Gossip column: Mahrez, Lemar, Sanchez, Maguire, Bale, Bolt, Walcott

Football gossip

Liverpool are set to sign Riyad Mahrez, with the 26-year-old Leicester City and Algeria forward expected to have a medical on Sunday. (Bein Sports)

The Reds are prepared to move quickly to fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona, with Monaco's 22-year-old winger Thomas Lemar top of their wanted list. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City are set to put in a £25m bid for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, 29, but that move could put an end to their interest in Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, 25. (Sunday Mirror)

City are keen on a move for Leicester's England defender Harry Maguire, 24, and could offer £50m to the Foxes for the former Hull City centre-back. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United are set to step up their attempt to bring Gareth Bale, 28, from Real Madrid to Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal are close to agreeing a £25m deal for West Brom and Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans, 30. (Sun on Sunday)

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino says Southampton hope to re-sign Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott, 28. (ESPN)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could cut short his latest contract and move into the boardroom in the summer - and the 68-year-old Frenchman wants Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta as his replacement. (Sunday Mirror)

Derby manager Gary Rowett, 43, and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, 65, head Stoke's list to replace Mark Hughes. (Stoke Sentinel)

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has ruled out selling 30-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal to Chelsea in the January transfer window. (Mail on Sunday)

Jese Rodriguez, 24, is close to signing for his hometown club Las Palmas. The Spanish forward is currently on loan at Stoke from Paris St-Germain. (AS - in Spanish)

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta says the Italian champions have no intention of selling 24-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala. (Football Italia)

Manchester United will not face any competition from Chelsea for 26-year-old Alex Sandro should they make a move for the Juventus left-back. (Calciomercato.com, via Manchester Evening News)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe expects 29-year-old striker Lewis Grabban to leave the club during the transfer window. (Bournemouth Echo)

Bolton want £4m for 18-year-old keeper Jake Turner despite him yet to start a first-team game. (Sun on Sunday)

Plymouth Argyle midfielder Toumani Diagouraga, 30, is set to sign for League One rivals Fleetwood Town. (Plymouth Herald)

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Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen says his side have enough firepower in attack and he is "satisfied" with what he has at his disposal. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Fleetwood Town goalkeeper Chris Neal earned himself a year's supply of pizza after keeping a clean sheet against Leicester in the FA Cup. (BBC Sport)

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, 31, says he has held talks with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about the prospect of playing for the Old Trafford club. (Sunday Express)

Former Germany, Arsenal and Bayern Munich star Lukas Podolski has unveiled his new project - a kebab restaurant in his home city of Cologne. (Mail on Sunday)

Best of Saturday's gossip

Newcastle are keen to offer 30-year-old Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is on a season-long loan deal at West Ham, first-team football at St James' Park. (Daily Mirror)

City rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan are both interested in Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 30. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona will have to pay £145m to sign 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool will try to replace Coutinho with Leicester City's Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez, 26. (L'Equipe, in French)

Manchester City want to sign Arsenal's 29-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez for £35m this month, to fend off a move to Paris St-Germain in the summer when the Chile international's contract expires. (Daily Mail)

Gossip was compiled by Saj Chowdhury, Matt Davis and Elizabeth Hudson.

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