Wednesday's gossip: Hazard, Guardiola, Bale, Adebayor, Remy

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Real Madrid are willing to pay £100m to sign Chelsea's Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 24. (Daily Star)external-link

That move could prompt Chelsea to pursue the signing of Real forward Gareth Bale, 26. (Daily Mirror)external-link

But Manchester United are hoping to sign the Wales international for £75m this month - and working with "boyhood hero" Ryan Giggs, the club's assistant manager, could be key in attracting his compatriot. (Daily Mail)external-link

Bale has no plans to leave Real Madrid in the wake of Rafael Benitez's sacking but his future at the club will hinge largely on whether Zinedine Zidane deploys him in a central role. (Guardian)external-link

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Wednesday's back page of the Daily Express leads on Manchester City's bid to bring in manager Pep Guardiola and sign Lionel Messi

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, 44, will become Manchester City manager in the summer. (Sky Germany via Sky Sports)external-link

Should Guardiola move to City, the club will look to reunite him with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 28. (Daily Express)external-link

Guardiola could yet move to Manchester United - if they act quickly. The Spaniard has spoken to both Manchester clubs, turned down an offer from Chelsea and would also consider Arsenal. (Sun)external-link

The Daily Mirror's chief football writer, John Cross, believes that Guardiola becoming Manchester City manager is a "done deal". (BBC Radio 5 live)external-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he would accept the sack from the club this summer, if he left with the Premier League title. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Pellegrini believes it is "impossible" for his side to achieve the quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. (Daily Star)external-link

General Charles Krulak - an Aston Villa board member who served in Vietnam and the first Gulf War - says he "faced way bigger losing battles and won them" during his military career than the predicament currently facing the Premier League's bottom club. (Sun) external-link

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants the club's supporters to "trust" 21-year-old John Stones, who he says is "the best footballing centre-half in Europe". (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is considering offers from Watford and Crystal Palace. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea are reluctant to let 29-year-old striker Loic Remy - a target for Newcastle, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace - leave on loan unless they find a replacement (Daily Mail)external-link

Everton have ended Celtic's hopes of re-signing the club's former winger Aiden McGeady, 29, as they will not subsidise his wages as part of a loan deal. (Daily Record)external-link

Wednesday's back page of the Mirror leads on Manuel Pellegrini who wants to leave Manchester City after winning the Premier League

Watford are close to signing Fiorentina's Spain midfielder Mario Suarez, 28. (Daily Star)external-link

FC Basel say 23-year-old midfielder Mohamed Elneny's move to Arsenal could be completed "in the coming days". (London Evening Standard)external-link

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, 31, is not a target for Leicester City, despite reports to the contrary. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas, 28, will not be leaving Everton, according to manager Roberto Martinez. (Talksport)external-link

Everton are expected to sign Grasshopper Zurich's Switzerland Under-21 striker Shani Tarashaj, 20, on Wednesday. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Swansea will not recall winger Nathan Dyer, 28, from his loan spell at Leicester in the January transfer window. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Joe Cole, 34, is set to complete a permanent move to Coventry, with Aston Villa allowing the former England midfielder to be released from his contract six months early. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed training on Tuesday. The 26-year-old has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool. (Independent)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United forward Juan Mata has been out and about in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter, and posted a picture to Instagram.external-link

Mata's club-mateWayne Rooneyexternal-link and Stoke goalkeeperJack Butlandexternal-link used Twitter to thank fans for voting them as England's player of the year and under-21 player of the year respectively.

Arsenal's former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has given his backing to new Real boss Zinedine Zidane, tweeting external-linkthat the appointment was a "good decision".

And finally

The future of Crystal Palace mascot Kayla the bald eagle is in doubt because the charity where she lives is short of funds. (Premier League website) external-link

Former NBA star Steve Nash and Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, have bought a controlling share of La Liga side Real Mallorca. (Fox Sports)external-link

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