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OOOH, BASTIAN...
This is interesting. After seemingly turning down the chance to sign Toni Kroos, Louis van Gaal has apparently targeted another Bayern central midfielder - Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Sun claim that 29-year-old Schweinsteiger could be the victim of a summer overhaul by Pep Guardiola and could end his long Bayern association with a £32m move to Manchester United this summer. There are a lot of 'ifs', 'buts' and 'maybes', but he would certainly be one hell of a signing. The Sun also mention Arjen Robben as a possible target but that seems highly unlikely.

One name mentioned on Friday was James McCarthy, but the Liverpool Echo claim that 'Everton boss Roberto Martinez remains keen on a move for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley but will not be sacrificing McCarthy to clinch any deal'.


KHEDIRA FOR ARSENAL?
We suggested Sami Khedira as a possible target for Chelsea earlier this week, but the German would also be an excellent fit for Arsenal, who need somebody to replace the rapidly waning Mikel Arteta in the centre of midfield. The Sunday Mirror claim that the Gunners are reviving their interest in a midfielder who could be available for just £15m, less than half the price Barcelona want for Cesc Fabregas.

Meanwhile, The Sun claim that Samuel Eto'o hopes to stay in London next season and would love to join Arsenal or Tottenham. He would certainly be a handy (but expensive) back-up at both clubs.


CECH OUT TOTTENHAM'S TARGET
The Sunday Mirror's claim that Tottenham will move for Petr Cech this summer is rather dependent on whether Thibault Courtois will return to Chelsea this summer and whether Jose Mourinho wants to keep both his rather excellent keepers. As yet, we don't have the answers to those questions. But if Cech is deemed surplus to requirements, he could certainly do worse than hop over to Tottenham, who seem likely to sell Hugo Lloris this summer if one of Barcelona, Paris St Germain or Roma come up with £30m.


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Mauricio Pochettino is ready to pledge his future to Southampton despite continuing talk of an offer from managerless Tottenham...Teddy Sheringham is poised to join West Ham's coaching staff to assist their spluttering strikers...Sunderland boss Gus Poyet hopes to sign former Crystal Palace keeper Julian Speroni...Marouane Chamakh has agreed a new deal to stay with Palace...Frank Lampard hopes to find out his Chelsea future this week...Fulham have slapped a £15m price tag on teenage sensation Patrick Roberts to ward off interest from Manchester United...Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is in the running to take over from Pepe Mel at West Brom...

...Spurs defender Danny Rose has opened talks with the club over a new contract...James Milner is likely to opt for free agency next summer by letting his Manchester City contract wind down - he has been linked with Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal...Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy is likely to leave the club this summer with a move to Monaco on the cards...Fulham could launch a £2m bid for Ipswich striker David McGoldrick...Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne is the latest player from St Mary's to be linked with a summer move to Liverpool...Tottenham are on the trail of Basel centre-back Fabian Schar...

...West Ham have sounded out Nice full-back Timothee Kolodziejczak as a possible summer signing if they are unable to secure the services of Norwich's Martin Olsson...Chris Hughton would jump at the chance of becoming the new manager at Sky Bet Championship side Brighton...Sheffield United could make a summer move to sign Liverpool striker Conor Coady on a permanent deal after he impressed on loan last season - but Brendan Rodgers has slapped a £1.5m price tag on the youngster...Newcastle are weighing up a move for Steve Sidwell, a free agent after his deal with Fulham comes to an end this summer...Newcastle have earmarked Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier as their replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who was so sorely missed after his January move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Always respected the quality of Schweinsteiger¿ He is the type of central midfielder we have been missing since Keane left. A midfielder with real presence (with respect to Carrick who's quality in my opinion but isn't the fire that's needed in the middle park)... hope we sign him!
- 3 in the bus

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