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Manchester United are worried assistant manager Ryan Giggs will end his 28-year association with the club if he is overlooked as boss Louis van Gaal's successor. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The Mirror back page leads on Liverpool's win

Van Gaal will not step aside for his friend Jose Mourinho or anyone else, says his Dutch biographer Maarten Meijer. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, 36, is in "serious talks" with Colorado Rapids and is "highly likely" to end his 10-year stay with the Goodison Park club and move to Major League Soccer in May.(NBC Sports)external-link

Tottenham are to return with a new £18m bid for West Brom's 22-year-old forward Saido Berahino. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is being considered as a candidate to take over at Chelsea next season. (Independent)external-link

Fulham have told Tottenham they do not want to sell French forward Moussa Dembele, but Spurs may be able to conclude a deal that would see the 19-year-old return to Craven Cottage on loan.(Guardian)external-link

Chelsea are set to sign Corinthians midfielder Alexandre Pato, 26, on a six-month loan deal with the option of making the move permanent in the summer. The Brazilian club had initially wanted to sell him outright for an £8m fee.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Chelsea will demand at least £80m if they are to sell 25-year-old midfielder Eden Hazard this summer. (Sun)external-link

The Blues could face a transfer embargo after midfielder Bertrand Traore played for their under-18 side when he was too young to be signed, in an apparent breach of Fifa regulations. (London Evening Standard)external-link

But Chelsea are confident they did not break any rules as the fixture had been deemed to be non-competitive. (Guardian)external-link

The Stamford Bridge club are weighing up a move for Fenerbahce and former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 32, to solve their goalscoring problems.(Daily Express)external-link

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The Sun back page also focuses on Liverpool - and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Sunderland are to increase their bid for Swansea striker Andre Ayew, 26, to £10m, plus Italy striker Fabio Borini, 24.(Talksport)external-link

But the Swans are insisting that top scorer Ayew is not for sale.(South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Swansea are close to completing a loan deal for Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 28, who spent two years on loan with the Welsh club between 2012 and 2014. (Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair has told the club he wants to leave, with Watford hoping to complete a deal for the highly rated 19-year-old.(Telegraph)external-link

Leicester City have increased their offer for Sampdoria striker Eder, 29, from £7.95m to £10m, but could face competition from Inter Milan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is also chasing CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa, 23. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool have been given encouragement in their pursuit of midfielder Alex Teixeira, 26, by comments from the Shakhtar Donetsk coach.(Daily Express) external-link

Arsenal have had a bid rejected for Napoli's 24-year-old midfielder Jorginho, but might return with a further offer in the summer. (TuttoMercatoWeb - in Italian)external-link

Middlesbrough have offered £9m for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 25, with a further £2m based on appearances. (Sun)external-link

Newcastle have been told by Chelsea that it will cost £12m to sign striker Loic Remy, 29. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Magpies are also considering a loan deal for France international striker Remy.(Evening Chronicle)external-link

West Ham's loanee right-back Carl Jenkinson could miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.(Independent)external-link

Jenkinson, 23, is expected to return to parent club Arsenal, who are now reconsidering selling fellow right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 30, to Aston Villa.(Telegraph)external-link

Social media

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Liverpool beat Stoke City on penalties to reach the Capital One Cup final at Wembley

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren postedexternal-link an image on Instagram from inside a happy Reds dressing room after their League Cup semi-final victory over Stoke City on Tuesday. He commented: "Wembley we cominggggg.....what a fantastic game!! Well done everyone."

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie was excited by the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor, suggesting a change of pre-match tunes. He tweeted:external-link "Changing room music has gone from hip hop straight to afrobeats and aZonto ayyyy."

Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa posted a photo on Instagramexternal-link of fellow Brazilian and friend Alexandre Pato, apparently congratulating him on signing for Chelsea. The post reads: "[Pato] I am sure it will be very good for you my bro! Congrats [Chelsea].

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Williams driver Felipe Massa has given a strong indication that Pato is Chelsea bound

And finally

Mesut Ozil is a big favourite with Arsenal fans and it seems his popularity is just as strong overseas after Egyptian footballer Ahmed Nabil Manga named his newborn son after the Germany international. (Metro)external-link

Striker Charlie Austin was made to sing his Southampton initiation song Stand By Me live on radio. (Talksport) external-link

St Johnstone Under-20s had to wear Rangers away strips after their kitman's vehicle broke down en route from Perth to play the Glasgow club at their Murray Park training complex. (Inside Futbol)external-link