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Liverpool want to sign Manchester City's England midfielder James Milner, 29, when his contract expires in the summer, and are also interested in City forward Stevan Jovetic, 25. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said after Saturday's 0-0 draw with West Brom that he needs to sign a new striker.(Sky Sports)external-link

But Jovetic is also a target for Inter Milan, who want to sign him on an initial loan before a permanent £12m deal.(Mail on Sunday)external-link

Star backpage
The Star run Jose Mourinho's price tag for forward Eden Hazard on their back page on Sunday

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is on the list of candidates to take over as West Ham boss in the summer, if the club decide not to renew Sam Allardyce's contract. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Sunderland want Allardyce to replace Dick Advocaat at the end of the season and are ready to offer the 60-year-old a £2m-a-year deal until 2018.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hinted Monaco loan striker Radamel Falcao, 29, does not figure in his long-term plans. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

United are ready to vie with local rivals Manchester City for the £20m signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Dortmund say they have not received a bid from the Red Devils for the Germany international. (Sunday Express)external-link

Manchester City are set to make a move for Hoffenheim's 23-year-old Brazil midfielder Roberto Firmino. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Fulham forward Patrick Roberts
Fulham forward Patrick Roberts has just one year left on his current deal at Craven Cottage

City are also keen on Fulham forward Patrick Roberts, 18, as they look to bolster their squad with players who comply with the Premier League's "home-grown" regulations. (Sunday Express)external-link

Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford, 21, is a target for Southampton following his impressive loan spell at Middlesbrough this season. (

Arsenal are considering a £15m move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, 21. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis wants to sign 28-year-old Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. (Sunday People)external-link

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew plans to approach his former club Newcastle United over Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, 29.(Sunday People)external-link

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says the team has improved after being "barely watchable" earlier this season. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate will start talks with Tottenham in the hope of ensuring striker Harry Kane will be available for this summer's European Under-21 Championship.(Mail on Sunday)external-link


Watford celebrate
Watford's squad celebrate promotion to the Premier League on Saturday

Watford were on the team bus home from their 2-0 win over Brighton when they learned they had secured promotion to the Premier League. Their celebrations were captured by Miguel Layun in this video,external-link while fellow midfielder George Byers tweeted a photo of the team on a night out.

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres got all emotionalexternal-link after making a landmark appearance: "700 games and feeling the same first-day willingness. Thank you for coming along this track with me!"

There was painexternal-link for former Tranmere manager John Aldridge following their relegation: "Bad, sad football day seeing Tranmere go out of the league! Gutted. Hopefully they'll come back like Oxford and Newport did!! ASAP please."


Defender Jordi Balk, of Dutch second division side FC Oss, scored an incredible 20-yard own goal, and his side went on to lose to FC Eindhoven. (Metro)external-link

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil dressed his dog Balboa in a Gunners shirt before Sunday's Premier League match with Chelsea. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

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