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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 31, is likely to return to his boyhood club Everton this summer, and may even be allowed to move on a free transfer. (Independent)

West Ham are also interested in signing the England and Red Devils captain. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed reports of a contract offer from Paris St-Germain as "fake news". (BeInSports - in French)

Turkish club Fenerbahce are interested in signing Arsenal's 28-year-old attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil. (Daily Telegraph)

Southampton are the subject of a £190m bid from Chinese group Lander Sports Development. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham are hopeful of re-signing Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, on a free transfer this summer. (Sun)

Mirror back page
The Mirror's back page on Wednesday

Chelsea have made a £32m offer for Monaco's 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is also a target for Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

But Blues striker Diego Costa, 28, has told Spanish radio that he is refusing to rule out a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. (Daily Express)

Spain-international Costa also claims he wanted to join Atletico Madrid last summer. (Radio SER)

Barcelona have an option to buy back 23-year-old Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, currently on loan at AC Milan, for £10m. (Sport)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel says he is not interested in taking over at Arsenal. (Daily Express)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is not "world class", according to ex-Arsenal and Germany keeper Jens Lehmann. Hart, 29, is currently on loan at Torino. (Sun)

The injury suffered by Manchester United defender Phil Jones in England training could rule the 25-year-old out of several games in April. (Times - subscription required)

The Daily Express back page on Wednesday
The Daily Express back page on Wednesday

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, dismissed talk of a potential move to Real Madrid, explaining: "I see myself as a key player at Stamford Bridge." (Cadena Ser - in Spanish)

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, 22, says reports of interest from Barcelona are "flattering", but his loyalty lies with the Gunners. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Former Middlesbrough midfielder Paul Ince, out of management since 2014, is a contender to become Boro's new boss. (Daily Star)

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton is "sceptical" over how good Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante really is. (Le Journal de Dimanche - in French)

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, 24, is fighting to save his Anfield career during a week-long warm weather training break in Tenerife, with manager Jurgen Klopp eyeing up other left-backs including Schalke's Sead Kolasinac, 23. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea's 26-year-old left-back Marcos Alonso, but the Blues are not willing to sell. (Marca)

Manchester City are competing with Madrid to sign Espanyol's 19-year-old left-back Aaron Martin. (Sun)

A court has heard that a Charlton fan allegedly tried to punch the eagle that rivals Crystal Palace release to fly around their Selhurst Park stadium before matches. (Croydon Advertiser)

Telegraph sport section
The Telegraph's sport section on Wednesday

Atletico Madrid are confident that their transfer ban will be lifted in May, and have agreed a deal in principle to sign Lyon's 25-year-old forward Alexandre Lacazette. (Cope - in Spanish)

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, 21, is on the verge of breaking into Gareth Southgate's England team, despite having only started two league games. (Evening Standard)

West Brom winger James McClean, 27, will pay his respects to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who was found dead at his home on Sunday, by wearing the number five jersey for the Republic of Ireland against Wales on Friday. (Irish Independent)

Sunderland hope to have striker Victor Anichebe, 28, and midfielder Lee Cattermole, 29, fit for their match with Watford after the international break. (Sunderland Echo)

Goalkeeper Jack Butland, 24, said "my only focus is playing for Stoke" when asked about reports linking him with a move to Arsenal. (Stoke Sentinel)

Midfielder Yaya Toure has backed manager Pep Guardiola to build "a perfect team" at Manchester City. (Daily Star)

Former Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, 32, and ex-Villa striker Luke Moore, 31, are training with Norwegian club Lillestrom. (Verdens Gang - in Norwegian)

Professional footballers are to be encouraged into a second career in refereeing by an initiative to be set up by the Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association. (Guardian)

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Former England manager Roy Hodgson says he turned down an offer to take part in Strictly Come Dancing. (Big Issue)

Winnng the toss as a visiting team and making your hosts change ends is statistically advantageous in the Premier League this season. (Daily Telegraph)

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