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Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are on alert after 21-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen rejected a new contract with Ajax.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Malaga's 28-year-old Chilean playmaker Manuel Iturra, who could be available for £3m.

Full story: Daily Express

Real Madrid are planning a £38m move for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, 23, this summer.

Full story: talkSPORT

Gareth Barry
Gareth Bale may consider swapping White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu in the summer

Chelsea could step up their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 27, by using 20-year-old Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as a bargaining tool in negotiations.

Full story: Metro

Southampton's new boss Mauricio Pochettino failed in a last-gasp club-record £15.25m bid for Morocco midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada, 23, from Getafe.

Full story: talkSPORT

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness insists a deal to sign 24-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who is a reputed Manchester United target, from Borussia Dortmund has not been agreed.

Full story: ESPN

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, 40, has revealed he has entered into contract negotiations to extend his stay at Craven Cottage.

Full story: Fulham Chronicle

Hull boss Steve Bruce is planning to move for Peterborough winger George Boyd, 27, but must pay a hefty loan fee.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Republic of Ireland defender Alex Pearce, 24, is signing a new deal at Reading despite interest from West Brom and Sunderland.

Full story: Daily Star

Huddersfield are targeting Coventry boss Mark Robins, 43, to take over as their new manager.

Full story: Daily Mirror

West Brom are considering a summer move for 19-year-old Leeds right-back Sam Byram.

Full story: The Sun

Midfielder Stephen Ireland, 26, has been frozen out at Aston Villa and forced to train with the club's youth team.

Full story: The Daily Telegraph

GLOBAL GOSSIP

(Sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Fernando Vazquez has been named the new manager of Spanish side Deportivo la Coruna, replacing Portuguese Domingos Paciencia who resigned after a dismal run of form which has left the club bottom of La Liga.

Full story: Marca

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has accused his native country's football association of sending him "death threats" after he criticised their administration last year. In a video posted on the website of magazine Je Wande, the former Barcelona star said he has armed guards posted outside his house for his safety.

Full story: Marca

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez, 52, claims he is not bitter towards the Stamford Bridge boo-boys.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez has been a target for many Chelsea fans since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo in November

Brighton boss Gus Poyet, 45, is the shock name in the frame if West Ham do not renew 58-year-old Sam Allardyce's contract at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England striker Emile Heskey, 35, says it is a privilege to be playing in Australia's A-League for Newcastle Jets.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has criticised the club for excluding him from the first-team squad and forcing the 32-year-old to train with the under-21s.

Full story: Sky Sports

The Blues have suffered a major blow in their search for a new permanent manager after Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, 45, insisted he will not move to Stamford Bridge next season.

Full story: Evening Standard

Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry, who also has a major stake in Major League Baseball club Boston Red Sox, has defended his dual ownership.

Full story: Boston Globe

West Ham striker Wellington Paulista, 28, turned down the chance to go on a sunshine break to Dubai so he could stay in England and play in a Development Squad game.

Full story: The Sun

AND FINALLY

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 28, has shown off his skills in the kitchen by making a cupcake for a TV advert.

Full story: The Sun

England forward Wayne Rooney, 27, told his new team-mate Wilfried Zaha, 20, that he will have to pay for his subscription to TV channel MUTV via Twitter.

Full story: 606 podcast

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