Friday's gossip column: Ozil, Reina, Lamela, Capoue, Nzonzi

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are hoping to beat north London rivals Arsenal to the signing of Mario Balotelli, 23, by offering misfiring striker Erik Lamela, 21, as part of a £40m deal.

Full story: Daily Express

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 31, will not return to Anfield when his loan spell with Serie A side Napoli ends at the end of the season.

Full story: Telegraph

French midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 25, wants to leave Stoke City as he is unhappy with his lack of playing time at the Britannia Stadium.

Full story: Sun (subscription only)

Manchester United defender Michael Keane, 21, is a target for Championship side Blackburn as a replacement for injured skipper Grant Hanley, 22.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic, 23, formerly of Manchester City, is a candidate to replace Nemanja Vidic, 32, when he leaves Manchester United at the end of the season.

Full story: Talksport

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong spent three-and-a-half seasons at Man City
AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong spent three-and-a-half seasons at Man City

Inter Milan are hoping to do a deal with Tottenham for French midfielder Etienne Capoue, 25, who has failed to hold down a place since joining from Toulouse.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manager Alan Pardew expects a substantial transfer kitty in the summer after Newcastle posted a £9m profit.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AC Milan's former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, is ready to snub Liverpool and stay in Italy.

Full story: Daily Star

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 25, is wanted by a host of top European clubs, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus all interested.

Full story: Sun (subscription only)

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says midfielder Mesut Ozil, 25, is feeling the pressure at Emirates Stadium, but has backed the Germany midfielder to return to top form.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Former Watford and Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd, 42, will be appointed the new England Under-20 coach later today.

Full story: Daily Express

Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is one of five candidates that Barcelona are considering to replace Tata Martino next season.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal's on-loan striker Joel Campbell, 21, who scored for Olympiakos against Manchester United in midweek, has a big future with the Gunners, says manager Arsene Wenger.

Full story: Metro

Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, 25, believes the Toffees can finish fourth in the Premier League and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Gerard Houllier
Gerard Houllier led Liverpool to the FA Cup, League Cup and Uefa Cup treble in 2001

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet ranks Capital One Cup success ahead of Premier League survival.

Full story: Guardian

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, wants the Premier League to help English teams in Europe by moving those clubs' weekend fixtures.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes Brendan Rodgers's side can win the Premier League title this season.

Full story: Daily Express

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Javier Aguirre's future as Espanyol manager may depend on the club qualifying for the Champions League.

Full story: Mundodeportivo

Atletico Madrid are preparing to offer Brazil-born striker Diego Costa, 25, a big pay rise to fend off reported interested from Premier League clubs including Arsenal.

Full story: Marca

Barcelona are close to completing a deal to sign Croatian playmaker Alen Halilovic, 17, from Dinamo Zagreb.

Full story: AS

AND FINALLY

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has kept the belt he was beaten with by the school teacher he claims inspired him to greatness.

Full story: Times Educational Supplement

Manchester City team-mates Samir Nasri, 26, and Sergio Aguero, 25, warmed up for Sunday's Capital One Cup final by attending a Beyonce concert.

Full story: Metro

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