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Harry Redknapp wants to sign Blackburn defenders Martin Olsson, 24, and Scott Dann, 25, to help QPR beat the drop.

Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to sign Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, after making an £8million bid and hope to beat Southampton to the signature.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho joined Inter Milan in 2010

Captain Fabricio Coloccini, 31, has told Newcastle he does not want to play for them again.

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Manchester United are ready to make a £10m summer bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21, after manager Sir Alex Ferguson watched him play this week.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not looking to sign players from former club Espanyol.

Full story: Talk Sportexternal-link

Liverpool are set to hold showdown talks with goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 30, who has been linked with Barcelona.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Arsenal are lining up a £20million move for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 23.

Full story: Caught Offsideexternal-link

Liverpool and Arsenal are set for a summer transfer tussle over Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 28.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Birmingham City have cut the initial asking price for goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, to £3.5million in a bid to generate interest from Premier League clubs. He will be allowed to leave the club this month.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Crystal Palace have bid for Swindon winger Matt Ritchie, 23.

Full story: Skysports.comexternal-link

Nottingham Forest are close to signing Millwall striker Darius Henderson, 31.

Full story: Nottingham Postexternal-link

West Brom defender Craig Dawson, 22, looks set to join Bolton while Fiorentina are closing in on Marcos Alonso, 22.

Full story: The Bolton Newsexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Manchester United are close to signing Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, 26. The Argentine is a likely successor to Rio Ferdinand who may leave the club in the summer.

Full story: marca.comexternal-link

Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, has said he is happy at Inter Milan, following reports linking him with a move to Liverpool.

Full story: tuttosport.comexternal-link

French international Yann M'Vila, 22, has decided against a move to the Premier League in favour of Russian club Rubin Kazan. The Rennes midfielder had been courted by QPR and Tottenham.

Full story: sport24.comexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson is understood to be on just £1,000 a week.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Bradford's goal-hero James Hanson, 25, took a £250-a-week pay cut to play for the Bantams. He used to stack shelves at his local Co-op store.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has fuelled talk of a Chelsea return by admitting he regrets spending just three years at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

And Mourinho has ruled out a move to Paris Saint Germain saying the Ligue 1 side do not "need him".

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, 27, believes Arsenal are no longer a threat to the Blues in the race for Champions League places and is more concerned with catching Manchester United in the title race.

Full story: London's Evening Standardexternal-link

AND FINALLY

BBC 5 live's 606 newsletter reports that in a friendly between Zenit St Petersburg and Shaktar Donetsk, the referee appeared to have forgotten his role on the pitch as he went flying into a tackle getting nowhere near the ball.

Tottenham appear to have cloned Gareth Bale, in the form of spitting image youth teamer, Kenny McEvoy, 19.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

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