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Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas is interested in signing 20-year-old Porto winger Christian Atsu,external-link to whom he gave a debut during his time in charge of the Portuguese club. Everton and Sunderland are also keen on the winger, who will have just a year left on his contract by the summer and has an £8m buy-out clause.

Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo insists the club have not made an offer for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney but admitted that Manchester City's Samir Nasri and Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle are on their radar.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Newcastle could be interested in re-signing Andy Carroll when his loan deal at West Ham expires at the end of the season. However, the Magpies are only willing to pay £10m for the 24-year-old - £25m less than Liverpool bought him for two years ago.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Christian Atsu
Atsu could be reunited with former manager Andre Villa-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea are close to sealing a £20m deal for Brazil defender Dede,external-link who the Blues believe can be John Terry's long-term successor. The Vasco Da Gama centre-back, 24, has also been watched by Liverpool and Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 25, could return to former club Porto in the summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson attempting to bring Colombia star James Rodriguez, 21,external-link the other way.

Full story: the Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Southampton have launched a bid to sign 24-year-old Belgium winger Radja Nainggolanexternal-link from Cagliari.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Martin Jol has vowed to improve Fulham's midfield options next season but has ruled out signing Frank Lampard from Chelsea. The 34-year-old is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Arsenal will make a formal offer to Sunderland at the end of the season to sign their Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 25.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has again insisted that the Premier League club have no interest in selling star striker Luis Suarez.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes could make a summer switch to his former club PSV Eindhoven. The Brazilian, 32, has not played a first-team match for Spurs since November 2011 and is currently on loan at German outfit Hoffenheim.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link


Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has received an offer from Monaco's Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev to make him the highest-paid manager in the world.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says the FA Cup finalists' season will be a failure if they are relegated from the Premier League.

Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle
Chelsea are thought to be closing in on a £20m deal for Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Chelsea players were given "short shrift" by Blues chief executive Ron Gourlay after they asked the club if they would get a bonus for winning the Europa League.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Queens Park Rangers plan to introduce incentivised contracts for new players as they look to overhaul their finances in the summer.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link

West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan, 30, a self-confessed Liverpool fan, admits Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would be one of his "dream dinner guests".

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)

Germany international Andre Schurrle, 22, is set to move to Chelsea next season on a five-year deal. Negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen will be concluded later this week over the price, with the possibility that midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 21, could be offered to the German club as part of the deal.

Full story: Weld (German)external-link

Italian sides AC Milan and Inter Milan have made offers for Sevilla's French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 20, who is also a target of Real Madrid.

Full story: (Spanish)external-link


Sunderland fans encouraged suspended Black Cats midfielder Craig Gardner to lead a sing-along as he sat with them on a train to last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby at Newcastle - and the 26-year-old obliged by starting a chant in tribute to new boss Paolo Di Canio.

Full story: 606 newsletter

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, 23, says he is prepared to miss the birth of his first child to help save the club from Premier League relegation.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

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