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Uruguay playmaker Gaston Ramirez, 23, wants to leave Southampton and join Italian giants AC Milan.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Gaston Ramirez
Gaston Ramirez has made just 17 Premier League appearances this season, scoring one goal

Sunderland are set to recoup the majority of the £3.8m they spent on Alfred N'Diaye with the 24-year-old midfielder poised to turn his loan deal with Real Betis into a permanent move.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Stoke City midfielder Brek Shea could be set to return to the MLS after Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko revealed his interest in the 24-year-old.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Swansea defender Ashley Williams, 29, could be interested in a move to Napoli if the Italian club firm up their interest.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 24, has told his Bayern Munich team-mates he wants to quit the club for Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Mail

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has been given the go-ahead to bring 6ft 7in Brondby striker Simon Makienok, 23, to Selhurst Park.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester United have joined Napoli and Arsenal in the race to land France midfielder Maxime Gonalons, 25.

Full story: Talksport

West Ham want to sign Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley 28, who is out of contract this summer.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham are scouting FC Zurich's Switzerland Under-21 international left-back Loris Benito, 20.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, 21, will snub offers from French league clubs Monaco and Paris St-Germain to join Arsenal in the summer.

Full story: Sun (subscription)


Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has emerged as a candidate to take over as West Brom head coach should the Baggies dispense with the services of Pep Mel in the summer.

Full story: Wolverhampton's Express & Star

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood made 93 league appearances for Spurs as a player
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood made 93 league appearances for Spurs as a player

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will put off deciding whether to extend his contract at the club until the end of the season, to keep open the possibility of succeeding Sherwood at Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Meanwhile Sherwood is said to have turned down the chance to stay at White Hart Lane as assistant to a new manager, with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal ready to sign a pre-contract to take over.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has refused to rule out a return to the club and would "not be surprised" if Mike Ashley sells up at St James' Park.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is expected to be fit for their crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Tottenham winger Erik Lamela, 22, remains in contention for a place in Argentina's World Cup squad, despite a torrid first season at Tottenham.

Full story: London's Evening Standard

Defender Micah Richards, 25, Manchester City's longest-serving player, has reluctantly accepted he needs to leave the club and will turn down their offer of a new contract and pay rise.

Full story: Guardian

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has hit back at Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard's claims that the London club attempted to disrupt the Reds' preparations before Sunday's match at Upton Park.

Full story: London's Evening Standard

Chelsea midfielder Thorgan Hazard, 21, the younger brother of Blues midfielder Eden, says he is ready to step up and make his Premier League debut next season having spent the past two seasons on loan at Belgian Pro League outfit Zulte Waregem.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United manager David Moyes has moved to reassure England manager Roy Hodgson that he will take no chances with striker Wayne Rooney's fitness with the World Cup just two months away.

Full story: Times (subscription)

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Lazio are not prepared to hand a two-year contract extension to 35-year-old Germany striker Miroslav Klose.

Miroslav Klose was born in Poland but has gone on to play 131 times for Germany, scoring 68 goals.
Miroslav Klose was born in Poland but has gone on to play 131 times for Germany, scoring 68 goals

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)

Bayern Munich want to sign Roma's 26-year-old Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia to improve their defence for next season.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Borussia Dortmund are chasing Arsenal's 28-year-old goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Full story: Bild (in German)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says 25-year-old striker Diego Costa is as important to the team as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)


Unwanted by new Fulham owner Shahid Khan, the Michael Jackson statue formerly displayed at Craven Cottage has found a new home at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Full story: Independent

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers took time out from his club's Premier League title bid to hang backstage with rap star Tinie Tempah after his concert at the city's Echo Arena.

Full story: Metro

An online question-and-answer session on Twitter with Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett backfired after he was subjected to mickey-taking messages from the club's supporters.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

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