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Italian league leaders Juventus could bid for Manchester United's Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 24, if they fail to sign Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, 26. Juventus are searching for a strike partner for Spaniard Fernando Llorente, 28, who is joining on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao.

Hulk only joined Zenit in September

Brazil striker Hulk, 26, could finally join Chelsea this summer after growing tired of life in Russia playing for Zenit St Petersburg.

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Norwich City are close to agreeing an £8.5m deal to sign 24-year-old striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon. (The Times)

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini's future is in fresh doubt after the 31-year-old was spotted watching old club San Lorenzo.

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Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, 28, has hinted he could leave Manchester United this summer after becoming frustrated at a lack of football.

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However, his rival at Old Trafford - 22-year-old David De Gea - says he will reject the interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona to stay at the Premier League side.

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Chelsea are ready to offer £22m for Yaya Toure, 29, if the Manchester City midfielder decides to call time on his stay at the Etihad.

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Arsenal are considering a move for Sochaux's 22-year-old right back Sebastien Corchia with Bacary Sagna expected to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer. (The Times)

Juventus are set to move for Torino's Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna, 24, who has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.

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Tottenham and Chelsea are set to fight it out over Southampton's promising defender Luke Shaw, 17, who could cost as much as £16.5m.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has received the backing of chief executive Ferran Soriano. "He is a champion; I do not add more," said Soriano.

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Italy defender Davide Santon, 22, says he lives like a king in Newcastle but would be tempted to pack his bags to return to his homeland with AC Milan.

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Ex-England manager Fabio Capello, who is now in charge of Russia, has dismissed speculation linking him with the Chelsea job.

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Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper
Harper has had six loan spells away from Newcastle

Newcastle back-up goalkeeper Steve Harper, 38, is set to leave the club this summer, 20 years after joining from non-league Seaham.

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West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt, 28, claims the current squad would struggle to cope with the demands of European football.

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GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Armenian striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 24, has announced he will leave Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says 27-year-old Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is not leaving the club and will see out the remaining three years of his contract.

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French newspaper Le Figaro says Manchester United are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24 - despite Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc's assurance that the Polish player will continue at the club.

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes former manager Pep Guardiola might have been tempted to stay on had the club won last year's Champions League.

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Pep Guardiola will not take over at Bayern Munich until this summer but the former Barcelona coach has already had a burger named after him in Germany.

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Burnley season ticket holder James McDonough, 28, has applied to be the next manager of rivals Blackburn.

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