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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham Hotspur hope to beat Liverpool to the signing of Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, 21.

Full story: Metro

Chelsea are keen to sign Atletico Madrid's Spain international striker Diego Costa, 25, in a £40m summer deal.

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke joined Aston Villa from Genk in 2012

Full story: Daily Mail

Christian Benteke's Aston Villa future won't be certain until after the World Cup, the 23-year-old Belgium international's agent has claimed.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw, 18, is a target for Real Madrid, who are confident of beating Chelsea and Manchester United to sign him.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Borussia Dortmund are pondering a move for Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches, 24, who is valued at £8m.

Full story: The Sun (subscription required)

Spurs and Arsenal are vying for the services of Nuremberg's Switzerland international striker Josip Drmic, 21, who has scored 11 times for the Bundesliga outfit this season.

Full story: Talksport

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has refused to rule out a summer move for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, 20, who played on loan for the Owls earlier this season.

Full story: Sheffield Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal would be an ideal manager for Manchester United if David Moyes is sacked, according to Ajax youth coach and former Dutch international Ronald de Boer.

Full story: Metro

Pablo Zabaleta
Pablo Zabaleta won a Premier League title medal with Manchester City two seasons ago

But United are sticking by Moyes despite fan unrest following Tuesday's 3-0 derby defeat against Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former United star Gary Neville has warned that spending big in the transfer market will not solve the problems that have beset the Old Trafford club.

Full story: Daily Star

United have dismissed rumours of a takeover of the club by the Qatari royal family that would involve the so-called "Class of 92" including former team-mates David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes the derby win at Old Trafford is proof they have recaptured their best form just in time for a surge to the Premier League title.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says he will not be drawn into a war of words with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the build-up to the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs next Wednesday.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie, 32, is eyeing a place in Nigeria's squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was shocked by the booing that greeted his side from their own fans at half-time of Tuesday night's draw with Swansea City at Emirates Stadium.

Full story: Daily Express

Ross Barkley, 20, has been backed by his Everton team-mate Leon Osman to shine for England at the World Cup finals.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Aston Villa will give forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, 27, a four-year contract this summer.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former Leeds United owner Ken Bates, 82, has told the club's owners GFH to "get out of the way" amid growing confusion about the future at Elland Road.

Full story: Sky Sports

Ruud Gullit, 51, is confident his former club Chelsea have what it takes to win a Champions League and Premier League double this season.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract runs until 2018

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Manchester United's Davide Petrucci, 22, is a target for Charlton Athletic, who hope to sign the Italian midfielder on loan.

Full story: South London Press

Former Barcelona star Diego Maradona believes Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 26, could leave the Nou Camp for European champions Bayern Munich.

Full story: Marca

GLOBAL GOSSIP

Juventus's 26-year-old Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal says he is confident of winning the Champions League with the Italian side, dismissing rumours of a summer move to Real Madrid.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Stoke City are keen to sign Wolfsburg's 34-year-old Croat striker Ivican Olic but could face competition from German club Hamburg.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Jeremy Menez, 26, has hinted that he may join Juventus from Paris St-Germain this summer.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)

AND FINALLY

A group of Manchester United fans are trying to raise enough money for a plane to fly an anti-David Moyes banner over Old Trafford during this Saturday's Premier League home match against Aston Villa.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane says he regrets not carrying on his education while he made his name as a footballer.

Full story: Irish Independent

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