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Liverpool are lining up summer spending spree with moves for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez, 23, Barcelona's Mali midfielder Seydou Keita, 32, and Lille's 21-year-old Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard.

Seydour Keita
Barcelona and Mali midfielder Seydour Keita could be on his way to Anfield

Liverpool will watch FC Basel midfielder Granit Xhaka external-linkin action for Switzerland this week, after director of football Damien Comolli received glowing reports on the 19-year-old starlet.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident that striker Robin van Persie will remain at Emirates Stadium beyond this season. The 28-year-old Dutchman has a year left on his contract and has said he will not discuss fresh terms until the summer.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

But Arsenal's Moroccan forward Marouane Chamakh could be offered an escape route out by Italian side Fiorentina.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Harry Redknapp wants to manage Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott, 22, again - either with England or Spurs. The pair worked together when they were with Southampton.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Birmingham want Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet on loan to strengthen their promotion bid.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

The agent of Manchester United's French teenager Paul Pogba says discussions over his future are "precarious".

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Newcastle are leading the chase to sign Dijon's 24-year-old midfielder Benjamin Corgnet.external-link

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 26, insists that he could handle the job of being England captain.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, 34, says that lifting the Carling Cup can be the catalyst for the Reds to enjoy major success on a regular basis again.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Meanwhile, Cardiff's Anthony Gerrard turned to Twitter to apologise to fans at missing the crucial penalty in the Carling Cup final shoot-out against Liverpool.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 24, has hit out at critics who claim he is enduring a difficult season in the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Former Blackburn captain Chris Samba has dismissed suggestions that he only moved to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for financial reasons.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Chelsea boss Andre-Villas Boas has admitted for the first time he fears the Chelsea axe.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Bolton captain Kevin Davies claims the mood around the club is still positive despite the club's deepening relegation worries and says he hopes to feature in Saturday's game against Manchester City after a knee injury.

Full story: Bolton Newsexternal-link

Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is planning to listen to the concerns of irate fans on a pub crawl before Saturday's game with Everton.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Fulham's January signing Pavel Pogrebnyak has admitted that he is finding the pace of the Premier League exhausting, although the Russian has scored in each of his first two games.

Full story: Goal.comexternal-link

Paul Scholes says Manchester United may have to win all of their remaining 12 league games if they are to win the title.

Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Premier League referees get 92% of decisions correct according to Prozone computer technology.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link