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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has distanced himself from stories suggesting the Reds want to bring in Wesley Sneijder, 28, from Inter Milan.

Full story: Metro

The Dutch international's wage demands are said to be putting off the Anfield club from making a move.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Mario Balotelli's agent has held talks with AC Milan with a bid of £24m enough to persuade City to part with the 22-year-old striker.

Full story: The Sun

Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out the possibility of signing Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, 25, from Napoli.

Full story: London Evening Standard

However, Wenger confirmed that he is looking at Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, also a target for Manchester United.

Wesley Sneijder
Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been linked with a move to Liverpool

Full story: talkSPORT

West Brom boss Steve Clarke wants to rescue Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates. Clarke worked with the 22-year-old centre-back when he came to Anfield in a ­big-money buy and thinks he can resurrect his career by signing him on loan with a view to a full-time signing.

Full story: Daily Mirror

New QPR signing Loic Remy, 26, was due to visit Newcastle United on Tuesday and was offered a tour of the city while still in talks about a move to the club, but opted for a lie-in and a sightseeing tour of London before meeting officials from Loftus Road.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Remy also said he made up his mind to move to the London club after playing computer game Fifa 12 with owner Tony Fernandes at the end of four hours of negotiations.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told club owner Mike Ashley to sign two players or face the prospect of relegation.

Full story: The Sun

The Magpies could resurrect their interest in Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran, 26, who has entered the final six months of his deal.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Marseille are looking to replace Loic Remy with West Ham's 26-year-old striker Modibo Maiga, who is the Hammers' joint-top scorer this season with four goals but has started only two Premier League games.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United have taken the 20-year-old Leicester attacker Jeff Schlupp on trial with a view to signing him on a permanent deal.

Full story: Independent

Jose Bosingwa
Jose Bosingwa appears not to have a future at Loftus Road

Argentine club San Lorenzo have claimed they could not afford to buy Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini, 30, who wants to return to his home country for personal reasons.

Full story: Metro

QPR are desperate for Jose Bosingwa, 30, to leave the club this month and are willing to pay him off but the defender is reluctant to leave Loftus Road.

Full story: Daily Mirror

The former Chelsea player spends much of his time with headphones clamped to his ears. Sources claim he is unpopular with his team-mates.

Full story: Daily Mail

Pescara playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero, 19, has said he would prefer to move to Inter Milan amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

Full story: Sky Sports.com

Norwich City have lodged a £5m bid to sign Celtic forward Gary Hooper.

Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will take complete control of picking the club's next boss after being advised by technical director Michael Emenalo when hiring Rafa Benitez. The Russian regrets employing the ex-Liverpool boss as interim manager.

Full story: Daily Star

Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a serious contender to become the Blues' next full-time boss - and help change the Stamford Bridge mood.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp is keen to take the German national team post in the future

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is set to reject any approach from Chelsea to be their new manager with the 45-year-old expected to favour the possibility of succeeding Joachim Low as Germany coach.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is facing a fresh fight to hang on to his Southampton job after revelations that chairman Nicola Cortese has held talks with former Argentinian international Mauricio Pochettino about taking over at St Mary's. Pochettino, 40, has been out of work since leaving Spanish side Espanyol in November.

Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa are lining up Roberto Di Matteo as a replacement for Paul Lambert if their plummet down the Premier League table continues.

Full story: Daily Mirror

The Football Association has agreed a deal under which Wembley will be renamed to include the mention of its new sponsor, the mobile phone provider EE.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell, 21, has taken up yoga and changed his pillow in a bid to help combat the injuries that have blighted his time at the Premier League champions.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

The FA are looking into comments made by Sam Allardyce about referee Phil Dowd following West Ham's defeat at Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Full story: Daily Mail

Mark McGhee will be confirmed as new Scotland coach Gordon Strachan's assistant on Monday.

Full story: The Herald

GLOBAL GOSSIP

German international Lewis Holtby, 22, who was due to join Tottenham from Schalke 04 in July, may make the trip to north London in the current transfer window.

Full story: Bild

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 31, will not renew his contract with the Spanish club which is due to expire on 30 June 2014, according to his representatives.

Full story: El Pais

Paris St Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that Nicolas Anelka will not be rejoining the side. "We have many players for all positions, so we do not need to recruit," the Italian told French radio.

Full story: Sport24.com

AND FINALLY

Supporters' groups warn the Premier League there is a danger of "future generations being lost" to the game after a survey reveals its cheapest tickets were the most expensive of the four major leagues in Europe and more than double those in Germany or Italy.

Full story: The Guardian

German legend Gerd Mueller says he is "very happy and proud" to have received a Barcelona shirt from Lionel Messi, who recently broke Mueller's record for the number of goals scored in a calendar year.

Full story: Marca

BBC 5 live's 606 newsletter shows a photograph of Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta's birthday cake, in the shape of the 28-year-old, made by his girlfriend and posted on Twitter.

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