Gossip column: Walcott, De Gea, Sterling, Toure, Lallana & Hart

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Liverpool have identified Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 26, as a potential replacement for Raheem Sterling, 20, who has yet to agree to extending his current deal at the Anfield club. (Daily Express)

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Sterling meanwhile could be the subject of a £50m bid from Manchester City who look set to better Liverpool's best offer of £100,000-a-week to keep hold of the England international. (Sun - subscription required)

Manchester City's early Champions League exit could be the cue for £150m-worth of players, including Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko, to head out of the club in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Yaya Toure, 31, is set to lead a group of up to 13 Manchester City players leaving the Premier League champions this summer. (Guardian)

Manchester United are increasingly worried that they will not persuade goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, to renew his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2016, with Real Madrid waiting to snap up the Spain international. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona defender Dani Alves, 31, is reluctant to join Manchester United because he is worried they will not be in the Champions League next season. (Daily Star)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 23, is a target again for Chelsea after the Spanish side indicated their desire to re-sign 29-year-old Blues defender Filipe Luis. (London Evening Standard)

Swansea boss Garry Monk has made signing a striker one of his summer priorities with £12m-rated Anderlecht star Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, top of the list. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus are lining up a summer offer for Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, 28, who is also a target for Manchester United and Arsenal. (Talksport)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will target players aged 26 and under this summer in a move to recruit younger players in the next transfer window and focus on a high-intensity style of play. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has promised a significant investment in players this summer, acknowledging he has left head coach John Carver short of numbers this season. (The Times - subscription required)

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City elite development head coach Patrick Vieira, 38, faces an uncertain future at the club and could leave this summer. (Daily Telegraph)

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But City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks set to remain in charge at Etihad Stadium this summer because of a lack of suitable candidates to replace him.(Daily Mail)

John Carver has received an apology from Newcastle United's hierarchy after being left with only 13 fit outfield players for Saturday's game at home against Arsenal.(Guardian)

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, is determined to live up to the hype of the famous No.7 shirt that has previously been worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona.(Sun - subscription required)

Aston Villa and former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says Spurs' Christian Eriksen and former team-mate Gylfi Sigurdsson, now at Swansea, should share credit for 21-year-old striker Harry Kane's rise at Tottenham.(Daily Express)

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, says the Reds are reaping the rewards of sticking together after a poor start to the season. (Guardian)

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend, 23, has tweeted his delight at being included in England's senior squad for games against Lithuania and Italy at the end of the month.

Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend on Twitter

Stoke City and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam, 29, is a big darts fan and has tweeted from the Premier League Darts taking place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

AND FINALLY....

Walsall fan Jason Bailey takes his dad's false teeth to matches as a lucky charm and has admitted he will kiss them for luck before his side's visit to Wembley for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Bristol City on Sunday. (Metro)

Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, has been working with a psychologist in order to improve his life both on and off the pitch. (Daily Mail)

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