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Things move fast in the transfer market, even when the transfer market is officially closed.

So fast that players are turning down teams that we didn't even know were interested in them.

The Daily Express reports this morning that Mats Hummels could turn down Manchester United on the basis that they won't be in the Champions League next season.

The paper claims: 'However the German has his heart set on a move to Spanish champions Barcelona, who can guarantee him the domestic and European glory he craves.

'Reports in Spain claim the Catalan club have held talks with Hummels as they seek to replace injury-hit veteran Carles Puyol, and the lure of playing alongside some of the world's best players could trump any deal United put on the table.

'Despite the rumours, Moyes feels that the Red Devils stand a chance of landing the ex-Bayern Munich youngster if they join Europe's elite next season, and will look to match any fee offered by Barcelona.'

Meanwhile, The Daily Mirror reports that David Moyes watched Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter on Friday night, a youngster rated at £10million who is also being tracked by Arsenal.

Speaking of Arsenal, a rumour from January has been resurrected in The Daily Telegraph.

That paper claims Arsenal are back around the negotiating table for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, who of course several places claimed would be heading to the Emirates in the last transfer window.

Apparently while Arsenal wanted a loan move then, this one will be a permanent transfer, with the young forward keen on the deal.

Fear not though, Gooners - this will not be the only summer striker move, according to the Telegraph: 'Wenger's interest in Morata will not end his long-running pursuit of Schalke star Julian Draxler, as the Frenchman wants to sign at least two forwards in the summer.

'Nicklas Bendtner is expected to finally quit the Emirates at the end of the season, leaving Wenger two striker spots to fill.'

In 'players they already have' news, apparently Arsenal are confident of nailing Santi Cazorla down to a new contract, but Bacary Sagna's situation is a bit more iffy, with 'French and Turkish' clubs, as well as Inter, showing their interest.

By common consent, it's Liverpool's defence that will prevent them from winning the league this year.

So what do you do? Buy a centre-back from the team at the bottom of the table, of course.

The Daily Express reports that Liverpool are looking at Steven Caulker, and could make a move for the defender if Cardiff go down this season.

The paper claims: 'Brendan Rodgers spent a season working with Caulker at Swansea when he signed the defender on loan from Tottenham and the Liverpool boss is convinced that 22-year-old is the man he wants to sure up the Reds sometimes porous back line next season.'

Quick line from The Daily Mirror, who report that Spurs could have a taker for Roberto Soldado if things don't get better for the striker in a hurry.

Apparently Atletico Madrid are keen on the striker as a cheapish replacement for Diego Costa, for whom of course there is a massive queue of monied types forming.

According to the paper Atlei see Soldado as 'as an ideal replacement' for Costa, 'even though the Londoners would probably have to agree to take a big hit on him.'

Stoke boss Mark Hughes hopes to sign Wolfsburg's Croat forward Ivica Olic in the summer...Aston Villa and Scotland defender Alan Hutton is set for talks with Bolton today about a loan move until the end of the season...Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi wants a move at the end of the season after a meeting with boss Mark Hughes...French striker Loic Remy has been urged to join Newcastle permanently when his loan spell from QPR ends in the summer...Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy has hinted that he could retire at the end of the season if they avoid Premier League relegation.

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