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Sir Alex Ferguson has been told that Manchester United will have to pay a combined £72m to land his top targets - but he will not splash out that amount on the three players. They are Tottenham's Luka Modric, 26, Everton's Leighton Baines, 27, and Newcastle's Cheick Tiote, 25.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Manchester United are aiming to sign Valencia's Jordi Alba, 23, with a cash-plus-player deal involving their Brazilian midfielder Anderson.

Full story: Caught Offside

The exit of Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt, 31, could be as part of a swap deal with Fiorentina for £12m-rated wing-back Juan Manuel Vargas, 28.

Full story: Metro

Juan Manuel Vargas
Juan Manuel Vargas is understood to have been on Liverpool's radar for the past year

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed his intention to make Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, his first Anfield signing after the midfielder's £6.8m move to Swansea stalled.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Liverpool are also rumoured to be chasing Fulham's Clint Dempsey.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

Manchester City will begin their summer spending with a ­£25m offer for ­Athletic Bilbao's 23-year-old midfielder Javier Martinez.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will meet 300 fans on Wednesday to explain the club's transfer policy.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

QPR are set to offer Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, 31, the chance to resurrect his career by making the switch to Loftus Road.

Full story: Metro

Arsenal are interested in signing Crewe's £10m-rated, 18-year-old striker Nick Powell.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Southampton are plotting a £2m raid for Millwall's 23-year-old midfielder Liam Trotter, who has also been linked with Fulham and Sunderland.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

ENGLAND REACTION

Roy Hodgson may have a 100% England record but his team look unlikely to strike the fear of God into their main Euro 2012 rivals.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

England were often careless in possession and their best department was the game's least beautiful, defending. But, for a second match under Hodgson, England wore down more expressive opponents and won 1-0. If they keep it going, they could make an impact at Euro 2012.

Full story: Sunday Times (subscription required)

The real tests await Hodgson's England far away in the east of Europe but they will travel with a measure of serenity. At this stage, and with this team, it is the most we can reasonably expect.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Hodgson has two wins from two and while there is a lot of work to do, England have at least a solid platform to work from.

Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Wembley paid homage to their heroes - it is just a pity they were Sir Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and David Beckham.

Full story: Sunday Express

The Manchester United boys appear to be taking out their title frustration on England's opponents. For now, England will settle for a winning - if largely unimpressive - send-off to Euro 2012.

Full story: Daily Star Sunday

This was hardly a performance to return all the public confidence that has eroded in the preceding months and, at times, it was galling once again to see the absence of care that was applied to the ball, the lack of movement in advanced positions and the shortage of activity in the opposition penalty area.

Full story: the Observer

Former Huddersfield manager Lee Clark
Lee Clark was sacked as Huddersfield Town manager in February, leaving the Terrriers fourth in League One

Maybe, just maybe, there is life for England without Wayne Rooney for the first two matches of Euro 2012.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Patrice Evra claims the best thing about facing England in France's opening Euro 2012 game is the absence of his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

England's players stand to earn more than £100,000 each if they manage to pull off an unlikely championship win at Euro 2012.

Full story: Mail on Sunday

Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane says England cannot win Euro 2012.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Huddersfield manager Lee Clark, 39, is on the Norwich shortlist to replace Paul Lambert, who has taken over at Aston Villa, at Carrow Road.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

But Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, 40, and Birmingham's Chris Hughton, 53, were installed as favourites for the Norwich vacancy.

Full story: the Observer

Managerless Swansea will move for Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, 49, if Wigan number two Graeme Jones opts to stay at the DW Stadium.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is stalling over a new deal for manager Harry Redknapp, 65, who wants a new three-year contract including a significant pay increase.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, 38, has set his sights on the Tottenham job as Redknapp tries to sort out his White Hart Lane future.

Full story: Sunday Mirror

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, 30, has received the all-clear to rejoin full training at the start of next month.

Full story: Sun on Sunday

AND FINALLY

TIME magazine has done little to raise England fans' hopes for Euro 2012 after dubbing the national side "the world's most disappointing team".

Full story: Metro

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