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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Liverpool will move for Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, 26, this summer if the Reds secure Champions League qualification.

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Joleon Lescott
Joleon Lescott has played 26 times for England

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, has been targeted by Turkish side Besiktas. His contract expires at the end of the season.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his interest in Real Sociedad's 22-year-old French winger Antoine Griezmann, who is reportedly valued at £25m.

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Manchester United have ditched plans to sign Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, 25, after developing their interest in PSV Eindhoven's Colombian international Santiago Arias, 22.

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Swansea skipper Ashley Williams, 29, is wanted by Napoli boss Rafael Benitez after the defender impressed when the two teams met in the Europa League last month.

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Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has revealed he would be keen on a move to Manchester United. The 21-year-old has a buyout clause of £37.5m with the Portuguese club.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is targeting CSKA Moscow duo Alan Dzagoev, 23, and Seydou Doumbia, 26.

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GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 27, says the team "committed a sin of confidence" by allowing rivals Atletico Madrid to claw back into Sunday's 2-2 draw, having taken an early advantage.

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Serie A club Napoli have concluded their search for a substitute goalkeeper with the signing of Spaniard Toni Doblas, 33, from Azerbaijani club Khazar Lankaran FK on a six-month deal.

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says midfielder Sami Khedira's recovery from knee injury has gone very well, boosting the 26-year-old's chances of playing for Germany in the World Cup starting in June.

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Italian champions Juventus would be keen to sign FC Porto's 20-year-old Argentine forward Juan Iturbe, if Manchester United's Nani, 27, does not arrive in the summer.

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OTHER GOSSIP

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has denied claims by Sol Campbell that the former defender was overlooked for the captaincy because he is black.

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Ex-England defender and former under-21 boss Stuart Pearce finds Campbell's claims "incredible".

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Former Premier League referee Graham Poll says Stoke City's Charlie Adam should be retrospectively punished by the Football Association after he appeared to stamp Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the Potters' 1-0 win on Saturday.

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed he is to take anger management lessons, in the fallout of his altercation with Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

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Pardew has criticised Graeme Souness, after the former Liverpool manager turned television pundit condemned the Newcastle boss for his altercation with Hull's David Meyler.

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Sir Alex Ferguson told Manchester United to sell forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, to Real Madrid for £150m in 2009 - and believes they would have paid.

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Manchester United's hopes of playing in European competition next season have been boosted by Manchester City's League Cup triumph. City's win is likely to mean an extra Europa League spot will be given to the 6th-placed team in the Premier League.

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Former Barcelona and Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has emerged as a potential candidate for the Manchester United job, should manager David Moyes leave the Old Trafford club.

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AND FINALLY

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero posted pictures on Twitter celebrating his team's Capital One Cup triumph with lifelong City fan and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher.

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