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Roberto Martinez for Arsenal, Spurs target Winston Reid and James Milner, Liverpool like Juan Iturbe and more...

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We begin with manager gossip rather than transfer gossip and the Daily Star claims an exclusive that 'Roberto Martinez has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal'. It's not a massively surprising shout as Martinez is making great strides at Everton with a style of football not dissimilar to Arsenal's.

Wenger is expected to sign a new two-year deal in the very near future but the club - and the Frenchman himself - are casting their eyes and minds forward and apparently coming up with the name of the Spaniard.

You may have to stretch your minds to thinking that Tim Sherwood will still be in charge of Tottenham next season when you read this gossip taken from the MailOnline's transfer column from Thursday afternoon.

They claim that Sherwood is unsurprisingly leaning towards buying players with extensive experience of the Premier League, with two of the names on his list being West Ham centre-half Winston Reid and Manchester City's slotted spoon James Milner.

Brendan Rodgers' search for a winger could take him to Porto's Juan Iturbe, according to that transfer column on the Daily Mail website. They claim: 'The 20-year-old Argentine has impressed during a loan spell at Hellas Verona which has also alerted Roma, Inter and Juventus.' Iturbe himself has expressed an interest in staying in Italy.

Previous Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka has apparently emerged as a target for PSG.

Chelsea and Manchester United are watching Sheffield United centre-back Harry Maguire...Everton lead the chase for Bayer Leverkusen ace Karim Bellarabi...Marko Marin is ready to quit Chelsea this summer...Roma have emerged as front-runners for Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to reports in Italy...Dutch legend Ronald Koeman is desperate to manage Swansea - but the Welsh club have so far shown no interest...Andre Villas-Boas could be pipped by Dick Advocaat to the Zenit St Petersburg manager's job...Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, Barcelona and Inter Milan are all keen on signing Charlton midfielder Diego Poyet...Pepe Mel has no idea if he will keep his job should West Brom fail to beat Swansea...Newcastle will launch a second bid to sign Remy Cabella from French side Montpellier this summer...Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has turned down a last-ditch attempt by Arsenal to convince him to sign a new contract.

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