Football gossip: Lacazette, Remy, Ings, Sterling, Song

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Chelsea will offer striker Loic Remy, 28, and £15m for Lyon's 23-year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette. (Sun - subscription)

Liverpool will allow the contract of winger Raheem Sterling to run down, rather than sell the 20-year-old. (Independent)

And Sterling will forfeit millions of pounds in wages if his contract battle with the Reds continues into next season. (Times - subscription)

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Saturday's Mirror back page

West Ham will not look to keep hold of midfielder Alex Song, 27, when his loan from Barcelona expires, and captain Kevin Nolan, 32, will also be offloaded. (Mirror)

Manchester United could sign Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22, with fellow forward Radamel Falcao, 29, set leave Old Trafford and return to Monaco. (TalkSport)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27, will decide whether he wants to stay at Old Trafford, with PSG a possible destination for the Argentine. (Manchester Evening News)

But Van Gaal expects Di Maria to remain a United player next season. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool have started talks with second-choice keeper Brad Jones, 33, whose deal expires this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City are favourites to sign highly-rated Charlton defender Joe Gomez but the Addicks want £8m for the 17-year-old. (Daily Mail)

Sun backpage
The Sun back page leads on the on-going saga with Raheem Sterling's Liverpool contract

Burnley defender Ben Mee wants boss Sean Dyche to stay with the Clarets, regardless of whether they are relegated. (Star)

Aston Villa are ready to battle with Newcastle United for the signing of 18-year-old Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook. (Daily Telegraph)

Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher says it was not difficult to quit Manchester United to sign for West Brom in January. (Daily Express)

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver says he has more important things to worry about than Tim Krul switching agents, amid speculation the goalkeeper could be looking for a move elsewhere. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has promised to fight to keep key players like goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at the club but could offer no guarantees that they will stay. (London Evening Standard)

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Injured Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo can afford to put his feet up. The 24-year-old posted a picture of his tattooed legs, and said he would be supporting his team-mates against West Brom on Saturday.

Arsenal great Robert Pires has been socialising with the current crop of Gunners stars. The Frenchman was pictured with Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy.

And finally

Sporting Braga manager Sergio Conceicao celebrated his side securing their place in the Taca de Portugal final by jogging 31 miles home. (Metro)

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao may be 29 years old, but an internet app reckons he is 43. (Express)

New Zealand's youngsters warmed up for the Under-20 World Cup with a few keepy-uppies - at the top of a 630ft building. (Stuff)

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