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Manchester City have made a second bid, worth £47m, for Wolfsburg winger Kevin De Bruyne, 24, in an attempt to make the forward their fifth addition of the summer. (Guardian)external-link

The improved bid will see the Belgium international demand to leave the Bundesliga side. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton will turn down Chelsea's offer of £30m for England defender John Stones, 20. (Daily Mail)external-link

But the Toffees are considering a move for AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata, 28, as a possible replacement for Stones, should the centre-back leave.(ESPN)external-link

Real Madrid have submitted a final £21.2m bid for Manchester United's Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 24. (Daily Starexternal-link - from ABC)

Stoke will sign Inter Milan's Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, for £12m on Tuesday at the third attempt.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

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Tottenham are stepping up their interest in Manchester United's Javier Hernandez, 27, and West Brom's Saido Berahino, 21, and are confident of bringing at least one of the strikers in during this transfer window.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Spurs are also hopeful of injecting some pace into their attack by completing the signing of 21-year-old Cameroon striker Clinton N'Jie from Lyon.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

And the Londoners are also favourites to sign FC Basel's 18-year-old Swiss striker Breel Embolo for £10m.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for long-serving Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have moved for Reading midfielder Hope Akpan, 23.(Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

But Middlesbrough and Sunderland target Jordan Rhodes, 25, will not be allowed to leave Ewood Park as part of a player-exchange deal because of a transfer embargo at Rovers. (Times - subscription only)external-link

Manchester United have agreed terms with Argentina defender Lucas Biglia, 29, and will sign him from Lazio for £17.7m. (Le10Sport - in French)external-link

Dani Alves has told Barcelona team-mate Pedro to follow his heart as the 28-year-old midfielder considers leaving the Camp Nou for Manchester United. (London Evening Standard)external-link

United have suffered a blow in their efforts to sign defender Sergio Ramos, 29, from Real Madrid with the Spain international tempted by a new deal at the Bernabeu in which bonuses would take his earnings to £7.1m a year. (Independent)external-link

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West Brom are set to sign Liverpool's Spanish defender Jose Enrique, 29. (Liverpool Echo, from Tuttomercatoweb)external-link

Everton could be on the verge of signing Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27, after bookmakers cut the odds on the move. (Metro)external-link

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Nottingham Forest have accepted a £4m bid from Burnley for midfielder Henri Lansbury, 24, who will hold talks with the Clarets in Lancashire on Tuesday. (Nottingham Post)external-link

Chelsea are set to sign Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman, 21, in a deal that could be worth up to £21.7m. (Daily Express) external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels it is "very unfair" that the summer's transfer window is open during the Premier League season. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes the Red Devils should forget about trying to sign Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 26, and focus on getting Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, 28. (Talksport)external-link

Paris St-Germain defender Lucas Digne, 22, is set to opt for Roma instead of Liverpool. (ESPN)external-link

Leicester City striker David Nugent, 30, is in talks with Middlesbrough after the Championship club had a £4m bid accepted. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Morgan Schneiderlin's postman is being kept busy. The Manchester United midfielder posted a picture on Twitter of the mail he has recently received. "From many places all over the world. Thank you for your mails," he tweeted. external-link

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And finally...

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has said he wants his new team-mates to experience the famous Munich beer festival, Oktoberfest - but needs the approval of manager Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mail)external-link

A West Ham fan who promised to have a tattoo should his team beat Arsenal has already made good on his promise, getting the scoreline permanently marked on his back. (London Evening Standard)external-link

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