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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Julian Draxler
Draxler's Schalke contract contains a £37m buy-out clause

Arsenal suffer a major blow in their attempt to sign Julian Draxler, 20, with Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt insisting that the Bundesliga club have no intention of selling the midfielder.

Full story: Guardian

Ipswich Town have not made an approach to sign Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, 20, on loan.

Full story: East Anglian Daily Times

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, has turned down a chance to move to West Ham or Fulham, and will see out the remaining six months of contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Swansea City have pulled out of the race to sign Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince, 21. The Welsh side had agreed a deal with the Championship club on Monday to sign the former Liverpool youngster on loan.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

England Under-21 international Ince is likely to join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.

Full story: Croydon Advertiser

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 27, is ready to accept a pay cut to join Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga side want the Bosnian as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, 25, who has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Bayern Munich in June.

Full story: Daily Express

Norwich City are in talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce over a loan deal for former Everton defender Joseph Yobo, 33.

Full story: Guardian

Manchester United have been thwarted in their attempt to sign Fabio Coentrao, 25, from Real Madrid in January. Real manager Carlo Ancelotti does not want the Portugal defender to leave.

Full story: Daily Express

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is still "hopeful" of signing Lyon's Clement Grenier, 23, but admits time is running out to complete the deal. Lyon want £12m for the midfielder, but Newcastle have offered only £8m.

Full story: Northern Echo

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Dutch defender John Heitinga, 30, is in talks over a move to Turkish side Galatasaray.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Serie A champions Juventus are interested in signing Southampton striker Daniel Osvaldo. The Italy international, 28, is serving a two-week suspension as punishment for a training-ground fight.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Meanwhile, Southampton have warned Swansea City off making a £3m move for midfielder Jack Cork, 24.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has opened the door for Toni Kroos to join Manchester United. Asked about the 24-year-old Germany midfielder's potential move to Old Trafford, Guardiola said: "He is an important player but things can move fast in football. Here today, gone tomorrow."

Full story: Daily Express

Mirko Vucinic
Vucinic saw a move to Inter Milan collapse last week

Arsenal have reached an agreement with Juventus to sign striker Mirko Vucinic on loan for the rest of the season. The 30-year-old Montenegro international will have a medical at the London club on Thursday.

Full story: Inside Futbol

St Etienne are holding out for £18m from Chelsea for their 19-year-old French centre-back Kurt Zouma.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Netherlands international defender Daryl Janmaat, 24, is hesitating over signing a new contract at Feyenoord as he awaits a bid from Arsenal in the summer.

Full story: Daily Express

Lewis Holtby's agent has confirmed the 23-year-old midfielder wants to leave Tottenham before Friday's transfer deadline.

Full story: Metro

Liverpool and Arsenal have revived their interest in 22-year-old Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca.

Full story: Talksport

Liverpool face competition from two unnamed Premier League clubs for the signature of Ukraine forward Yevhen Konoplyanka, 24, despite opening negotiations with his club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on Wednesday.

Full story: Independent

Cardiff are set to sell Andreas Cornelius back to Copenhagen for £5m less than they paid for the striker, having bought the 20-year-old for £8.5m in the summer.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has said the United squad wants to impress club record signing Juan Mata, adding that the Spain forward, 25, has "lifted spirits" in the dressing room.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Manchester City's accounts revealed the club spent £639,000 per day on employee wages during 2012-13.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle's new signing Luuk de Jong says it would be a "dream come true" to score the winning goal in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby. The 23-year-old striker joined from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Full story: the Sun (subscription only)

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Southampton are interested in recruiting Cagliari's 27-year-old Italian defender Davide Astori.

Full story: Le Figaro (in French)

Sochaux's French striker Cedric Bakambu, 22, could join Watford before the end of the transfer window.

Full story: Le Figaro (in French)

Argentine footballer Ignacio Scocco, 28, is leaving Internacional Porto Alegre to join fellow countryman Santiago Vergini at Sunderland in a 5m euro (£3m) transfer deal.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French))

AS Monaco have initiated talks with Inter Milan for loaning their Argentine striker Mauro Icard, 20, as cover for the injured Radamel Falcao.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Galatasaray are lining up a bid for Manchester United's 32-year-old defender Nemanja Vidic.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Lyon defender Henri Bedimo, 29, has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League, saying it "fascinates" him.

Full story: Le Figaro (in French)

AND FINALLY

A match in Argentina between Estudiantes and Gimnasia got so out of control the referee decided to 'retire' his yellow card and only show reds.

Full story: Metro

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