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UNITED TURN TO MODRIC AND FELLAINI
So, United are moving down their list of targets, it seems.
After Thiago Alcantara (yes, we know David Moyes said they never made a bid) and Cesc Fabregas said no, it seems that another creative chap playing in Spain is their man.
The Guardian reports that Luka Modric is David Moyes's target, and could make a bid for the Croatian sharpish.
The paper claims: 'With the 27-year-old having been transferred to Real from Tottenham Hotspur for £33m last summer, any initial offer for Modric would have to be in the region of £25m for a midfielder who fell down the pecking order under José Mourinho, who was his coach until the Portuguese rejoined Chelsea in the close season.'
And that won't be all, with the paper also speculating that Moyes will move for Marouane Fellaini too, as well as retaining an interest in Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.
HAMMERS IN DOWNING TALKS
Several papers this morning report that West Ham, having carefully noted the success of the Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll partnership at Liverpool, are in talks over a move for the winger.
The Daily Telegraph reckons the Hammers are 'close' to signing Downing, apparently not wanted at Anfield, although we can't possibly imagine why.
The Telegraph claims: 'A bid of £5million has already been lodged for the former England international, but talks are continuing with Liverpool now hoping to raise nearer £6million before they agree a sale. It is believed negotiations are at an advanced stage.
'Downing would need tempting to move to London having earlier rejected Sam Allardyce's advances, but he is now much more open to the possibility of a switch to Upton Park. Should West Ham reach an agreement, it is likely Downing will arrive in the capital.'
PJANIC ON THE STREETS OF LONDON?
Ah, the wonder of the pun. And one of the better ones is a step closer, if you believe The Daily Mirror.
The paper reports that Spurs have already made an approach for Miralem Pjanic, Roma's Bosnian midfielder, with Franco Baldini talking to his former club about a move.
Roma are apparently keen to keep hold of Pjanic, rated at £15million, but Spurs reckon they can get their man. Not clear whether the paper thinks this is part of a plan to replace Gareth Bale, or to supplement him.
LUIZ TO TELL CHELSEA HE WANTS OUT?
Interesting line in The Daily Mail, who report that Barcelona expect David Luiz to tell Chelsea he wants to leave them at some point this week.
The Mail claims: 'Barca had an opening bid for the Brazilian rejected on Wednesday with Mourinho warning them not to return with another bid.
'However, Barcelona are convinced Mourinho is merely driving up the price and hope Luiz's desire to join them can help sway negotiations.'
Dan Agger is apparently their second choice, despite being made Liverpool vice-captain this week, as if that means a bloody thing.
AND THE REST...
Leeds are in talks with Manchester United to sign defender Scott Wooton in a bargain deal...Stoke have been warned they will have to pay £17million for Mame Biram Diouf by his German club Hannover...Sheffield United midfielder Kevin McDonald last night underwent a medical at Wolves...Leicester have signed Arsenal's Ignasi Miquel on a season-long loan...QPR are eyeing up a move for Leicester's Paul Konchesky...Keith Andrews has moved to Brighton on a season-long loan from Bolton...Stoke have signed USA star Juan Agudelo from New England Revolution...Valencia are keen to take Chelsea's Demba Ba or Romelu Lukaku on loan as they look to replace Roberto Soldado...Manchester City have yet to receive a bid from West Brom for winger Scott Sinclair, who is also wanted by Newcastle and Everton...Chelsea's Nathan Ake has signed a new five-year deal - and will now be shipped out on loan.