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Real Madrid will offer Everton £60m in the summer for 22-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku, who has 18 Premier League goals this season. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United are preparing a £31m summer move for Atletico Madrid's 21-year-old midfielder Saul Niguez. (Don Balon via Manchester Evening News) external-link

Jose Mourinho wants to bring in Atletico sporting director Andrea Berta if he becomes Manchester United manager at the end of this season. (Telegraph)external-link

Pep Guardiola wants to make Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 24, one of his first major signings when he takes over at Manchester City in the summer.(Guardian)external-link

Guardiola is planning a huge summer rebuild at Etihad Stadium - but captain Vincent Kompany, 29, will not be sold. (Daily Mirror)external-link

City will listen to offers for defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, who the club's board feel has been disappointing since signing from Porto for £42m in 2014. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

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Leicester City head of recruitment Steve Walsh and coach Craig Shakespeare are set to sign new contracts until 2018 with the Premier League leaders. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Ham have identified three strikers - Liverpool's Christian Benteke, 25, Marseille's Michy Batshuayi, 22, and Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, 24 - as priority transfer targets in the summer. (Sky Sports)external-link

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 31, will be sold in the summer to help finance new signings. (Daily Star) external-link

Real Madrid plan to increase Gareth Bale's £300,000-a-week wages and extend the 26-year-old Wales forward's contract by a further two years even though he has three years remaining on his current deal. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal's 19-year-old forward Alex Iwobi is committed to Nigeria despite attempts by the Football Association to persuade him to play for England. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, Iwobi is set to be rewarded with an improved contract worth more than £10,000 a week after making full Champions League and Premier League debuts. (London Evening Standard)external-link

A huge 80% of Aston Villa supporters are in favour of manager Remi Garde being sacked. The club are bottom of the Premier League, 12 points from safety. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Both Villa and Swansea are ready to make an approach for Wales boss Chris Coleman, whose talks over a new contract have stalled. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick, 34, says he faces a battle to win a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad after being overlooked for the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands. (Independent)external-link

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 29, has denied reports of a possible return to former club River Plate, insisting his "head is placed at Manchester United".(ESPN - in Spanish)external-link

Gary Neville, 41, is set to leave his position as boss of Valencia at the end of the season when his five-month deal expires. Valencia have won three out of 16 La Liga games under his charge.(Guardian)external-link

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The front page of Tuesday's Daily Telegraph Sport says referees are being "hounded" out of English football because of an increase in abuse and violent attacks.

Watford want to sign on-loan midfielder Nathan Ake, 21, on a permanent deal from Chelsea. The Dutchman could be available for a fee of £3m. (Mirror)external-link

Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, 20, is poised to return for the last eight games as the Rams chase promotion to the Premier League. Hughes suffered a serious knee injury on the opening day of the season. (Derby Telegraph)external-link

Newcastle need to be relegated from the Premier League to "start from scratch" and build a better team for the future, former Magpies winger David Ginola says. (Talksport)external-link

Ex-Scotland midfielder Don Hutchison believes Newcastle should pair strikers Aleksander Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse up front to have a chance of avoiding relegation. (Chronicle)external-link

Former Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo, 52, has applied for the manager's job at Nottingham Forest. The Championship club sacked Dougie Freedman earlier this month. (Nottingham Post)external-link

Swansea captain Ashley Williams feels the club have had an "unacceptable" season and have "got it wrong". The Swans lie 15th in the Premier League, 10 points above the relegation zone. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, says he is thinking of a reunion with ex-Reds team-mate Jamie Carragher at Anfield.(Mr Porter) external-link

Ex-Everton full-back Michael Ball says the Toffees showed "no pride, no fight and had no leaders" in their Premier League defeat by Arsenal on Saturday. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald, 27, is wanted by Bristol City before Thursday's deadline for emergency loan signings. (Bristol Post) external-link

Cherries captain Simon Francis, 31, says he is not disappointed after missing out on an England call-up for the forthcoming friendly matches.(Bournemouth Echo)external-link

Hull City's KC Stadium is to be renamed the KCOM Stadium from 4 April. (Hull Daily Mail)external-link

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 26, features on the front cover of Chicken & Egg - a welfare and food publication - and tells the magazine he has 14 hens and two cockerels at home. (Sun) external-link

Former Crystal Palace, QPR and Coventry manager Iain Dowie has been appointed regional sales manager for a company which "undertakes homebuyers reports, building surveys and valuations". (Coventry Telegraph)external-link

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