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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has £60 million to spend and is planning to make a deadline day bid for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 25.(The Sun on Sunday - subscription required)

Crystal Palace and fellow strugglers Hull are among several top-flight clubs looking at a potential loan move for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, 32.(Sunday People)

Sunday Express back page
Sunday Express back page

Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, 25, has turned down a move to Roma in order to join either Liverpool or Tottenham this summer. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United will have to include an escape clause if they are to persuade goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, to sign a new contract. (Sunday Mirror)

United are reportedly close to completing the signing of Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic, 23, despite interest from Italy. (Tutto Mercato Web)

Midfielder Anderson, 26, is due to sign for Brazilian side Internacional on Monday after being offered a four-year contract worth about £25,000 a week after tax plus a £650,000 annual bonus. (Mail on Sunday)

Borussia Dortmund's attacking midfielder Marco Reus is set to move to Arsenal as the 25-year-old midfielder wants to work with manager Arsene Wenger. (Daily Star)

Newcastle head coach John Carver has shrugged off the fact he will have no say on matters on transfer deadline day and insists he already has quality players to work with at the club. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been offered Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, 26, after United dropped their interest but neither club appear to want to sign the Portuguese international. (Daily Star)

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 26, has praised the spirit and unity at the Stamford Bridge club. (Sunday Telegraph)

Meanwhile, the Premier League is likely to punish Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after he failed to fulfil his media duties before or after the Premier League leaders' 1-1 draw against Man City. (The Observer)

Mail on Sunday back page
Mail on Sunday back page

Ray Wilkins has admitted his record as coach of Jordan's national team is "pretty poor", and added: "I don't know whether I'll go down as the worst Jordan coach in history." Sunday Express

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has promised human rights records of countries will be used to assess future World Cup bids, following criticism of 2022 hosts Qatar. (The Independent on Sunday)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes striker Marouane Chamakh will be fit for his side's next game against Leicester despite the 31-year-old breaking his nose against Everton on Saturday in his first game since mid-December. (Mail on Sunday)

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson says he is relishing returning to action after finally getting back on the training field this week after a foot operation in September. (Birmingham Mail)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was happy after his injury return. He tweeted: "Thanks to all the fans for the love and support. Great three points today. Roll on the next game. I'm wayyyy up I feel blessed!!!"

And there's proof that footballers get starstruck at times as well. Former England midfielder and BBC Sport football pundit Jermaine Jenas, who was working at St James' Park on Saturday, posted a picture of himself and Liverpool legend John Barnes saying: "I don't ask for a pic with many people, but had to have one with this guy. #legend"

Jermaine Jenas and John Barnes
Both Jermaine Jenas and John Barnes have worked in the media since finishing their playing careers

After Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Chelsea, Sergio Aguero took to Twitter saying: "We dominated the game but we didn't get the win. The team is strong and there's plenty ahead of us. C'mon, City!"

Manchester United defender Phil Jones was in the audience at the Manchester Arena to watch the opening night of Phoenix Nights Live, which was cut short because of illness to a member of the cast. "Still shocked to see Ted Robbins collapse on stage. Thoughts with him and his family," tweeted Jones.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino promised Baggies fans on Twitter the side will find form again following Saturday's home loss to Tottenham. "Really hurts to see how some fans think I don't care about our results, it is a shame the way our run was ended today but it's a team game and [we] will come back stronger, believe that," he wrote.

AND FINALLY...

Liverpool want to install a 4.5m-high privacy screen at their Melwood training ground to prevent confidential team details leaking out before matches and have applied for planning permission from Liverpool City Council. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona forward Neymar is taking part in a slightly odd challenge - kicking an American football up to 80 yards in an effort to try and prove he is the best kicker on the planet. (Fox Soccer)

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