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Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian are considering an £80m bid for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28. (Sun on Sunday)

Juventus want to sign 28-year-old Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez after generating almost £340m in revenues for 2016. (Calciomercato, via Sunday Express)

Boss Diego Simeone will not be leaving Atletico Madrid in the summer to replace Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, say the Spanish club. (La Sexta, via Sun)

Manager Ronald Koeman has asked Everton owner Farhad Moshiri to make a £50m bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25. (Sunday Mirror)

The Toffees are also interested in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, 27.(Star on Sunday)

Southampton striker Shane Long, 29, and Brentford's Scott Hogan, 24, have emerged as alternative January targets for West Ham if they cannot prise first-choice Jermain Defoe, 34, away from Sunderland. (Sunday Telegraph)

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The Mail on Sunday's backpage

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, who is on loan at Bournemouth, will be offered a new contract at parent club Arsenal. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United are set to offer 33-year-old Real Madrid defender Pepe, who is out of contract in the summer, a move to the Premier League. (Sunday Express)

England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, is keen on a move to Liverpool when his loan at Italian side Torino ends in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, 25. (Calcio Mercato)

Watford are considering a move to bring Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, 26, back to the club. (Watford Observer)

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, 32, wants to stay at the Nou Camp beyond the end of his contract in 2018. (Marca)

Goalkeeper Lee Grant, 33, will seal a permanent move to Stoke after Derby County accepted a deal worth £1.5m plus £750,000 in potential add-ons. (Mail on Sunday)

Hull City want to sign FC Groningen right-back Hans Hateboer, 22. (Telegraaf, via Hull Daily Mail)

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, 27, will choose a move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG over joining Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

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The Star on Sunday's backpage

Southampton defender Jose Fonte, 33, should "do the best for himself" in the transfer window, says Saints and Portugal team-mate Cedric Soares, 25. Fonte is unsettled and could leave in January. (Southern Daily Echo)

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, will stay at the Bernabeu, according to his father. (AS, via Diez)

Brighton striker Elvis Manu, 23, is joining Go Ahead Eagles in his native Netherlands on loan for the rest of the season. (Brighton Argus)

Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola has warned fans not to expect a rush of signings at the start of the January transfer window. (Birmingham Mail)

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says some fans want him out and have become bored of him. (East Anglian Daily Times)

Wolves boss Paul Lambert says he will be "ruthless" in the January transfer window as he sets about rebuilding the squad. (Wolverhampton Express & Star)

Nottingham Forest say they expect to put right the issue which has left them facing another transfer embargo. (Nottingham Post)

League One Bolton Wanderers want to extend the loans of Newcastle United winger Sammy Ameobi, 24, and Wolves midfielder James Henry, 27, until the end of the season. (The Bolton News)

League One strugglers Coventry City are close to signing former Huddersfield Town captain Nathan Clarke, 33. (Coventry Telegraph)

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 28, posted a picture on Twitter from inside Liverpool's dressing room after the 1-0 win over Manchester City. "To all @LFC fans, happy New Year, hope you all enjoyed those 3 points! Let 2017 be a fantastic year for all of us," he wrote.

Simon Mignolet and his Liverpool team-mates

Leicester City defender Danny Simpson, 29, posted a letter on Instagram he had received from a young fan. "This is what this year has been about," wrote Simpson. "Making the impossible possible. A young fan called Gallagher Reid came up to me earlier and gave me this and said thank you for making his dream come true. Other than that I don't score goals but I can try for you mate, if you're around after the game I will give you my match shirt."

Danny Simpson's letter

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, 27, posted the picture below on Twitter after his side's comeback win over Middlesbrough. "The best way to finish 2016, great win lads! Now is time to take some energy for Monday," he wrote.

Ander Herrera and his Manchester United team-mates

Leicester City's Premier League title-winning goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 30, thanked fans for their support throughout 2016 saying the year had brought him "lots of happy and proud memories". (Twitter)

And finally...

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany, 30, joined the club's supporters in the away end at Liverpool on Saturday as he battles back from his latest injury.(Manchester Evening News)

Premier League champions Leicester City thanked older fans for their support during a momentous 2016 with a free beer before Saturday's fixture against West Ham United. (lcfc.com)

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