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Liverpool have a deal in place to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Martin Skrtel could move to Napoli, while Man City are closing in on Fernandinho.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Reds reportedly have a deal in place to sign Shakhtar star

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Reds reportedly have a deal in place to sign Shakhtar star

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Michael Essien insists he can still do a job for Chelsea is 'Daddy' Jose Mourinho decides to extend his Stamford Bridge career.

Andy Carroll remains West Ham's number one summer transfer target, despite their reported interest in Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker has reflected the confidence of an England Under-21 side unbeaten in 18 months by saying they can win the European Championship.

Manchester City are closing in on Fernandinho after Shakhtar Donetsk lined up another Brazil midfielder as a replacement.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Changing positions can improve Phil Jones as a player, and not hamper his development, believes former Manchester United star Ronny Johnsen

Manchester City are close to finalising a deal for Fernandinho, but may have to be patient in their efforts to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Malaga midfielder Isco.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool are determined to rebuff the advances of big-spending Monaco for defender Daniel Agger, with the Dane himself insisting he plans to stay and honour the three years left on his deal.

Martin Skrtel wants to be reunited with Rafael Benitez by joining him at Napoli.

Incoming Everton boss Roberto Martinez could target Wigan trio Callum McManaman, Arouna Kone and James McCarthy.

Liverpool are reported to have a deal in place to sign Shakhtar Donetsk's attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan - but will only sanction a deal if Luis Suarez leaves Anfield.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Fabricio Coloccini has been told he must report back to Newcastle United's Benton base next month - despite continued interest from San Lorenzo.

German side FC Augsburg want to keep loan star Ji Dong-Won, but fear they will be priced out of a permanent move for the Sunderland striker.

Newcastle United star Davide Santon winning his battle to be fit for the start of next season.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Reports in Scotland claim that Aberdeen and Motherwell are vying for the signature of Wanderers flop Gregg Wylde.

Owen Coyle says he is "flattered" to be linked with the Wigan Athletic job, as Roberto Martinez edges towards his appointment at Everton.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

The Rovers Trust fear Blackburn Rovers could lose more than £40million this year.

Sean Dyche has described his forthcoming first pre-season as Burnley boss as a 'clean slate' for all of his squad.

THE STAR

Lewis Buxton, Sheffield Wednesday's Player of the Year, welcomes the signs that Jermaine Johnson will follow him in signing a new Hillsborough contract.

Jordan Ball has hit out at a "lack of respect" from Doncaster Rovers after being shown the door at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Barnsley have made formal bids for three strikers, including Sheffield Wednesday's Chris O'Grady, for a second time. The other two players are Motherwell's Michael Higdon and former Blades striker Jon Stead.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle fear Celtic could pounce on two of their prized young assets with midfielder Conor Newton and left-back Paul Dummett being targeted by the Glasgow giants.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough are tracking Brighton midfielder David Lopez.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland's pursuit of left-back Lucas Orban has been confirmed, although the Black Cats may have to wait until the conclusion of the Argentine league to land the defender.

DAILY ECHO

Nathaniel Clyne is aiming to follow in the footsteps of ex-Dell star Danny Wallace and become only the second Saint to ever win the European Under-21 Championship title.

Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez has been included in Uruguay's 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Wigan Athletic's home shirt next season will see a return to the thin blue and white stripes worn in the late 1970s and early 80s.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham manager Lee Clark wants to sign Gillingham midfielder Jack Payne.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will wait until next week at the earliest before swooping for transfer targets.

The future of Peter Odemwingie will be decided this week following meetings between the player's agent and West Brom's hierarchy.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara has given the first public hint that he will leave the club this summer after declaring he is a Premier League player.

West Brom have been placed on transfer alert after long-time target Ola Toivonen set his sights on a cut-price exit from PSV Eindhoven.

Polish club Lech Poznan were today resigned to losing Aston Villa target Aleksandar Tonev.

Walsall manager Dean Smith today warned his players to expect a far tougher challenge in what he believes will be a stronger League One next season.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United have submitted offers for four players and are poised to approach further targets, manager Brian McDermott confirmed. Matt Mills and Reece Wabara are two of the names in the frame.

GFH Capital's ownership of Leeds United is the focus of fresh attention after the company was forced to intervene in an unseemly dispute between the club's new vice-chairman and their Thorp Arch academy.

Brian McDermott insisted that Ian Harte would not be returning to Leeds United, despite claiming the veteran full-back will "give someone great service" next season.

THE PINK UN

Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted that he "ignored" Norwich playmaker Wes Hoolahan for too long and should have called him up earlier.

Steven Whittaker admits it's been a frustrating first season for him at Carrow Road - but plans to start afresh for his second crack at the Premier League.

READING POST

Alex Pearce is no closer to signing a new deal with Reading and looks set to be snapped up by Liverpool or Newcastle United when his contract expires at the end of the month.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has missed out on another of his summer striking targets after Leo Baptistao agreed a move to Atletico Madrid from Rayo Vallecano.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland can prove he's ready for the Premier League when England Under-21s begin their European Championship campaign against Italy on Wednesday.

EVENING TIMES

St Mirren legend Tony Fitzpatrick has hailed the double signing of Paul McGowan and Gary Harkins as a "fantastic" piece of business by Buddies boss Danny Lennon.

Wolves striker Kevin Doyle remains on Celtic's list of possible targets in this transfer window.

Victor Wanyama and Efe Ambrose will set their strong friendship aside when they lock horns in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Nigeria.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist could face a major selection headache in the opening weeks of the new season if plans for league reconstruction are voted through next week.

THE SCOTSMAN

Hearts say they require an immediate upturn in season ticket sales if they are to make it through the latest cash crisis unharmed.

Andy Webster has revealed that he is prepared to wait several weeks before deciding where his future lies.

Hibs kid Jordon Forster has been hit by a suspension which will rule him out of the start of next season.

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