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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, 64, could quit Old Trafford this summer - one year before his contract expires. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton will demand that Manchester United pay £65m if they want to sign their 22-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. (Sun)external-link

The Mirror reports that Louis van Gaal could leave before the end of his contract

Chelsea are struggling to persuade Shakhtar Donetsk to part with £30m midfield target Alex Teixeira, 26. (Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham want to sign Coventry City midfielder James Maddison and may then loan the 19-year-old back to the League One side. (Independent)external-link

Tottenham have made a £23m bid for Atletico Madrid's 29-year-old Colombia striker Jackson Martinez. (Marca, via Daily Express)external-link

West Ham are set to make an £18m offer for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp looks to have decided to cash in on the player. (Brentwood Gazette)external-link

Klopp is considering a bid for Bayer Leverkusen's 27-year-old striker Javier Hernandez. (Calciomercato, via Metro)external-link

The Liverpool boss also says Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 25, has got a future at Anfield. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea are monitoring Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26, for a potential summer move, with Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, both 29, set to leave. (Daily Mirror)external-link

AC Milan will have to pay £20m if they want to sign Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 28, from Manchester United. (Daily Express)external-link

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Christian Benteke has a future at Liverpool, according to Jurgen Klopp in the Star

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 24, remain Newcastle's top transfer targets, but both deals are proving complicated. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Cheick Tiote's proposed move from Newcastle United to Shanghai Shenhua is on the verge of falling through, with the Chinese club unwilling to meet the 29-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder's £60,000-a-week wage demands. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, will listen to "every offer" in the summer as he looks set to leave the Etihad. (Sun)external-link

The agent for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, 23, says the Spaniard is happy to stay at the Premier League club, despite a lack of games and interest from Serie A side Napoli. (Talksport)external-link

Liverpool have held talks with Italian champions Juventus about signing striker Alvaro Morata, 23, for around £45m. (Gazzetta World)external-link.

West Ham are hoping to sign Reading defender Jake Cooper, 20, to follow the capture of Leeds full-back Sam Byram, 22. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Monaco may look to recall injured striker Radamel Falcao, 29, from his loan spell at Chelsea, who are still considering a move for Brazil forward Pato, 26, from Corinthians or AC Milan's Colombia international Carlos Bacca, 29. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Aston Villa are interested in a £4.9m move for Hadjuk Split's Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, 25. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Balotelli tattoo

Liverpool striker, Mario Balotelli, currently on loan at AC Milan, commented on Instagramexternal-link after a devoted fan posted an image of his new tattoo that is a tribute to the 26-year-old Italy international. He wrote: "THANK YOU for the support but don't you think is a bit crazy?"

Bognor Regis took a novel approach to dealing with a frozen pitch, opting to have six cars with their engines running on the solid surface in an effort to thaw it out, as this tweetexternal-link by their opponents Altrincham FC shows. To their credit, it worked.


And finally

Can Lionel Messi, 28, do it on a wet Wednesday night in Stoke? The Barcelona forward apparently thinks he can. (Daily Mail)external-link

Olympic sprinter and Manchester United fan Usain Bolt, 29, has revealed he would be reluctant to play for the Red Devils under current manager Louis van Gaal. (London Evening Standard)external-link

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