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The back page of Wednesday's Daily Mail
The back page of Wednesday's Daily Mail

Real Madrid have rekindled their interest in signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool. The Spanish club are willing to pay £50m for the 20-year-old England forward. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea have contacted the agent of Sergio Ramos as they hope to persuade the 28-year-old Real Madrid defender to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Meanwhile, Chelsea remain in talks with Fiorentina over a move for 26-year-old winger Juan Cuadrado. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Birmingham City winger Demarai Gray, 18, is wanted by Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. (Daily Mail)external-link

Queens Park Rangers want to sign striker Fraizer Campbell, 27, from Crystal Palace as part of a deal to take midfielder Jordon Mutch, 23, to Selhurst Park.(Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, will travel to Rome on Wednesday for a medical with Lazio, and will sign a pre-contract agreement to move to Italy in the summer after seeing out the remainder of his Hammers contract. (Telegraph)external-link

Daily Mirror back page
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Crystal Palace are closing in on making Wilfried Zaha's loan move from Manchester United permanent. The deal would see Palace pay up to £6m for the 22-year-old winger, who left Selhurst Park for Old Trafford two years ago. (Guardian)external-link

Darren Fletcher's bid to leave Manchester United on a free transfer has hit trouble over a disagreement over the 30-year-old midfielder's pay-off. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal plan to follow up the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal by adding Italian defender Daniele Rugani, 20, from Empoli. (Talksport)external-link

Cardiff City and West Brom are set to try and tempt out-of-favour West Ham midfielder Matt Jarvis, 28, into a move away from Upton Park after just one Premier League start this season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Meanwhile, Cardiff look set to miss out on signing Stoke City defender Robert Huth as other Premier League clubs show an interest in the 30-year-old. (Western Mail)external-link

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko says he would find it difficult to refuse a move to Paris St-Germain as the Ligue 1 club make a fresh approach to sign the 25-year-old France international before the transfer deadline. (Northern Echo)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the January transfer window rarely offers "value for money" and has ruled out bringing in a replacement for striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, following his departure to Sampdoria. (Liverpool Echo)external-link


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, has signed a new five-year contract, according to reports on Twitterexternal-link in Italy.

Midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, has been told he is unlikely to realise his dream of helping Aston Villa reach the Champions League - by the club's own chief executive. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Michel Vorm
Michel Vorm has made nine appearances for Tottenham this season

Boss Mauricio Pochettino says Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sheffield United is "the most important game" of his Tottenham Hotspur tenure so far. (Independent)external-link

Meanwhile, Pochettino has confirmed Michel Vorm will keep his place in goal for Tottenham in the semi-final despite his costly mistake in the FA Cup defeat by Leicester City on Saturday. (Times - subscription required)external-link

The Tottenham manager says he has no fear of the atmosphere which will await his side at Bramall Lane when they face Sheffield United after surviving hostile crowds in South America. (Daily Star)external-link

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the Spanish club are considering ending their lucrative shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar because of concerns over social issues in the Gulf state. (Guardian)external-link


@papabeats Diego Costa stamp
@papabeats on Twitter: The new stamp released by Royal Mail

The apparent stamping by Chelsea striker Diego Costa against Liverpool has sparked some inventive responses on Twitter.

The Football Jester ‏on Twitter:external-link "Two more stamps and Diego Costa gets a free coffee."

The Guardian's Barney Ronay on Twitter:external-link "Hope I don't end up sitting next to Diego Costa on the tube home. Imagine sharing an arm-rest with him."

Former Leicester and Norwich midfielder Darren Eadie on Twitter:external-link "I love how much of an irritant Costa is. Every quality team needs one. We had Robbie Savage at Leicester - an absolute pest on the pitch."


French club Nice's B team have adopted a novel way of defending free-kicks - by lining up a defensive wall on the goalline behind the keeper. (Metro)external-link