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Real Madrid are looking at Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, as a potential signing as they start a new era of rebuilding. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United will try to sign 25-year-old Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard for £65m after being told they have no chance of signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will make Hazard his main transfer target in the summer but the Belgium international will wait until finding out who the next permanent Blues boss will be before deciding on his future. (Daily Telegraph)

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The possible arrival of Didier Drogba, 37, as a coach at Chelsea could be the key to the Stamford Bridge club holding on to Hazard. (Daily Express)

Chelsea could make a move for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, as a possible replacement for Hazard. (Sun)

Chelsea approached Carlo Ancelotti, 56, to take over as manager from Jose Mourinho, 52, five weeks before they sacked the Portuguese, but the Italian did not want a short-term deal. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have played down talk of signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this January but are ready to make a £40m move for the 22-year-old in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

The Red Devils have been told by Serie A side Lazio to make a £36m bid for Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, 22. (Sun)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says there is no agreement with England centre-back John Stones, 21, that he can leave in the summer. (Daily Star)

Championship side Cardiff say goalkeeper David Marshall, 30, is worth £10m amid interest from Everton. (Daily Mirror)

On-loan Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao, 29, went back to parent club Monaco to have his thigh injury assessed and could end his season-long loan with the Blues. (Independent)

The Blues are among a number of clubs looking to sign Barcelona's 12-year-old midfielder Xavi Simons and have contacted the boy's father about a move. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Manchester United's hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could have improved after Juventus ruled out a move for the 25 year old. (Daily Express)

Stoke could make a bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, who has failed to start a league game in more than two months. (Guardian)

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Defender Jan Kirchhoff, 25, says he turned down offers from three Bundesliga clubs before moving to Sunderland from Bayern Munich. (Sunderland Echo)

Sunderland's conduct has been criticised by French club Lorient after the Black Cats had a bid accepted for defender Lamine Kone, 27, only to pull out of the deal. (Le Telegramme via Guardian)

Aston Villa are looking to offload winger Charles N'Zogbia, 29, to Greek side AEK Athens and cut their wage bill. The Frenchman is on a £65,000-a-week contract at Villa Park. (Telegraph)

Newcastle have ended their interest in signing Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 24, after being put off by the London side's asking price of more than £10m. (Chronicle)

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores says it is "impossible" that strikers Odion Ighalo, 26, and Troy Deeney, 27, will be sold this month. (Daily Mirror)

Watford are in talks to sign Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez, 28. The Spaniard and the Hornets manager Quique Sanchez Flores worked together in their time at La Liga side Atletico Madrid. (Watford Observer)

Schalke manager Andre Breitenreiter has confirmed the German club are trying to sign Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler, 31, on loan in the transfer window. (Leicester Mercury)

Napoli have rejected a bid of £14m from Swansea for 24-year-old Italy international forward Manolo Gabbiadini. (Guardian)

The Welsh club have denied making a offer for Gabbiadini, but admit they have made an enquiry for the player. (South Wales Evening Post)

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe, 20, has become the club's seventh player sidelined by a hamstring injury. (Independent)

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 27, believes being a regular starter at Bayer Leverkusen is the key to his impressive goalscoring form so far this season. (Orlando Sentinel)

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says the club's ex-manager Neil Warnock "didn't do very well" during his time in charge at Selhurst Park, in response to his predecessor saying he thought QPR striker Charlie Austin would be a good fit for the Eagles. (Guardian)

Eagles boss Pardew has ruled out a move for former Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, who is currently a free agent. (Croydon Advertiser)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was hoping forward Alexis Sanchez's comeback from a hamstring injury could come in Saturday's FA Cup tie against Sunderland, but the 27 year old's return has been put back until the league game at Liverpool five days later. (London Evening Standard)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says he does not want to sell striker Jermain Defoe unless the Black Cats get an offer they cannot refuse for the 33-year-old. (Daily Mail)

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Arsenal keeper Petr Cech was called a "man of the people" after being pictured joining the general public in taking "a rush hour train home".

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And finally

The creators of the Football Manager game have simulated the entire Euro 2016 tournament, with host nation France predicted to emerge victorious. Les Bleus see off Italy in the final, while England slip to their customary quarter-final exit at the hands of the Azzurri. (Eurosport - in French)

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