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Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, 42, does not want to return to Swansea following Garry Monk's sacking because he hopes to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager next summer. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Ex-Swansea defender Sam Ricketts believes Rodgers would be taking a "backward step" if he returned to Liberty Stadium. (Talksport)external-link

Rodgers has lined up "bigger" jobs than Swansea and will not feel the need to go back and manage them. (Daily Mail's Neil Ashton on BBC Radio 5 live)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, 64, could be sacked if his side do not finish in the top three of the Premier League this season.(Daily Express)external-link

The United players are getting increasingly frustrated with Van Gaal's tactics and methods, and were bewildered after he took off Juan Mata, 27, for the inexperienced Nick Powell, 21, in their game against Wolfsburg. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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The Sun describes Arsenal's hat-trick hero Olivier Giroud as a "Greek God"

Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Galatasaray winger Kevin Grosskreutz, 27, who Reds boss Jurgen Klopp managed at Borussia Dortmund.(Takvim - in Turkish)external-link

Premier League leaders Leicester City want to sign former Manchester City midfielder and Netherlands international Nigel de Jong, 31, from AC Milan.(Calciomercato.com)external-link

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, is again set to miss out on a move to Tottenham - because the Baggies are refusing to deal with the Londoners. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United have joined Tottenham in showing a strong interest in Fulham's 19-year-old forward Moussa Dembele.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 21, says he studies Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo closely to "learn as much as I can" from them.(Guardian)external-link

Arsenal want to sign Deportivo La Coruna's Spanish winger Lucas Perez, 27. (El Ideal Gallego - in Spanish)external-link

The Gunners have also enquired about 18-year-old Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus, who has been compared to Barcelona and Brazil's Neymar.(Daily Mail)external-link

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The Daily Telegraph simply describe Arsenal and Giroud as "magnifique"

Manchester United believe the Premier League's £5.14bn broadcast deal has significantly reduced English clubs' hopes of winning the Champions League because TV companies are reluctant to move games to Friday nights to assist them.(Guardian)external-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho "has been a great coach in the past but, as a person, he is fake", says former Blues striker Adrian Mutu, who briefly played under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge in 2004.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Striker Daniel Sturridge is "a luxury Liverpool cannot afford", according to former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann who played with the 26-year-old England international at Manchester City.(Talksport)external-link

There are no Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea players in the Premier League team of the season so far.(Daily Mail)external-link

Scotland midfielder Steven Naismith, 29, says he may have to leave Everton if he cannot force his way back into Roberto Martinez's team. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is keen on signing Porto's French midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 23, with the future of Kenya international Victor Wanyama, 24, still undecided.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Best of social media

Chelsea midfielder Ramires celebrated his side's progress in the Champions League by writing:external-link "Well done, guys. That's the spirit. Come on Chelsea."

Chelsea's Kenedy, Ramires and Diego Costa
Chelsea midfielder Ramires posted a picture of himself, Kenedy and Diego Costa celebrating the club's progress to the last 16 of the Champions League

Following Arsenal's 3-0 win over Olympiakos to reach the Champions League last 16, Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez said:external-link "So happy for the victory of the team, we are in the next stage."

Sanchez's Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere said:external-link "What a performance. Breathtaking. Well done lads."

After former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard described Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey "as the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League", the Welshman responded:external-link "Honoured to hear that from a legend like Gerrard."

Southampton defender Florin Gardos tweeted:external-link "I am on the search for a nickname. Can anyone help? Much appreciated."

Former Cardiff and Wales defender Danny Gabbidon saidexternal-link Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins made the right decision to sack Garry Monk because "he had lost the dressing room".

And finally

Manchester United complained about the temperature of the dressing room at Wolfsburg during their Champions League exit on Tuesday. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester City players including captain Vincent Kompany and midfielders Yaya Toure and Fabian Delph have read out a series of 'mean tweets' from fans in which they have been severely criticised .(Manchester City YouTube channel)external-link

A 90-year-old Everton fan, who has been supporting the club since the mid-1930s, was invited to sit next to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez in the dugout during Monday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

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