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Bacary Sagna
Sagna began his career with Auxerre before joining Arsenal in 2007

Liverpool have made a substantial offer to Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 31, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Inter Milan also thought to be interested in the France international.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Leeds United have expressed an interest in signing Stoke's England international goalkeeper Jack Butland, 20.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Aston Villa are monitoring 18-year-old striker Johan Ter Horst, who plays seven steps below the Premier League with Ryman One South side Folkestone Invicta and has scored 17 goals so far this season.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Arsenal are ready to hijack Newcastle's bid to keep Loic Remy, after reportedly making preliminary contact with the agent of the 27-year-old striker, who is on a season-long loan from Championship side QPR.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Charlton are planning to sign QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, 32, on loan to help their Championship survival hopes.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, has told boss Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave the Emirates this summer, according to the Belgian's agent.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, 33, is in talks with Championship side Leeds over a loan move.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini, 28, is happy to fight for a starting spot at Sunderland, despite limited opportunities since the turn of the year.

Full story: Shields Gazetteexternal-link

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, 32, admits his future is likely to lie away from St James' Park when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Full story: Shields Gazetteexternal-link

Sheffield United first-team coach Andy Garner has revealed the Blades would "love" to sign John Brayford on a permanent basis from Cardiff despite warning it will be "difficult" to keep the on-loan 26-year-old defender at Bramall Lane.

Full story: Sheffield Starexternal-link


Felix Magath
German Magath has 12 matches to save bottom-of-the-table Fulham from relegation

New Fulham boss Felix Magath accused predecessor Rene Meulensteen of having no structure to his philosophy, and of having "destabilised" the team.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Newcastle have dismissed talk that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) chairman Vince McMahon is preparing a bid for the club.

Full story: Newcastle Journalexternal-link

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has emerged as a candidate to take over from Tim Sherwood as Tottenham boss in the summer. The 56-year-old Italian is expected to leave his post after the World Cup.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata, 25, reckons the world's biggest stars will still want to come to Old Trafford this summer despite the club currently lying in seventh place, 11 points away from a Champions League place.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Stoke say they have no plans to follow Aston Villa's lead by trialling a safe standing area at the Britannia Stadium.

Full story: Stoke Sentinelexternal-link

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan at Napoli this season, admits he has little chance of resurrecting his Anfield career despite having two years left on his contract. The 31-year-old believes Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is committed to a younger goalkeeper.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Swansea midfielder Pablo Hernandez has tipped Napoli boss Rafael Benitez to be a future manager of Real Madrid or Barcelona. The 28-year-old Spanish winger played under Benitez at Valencia and will come up against his old boss in the Europa League on Thursday.

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Brighton will receive a near £1m boost towards cutting their losses if they win Monday's FA Cup fifth round replay at Hull.

Full story: The Argusexternal-link

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman fears the club could face the risk of a transfer embargo if they do not stick to a prudent spending policy.

Full story: Bolton Newsexternal-link


Crawley's match against Carlisle may have been called off at the weekend, but Red Devils trio Josh Simpson, Kyle McFadzean and Matt Tubbs used the sand-covered pitch to do some sun-bathing at Broadfield Stadium.

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