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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Manchester United have made Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger their top summer target, after new manager Louis van Gaal dismissed the ground work that David Moyes undertook in his pursuit of the 29-year-old's fellow German Toni Kroos.

Cesc Fabregas put any hesitation over working with Jose Mourinho behind him after being assured he will be given a key role at Chelsea next season.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Aleksandar Kolarov has penned a three-year extension to his existing deal at Manchester City, which expires next summer.

Robin van Persie has insisted that he is not past his peak yet and wants to clock up 22 years of professional football by playing into his 40s.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Roberto Martinez has been rewarded for his remarkable first season at Everton with a new five-year contract to keep him at Goodison until 2019.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to remain with the club as Napoli admitted they can't afford the Spaniard.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United could have to push beyond a bid of £10m if they want to sign Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.

Newcastle United have touched base with Lyon over a possible move for Clement Grenier, according to reports in France.

THE JOURNAL

Swansea City have turned down Sunderland's £4million offer for Ashley Williams and told them to return with a bigger offer.

Newcastle United accused of taking Montpellier for "fools" by the French club's president Louis Nicollin over Remy Carbella.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland know that they face potential opposition from Premier League rivals for the signature of Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso.

Wilfried Bony's agent says there's no chance of Newcastle United signing the forward - because they aren't ambitious enough.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Lee Clark has taken his Birmingham City summer signing spree up to the half-dozen, Gavin Gunning and David Edgar have been captured on Bosman free transfers.

Cruise ship tycoon Micky Arison has refused to rule out buying Aston Villa.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Bromich Albion today hit a major snag in their talks with Tim Sherwood as they considered potential alternatives to the former Tottenham boss.

THE SENTINEL

Mark Hughes hopes to ship out at least three fringe players as Stoke City switch their focus to summer sales.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Former England midfielder David Bentley has retired from football aged 29, insisting the game has become "robotic and boring".

Leyton Orient have signed former Derby County goalkeeper Adam Legzdins on a two-year contract.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Brentford are close to agreeing a new deal for star striker Clayton Donaldson.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Ashley Williams's agent says the Wales captain is holding out for a new Swansea City contract as other clubs bid to lure him away from South Wales.

WALES ONLINE

Wilfried Bony would only quit Swansea City if a top-six side came calling - and it wouldn't be on the cheap.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton will host Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly this summer.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City are in pole position to sign central defender Harry Maguire - if they are willing to meet Sheffield United's £2m asking price.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United have received a £5m bid for Ross McCormack from a rival Championship club.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby County are not believed to be behind a £5m bid for Leeds United star Ross McCormack.

Departing Derby County goalkeeper Adam Legzdins is to join Leyton Orient.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan is close to agreeing a contract extension with the club.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Loan star Michael Kightly is due to complete his £1m move to Burnley following his return from honeymoon.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Bolton Wanderers have got more company in the race to sign Lukas Jutkiewicz - with Wolverhampton now registering their interest in the Middlesbrough striker.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

New manager Jose Riga insists he's in no rush to make signings, even though the Blackpool have only six senior players on their books.

EVENING GAZETTE

Wolverhampton enter race to sign Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz with player swap a possibility.

THE STAR

Hull City are ready to knock Wolverhampton Wanderers out of the race to sign Harry Maguire as the battle for the Sheffield United defender intensifies.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

Scottish international midfield player Don Cowie has emerged as a potential Huddersfield Town transfer target.

READING POST

Phoenix, an America-based hedge fund, have offered £5million to buy Reading.

THE ARGUS

New Brighton and Hove Albion boss Sami Hyypia has revealed he wants to keep talismanic goalscorer Leo Ulloa at the club for at least another year.

WATFORD OBSERVER

Watford are considering re-signing Don Cowie whose contract at Cardiff City expires at the end of this month.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

AFC Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs looks set to join AFC Wimbledon on loan.

EVENING TIMES

Dundee United have raided Queen's Park for the third time in 12 months after snatching midfielder Blair Spittal.

THE SCOTSMAN

Darren McGregor has revealed that being a lifelong Hibernian supporter would not have prevented him from joining Hearts for their assault on the Championship next season.

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f Klopp is available and willing to go there, they have to sign him up. Far better manager than Rodgers. The reason Liverpool fail in so many big games is the inflexible nature of their manager and his inability to find strikers who fit into his inflexible style of play. A feature of nearly every game that the team comes up short is the way the opposition midfield appears to overpower them. It's too easy.

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est player award should not go to a player who's second best at all the importent categories (i.e goals, assists etc) just because his team is at the top. If you are not first you are last; if you're second you are the first loser ( looking at you Hazard). David De Gea for POTY.

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