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Manchester City are set to make another move to sign Barcelona full-back Dani Alves. According to reports in Spain they have offered £12m and Aleksandar Kolarov for the 29-year-old Brazilian.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has reiterated his desire to stay at the club, playing down reports in the Italian press that he is to join AC Milan.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid this summer. The 23-year-old believes his current club are on the same level as the Spanish pair.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Manchester United are set to make an improved offer of £13m for midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 23, from Borussia Dortmund.

Full story: Daily Mail

Porto's Brazilian forward Hulk, 25, is prepared to hand in a transfer request in order to force through a £35m move to Chelsea. The Blues have already reached an outline agreement on personal terms with the player.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Porto forward Hulk
Striker Hulk scored 19 goals in 34 appearances for Portuguese side Porto last season

Tottenham are close to signing central defender Jan Vertonghen, 25, from Ajax for a fee of £9.6m.

Full story: The Guardian

However, Vertonghen has warned Spurs that if they do not hurry up and complete the transfer he will join their north London rivals Arsenal instead.

Full story: Daily Star

Arsenal are ready to open the bidding for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud by offering £6.4m, plus forward Marouane Chamakh, for the 25-year-old.

Full story: The Metro

Everton manager David Moyes is chasing FC Copenhagen's £6m-rated Senegalese striker Dame N'Doye - but the Toffees boss will have to sell to bid.

Full story: Daily Mirror

QPR are lining up Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas, 29, as a replacement for Joey Barton, who was banned for 12 matches by the FA on Wednesday.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Striker Peter Odemwingie wants to leave West Brom and move to a bigger club. "I hope I will leave West Brom keeping warm relations with everybody," said the 30-year-old. "I would consider any proposals — even from Russia. But my aim is to stay in England."

Full story: The Sun

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has launched a bid to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on loan for next season. The 19-year-old made only 12 appearances last season for the Blues - scoring no goals - after joining from Anderlecht for £18m.

Full story: Daily Star

West Ham are poised to make a move for Sunderland midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady. The 24-year-old has failed to make any impact at the Stadium of Light since Martin O'Neill took charge last season.

Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle, Cardiff and Southampton are involved in a transfer tussle for Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez. The Clarets want £8m for the 22-year-old, who scored 21 goals last season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

An injury to Manchester United's Danny Welbeck means Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is likely to lead the line for England in their Euro 2012 warm-up friendly against Norway on Saturday, giving the 23-year-old the chance to cement a place in the starting line-up for his country's first game in the tournament against France on 11 June.

Full story: Independent

Liverpool target Roberto Martinez
Martinez guided Wigan to safety at the end of last season with a series of impressive victories

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has urged Roberto Martinez to think carefully about joining Liverpool to work under a football director. The Latics owner Dave Whelan told BBC Sport on Thursday that Martinez is meeting with Liverpool's owners in Miami.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England boss Fabio Capello is the latest manager to turn down Liverpool but he still hopes a move to Chelsea could materialise.

Full story: Daily Mail

Steve Bruce is wanted by Hull City to replace Nick Barmby but the ex-Sunderland manager will not make any decision yet as he eyes a third return to Wigan, should Martinez leave.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo has emerged as a target for Napoli after talks with the Blues to become their permanent manager stalled.

Full story: talkSPORT

Former Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins is a contender to replace Roy Hodgson as West Brom boss if the Baggies cannot lure Chris Hughton away from Birmingham City.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Swansea winger Scott Sinclair is stalling over signing a new deal with the Welsh club. The 23-year-old, who scored eight goals last season, has 12 months left on his current deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror

AND FINALLY

The Dutch national side have been warming up for 2012 by appearing in a "Birdie Song" commercial for a supermarket, which has appeared on their national TV.

Full story: 101 Great Goals

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