Monday gossip: Bacca, Pato, Berahino, Yarmolenko, Shelvey

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Chelsea have tabled a £30m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira, 26, who has scored 26 goals in 26 games this season. (Star)external-link

Monday's Independent Sport front page

The Blues are also eyeing a deal for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, 29, and are willing to meet the £30m asking price. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Express)external-link

Everton will make a £21m offer for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 26, and they have completed the sale of Steven Naismith, 29, to Norwich. (Express)external-link

Liverpool have sealed an £11m deal for Brazilian winger Alexandre Pato, 26, who currently plays for Corinthians. (Star)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told outgoing Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola he will need a squad of 35 players to cope with the fixture demands if he come to the Premier League. (Mirror)external-link

Newcastle have renewed their £18m bid for unsettled West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22. (Mail)external-link

The Magpies have also made a move for 23-year-old Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. (Sky Sports)external-link

Federico Fazio heads the ball
Federico Fazio joined Spurs from Sevilla in August 2014

Aston Villa duo Joleon Lescott, 33, and Brad Guzan, 31, allegedly swore at their own fans after drawing against Wycombe in the FA Cup.(Mirror) external-link

Villa manager Remi Garde hopes to be handed a large transfer fund to turn around the club's season after talks with the board. (Sun)external-link

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has warned Newcastle off midfielder Kemar Roofe, 23, after he played a starring role in the FA Cup win over Swansea. (Mirror)external-link

Stoke forward Peter Crouch, 34, has suggested he may have to leave the club after failing to start a Premier League match all season. (Telegraph)external-link

Monday's Sun back page

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink believes 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek can challenge for regular first-team action at Stamford Bridge. (Talksport)external-link

Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 23, is set to complete a £7.4m move to Arsenal within the next 24 hours. (Independent)external-link

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says the sacking of manager Rafael Benitez was a "big disappointment", but that he is still happy at the club. (Guardian) external-link

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin believes the Gunners have enough strength in depth to compete for a league and cup double this season. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Harry Redknapp has called for the Premier League to work more closely with the Football Association to help preserve the standing of the FA Cup. Redknapp, as a manager, won the cup with Portsmouth in 2008. (Telegraph)external-link

Best of social media

A groom whose wedding speech went viral after he dedicated it to Mesut Ozil has received a personal invite to the Emirates from the Arsenal midfielder on Twitterexternal-link - along with his new wife.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton shared a snap of his current reading material on Twitter.external-link

Joey Barton Instagram snip
Joey Barton let his followers know what he is reading

And finally

Liverpool's new signing Marko Grujic almost did not go through with the transfer - because he was so scared of getting in the MRI machine for his medical. (Mail)external-link

Former Swansea forward Michu says he was more nervous making his debut for Spanish fourth-tier side Union Popular de Langreo this weekend than he was when he played at Old Trafford and Anfield in the Premier League. (Guardian)external-link