlife distractions are why winger Hatem Ben Arfa is staying in France to recover from a broken leg. "Other than being in the city and getting used to the restaurants and God knows what else, there's no other benefit for us at the moment," Pardew said about the 6m signing from Marseille who suffered a double fracture in October.
    Daily Mail
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    March 13th,2011
    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to sell striker Wayne Rooney this summer because the pair's relationship has become too strained. (News of the World)

    Chelsea and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a battle to sign 28-year-old Brazil star Kaka from Real Madrid.
    Full story: Sunday Mirror

    Barcelona are preparing a 40m bid to buy Tottenham's 21-year-old midfielder Gareth Bale.
    Full story: Sunday Mirror

    Former Liverpool star Javier Mascherano has told Chelsea he wants to stay at Barcelona to fight for his place in the team he joined last summer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Aston Villa will dump Richard Dunne after the centre-back was involved in another off-field bust-up. (News of the World)

    Manchester United will let striker Danny Welbeck stay on loan at Sunderland for another 12 months.
    Full story: News of the World


    Liverpool have offered Kenny Dalglish a two-year deal and substantial transfer funds to become manager on a permanent basis.
    Full story: Sunday Express

    Ray Wilkins believes Jose Mourinho could tbe the next Manchester United manager when Sir Alex Ferguson finally calls it a day. (Sunday Express)

    Meanwhile, one man definitely quitting United is keeper Edwin van der Sar - the 40-year-old Dutchman has confirmed he will resist calls for him not to retire at the end of the season. (Sunday Express)

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand's England captaincy is safe - if the 32-year-old can prove his fitness for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales later this month.
    Full story: Sunday Mirror

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is fighting dressing room unrest ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final with Reading. (News of the World)

    The Premier League is to join the Football Association in demanding greater clarity from FIFA over the use of video evidence to scrutinise offences by players. (News of the World)

    AND FINALLY
    Tottenham's shirts for next season could contain computers that will reveal how tired the players wearing them are.
    Full story: Sunday Telegraph
    A billionaire Indian businessman is said to be ready to offer Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley 200m for the club.
    Full story: Sunday Mirror

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says watching boyhood hero David Seaman has helped his game. "Seaman always made the game look easy," he says of the Arsenal legend.
    Full story: Sunday Telegraph

    Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says building a team at his club is a bit like running a rescue centre for stray animals. 'We don't deal at Crufts," he says. "We deal with Battersea Dogs Home."
    Full story: Sunday Mail
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    March 14th 2011.

    BREAKING GOSSIP
    1455 GMT: Former Arsenal star Jens Lehmann is in talks with the club about solving their goalkeeping crisis on a short-term contract. The 41-year-old, who left the Gunners at the end of the 2008 season, retired last summer after a stint with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. (Various)

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Manchester United plan to sign 20-year-old Atletico Madrid keeper David de Gea as a 15m replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who intends to retire at the end of the season.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Tottenham are weighing up Bolton's 25-year-old centre-back Gary Cahill, who was a transfer target for Arsenal in January.
    Full story: Metro


    Chelsea are considering a swoop for AC Milan's veteran midfielder Massimo Ambrosini. The 33-year-old Italian's contract is coming to an end in the summer.
    Full story: insidefutbol.com


    Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie is wanted by Nottingham Forest, with the Championship side keen to sign the 23-year-old on loan.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

    OTHER GOSSIP


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, currently injured, has been told he will carry on as England skipper, despite reports at the weekend that Chelsea's John Terry would be returning to the role. An England source revealed: "Rio had a conversation with [England assistant boss] Franco Baldini and was reassured he would continue as captain once he is fit."
    Full story: the Sun


    The FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley looks set to be the most expensive domestic game to police.
    Full story: Daily Mail



    Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit is concerned about the mental state of manager Arsene Wenger's players. The 40-year-old Frenchman said: "There seems to be a curse around the club at the moment. Arsenal's key players seem to be cracking up."
    Full story: the Sun



    Another former Gunners star Perry Groves has urged Wenger to fire up his second-placed team to win the Premier League title following crushing defeats in the Carling Cup final, Champions League and FA Cup. Groves said: "Wenger has to pull them into a meeting on Monday morning and try to create a siege mentality and say no-one thinks we can do it."
    Full story: talksport.co.uk



    Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti is in hospital with a lung infection. Several ex-players have sent messages of support to the 72-year-old, who is known as El Flaco (the Slim One).
    Full story: Daily Mail




    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson watched his youth team overcome Liverpool 3-2 in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final on Sunday as two players from each team were sent off.
    Full story: the Sun


    Aston Villa chief scout Jeff Vetere, credited for helping to secure Darren Bent's transfer from Sunderland, is quitting his job after only three months in the role.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    Manchester United's 40-year-old goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is flattered by fans' calls for him to continue at the club for another year but the Dutch star will retire at the end of the season because he wants to go out at the top.
    Full story: the Guardian


    AND FINALLY
    Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has introduced twice-weekly yoga sessions to the club in a bid to help players mentally and physically. "We don't do it because Ryan Giggs does it," he insists.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
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    March 15th,2011

    Germany coach Joachim Loew is likely to extend his contract with the national team until 2014. The 51-year-old's current deal runs until the end of Euro 2012, and an extension would take him through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    Full story: Bild (in German)

    TRANSFER GOSSIP


    Manchester United are facing a battle to keep Nani, with the Portuguese winger telling close friends he is considering a new challenge after the Red Devils rejected his request to discuss a new contract and wage rise. The 24-year-old is only 12 months into a new four-year contract.
    Full story: the Sun


    Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will bid 9m for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia in the summer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Newcastle will rival Blackpool in the race to sign forward Jason Puncheon, who is on loan at Bloomfield Park from Southampton.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Liverpool will sign Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux on a free transfer on 1 July.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Blackburn are planning a 15m bid for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner in the summer.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Leicester are hoping to boost their promotion bid with the loan signing of Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Rangers will ask Arsenal if they can keep centre-back Kyle Bartley on loan for another full season when his current deal expires in the summer. (Daily Record)


    OTHER GOSSIP
    England coach Fabio Capello will travel to Manchester on Tuesday, when he is expected to inform injured captain Rio Ferdinand that he is reinstating John Terry as captain of the national team on a permanent basis.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph



    Capello told journalists the news only 24 hours after his assistant Franco Baldini made a personal phone call to
    Manchester United centre-back Ferdinand, assuring him he would keep the armband if fit and that the Terry reports were a misunderstanding.
    Full story: the Sun


    Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is struggling to be fit for Tuesday's last-16 Champions League second leg against Marseille because of an unspecified injury picked up in Saturday's FA Cup victory over Arsenal.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    England boss Capello says Jack Wilshere is "the best young midfield player I have ever seen at his age" and believes the Arsenal star will one day captain his country.
    Full story: the Sun


    An ankle injury means Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is unlikely to be fit for Saturday's trip to West Brom or England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff on 26 March.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Liverpool's owners are yet to open formal discussions with Kenny Dalglish over the full-time manager's position at Anfield, says principal owner John W Henry.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    However, Dalglish could be installed as permanent boss by the end of March, with Henry close to offering him a two-year deal. Full story: the Sun



    The results of Liverpool's next three games - against Braga, Sunderland and West Brom - may be used to decide whether Dalglish is given the post on a full-time basis or not.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Fulham's losses rose from 6.9m to 16.9m, despite the club reaching the Europa League final in 2010.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    AND FINALLY
    Stoke winger Matthew Etherington hopes to realise a lifelong dream when his side face Bolton in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley. Etherington was part of the West Ham side that led 2-0 and 3-2 against Liverpool in the 2006 final in Cardiff before losing out in a penalty shoot-out. He also featured in two play-off finals for the Hammers at the Millennium Stadium but has never played at Wembley.
    Full story: the Sun
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    March 16th,2011

    England winger Ashley Young has told friends he wants to leave Aston Villa. A source close to the 25-year-old said: "Villa are showing no sign of breaking into the top four and Ashley knows he has to think about playing at the very top if he wants to become an England regular before the 2012 European Championships."
    Full story: the Sun


    Chelsea are close to finalising a deal to sign Sao Paulo forward Lucas Piazon when he turns 18. The Blues are poised to beat off competition from Juventus for the player dubbed the new Kaka. He is currently playing for
    Brazil in the South American Under-17 Championship. (Press Association)


    Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has quashed rumours he is on the verge of a switch to Manchester United. Mandanda was in the French club's team which lost 2-1 to United in the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie on Tuesday.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester City are reportedly considering a move for Manchester United winger Nani after hearing of the Portuguese international's attempts to secure a more lucrative contract at Old Trafford.
    Full story: caughtoffside.com


    Everton manager David Moyes has conceded Jack Rodwell could join Manchester United in the summer if Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson offers the right amount of money for the talented midfielder.
    Full story: metro.co.uk


    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will turn down Blackburn's 15m bid to sign him this summer, with the Dane preferring a switch to Germany. Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg are possible options.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Chelsea have started negotiations in an attempt to land Belgian teenagers Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne. A 3.5m bid for RC Genk attacking midfielder De Bruyne has been reportedly accepted, while Anderlecht are looking for at least 17.5m for their 18-year-old striker.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Juventus and Fiorentina are locked in a battle to sign Bolton striker Johan Elmander, who is out of contract in the summer.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Thomas Sorensen is set to reject any moves in the summer, when he becomes a free agent, and re-sign for Stoke, even though he is now only their number two keeper.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    West Bromwich Albion are weighing up a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Adel Taarabt and Crystal Palace's 18-year-old forward Wilfred Zaha. Baggies boss Roy Hodgson watched the pair in QPR's 2-1 win over Palace at Loftus Road on Saturday.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    OTHER GOSSIP
    The England captaincy saga was plunged into farce and confusion last night as Fabio Capello told Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand he still has the armband after all and that Chelsea's John Terry is only a stand-in.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho does not fear defeat in Wednesday's Champions League second leg match with Lyon. With the teams locked at 1-1, the former Inter Milan boss said: "Last year Barcelona was obsessed with playing the final in Madrid. At Inter we were not obsessed, we just had hope. If we work well we will win the competition - if not this year then next. We will fight for it this year but if it doesn't happen, that's not a serious problem. A serious problem is what is happening in Japan."
    Full story: the Guardian


    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is set for a place on the substitutes' bench against Copenhagen in Wednesday's Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge. Having failed to score in his first five games for the London club since his 50m move from Liverpool, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti said: "The only problem is that he is a new player for us and he has to know our kind of play better."
    Full story: the Sun


    Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he is confident he can help Arsenal win the Premier League title this season as negotiations continue over his possible return to north London.
    Full story: metro.co.uk


    Former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez is being lined up for a shock return to his old club Valencia.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Former Rangers full-back Arthur Numan has landed a scouting role with PSV Eindhoven but has refused to accept the post until the two teams have completed Thursday's Europa League match in Glasgow. A source close to the Dutchman said: Arthur has an emotional connection with both clubs. He developed a real bond with Rangers [he joined in 1998] and did not want to play any part in working against them." (Daily Record)


    AND FINALLY
    Arsenal fans are being hit with a big increase in ticket prices - even though the Gunners are not splashing out on players. The 7,000 club-level supporters at the Emirates have been told there will be a 6.5% increase for next season and there are fears the club will impose an across-the-board rise.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
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    March 17th,2011

    Everton boss David Moyes has said he is reluctant to sell midfielder Jack Rodwell and that Manchester United can forget about signing him cheaply.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will reportedly look to land Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema this summer as he looks to improve the club's attacking options.
    Full story: caughtoffside.com


    Tottenham are set to renew their interest in Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam after conceding Niko Kranjcar is likely to leave White Hart Lane in the summer.
    Full story: metro.co.uk


    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is lining up a double raid on Crystal Palace, with bids for highly-rated teenage striker Wilfried Zaha and midfielder Jon Williams.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Alberto Aquilani looks set for a Liverpool return at the end of the season as Juventus appear reluctant to pay the 15m euros required to keep him permanently. The 26-year-old Italian midfielder has been on loan at Juve since the summer.
    Full story: caughtoffside.com


    Barcelona are planning on hijacking Inter Milan's attempts to sign Tottenham's Gareth Bale in the summer by offering 40m for the flying winger.
    Full story: metro.co.uk


    Celtic boss Neil Lennon is ready to sign Coventry's Republic of Ireland keeper Keiren Westwood in a bargain free transfer swoop. Westwood is out of contract in the summer and has refused to sign a new deal at Coventry.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be "spitting mad" at his five-match touchline ban for comments about referee Martin Atkinson.
    Full story: The Sun


    Fulham manager Mark Hughes has emerged as a contender for the Bayern Munich job when Louis van Gaal walks away from the club this summer. Hughes has links with the German side after playing there in the 1980s.
    Full story: Daily Mail



    Former England captain Alan Shearer has said handing the England captaincy to John Terry will have a big effect on Rio Ferdinand and has questioned the way in which England boss Fabio Capello has announced the news.
    Full story: The Sun


    Wayne Rooney has pledged his best years to Manchester United, and told their fans: "I'll be here until my 30s." The 25-year-old striker is incensed by talk that he could quit Old Trafford this summer despite signing his blockbusting five-year 250,000-a-week contract just four months ago.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has warned his England team-mates that Spurs and Wales winger Gareth Bale is back to his "unstoppable" best ahead of next week's Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff.
    Full story: The Sun


    Renowned fitness expert Raymond Verheijen, who is now Wales's assistant manager, has tweeted to claim that Manchester United's fitness staff have "messed up", given they have 11 players out injured.
    Full story: The Guardian


    Arsenal's Theo Walcott is losing his fitness battle to play against West Brom on Saturday and also for England against Wales the following weekend.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is in the running for the Coventry City job after former manager Aidy Boothroyd was sacked earlier this week.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has defended his decision to allow defender Wayne Bridge and strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz to leave on loan in January when he has ended up short of players.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Defender Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he does not know when he'll be fit to play for Arsenal again after revealing he has suffered six relapses with his Achilles injury. Vermaelen has not played since picking up the injury last September.
    Full story: metro.co.uk

    Schalke 04 have sacked their coach Felix Magath despite the German club qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals.
    Full story: The Independent

    Ex-Burnley boss Brian Laws is in line for a return to former club Scunthorpe as replacement for axed manager Ian Baraclough.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    AND FINALLY
    Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has claimed he almost signed Andy Carroll from Newcastle two seasons ago, when he was still in charge of Wigan. However, the Latics could not afford the 4.5m asking price.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    And Black Cats midfielder Sulley Muntari says he wants to commit his long-term future to the club as long as his friend Asamoah Gyan keeps his mouth shut.
    Full story: The Sun
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    March 18th,2011

    Chelsea are plotting a move for Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
    And the Blues are in competition with Inter Milan for the signing of highly rated forward Ganso.
    Full story: talkSPORT
    However, the Stamford Bridge club's pursuit of Brazilian youngster Lucas Piazon has been criticised by Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Liverpool's answer to their left-back problem could be Osasuna defender Nacho Monreal, who has been watched by Reds director of football strategy Damien Comolli.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Aston Villa are set to renew their interest in Manchester United's Michael Owen following suggestions that Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has finally run out of patience with the injury-prone striker.
    Full story: Metro


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is monitoring the progress of 7m-rated Schalke striker Mario Gavranovic.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson, whose contract expires in the summer, is a transfer target for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    AC Milan are ready to test Newcastle's resolve with a 10m bid for left-back Jose Enrique in the summer.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Fulham manager Mark Hughes is keen to discuss his future with the club after he emerged as a candidate to succeed Louis van Gaal when the Dutchman leaves his post with Bayern Munich at the end of this season.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
    But Hughes has played down suggesstions of a switch from Craven Cottage to the Allianz Arena.
    Full story: Independent


    Former Football Association compliance officer Graham Bean was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's defence in the hearing which resulted in the Manchester United manager being given a five-match touchline ban for comments about referee Martin Atkinson. Bean has labelled the FA a "communist state" and says he has seen confidential reports by assessors criticising Atkinson.
    Full story: Daily Express


    Manchester United's owners could make the wages of their players more incentive based in a scheme which has not gone down well with players.
    Full story: the Sun


    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says midfielder James McCarthy will decide on whether to play for Scotland or the Republic of Ireland after the season is over.
    Full story: Daily Star

    AC Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Nesta will decide at the end of the season whether to retire following a series of injuries. He says he's "won things other people could only dream of."


    AND FINALLY
    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was caught on camera apparently laughing at striker Dimitar Berbatov as he sat on the bench during Tuesday's Champions League victory over Marseille at Old Trafford.
    Full story: Metro
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    March 19th,2011

    Arsenal will grant Cesc Fabregas his wish to join Barcelona this summer if the Catalan club meet the Gunners' 45m valuation of their Spanish playmaker.
    Full story: Goal.com


    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Juventus and Genoa hope to lure Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to Serie A next season.
    Full story: The Sun


    Manchester City have made a 30m bid for Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore, but the Sicilian club want 50m.
    Full story: TalkSport


    Liverpool have been told by Ajax that their 19-year-old Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen is not for sale.
    Full story: talkSport


    Charlton face a fight to hold onto teenage defender Carl Jenkinson after interest from Arsenal.
    Full story: TalkSport


    Liverpool are pondering a summer move for Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov.
    Full story: Caughtoffside


    West Ham's Kieron Dyer could move to Everton if his loan spell at Ipswich Town is successful.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Everton boss David Moyes has rubbished reports that Manchester United have already agreed a deal to sign the Toffees' 20-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Juventus have been scared off pursuing Chelsea's Jose Bosingwa after the Blues placed a 10m price tag on the Portuguese full-back.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Stoke and Blackburn are both chasing wantaway Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia, who is valued at 9m by the Latics.
    Full story: Daily Mail

    OTHER GOSSIP


    Former Chelsea defender Frank LeBoeuf thinks Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti will leave the club this summer.
    Full story: TalkSport


    Matthew Upson has tipped West Ham's centre back James Tomkins for an England call-up.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Coventry City will keep caretaker manager Andy Thorn in charge until the end of the season.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted a sixth trophy-less season with the Gunners would not prompt him to leave the north London club.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering recalling injury-plagued midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who has trained all week after lengthy treatment to his troublesome knee.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho lavished praise on Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp after the clubs were drawn together in the Champions League quarter-finals.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Liverpool have opened negotiations with interim boss Kenny Dalglish with a view to securing the Scot's services in a two-year deal.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Dalglish, meanwhile, has urged England boss Fabio Capello not to risk his striker Andy Carroll - who has just returned to action with his new club after a two-month spell out with a thigh injury - in next weekend's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.
    Full story: The Guardian


    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will be dropped for his club's Premier League trip to Chelsea on Sunday despite apologising for his red card in the Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.
    Full story: The Guardian


    West Ham boss Avram Grant claims he will borrow training methods from England's rugby union side after watching Martin Johnson's Grand Slam hopefuls being put through their paces.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Mohammed Bin Hammam has launched his campaign to unseat Sepp Blatter as Fifa president by promising to double the funding every national association receives from the world governing body.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Blackburn manager Steve Kean has rejected suggestions that he could face the axe after an alleged bust-up with Rovers' Indian owner Anuradha Desai.
    Full story: Daily Express


    Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has urged Manchester United stopper Edwin van der Sar to shelve his plans to retire at the end of the season ahead of the sides' Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Arsenal striker Andrey Arshavin has admitted he has been emotionally affected by the Gunners' recent dismal run that has reduced their four-pronged silverware hunt to just the Premier League trophy.
    Full story: Daily Express


    Chelsea centre back John Terry will be restored as England's permanent captain on Saturday - over a year since he was stripped of the role following allegations about his private life.
    Full story: The Sun


    Former Chelsea and current Dynamo Kiev striker Andrei Shevchenko has advised the Blues' 50m frontman Fernando Torres to "stay calm" and "relax" as the Spaniard bids to break his goal duck at Stamford Bridge.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will wait to see how he recovers from his latest calf injury before deciding whether or not to end his England career. The Times (subscription service)



    AND FINALLY


    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was forced to admit defeat - after failing to work out how to put on a club training bib in the warm-up for City's clash with Dynamo Kiev.
    Full story: Metro


    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has compared Stoke to the Wimbledon 'Crazy Gang' side that won the 1988 FA Cup, because of the Potters' perceived battling qualities.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has labelled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez "the most hated person in Ghana" after the Uruguayan's deliberate goal-line handball in his country's World Cup quarter-final defeat by the South Americans.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    League Two Stevenage have been accused of ordering their players to fake injury as part of an alleged ruse to conduct team talks during matches.
    Full story: The Sun
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    March 21st,2011


    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Manchester United are set to beat rivals Arsenal to the signature of talented Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is being lined up for a 10m move to Old Trafford.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is ready to outbid Tottenham for Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam this summer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Tottenham are hoping to lure Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson to White Hart Lane at the end of the season, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp willing to spend 12m on the England international.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell and Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero have been linked with Chelsea as Blues owner Roman Abramovich plans another summer spending spree, despite having spent a combined 73m on Fernando Torres and David Luiz in January.
    Full story: Metro


    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has not been put off by the 25m price tag Bolton have placed on their centre-back Gary Cahill because the Scot wants to increase his defensive options.
    Full story: Caught Offside



    Wolves are tracking St Johnstone midfielder Murray Davidson. The 23-year-old was called into the Scotland squad for their friendly against Brazil on Sunday.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Carlo Ancelotti will leave Chelsea at the end of the current season, regardless of results.
    Football journalist Ian McGarry on Twitter


    Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he is lucky to still be in a job after the Blues' poor performances of late.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    Chelsea defender John Terry says he is "honoured and proud" to reclaim the England captaincy, adding: "Anyone who ever asks me about Fabio [Capello], I can only say good words about him and that's the truth, regardless of what people might hear."
    Full story: the Sun


    Chelsea have confirmed they are "looking into" allegations that Manchester City players and referee Chris Foy were targeted by a fan with a laser pen during Sunday's Premier League meeting between the two sides at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 2-0.
    Full story: tribalfootball.com



    In the wake of Manuel Almunia's weekend calamity - when he gifted West Brom a goal by rushing out of his area - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is a long way off being ready to play in the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Mail



    Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has called for video technology to be used in the Premier League after the Black Cats were the victims of a penalty blunder in Sunday's game against Liverpool.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher concedes Liverpool did not deserve their penalty at the Stadium of Light, which gave the Reds an early lead en route to a 2-0 victory.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon could make a shock return in Sunday's friendly against Brazil at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. (Daily Record)
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    March 22nd,2011
    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Xabi Prieto, Real Sociedad's 10m-rated Spanish winger, is on Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish's summer wish list.
    Full story: the Sun

    Arsenal are to call Gael Clichy in for make-or-break contract talks. They fear the left-back will not stay at the Emirates and have pinpointed Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre as a potential replacement.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Striker Dimitar Berbatov will be a target for German side Bayern Munich if the 30-year-old's contract talks continue to stall at Manchester United.
    Full story: TalkSPORT


    Tottenham are ready to pay 5m to bring 29-year-old Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole to White Hart Lane.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Real Madrid will need to pay 21.8m to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who is also a target for Chelsea.
    Full story: goal.com


    Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are chasing Real Madrid's 24-year-old Argentine midfielder Fernando Gago, who could cost 10m.
    Full story: TalkSPORT


    Manchester City want to sign 24-year-old Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey as competition for 23-year-old Joe Hart.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Striker Craig Bellamy says he will return to Manchester City next season following a term on loan at Cardiff from Eastlands.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Juventus are set to swoop for Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, 27, and his Argentina colleagues Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid and Javier Mascherano of Barcelona.
    Full story: TalkSPORT


    Everton tell Liverpool to forget about trying to sign defender Leighton Baines. The 26-year-old England international has a contract at Goodison Park until 2015.
    Full story: TalkSPORT


    Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera, a free agent this summer, is already being tracked by clubs in Italy and Spain.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele went on a scouting mission to Germany on Sunday because transfer targets Manuel Neuer of Schalke and Rene Adler of Bayer Leverkusen played against each other.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand rang reinstated England captain John Terry to tell him that he has no problem with the Chelsea defender taking over the role he had taken away from him by national manger Fabio Capello.
    Full story: the Sun

    Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has promised that this season the club will not lose their nerve in the battle to qualify for an automatic Champions League spot.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Carlos Tevez would have risked missing the rest of the season had he played for Manchester City against Chelsea with a muscle injury on Sunday. The Argentine forward is now expected to return in two to three weeks.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifying match, Wales forward Craig Bellamy has mocked the expectations heaped on England players while blaming pressure for their poor World Cup.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Fitness permitting, England boss Capello would like to start Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney with Liverpool forward Andy Carroll against Wales on Saturday.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    AND FINALLY
    Vietnam veteran General Charles Krulak, who is the right-hand man to Aston Villa club owner Randy Lerner, has issued a rallying cry for the club to survive relegation from the Premier League this season.
    Full story: the Sun


    Wolves winger Matt Jarvis phoned the restaurant his parents were eating in to tell them of his England call-up. "Fortunately they were there so I was able to tell them the news," said the 24-year-old.
    Full story: Metro


    The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, wants to tackle dissent with a five-yard exclusion zone around referees and the introduction of sin bins. Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has joked he would rather play behind 48-year-old youth team coach Steve Bould than any of the club's current centre-halves. He also branded striker Nicklas Bendtner "arrogant" and fellow stopper Jens Lehmann "still a nutcase".
    Full story: Daily Star
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    March 23rd,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Representatives of Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, 27, have sounded out Manchester United officials about the possibility of an 18m transfer in the summer.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 29, to replace Mario Balotelli after losing patience with the Italian because of his behaviour.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Manchester United are set to swoop for 16-year-old Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez in a 3m deal.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Richard Dunne's recent off-field spat with Aston Villa's coaching staff has made the Republic of Ireland centre-back, 31, a target for both Liverpool and Manchester United.
    Full story: Metro


    West Ham manager Avram Grant is considering bringing Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand, 26, back to Upton Park.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Real Madrid have enquired about the availability of Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, 24, who is rated at 40m and is also wanted by Manchester United and Manchester City.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    On-loan Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is likely to sign a permanent deal for Juventus at the end of the season, the Italian's agent has revealed.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Tottenham will attempt to sign Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 26, in the summer - although Liverpool are also keen on the 12.5m-rated star.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    A call-up to the senior England squad has sparked interest in 24-year-old Wolves winger Matt Jarvis from Newcastle and Liverpool.
    Full story: Metro


    Midfielder Lassana Diarra, 26, has put Manchester United and Tottenham on red alert by telling Real Madrid that they should play him or let him go.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    The father of Ajax's highly rated 19-year-old midfielder Christian Eriksen has insisted the Dane will not be joining an English club, despite reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
    Full story: Metro


    River Plate midfielder Erik Lamela, considered to be one of South America's hottest young prospects, is set to become the subject of a summer bidding war after Tottenham and Liverpool joined Barcelona in a race for the 19-year-old Argentine's signature.
    Full story: Metro


    Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, 29, is wanted by Turkish giants Galatasaray. The Pole is reportedly keen on a move away from Old Trafford.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Fulham are favourites ahead of Bolton and Everton to sign Plymouth's 17-year-old defender Jack Stevens.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    West Ham will try to sign on-loan Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge, 30, on a permanent deal if they avoid relegation this season.
    Full story: the Sun


    Wolfsburg's 15m-rated Brazilian playmaker Diego, 26, says he is honoured that Liverpool have shown an interest in acquiring his services.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Wigan have joined the chase for Carlisle's Ivory Coast striker Francois Zoko, who has a 100,000 buy-out clause and is being watched by a number of Championship and Spanish clubs.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Aston Villa are leading the chase for Inter Milan's out-of-favour Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga, 23.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Arsenal have agreed a 220,000 deal for Hertha Berlin defender Leander Siemann, 15, after he impressed on trial at the club in February.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Bayern Munich have joined the race for Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique, 25, with Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan also thought to be in the running.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Bolton are in talks with Championship promotion-chasers Cardiff about letting full-back Jlloyd Samuel, 29, join on loan, with a view to a permanent move.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has put the Blues on alert for a possible return to Stamford Bridge by admitting he is set to quit as Turkey manager.
    Full story: the Sun


    Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has tightened the club's disciplinary code following the controversy over the outbursts aimed at the club's coaching staff by defensive duo James Collins and Richard Dunne a fortnight ago.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Arsenal striker Robin van Persie says the Premier League title is theirs to lose, even though the Gunners are five points behind Manchester United with a game in hand.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Jim Magilton has accused Ipswich of engaging in a "long and unnecessary dispute" after the Northern Irishman settled a legal case to be paid compensation over his managerial dismissal by the Suffolk club in April 2009.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Rafael van der Vaart has spoken of his growing frustration at being regularly substituted by Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp but expects the storm to blow over during his 10 days away from White Hart Lane on international duty with the Netherlands.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Mick McCarthy expects to remain as Wolves manager next season - even if the club are relegated from the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Liverpool's Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt, 30, is set to agree a new contract that will keep him at Anfield until 2014.
    Full story: The Sun


    Manchester City's hopes of signing Barcelona full-back Dani Alves appear to have been dashed after the Brazilian, 27, agreed a new three-year contract at the Nou Camp.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    AND FINALLY
    Wales boss Gary Speed has drafted in musical beauty Courtenay Hamilton - Miss Wales 2010 - to help his team learn the national anthem ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against England on Saturday.
    Full story: the Sun


    Sports Minister Hugh Robertson says the Government will consider reintroducing standing areas at top-level football matches - 21 years after Lord Justice Taylor recommended terracing should be outlawed in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.
    Full story: the Guardian
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    March 24th,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Liverpool are set to go head to head with Manchester United for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. The 25-year-old tops a list of summer targets for the the Merseysiders that also includes Wolves wideman Matt Jarvis, Bolton defender Gary Cahill and Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam.
    Full story: the Times (requires subscription)


    Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti wants 60m-rated Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore to provide the ammunition for misfiring Fernando Torres but hopes to land him for 30m.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester City have started to sound out possible replacements for controversial forward Mario Balotelli, with Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi at the top of their list.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Arsenal and Bayern Munich are leading the way in the chase for Bolton defender Gary Cahill after sending representatives to watch him in action against Manchester United at the weekend. Bolton are tracking Real Mallorca's Ivan Ramis as a possible replacement.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Juventus have Liverpool and England's Glen Johnson and Chelsea's Jose Bosingwa on their list of right-back targets for next season.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is understood to have approached French club Lille about the possibility of securing both Moussa Sow and Gervinho on a deal that would result in the pair spearheading a 40m-rated Magpies attack next season.
    Full story: Metro


    AC Milan centre-back Thiago Silva has suggested he may be open to a summer move to Manchester United.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Five teenage Brazilians - Gladstony, Aguilar, Lucas Evangelista, Agnaldo and Rafael Leao - from Sao Paulo academy Desportivo Brasil were guests of Manchester United at the club's recent match against Bolton. The quintet are set to link up with Dutch side Twente before switching to Old Trafford as part of United's plan to develop their own South American talent.
    Full story: Daily Mail



    Scouts representing Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham will watch Ipswich striker Connor Wickham on England Under-21 duty against Denmark on Thursday night.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    Arsenal have agreed a 220,000 deal to sign 15-year-old centre-back Leander Siemann from German side Hertha Berlin, according to reports in Germany.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Charlton's teenage left-back Carl Jenkinson has rejected the offer of a new contract and could be poised for a dream summer move to Arsenal.
    Full story: Daily Mail

    OTHER GOSSIP


    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will be dropped by England coach Fabio Capello for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales after more than seven years as an automatic selection.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Real Madrid's former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that his next job will definitely be back in England.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted it would be "a dream" to return to Anfield. The Spaniard was sacked by Inter Milan in December.
    Full story: Sky Sports


    Liverpool's 50m sale of striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea lifted a cloud over Anfield, according to the club's newly appointed director of football Damien Comolli.
    Full story: the Sun


    Everton striker Louis Saha has admitted that it is "going to be difficult" for him to play again this season after suffering an ankle injury against Fulham on Saturday.
    Full story: L'Equipe (in French)


    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand could yet return for the closing stages of the season. The 32-year-old is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a calf injury after visiting leading specialist Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Germany this week.
    Full story: the Guardian


    England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce is to risk the wrath of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish by calling up Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere and Reds striker Andy Carroll for the Under-21 European Championship this summer.
    Full story: the Sun


    Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has promised to stop behaving badly for the rest of his playing career if he gets words of advice from his Brazilian idol Ronaldo.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    The Professional Footballers' Association and the Football Association have launched an investigation into footage posted online that appears to show Port Vale defender Exodus Geohaghon being racially abused by his own fans.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    A new 50m television rights deal, set to run for four years from 2014, will be used by Scotland coach Craig Levein to restructure Scottish football from top to bottom. (Daily Record)




    AND FINALLY
    Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne will perform a tell-all stage show to help him get over his troubles, teaming up with fellow ex-international Jimmy Greaves for the no-holds-barred performance in Bournemouth called the Gazza and Greavsie Show, which will include jokes, anecdotes and questions from the crowd.
    Full story: Daily Mirror



    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will meet with BBC director general Mark Thompson to discuss his refusal to speak to the broadcaster for the past six years. Ferguson's decision not to give interviews to the corporation followed a documentary that made allegations about his football agent son Jason.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    The Football Association has admitted that it will be "very difficult" to prevent some England fans succeeding in their plans to bring inflatable sheep to the Millennium Stadium for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales.
    Full story: the Sun


    England manager Fabio Capello, criticised by some for his strict regime during England's unsuccessful 2010 World Cup campaign, refused to allow his players to play golf in the sun on Wednesday, instead instructing them to stay in their rooms at their hotel in Watford.
    Full story: the Independent
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    March 25th,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Chelsea and Manchester City both want Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who is set to leave AC Milan on a free transfer after rejecting a new deal.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is a top transfer target for Arsenal, according to ex-Gunners stopper Bob Wilson.
    Full story: Metro


    Sir Alex Ferguson's hopes of bringing Manuel Neuer to Manchester United have been hit after the Schalke goalkeeper claimed he only wants to leave Germany to go on holiday.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is considering a move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who he worked with when the pair were both at Birmingham. Wigan playmaker Charles N'Zogbia is also in Bruce's sights.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has joined Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan in the race for Roma defender Philippe Mexes - although Dalglish would prefer to sign Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Birmingham City defender Scott Dann has also been targeted by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Spanish giants Barcelona are winning the race to sign coveted Fiorentina wing-back Juan Vargas - leaving Manchester City out in the cold.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Defender Wes Brown is considering leaving Manchester United at the end of the season as the 31-year-old believes he stands a better chance of signing a long-term deal elsewhere.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Arsenal will conduct a major clear-out in the summer in order to reinvest in big name signings.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Arsenal's pursuit of Dutch youngster Stefan de Vrij has been dealt a major blow after the Feyenoord defender revealed his desire to play for Barcelona.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Tottenham will battle Ajax and Borussia Dortmund for VVV Venlo striker Ahmed Musa. It is expected to take more than 5m to secure the 18-year-old Nigerian.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Ipswich's 10m-rated striker Connor Wickham has dampened speculation that he may make a summer switch to Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham by insisting he wants to secure promotion from the Championship with his current club.
    Full story: Metro


    Bolton are poised to make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Andreas Ottl.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Arsenal are to make a shock move for Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    As many as eight senior players - including winger Ashley Young and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor - are considering their Aston Villa futures after growing unhappy with manager Gerard Houllier's strict regime. The Frenchman has banned mobile phones from the dressing room and imposed a system of fines for those breaking his rules.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Hamburg striker Mladen Petric as manager Alan Pardew looks to bring in new attacking options following the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    Bolton defender Ricardo Gardner is set to end his 13-year spell at the club by signing for Preston in the summer.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has claimed no club could bid enough money to convince him to part with Luka Modric - not even if they offered a billion pounds.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi's son has claimed Manchester City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli would be a great signing for the Italian giants.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is considering retiring from England duty amid rumours he will be axed for the game against Wales.
    Full story: Metro


    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has denied that left-sided star Gareth Bale was injured before he joined up with the Wales squad. Bale, 21, has pulled out of Saturday's match against England with a hamstring injury which international boss Gary Speed claims he picked up with his club.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Tottenham defender William Gallas is poised to sign a new two-year deal at White Hart Lane.
    Full story: the Sun


    Scotland midfielder Scott Brown says he will approach Sunday's friendly against Brazil in the same determined, competitive way as he would a Sunday League match. (Daily Record)
    AND FINALLY


    Qatar 2022 World Cup organisers are designing cloud-like craft that will hover between stadiums and the sun to stem the summer heat.
    Full story: Metro


    Manchester United winger Nani claims that manager Sir Alex Ferguson has made him cut out the tricks that he used when playing on the streets as a youngster.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Former Aston Villa and England midfielder Lee Hendrie, 33, is currently plying his trade at Indonesian side Bandung. His new team are bottom of their division after just one win in their first nine games of the season.
    Full story: the Independent


    West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has paid Stoke a bill of 200 after he smashed a picture in the Britannia Stadium tunnel following January's 1-1 draw.
    Full story: Daily Mail
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    March 26th,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United target Eden Hazard will be allowed to leave Lille if they receive a "super offer" for the midfielder this summer.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has dashed Manchester United's and Tottenham's hopes of signing him by saying his is happy with life at the Bernabeu.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Liverpool will look to sign French defender Philippe Mexes from Roma if they fail in their attempts to sign Bolton's Gary Cahill.
    Full story: The Sun


    West Ham are locked in a battle with Werder Bremen and Lazio to sign Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    West Brom are in talks to sign Japan's World Cup goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima from Belgian club Lierse.
    Full story: Daily Mail



    Spanish club Villarreal are chasing Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva and Blackpool's David Vaughan in a double swoop this summer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Ivory Coast striker Gervinho has welcomed being monitored by Newcastle. The Lille striker is being watched by Alan Pardew as the Magpies seek a replacement for Andy Carroll.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is being lined up for a shock Premier League return to replace underfire Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa.
    Full story: The Sun


    And eight Aston Villa players are to walk out on the club this summer as a protest against manager Houllier's tough new regime, it has been claimed.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    England forward Ashley Young, meanwhile, fears he is becoming a scapegoat for Villa's slide down the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed that being made Wales captain is the best moment of his young career and the 20-year-old backed his team to shock England in Cardiff.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not ruled out replacing Spaniard Manuel Almunia with 41-year-old goalkeeper Jens Lehmann when Blackburn visit the Emirates stadium on 2 April.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Croatia midfielder Luka Modric insists Tottenham will prove they are better than Manchester City by finishing above them in the Premier League table for the second consecutive season.
    Full story: The Sun


    Portuguese forward Nani has said he is restricted by Manchester United in the type of football he wants to play.
    Full story: The Guardian


    Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves' hopes of playing again this season have suffered a blow after he suffered a shoulder injury in training.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    AND FINALLY

    Former Wales defender Chris Coleman believes they need "a miracle" to beat Fabio Capello's side in Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier.
    Full story: talkSPORT
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    March 27th,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Manchester United are reportedly planning a move to lure Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart to Old Trafford.
    Full story: caughtoffside


    Manchester United want Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder as a replacement for Paul Scholes.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    United are also considering an 8m summer swoop for Blackpool's sought-after midfielder Charlie Adam.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Striker Danny Wellbeck, who is currently on loan at Sunderland from Manchester United, could be the key as the
    Red Devils look to secure a move for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. United will offer the Toffees Wellbeck in a player-plus-cash deal.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Liverpool are apparently interested in Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton and may move to sign the youngster this summer.
    Full story: caughtoffside


    Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has added Barcelona winger Jeffren Suarez to his summer transfer wish list.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    And Dalglish will battle it out with Chelsea this summer to sign Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
    Full story: the People


    Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is set to take advantage of defender Wes Brown's falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United by signing the full-back this summer.
    Full story: caughtoffside


    Brown is also a target for Premier League sides Everton and Sunderland.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Aston Villa and West Ham United are leading the chase to buy Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole.
    Full story: caughtoffside


    Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are battling for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Newcastle are scouting AZ Alkmaar striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson as a replacement for Andy Carroll, who joined Liverpool for 35m in the January transfer window.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    West Ham are hot on the trail of Newcastle defender Danny Simpson, while Rangers are set to make a summer swoop for Toon midfielder Alan Smith.
    Full story: the People


    Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has advised Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to sign his former room-mate at Marseille, defender Mehdi Benatia.
    Full story: Daily Mirror Tony Pulis wants to sign Leeds midfielder Robert Snodgrass as a replacement for Glenn Whelan, who is out of contract in the summer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy wants to return to the Premier League, even if he has to play as a reserve. The Dutch striker says he will leave current club Hamburg at the end of the season.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is set to ask for 100m summer transfer kitty, despite having already spent around 150m on players during his time at Eastlands.
    Full story: the People


    Midfielder Marouane Fellaini's dad has upset Everton manager David Moyes by claiming the Toffees are not a big enough club for his son.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Striker Craig Bellamy is considering quitting international football, which will add to the pressure on new Wales manager Gary Speed. "I will see how I am in the summer. I'd love to keep going as much as I can. I enjoy football and it's important to me," said Bellamy, who played in Wales 2-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat by England on Saturday.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    West Brom defender Abdoulaye Meite will extend his contract if the Baggies avoid relegation from the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is losing the support of his chairman Dave Whelan. The Latics are currently bottom of the Premier League table.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Guiding their clubs to survival may not be enough to keep Avram Grant and Gerard Houllier in jobs this summer. There is a growing belief inside West Ham amd Aston Villa that their current bosses will get the boot, even if they avoid the drop.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    And Villa have put Everton manager David Moyes top of their short list to replace Houllier this summer.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Sunderland midfielder *Sulley Muntari believes Black Cats boss Steve Bruce and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp are the men England should be seeking to *replace Fabio Capello.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Midfielder Adel Taarabt will discuss an improved deal at QPR. But the Championship player of the season may not put pen to paper until the end of the year.
    Full story: the People


    Midfielder Steve Sidwell is set to make his loan move from Aston Villa to Fulham permanent in the summer by signing a three-year-deal at Craven Cottage.
    Full story: the People


    AND FINALLY
    Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Lucas Leiva believes his country's international friendly against Scotland on Sunday is "very important" but admits that he may have to upset club manager and former Scottish international Kenny Dalglish if he is to secure victory.
    Full story: Daily Mail
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    March 28th,2011

    BREAKING GOSSIP

    Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he was "hours" away from taking the England manager's job in 2007 before the appointment of Fabio Capello. A last-minute change of heart persuaded the Portuguese to stay in club management.
    Full story: L'Equipe


    Brazilian hot-shot Neymar, 19, who scored twice in a friendly against Scotland on Sunday, says he would prefer to move to Italy rather than England when he quits Santos to move to Europe.
    Full story: Inside Futbol


    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish will try to sign Blackpool's Charlie Adam, Aston Villa's Ashley Young and Barcelona's Jeffren for a combined 32m in a summer spending spree.
    Full story: Caught Offside


    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says the Catalan club is unwilling to pay the 43m price tag that Arsenal have put on midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Blackburn Rovers are in talks to sign Hamburg's former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on a free transfer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Leicester City midfielder Andy King will sign a contract extension with the Championship club, despite interest from Everton and West Brom.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    England manager Fabio Capello has risked the wrath of fans by declaring he plans to send out a team of reserves against Ghana at Wembley.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    As a result, Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is in line to captain England against the World Cup quarter-finalists.
    Full story: the Independent


    Football Association director of communications Adrian Bevington says Tuesday's friendly is not meaningless and instead presents a chance for England to assess players at international level.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Capello told him of his decision to change the England captaincy, despite the Italian's failure to talk personally with Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Gerrard says he received a telephone call in which he was told John Terry was to be reinstated as skipper.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says England boss Capello told the side to play like Barcelona in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales, which the Italian's side won 2-0.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    The Arsenal youngster also wants to play for the England Under-21s in the European Championship in Denmark in the summer, a selection that is likely to place a strain on relations between his club and the FA.
    Full story: the Guardian


    Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, who scored the second England goal in Cardiff on Saturday, says he wants to replicate his international goalscoring form at club level, with Villa battling against relegation.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Ghana's Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has set his sights on making history by helping his country become the first African nation to beat England when they meet at Wembley on Tuesday.
    Full story: Daily Telegraph


    Wales striker Craig Bellamy is considering retiring from international football.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Arsenal's Gael Clichy says he is upset after losing his place in the France national side to Manchester United's Patrice Evra, who had been left out following his antics at the World Cup in South Africa.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says he would require a 20m salary and a transfer budget of 150m if he were to return to the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Express


    Aston Villa defender Kyle Walker will be fit for their end-of-season run-in, despite picking up a groin injury while on duty with England.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen says he is happy at Rugby Park after turning down the Scunthorpe job - but admits he would have to seriously consider the Finland position if he was offered it.
    Full story: Daily Record


    AND FINALLY
    No-one reminded Wayne Rooney he was on a yellow card before Saturday's game in Wales. Rooney's booking means he will miss the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on 4 June.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Sao Paolo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored the 100th goal of his career - a free-kick placed in the top right-hand corner - to give the Brazilian club a 2-1 win over rivals Corinthians.
    Full story: the Guardian
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    March 29th,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 26, has hinted he is ready to listen to Manchester United's overtures, possibly paving the way for a record-breaking 30m-plus transfer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester United are weighing up a move for Werder Bremen's vastly experienced 26-year-old centre-back Per Mertesacker this summer.
    Full story: Caughtoffside.com


    Bayern Munich are the latest club to join the race for Arsenal's 25-year-old defender Gael Clichy.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Palermo have suggested they are expecting bids from a number of English clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, for midfielder Javier Pastore, 21, in the summer.
    Full story: Metro


    A host of Europe's top clubs are gearing up for a summer battle for winger Gareth Bale after Tottenham made an approach to sign Lyon's Michel Bastos as a replacement, according to reports in the Italian press.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Germany World Cup star Miroslav Klose, 32, is set to seal a free transfer to Tottenham this summer.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Chelsea want to reunite 27-year-old Fernando Torres with his former Atletico Madrid strike partner Sergio Aguero, 22, at Stamford Bridge.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    David Luiz has urged 19-year-old Brazil team-mate Neymar to join him at Chelsea after the Santos striker admitted he wants to move to Europe.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Bosnia striker Vedad Ibisevic, 26, who plays for German side Hoffenheim, is wanted by Premier League sides Aston Villa and West Brom.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Manchester United have agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid to sign 20-year-old keeper David de Gea this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press.
    Full story: Caughtoffside.com


    Brazilian playmaker Ganso has vowed to honour his Santos contract and shun Chelsea, Spurs and Inter Milan.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is being lined up for a 3m move to Napoli as the Reds continue to track Blackpool star Charlie Adam, 25, as a central midfield replacement.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Liverpool will reportedly attempt to land Inter Milan left-back Davide Santon by offering Alberto Aquilani, 26, in return for the talented 20-year-old Italian international.
    Full story: Caughtoffside.com


    Blackburn manager Steve Kean has confirmed Rovers want to take Hamburg's Ruud van Nistelrooy on a free transfer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
    However, the 34-year-old former Manchester United forward wants 4m a season in wages to return to the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is also preparing a big- money offer for Van Nistelrooy.
    Full story: Caughtoffside.com


    Spurs are lining up a summer move for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, 25, according to reports in Spain.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Birmingham are tracking 15-goal Dundee United and Scotland striker David Goodwillie, 21, who is also a target for Rangers.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    OTHER GOSSIP
    England manager Fabio Capello is angry at Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho's claims that he was "hours away" from accepting the England job after being sacked by Chelsea.
    Full story: Daily Express


    Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard admits the players let down Roy Hodgson during the former Fulham manager's six months in charge at Anfield before being sacked in January.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has told Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas to prepare himself for a backlash if he leaves the Gunners for Barcelona, having seen himself go from hero to zero on Merseyside after quitting Anfield for Stamford Bridge in January.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam has pledged to put all talk of a summer transfer to one side to focus on keeping his club in the Premier League.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    AND FINALLY
    Manchester United are the most hated company in the UK, more so than banks, utility companies or budget airlines, according to an online survey of more than 1,000 people.
    Full story: Metro
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    March 30th,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to add "two or three" players to his squad this summer, with Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 25, Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 26, Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill, 25, and Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell, 19, likely to be his top targets.
    Full story: the Sun


    Manchester United are tracking Ajax's Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen, 23, who is also being watched by Arsenal.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Chelsea want to sign Dutch international right-back Gregory van der Wiel from Ajax for 12m.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester City full-back Alexander Kolarov is a target for AC Milan, who hope to pay about 12m for the 25-year-old Serbia defender.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Newcastle are weighing up a move for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree an extension with the Midlands outfit.
    Full story: Daily Mail
    Meanwhile, Aston Villa's French midfielder Robert Pires, 37, is considering offers from Australia, Qatar and the United States when his contract expires in May.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Birmingham midfielder Lee Bowyer, 34, is a summer target for Queens Park Rangers and Derby, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Wolves are considering a move for free agent Jeremie Aliadiere, 28, to cover for the injured Kevin Doyle. The French striker was released by Middlesbrough last season and has been training with Arsenal while he tries to secure a new club.
    Full story: Daily Mail
    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll is ready to sign a short-term deal with League Two strugglers Barnet. The 33-year-old, who played in Barnet reserves' 2-1 defeat by Tottenham on Tuesday, is a free agent after returning from Odense in Denmark.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Italian giants Juventus have put Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on their shortlist to take over as manager in the summer. Luigi Del Neri is currently at the helm but his side have had a disappointing season.
    Full story: the Sun


    Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has suffered another setback after limping off during a friendly against Barnet with a calf problem. The 31-year-old is out of contract in the summer and the latest injury could leave his Spurs future in doubt.
    Full story: the Sun


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury suffered by Robin van Persie. The Gunners striker was forced off with a knee problem before half-time during the Netherlands' 5-3 win over Hungary in their Euro 2012 qualifying tie on Tuesday.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Liverpool's 20-year-old right-back Martin Kelly is unlikely to play again this season after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring injury that has kept him out of action for a month.
    Full story: Daily Mail

    AND FINALLY
    German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann endured a torrid time on his Arsenal return on Tuesday. The 41-year-old, who was coaxed out of retirement by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, made a string of errors as Arsenal's reserve side lost 2-1 at Wigan.
    Full story: Daily Express
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    March 31,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Tottenham are close to beating Arsenal and Manchester United to the 15m capture of teenage Ipswich striker Connor Wickham.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Atletico Madrid's Uruguay striker Diego Forlan said he would consider a good offer from Spurs this summer.
    Full story: Metro


    Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar has warned Tottenham that he is ready to leave the club unless he gets more regular football before the end of the season.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester United will launch a fresh attempt to sign David de Gea, 20, after Atletico Madrid rejected their offer of 17.5m for the Spain Under-21 goalkeeper.
    Full story: The Times (subscription only)

    Manchester United have agreed a first option on Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez, 16. The Universidad de Chile youngster has impressed in the South American Under-17 Championship in Ecuador and has trained in Manchester.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Arsenal are weighing up the option of signing Italy's veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 33, who will be available on a free transfer from Juventus this summer.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Alberto Aquilani is willing to return to Liverpool at the end of the season if Juventus do not make the 26-year-old Italian's loan deal permanent.
    Full story: The Times (subscription only)


    Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro de Oliveira insists their striker Neymar, a target for Premier League side Chelsea, is going nowhere.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Arsenal and Manchester City are tracking Scotland and Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Newcastle watched Reading striker Shane Long impress against Macedonia and Uruguay for Ireland in the last week but will face competition from Wolves, Aston Villa, West Ham and Stoke.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Everton and Tottenham are interested in signing Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc, 31, from Fiorentina.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Wigan and Portsmouth want Ipswich captain David Norris, 30, when the midfielder's contract expires this summer.
    Full story: Daily Star


    England Under-21 goalkeeper Frank Fielding is set to sign for Nigel Clough's Derby in a 400,000 switch from Blackburn.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

    OTHER GOSSIP
    Mario Balotelli is set to be fined a week's wages of 100,000 and given an official warning about his behaviour after the Manchester City striker, 20, threw darts at youth team players from a window at the club's training ground.
    Full story: the Sun


    France striker Karim Benzema is an injury doubt for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Tottenham at the Bernabeu on 5 April after the 23-year-old suffered a knock to his thigh while on international duty.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has wanted to leave the club for "one or two years" according to one of his former Anfield understudies.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has a poor attitude and the Blues should sell him, says ex-boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
    Full story: Metro
    Meanwhile, Chelsea's plan to sell the naming rights to Stamford Bridge has failed to get a single serious bid after dozens of blue-chip companies baulked at Chelsea's price of 100m for a 10-year deal.
    Full story: the Sun


    Everton manager David Moyes admits he made a mistake by not signing another striker last summer.
    Full story: talkSPORT
    Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun has given Chelsea a huge lift by targeting a first-team return within a fortnight after six months out with a knee ligament injury.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said his club will try to sign England striker Danny Welbeck on a permanent deal, with the forward currently on loan at the Black Cats from Manchester United.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Welbeck made his senior England debut in the 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana on Tuesday but the 20-year-old could still change his mind and represent the Black Stars in the future as he is eligible for both sides until he plays an official Fifa competitive game.
    Full story: the Sun


    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard believes midfielder Jack Wilshere and striker Andy Carroll should have the final say on whether they play for England in the Under-21 Euro Championship.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

    The Football Association are writing to companies in a bid to save the FA Cup as sponsors E.ON prepare to walk away. The FA have so far been unable to find a new sponsor for the famous competition.
    Full story: Daily Express
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    April 1,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Manchester United are closing in on a 25m move for England forward Ashley Young, who has rejected a 80,000 a week new deal from Aston Villa.
    Full story: The Sun


    German centre-back Per Mertesacker is set to join Arsenal in the summer after the general manager of his current club Werder Bremen, Klaus Allofs, indicated the international could leave.
    Full story: Metro

    Bolton are resigned to selling 20m-rated England defender Gary Cahill in the summer with Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa and clubs on the continent all interested.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Liverpool are preparing a clear-out as the Anfield side looks to generate funds for significant signings this summer. The likes of midfielders Milan Jovanovic, Alberto Aquilani and Christian Poulsen and full-backs Philipp Degen and Paul Konchesky will all be sold.
    Full story: caughtoffside.com


    The Merseysiders, meanwhile, will battle with Chelsea and Barcelona to sign Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Willian.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Belgian hotshot Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, is being tipped for a summer move to the Premier League by his current club Anderlecht.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Lukaku will cost Chelsea about 25m if they decide to bid for the youngster in the summer.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Aston Villa are ready to launch another attempt to sign Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, as long as Gerard Houllier remains as manager.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng is a target for German outfit Bayern Munich less than a season after arriving from Hamburg.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Real Madrid are said to be lining up moves for Tottenham midfielder Sandro and Man United striker Javier Hernandez as Real manager Jose Mourinho looks to the Bernabeu board to back him in the summer transfer market
    Full story: caughtoffside.com
    The Spanish giants are also preparing to offer 15m move for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as Mourinho continues his behind-the-scenes power struggle with general director Jorge Valdano.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Real Madrid look to have the upper hand over Chelsea in the race to sign Brazilian striker Neymar after reportedly offering Santos forward Kaka as part of a possible deal.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Robert Pires is weighing up whether to retire or to play in Qatar, Australia or the United States when his short-term contract with Aston Villa expires this summer.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
    Meanwhile, Villa are monitoring 21-year-old Le Havre striker Ryan Mendes da Graca.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Manchester United are preparing an audacious summer move for Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery.
    Full story: caughtoffside.com

    United have held initial talks about a 17.5m move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea as a long-term replacement for Edwin van der Sar, who will retire at the end of the season.
    Full story: Daily Star


    Arsenal are locked in a battle with AC Milan to secure the signing of Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Newcastle's hopes of finding a replacement for former striker Andy Carroll have taken another hit with reported target Mario Gomez set to join Napoli from Bayern Munich.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier says he has the full backing of chairman Randy Lerner - despite the club hovering one point above the Premier League's relegation zone.
    Full story: The Guardian


    Tottenham's Gareth Bale hopes to be compared with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who he faces next week in the Champions League quarter-final, and Barcelona's Lionel Messi as among the best footballers in the world.
    Full story: The Sun


    Roy Hodgson says he never had a chance of winning over Liverpool fans because they wanted Kenny Dalglish as manager rather than him. Hodgson, who was sacked by Liverpool in January, will manage West Brom against his former club in the Premier League on Saturday.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has ordered striker Mario Balotelli to stop his bad-boy antics because the club's patience is wearing thin.
    Full story: Daily Express


    Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has been hailed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's natural successor and the man whose goals can fire Manchester United to the Treble by former Red Devils forward Andy Cole.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Former Germany striker Oliver Bierhoff says England will never win the World Cup or European Championships with a foreign manager. The Times (subscription required)
    Injury-plagued midfielder Yossi Benayoun is hoping to return within a fortnight to aid Chelsea's push for silverware.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Harry Redknapp being the next Premier League manager to leave his post. The Tottenham boss, who has been linked with the England job once Fabio Capello leaves the role, was 100-1 on Thursday morning but that dropped to 8-1 by the afternoon.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Sunderland want to secure permanent deals for midfielder Sulley Muntari and defender John Mensah. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce has first options on the on-loan pair, who will cost 5m each from Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits to being baffled by Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp's reputation as an old-school English manager and believes he would reign in Spain too.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Former England manager Steve McClaren watched Newcastle train - but the ex Wolfsburg and FC Twente boss was purely attending as an observer.
    The Times (subscription required)


    AND FINALLY
    Real Madrid have banned Shakira's music at the Bernabeu - because the Colombian singer's boyfriend Gerard Pique plays for rivals Barcelona.
    Full story: Daily Star

    APRIL FOOL'S ALERT? CHECK THE DATE...
    Portugal have sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Spain for 160 million euros in a bid to reduce their crippling national debt. Observers claim the move could lead to "the destruction of the World Cup".
    Full story: the Independent
    Fulham have ordered their players to perform a "Moonwalk" goal celebration if they score against Blackpool this weekend to mark the unveiling of the Michael Jackson statue, which stands outside the ground.
    Full story: Daily Mail

    Spanish giants Barcelona will visit Port Vale for a friendly this summer - but as Vale's first team will be in the United States, they will face the Valiants' youth team instead. Tickets are on sale until noon.
    Full story: Port Vale official website
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    April 2,2011

    TRANSFER GOSSIP
    Arsenal are preparing a 10m move for Everton's Leighton Baines as fears grow over the future of left-back Gael Clichy. The French defender, out of contract at the end of next season, has revealed he will not discuss a new deal until the end of this campaign.
    Full story: Daily Mail


    Ipswich boss Paul Jewell appears to have resigned himself to losing 15m-rated striker Connor Wickham, who has just turned 18, to either Tottenham or Liverpool in the summer.
    Full story: Metro


    Copenhagen left-back Oscar Wendt has confirmed his agent is in talks with several clubs across Europe over a move this summer, with Liverpool and Newcastle involved.
    Full story: Metro

    Chelsea insist Brazilian superstar Neymar is not on their shopping list. The 19-year-old Santos striker starred in his country's 2-0 win over Scotland last Sunday and was close to joining Chelsea last season but manager Carlo Ancelotti said: "He is very young and a fantastic talent but at the moment we're not interested."
    Full story: talkSPORT


    Wolves boss Mick McCarthy says it would be impossible to prevent winger Matt Jarvis from leaving if a big club bid for the England international who recently signed a new five-year contract. With Liverpool and Everton monitoring the situation, McCarthy said: "There are certain scenarios you just cannot stop."
    Full story: Daily Mail

    In other reports, Liverpool are weighing up an 8m summer bid for the 24-year-old Jarvis.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Newcastle United are considering making a move to bring back striker Craig Bellamy. The 31-year-old Welsh star is currently on loan at Cardiff City having been offloaded by Manchester City last year.
    Full story: caughtoffside.com

    Aston Villa and Sunderland are battling to clinch the signing of Belgium teen sensation Kevin De Bruyne, a talented 19-year-old winger who has already been linked with a move to Chelsea after earning rave reviews for Genk this season.
    Full story: talkSPORT


    OTHER GOSSIP
    Manager Pep Guardiola has hinted he could leave Barcelona at the end of next season because 'players tire of coaches and vice versa'. He added: "I think my time here is coming to an end."
    Full story: Italian television station Rai


    Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has slammed Premier League chief Richard Scudamore for claiming that managers do not show referees enough respect.
    Full story: Daily Mirror


    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is refusing to be drawn into mind games with Jose Mourinho after the Real Madrid manager claimed winger Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Spurs in Spain.
    Full story: The Guardian


    Roy Hodgson, now boss of West Brom after his short stint in charge at Anfield, claims the presence of Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool scuppered his own managerial reign there.
    Full story: The Sun


    Arsenal striker Theo Walcott is set for his first game in five weeks after an ankle injury and has told the club's fans they can still be crowned Premier League champions despite trailing leaders Manchester United by five points. "We will win the league this season," Walcott said.
    Full story: The Sun


    The American leading a consortium poised to buy AS Roma met England general manager Franco Baldini on Friday, and was so impressed that he has sparked media speculation linking the Italian with a role at the Serie A club.
    Full story: ANSA news agency

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has had another fall-out with Italian striker Mario Balotelli after a training incident with Argentine Carlos Tevez. An eye witness said: "He was furious with the player after he needlessly clipped Tevez on the back of his ankle and was shouting at him. The dressing down went on for some time and Mario just hung his head."
    Full story: The Sun

    AND FINALLY
    An April Fools' Day joke on Twitter from striker Carlton Cole, who said he had been axed from the West Ham squad for this weekend, caught out several members of the press on Friday.
    Full story: Metro

    Real Madrid coach and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been sharing mutual affection emails with Blackpool manager Ian Holloway.
    Full story: Daily Mirror
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