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Wolfsburg winger Kevin De Bruyne, 23, says he would be open to a Premier League return, with Manchester United mulling over a £30m bid for the former Chelsea player. (Daily Express)

Thursday's Mirror back page
Thursday's Mirror back page

Liverpool and Manchester United are interested to learn that Brazil defender Danilo, 23, turned down a new deal at Porto. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham want to sign Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, 25, and the Tunisia international says he would consider a move. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United's Andreas Pereira, 19, could be set for a move to Juventus after the Brazilian attacking midfielder rejected a new contract. (Daily Mail)

West Ham have handed a trial to 18-year-old striker Robert Lipovac, who plays for BK Hacken in Sweden. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, 27, is keen to seal a permanent switch to Everton following his loan move - but the Merseyside club could be put off by his £7m price tag. (London Evening Standard)


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has not spoken to manager Louis van Gaal for months and is stalling on signing a new contract at Old Trafford.(Manchester Evening News)

David De Gea
Relations between David De Gea and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal have reportedly turned frosty

Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett, 20, is on the verge of agreeing a new two-and-a-half-year contract at the club. (The Times - subscription required)

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, has hinted he is prepared to sign a new deal at Anfield having been in negotiations over a new contract since the start of the season. (Daily Mirror)

England are set to fast-track Liverpool midfielder Jordon Ibe into the senior squad in a bid to persuade the 19-year-old not to play for Nigeria. (Daily Mail)

In the wake of team-mate Jack Wilshere's smoking controversies, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud says every football team contains "four or five" smokers. (L'Equipe - in French)

Fifa's Financial Fair Play rules could be scrapped if a football agent wins a landmark Brussels court case. (Independent)

The Sun back page
Thursday's back page of The Sun

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 27, is set to sign a new long-term deal with the club with his current contract set to expire in the summer. (ESPN FC)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has dismissed television criticisms of his performance in his side's 2-1 defeat by Barcelona in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg.(Guardian)

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy, 29, has accused referee Felix Brych of favouring Barcelona during the first leg of the last-16 tie on Tuesday. The France international was sent off for a second bookable offence. (Daily Star)

Referees' chief Mike Riley led a failed peace mission to placate Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager publicly bemoaned the performance of officials.(Sun - subscription required)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has not yet decided which players to include for Thursday's Europa League match against Fiorentina, with Spurs facing Chelsea in the League Cup final three days later.(Times - subscription required)

Danny Rose
Danny Rose earned 29 England under-21 caps, but believes he is a long way from becoming a regular in the senior team

Chelsea's Eden Hazard has told Tottenham's players that kicking him in Sunday's final will not put him off his game. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea have warned their supporters that they will ban anyone using anti-Semitic language at the Wembley final and will support criminal action against them. (Daily Mail)

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry says the Toffees' only hope of returning to Europe next season is to win the Europa League. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Lyon boss Remi Garde is keen to take the Newcastle manager's job at the end of the season and remains a strong contender for the post. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is set to attend his first Bluebirds match in nearly nine months when he flies in from Malaysia this weekend for their match against Wolves. (Western Mail)


Hull's Irish midfielder David Meyler praised the performance of Ireland's cricket team at the World Cup on Twitter, writing: "Not long before the sport takes off in Ireland!"

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 29, posted an Instagram image of himself and his son Kai during a trip to the pictures. He wrote: "Good to have my little mates back from holiday. Trip to the cinema to see Peppa Pig!"

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel tweeted his delight at Ed Sheeran's Brit Award success.


Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to the 2006 World Cup title, has been handed a 10-month jail sentence after breaking a police seal to enter his former home for a swim. (Guardian)

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