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Manchester City are ready to begin a £60m-plus overhaul of their squad with summer moves for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 25, and Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21.

Chelsea defender David Luiz
David Luiz has played 34 times for Chelsea this season, scoring four goals

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has made Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz, 25, his number one summer target.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Manchester City and Arsenal target Stephan El Shaarawy, 20, is set to sign a new deal that will keep the striker at AC Milan until the summer of 2018.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25 - who was the subject of five failed bids from Norwich during the January transfer window - wants to move to Tottenham in the summer.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Sunderland are keen on Zambia international centre-half Stoppila Sunzu, 23, who is also attracting interest from Reading.

Full story: Sunderland Echoexternal-link

Tottenham defender William Gallas, 35, looks set to leave the club when his current contract expires this summer, with manager Andre Villas-Boas believing that his squad has too many centre-backs.

Full story: The Guardianexternal-link

West Ham's hopes of landing Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 24, from Vitesse Arnhem, are fading after he signalled his desire to join a Russian club this month.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Liverpool have enquired about Sampdoria's 19-year old striker Mauro Icardi, who is also being watched by Tottenham and Manchester City, but looks poised to join Inter Milan.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Liverpool tried to sign Hungary winger Balazs Dzsudzsak, 26, during the January transfer window but Dynamo Moscow refused to sell.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Brazil star Leandro Damiao, 23, is keen on a move to Italy this summer despite interest from Spurs for the Internacional striker in the last four transfer windows.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, is set to be available for Thursday's Europa League tie against Metalist Kharkiv despite being arrested near Newcastle's training ground on suspicion of fraud.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup will begin contract talks with the club's board in the coming days - his current deal expires at the end of next season.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry joined New York Red Bulls in 2010

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson hopes that ex-Man City midfielder Michael Johnson will "find himself again" after the 24-year-old's recent departure from the Etihad Stadium following a string of injuries and off-field problems.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

The Football League is planning to outlaw the practice that allowed Watford to field seven loan players in their recent match against Crystal Palace.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, 35, says he would love to return to the club in some capacity when his stint in the MLS with New York Red Bulls comes to an end.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Bradford City have been given permission by the Football League to have two mascots for their Capital One Cup final meeting with Swansea City later this month, meaning nine-year-old cancer survivor Jake Turton can lead his local team out at Wembley.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has lent his voice to the city's new Metrolink route. Keeper Joe Hart, skipper Vincent Kompany and midfielder James Milner have also recorded passenger announcements for the tram service on matchdays.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is taking a keen interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers after his Birmingham-based sparring partner Joe Egan told him of comments from Wolves manager Dean Saunders likening the club's current plight to that of Tyson.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

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