Gossip column: Kroos, Rodriguez, Casillas, Azmoun, Hazard

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will stay in Germany after United's Champions League defeat in a bid to secure a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, 24.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Chelsea and Manchester United scouts will watch Porto's Colombia striker Jackson Martinez, 27, when the Portuguese side take on Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Arsenal are monitoring 24-year-old Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez's recovery from a knee injury having joined the race to sign him before a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament ended his hopes of playing for England at the World Cup.

Full story: Daily Star 

Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos's Bayern contract runs out in 2015 and he is yet to agree a new deal

Liverpool are interested in Benfica's Lazar Markovic and will scout the Serbia forward, 20, when his team face AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Southampton want to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings following the injury to former Clarets forward Rodriguez. Ings, 22, has scored 20 goals in the Championship this season.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 32, according to Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla, 29.

Full story: Sport 360 

Manchester United are considering a £6m move for PSV Eindhoven's Colombian right-back Santiago Aris, 22.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

Besiktas officials are in London as they attempt to sign Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, on a free transfer in the summer.

Full story: Metro 

Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun, 19, says Arsenal and AC Milan have started talks with Russian club Rubin Kazan to sign him.

Full story: Daily Star 

M'Baye Niang

Niang joined Montpellier on loan in January and has scored three goals in 13 Ligue 1 games

Tottenham and Arsenal could renew their interest in AC Milan's M'Baye Niang. The French striker, 19, is on loan at Montpellier but the Ligue 1 side are not in a position to do a permanent deal.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

Newcastle could rekindle their interest in Remy Cabella after Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin claimed the 24-year-old French midfielder will leave this summer. The Magpies are also set to move for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, 23.

Full story: Evening Chronicle 

Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has also emerged as a potential target for rivals Newcastle. The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has yet to agree a new deal with the Black Cats.

Full story: Sunderland Echo 

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots thinks his country's midfield star Eden Hazard, 23, should leave Chelsea and join PSG in the summer - in order to become a better player.

Full story: Metro 

Sunderland will only recoup half of the £4m they paid for Alfred N'Diaye in January 2013 if the Senegal midfielder, 24, who has spent the whole season on loan, makes a permanent move to Real Betis.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

Black Cats manager Gus Poyet wants to sign winger Will Buckley, 24, from former club Brighton this summer, regardless of which division Sunderland are in next season.

Full story: Journal 

OTHER GOSSIP

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has backed the club's owners' proposed rebranding to Hull Tigers despite the FA Council rejecting the request.

Full story: Guardian 

Louis van Gaal, 62, is free to hold talks with Tottenham about becoming their next head coach while he finalises Netherlands' World Cup squad.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

On-loan Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois hopes to be able to face parent club Chelsea if the two sides are drawn together in Friday's Champions League semi-final draw. The Belgium international, 21, is in contract talks with the Blues and hopes to convince them to drop a £4.95m fee for him to be involved for the Spanish side.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal will step down as Netherlands coach after this summer's World Cup in Brazil

Liverpool supporters desperate to be at Anfield for Sunday's game against Manchester City are being asked to pay almost £5,000 for a pair of tickets by online vendors.

Full story: Guardian 

Newcastle will have to hand back nearly £12,000 after overcharging Southampton fans who travelled to St James' Park on 14 December.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, 29, wants the club to spend heavily on revamping the squad this summer, hinting he may leave if he does not believe they can compete for trophies.

Full story: Sport 360 

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman, 50, says winning the FA Cup is more important than a securing a place in next season's Champions League.

Full story; Daily Mirror 

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler says the club can go into their FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday knowing the pressure is firmly on the shoulders of Arsene Wenger and his team as they look to end their eight seasons without silverware.

Full story: Daily Star 

The law should be changed to force football clubs to pay the full cost of policing matchdays, according to one of the country's most senior police officials.

Full story: Times (subscription required) 

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Borussia Dortmund are looking at FC Porto's Jackson Martinez, 27, and Fulham's Konstantinos Mitroglou, 26, as possible replacements for Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandoski.

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea

Full story: Bild (in German) 

Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has denied rumours of his return to Inter Milan, saying that his work at the Turkish club is not yet finished.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian) 

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says current president Florentino Perez is like a sheikh.

Full story: As (in Spanish) 

Marseille manager Jose Anigo has hinted at leaving the French club as it is not the right place to "recharge".

Full story: L'Equipe 

AND FINALLY

Former Premier League midfielder Lassana Diarra, 29, has denied rumours on social media websites that he had become a jihadist in the Syria war.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

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