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Manchester City's Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure, 31, says no amount of money will make him stay at a club if he is not wanted and adds that he will always go where he is offered new challenges. (FootMercato)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

The midfielder's interview with the French football website has opened up the possibility of a move away from the Etihad this summer. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Paris St-Germain and Inter Milan are likely to compete for Toure's signature. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew will try and sign Dutch keeper Tim Krul, 27, from his former club Newcastle for £10m. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham's France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, will consider his future at the end of the season if, as expected, his club do not qualify for the Champions League. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United have been given a considerable fillip with Real Madrid reportedly poised to turn their attentions to Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, 27, rather than the Red Devils' highly-rated David de Gea, 24. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United believe they are still in the best position to sign PSV Eindhoven's £25m Dutch winger Memphis Depay. United are prepared to give the 21-year-old a four-year contract and quadruple his wages to £135,000-a-week. (Daily Star)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Star back page

Louis van Gaal could be the crucial factor in persuading countryman Depay to reject a move to Liverpool in favour of United. (Talksport)external-link

If he is signed by the Old Trafford club, Depay could be a new Cristiano Ronaldo for United according to former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer. (Talksport)external-link

Liverpool are hopeful of agreeing a new long-term contract for 19-year-old English midfielder Jordon Ibe before the end of the season. (Independent)external-link

Manchester City will have to spend in excess of £20m to sign Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, who is also thought to be a target for Tottenham. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Spurs will try to sell as many as nine players this summer, who cost the club a total of £90m, including strikers Roberto Soldado, 29, and Emmanuel Adebayor, 31. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Spurs also want to sign Everton's Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas, 27, while England winger Aaron Lennon, 28, who is on-loan at Goodison Park from Tottenham, will make his move permanent. (Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal are considering a pay-as-you-play deal for French midfielder Abou Diaby, rather than a straight-forward new contract, after the 28-year-old impressed Gunners coaches on his return from injury. (Telegraph)external-link

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, on loan from AC Milan, has claimed that Steven Gerrard encouraged him to leave Liverpool and join Chelsea for his £50m British record transfer. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Torres has named Liverpool skipper Gerrard as the best player he has ever played with. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Daily Express
Wednesday's Daily Express back page

Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez would welcome a return to the Premier League with Manchester City. (Daily Star)external-link

Scott Sinclair has confirmed he wants to sign permanently for Aston Villa at the end of the season. The 26-year-old winger is on loan from Manchester City but can be bought for £2.5m in the summer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 30, has ruled out a move from Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claims Manchester United have yet to decide whether to sign striker Radamel Falcao, 29, on a permanent deal in the summer. (Sky Sports)external-link

Liverpool will give Daniel Sturridge, 25, a tailored training programme this summer to try and end the England striker's injury problems. (Times-subscription required)external-link

West Ham vice-president Karren Brady says the club will not challenge Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City for Jurgen Klopp, who is departing as Borussia Dortmund boss at the end of the season. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester United have overtaken rivals Manchester City for the highest wage bill of all Premier League clubs, after new figures emerged showing the Red Devils paid £215.8m in salaries in 2013-14. (Independent)external-link

Swansea are in the top two in the Premier League... in terms of outperforming their wage bill. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Jose Mourinho intends to supplement his Chelsea squad with up to four academy prospects next season. (GetWestLondon)external-link

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has reiterated the club's commitment to producing local talent after announcing plans to sign 19-year-old winger Moha El Ouriachi from Barcelona last week and reported interest in 15-year-old Belgian schoolboy Thibaud Verlinden at Standard Liege. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link


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Ryan Giggs celebrates Salford City's promotion

Phil Neville has tweetedexternal-link a picture of Ryan Giggs celebrating with the Salford City players after their promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier League. Neville and Giggs part-own the club.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino puts his recent off-field controversies behind him and posts an Instagram picture of himself at a local prize-giving ceremony, writing:external-link "Pleasure to be a guest today at the Albion Foundation to celebrate success and hand out trophies."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere asks for assistance on a special assignment. "This week I get to interview the legend Pele," he tweets.external-link "What shall I ask him?"

Rio Ferdinand on Twitterexternal-link enjoying Bayern Munich's thrashing of Porto in the Champions League: "Bayern 4-0 up after 30 minutes... complete turnaround... Pep fired his boys right up for this it seems!"

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard keeps his followersexternal-link apprised of the scoreline at the Allianz Arena: "Six goals?! What a performance from Bayern."

Joey Barton is more focused on boxing, and tweetsexternal-link in typically ruthless fashion: "Watching Mayweather/Pacquiao build up. I hope Manny smashes him up..."

QPR striker Charlie Austin remembers his former club in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of the English football pyramid, and tweets:external-link "Congratulations Poole Town FC getting back to the top of the league, one more game to go."

Former Norway international-turned TV presenter Jan Aage Fjortoft highlights Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola's wardrobe malfunction during the 6-1 Champions League thrashing of Porto, and writes:external-link "Guardiola celebrated! Trousers oops ..."


Former Brazil international defender Ze Maria has been sacked twice within a week as coach of relegation-threatened Romanian club Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. (Daily Mail)external-link

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