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Barcelona's Spanish striker David Villa, 31, will try to force a move to save his chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup but may have missed a chance to join Arsenal.

Sunderland will offer Tottenham £8m to sign full-back Danny Rose, 22, permanently.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

David Villa
David Villa has been at Barcelona since 2010

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to sign Sevilla's £17m-rated Geoffrey Kondogbia, although the France Under-20 midfielder is also on Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid's radar.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

West Brom striker Shane Long, 26, is prepared to turn down the chance to move to Germany to stay at the Hawthorns.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Defender Joleon Lescott, 30, admits he may have to leave Manchester City in the summer to safeguard his World Cup ambitions.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray wants to sign Real Madrid striker Javier Acuna, 24. The Paraguayan is currently on loan at Girona and available on a free transfer this summer.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Harry Redknapp fears QPR will never get back in the Premier League after their relegation was confirmed on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Liverpool could strike a deal with Qatari company Ooredoo to rename Anfield.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Harry Redknapp
Redknapp fears QPR will never get back into the Premier League following their relegation

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew claims his future is out of his hands after his side lost 6-0 at home to Liverpool on Saturday.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen says Newcastle will finish in the top half of the Premier League table next season - if they survive.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has promised that he will not allow Sir Alex Ferguson to sign any more players from the club.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, 19, has pledged his immediate future to the club, ending rumours he will move to Borussia Dortmund to replace Mario Gotze, 20, who is joining Bayern Munich next season.

Full story: Kickerexternal-link (in German)

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 31, has clarified his refusal to assume the captaincy after the substitution of Xavi, 33, in Saturday's game against Malaga, saying the armband was too small for him to wear comfortably.

Full story: Mundo Deportivoexternal-link (in Spanish)


Coldplay singer Chris Martin and American rapper Jay-Z watched Arsenal v Manchester United on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio says he improved his English by using a karaoke machine and listening to Oasis.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

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