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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City are ready to outbid rivals Manchester United with a £35m offer for Benfica's highly-rated 23-year-old attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.

Full Story: Daily Mirror

Queens Park Rangers could reignite their interest in former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack after the 35-year-old was told he is free to leave Bayer Leverkusen.

Full Story: talkSPORT

Former QPR manager Neil Warnock has been spotted with Leeds chairman Ken Bates outside a cafe in Monte Carlo. The Yorkshire club are still looking for a new manager after Simon Grayson's exit last month.

Full Story: Daily Mail

Liverpool and Manchester United have been put on red alert after Udinese's 24-year-old Chilean defender Mauricio Isla confirmed he is set to leave the Italian club at the end of the season.

Full Story: talkSPORT

Michael Ballack
Ballack is free to leave Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham look poised to step up their interest in Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen after sending scouts to watch the Belgian against Manchester United on Thursday.

Full Story: Inside Futbol

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit says even the signing of 21-year-old Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard would not save the Gunners from their current poor form.

Full Story: Metro

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury and could return before the end of the season.

Full Story: Daily Mail

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has backed calls from Gunners legend Denis Bergkamp for the club to sign stronger players.

Full Story: the Sun

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, has urged van Persie to quit Arsenal to further his career.

Full Story: the Sun

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has told winger Matt Phillips, 20, to forget playing for Scotland because he will be an England star one day.

Full Story: Daily Star

Everton must fight off interest from Manchester United for manager David Moyes when Alex Ferguson retires, according to Holloway.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

AND FINALLY

Hypnosis could help Birmingham shock Chelsea in the FA Cup. Winger Nathan Redmond has turned to a sports psychologist to help him prepare for games.

Full Story: Daily Mirror

A man has been charged with criminal damage after the St James' Park name was painted on the wall of Newcastle's ground following the removal of a sign.

Full Story: Metro

Gary Neville is on a collision course with former club Manchester United after the club opposed his plans to build a supporters' club opposite Old Trafford.

Full story: the Times (subscription needed)

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