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Chelsea have turned their attention to Stoke City boss Mark Hughes as they look for a permanent manager next season. (Guardian)external-link

However, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has also emerged as a "strong and credible" contender to take over at Stamford Bridge. (Independent)external-link

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri, currently in charge of Premier League leaders Leicester, have also emerged as potential candidates to become Jose Mourinho's permanent successor. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, 30, wants to leave Stamford Bridge after falling out of favour with interim boss Guus Hiddink. Cahill fears his lack of playing time could cost him his England place at Euro 2016. (Sun)external-link

Thursday's Guardian claims Chelsea are pondering a move for Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

However, Cahill is unlikely to be permitted to leave Chelsea this month. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea want to sign Leicester's 29-year-old striker Jamie Vardy - and could offer up France forward Loic Remy, also 29, in a part-exchange deal. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Blues are also closing in on a £3.5m deal for New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga, 20 and retain an interest in Aymen Abdennour, who they missed out on when the 26-year-old defender moved to Monaco from Valencia for £22m in the summer. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, will reject interest from Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea to wait for a move to Real Madrid once the Spanish side's transfer embargo is lifted at the end of next season. (Independent)external-link

Leicester have offered £14m for CSKA Moscow's Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa. However the Russian club value the 23-year-old at closer to £19m. (Times, subscription required)external-link

The Foxes could make a surprise move for Southampton striker Graziano Pelle before the transfer deadline with the Italian international, 31, potentially available for as little as £5m. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal have agreed a £23m fee with Dynamo Kiev for Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko, 26, who was previously interesting Everton. (Sport.ua via Daily Star)external-link

The Sun back page
The Sun's backpage focuses on the controversial goal that helped Manchester City into the League Cup final

The Gunners are also set to move for Celta Vigo's Spain forward Nolito, 29, following the collapse of his proposed transfer to Barcelona. (Sport)external-link

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, 29, could return to Liverpool before he retires, according to ex-Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals as Liverpool finished second in 2013-14. (Talksport)external-link

Feyenoord youngster Tahith Chong says Manchester United are keen to sign him, but the forward, 16, adds that he is not going to leave the Dutch club. (FR12 via Daily Star)external-link

Porto want £38m for French midfielder Giannelli Imbula - double what Stoke City have offered for the 23-year-old former Marseille player. (LeSport10)external-link

Sunderland's former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, 25, could make a loan move to Sporting Lisbon before next Monday's transfer deadline - seven months after the Uruguay player joined the Black Cats permanently. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

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Manchester City's League Cup victory over Everton dominates the back page of Thursday's Daily Express

Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 31, looks set to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season after coach Diego Simeone turned down the chance to make his loan move from AC Milan permanent. (Daily Mail) external-link

Aston Villa supporters have hit back at the club's former assistant manager Peter Grant after he described fans as "delusional' in a BBC WM 95.6 interview. (Birmingham Mail) external-link

Swansea are close to a £7.5m deal for Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi, 26. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal are preparing an improved £4m bid for Leicester defender Ben Chilwell, 19, having already had a £3m offer rejected by the Foxes. (Sun)external-link

Wolves are in talks with Cardiff City's £3m-rated striker Joe Mason, 24. (Express & Star)external-link

Blackburn's former France Under-21 striker Bengali-Fode Koita, 25, is poised to join Turkish team Kasimpasa after just eight Championship starts this season. (Lancashire Telegraph)external-link

West Bromwich Albion owner Jeremy Peace will refuse to sell striker Saido Berahino, 22, during the January transfer window - but will listen to offers for him in the summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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Tottenham have been in Spain this week for a short training camp and a number of their players, including striker Harry Kane, have posted a picture of the team on Twitterexternal-link following a session in the sun.

Tottenham squad in Spain
Spurs' squad have trained in Spain this week before this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Colchester

Crystal Palace forward Yannick Bolasie has welcomed new signing Emmanuel Adebayor to the club, tweeting a picture of the pairexternal-link along with a message: "Say hello to our new signing! @E_Adebayor! Looking forward to playing alongside my bro!"

Yannick Bolasie and Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor (right) has joined Palace on a free transfer until the end of the season

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says fifth-placed Manchester United would not be any higher up the tableexternal-link if their former boss Sir Alex Ferguson - the most successful manager in the history of the British game - was still in charge.

Harry Redknapp tweet

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, who has not played since 17 October following surgery on his ankle, says the past few weeks have been "difficult". The 26-year-old posted on Twitter:external-link "Can't wait to be back playing for @SouthamptonFC! Been a difficult few months but things are looking good with rehab!

And finally

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is in line to play Leicester City's Jamie Vardy in a Hollywood film following the striker's rise to prominence. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Derby winger Tom Ince has revealed that his dad - former Manchester United, Liverpool and England midfielder Paul - moved into his flat in Blackpool when he was appointed Seasiders' manager, "cramping his style". (Daily Express)external-link

New Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor says he will use Google to find out more about the club after admitting he does not know much about them. (London Evening Standard)external-link

League Two Carlisle United, whose Brunton Park ground was badly hit by floods in December, will have a 17,392-capacity crowd for Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Everton after selling every ticket.(News & Star)external-link

Top-level assistant referees are to be offered the chance to turn professional on an annual wage of £35,000 in the hope it will raise standards. (Sun)external-link