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LIVERPOOL CHASE BALOTELLI
Brendan Rodgers is reportedly set to step up his interest in Mario Balotelli after Daniel Sturridge was forced to fly home from the Reds' tour of the US with a hamstring injury.

According to the Daily Express, Balotelli could be on the market for as little as £14m, with Rodgers having plenty of positive things to say about the striker on Saturday.

"Balotelli has all the qualities (I like)," said Rodgers. "He's 6'3", he's quick, his touch is terrific, he can score goals and he's still so young.

"I saw that in this time at Inter as a young player and obviously going to Manchester City when we had a real close eye on him there. He's a big talent."

We have to admit, we'd love to see him back in the Premier League.


ARSENAL TO RIVAL UNITED FOR HUMMELS
It looks like Manchester United will face strong competition for Mats Hummels from Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Thomas Vermaelen could be sold this summer - with United a possible destination - forcing the manager to look for defensive reinforcements.

And the Daily Mirror report: 'Arsene Wenger wants to be kept informed about the availability of Mats Hummels.

'He wants to sign a world-class central defender if Vermaelen leaves and is aware that Hummels could become available.'

Despite Dortmund's insistence that Hummels won't be allowed to leave, it's thought the Germany international could be available for around £30m.

Meanwhile, The Sun claim Basel defender Fabian Schar - who's valued at around £6m - is also on Wenger's shortlist.


SAINTS PLAN £70M SPLURGE
According to the Daily Mail, Southampton are set to start a £70m spending spree to replace their 'lost boys'.

And it looks like Ronaldo Koeman has set his targets high, with Manchester United trio Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha and Ashley Young all reportedly on the manager's wishlist.

'The south coast club want United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez and either Wilfried Zaha or Ashley Young, depending on which winger Louis van Gaal is prepared to sell,' report the Mail.

'But they will have to act fast if they want to land Zaha the player having 'agreed terms' with three clubs QPR, West Ham and former club Palace.

'New Saints boss Ronald Koeman has also targeted Dutch duo Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa and Celtic's Virgil van Dijk, while Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is another target.'

Jack Rodwell has also been linked to Saints, but apparently Napoli are eyeing a move for the Manchester City midfielder.


AND THE REST
Arsenal will make one more bid for German midfielder Sami Khedira this week...John Terry has been warned by Jose Mourinho he needs to carry on performing at his best if he hopes to extend his current one-year deal at Chelsea...Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is lining up a surprise swoop for Samuel Eto'o, according to the Cameroon striker's agent...Manchester United and Tottenham want Dutch international Memphis Depay...Jose Mourinho has told Paris Saint Germain to keep their hands off Chelsea's Brazil star Oscar...Hull have joined Sunderland in the battle to sign Austria left-back Christian Fuchs from Schalke...Manchester United are willing to offload Shinji Kagawa back to Borussia Dortmund for £4million less than they bought him...Southampton are ready to make an offer for Stoke keeper Jack Butland...West Brom have turned down Burnley's third bid for defender Craig Dawson...Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie has agreed a new three-year contract...PSV Eindhoven want to sign Manchester City defender Karim Rekik on a season-long loan again...Juventus are keeping tabs on Ron Vlaar...

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has emerged as a surprise contender to take over at West Ham if Sam Allardyce is axed...Manchester United will have to keep paying half of Marouane Fellaini's £100,000-a-week wages if they want the midfielder to go out on loan to Napoli...Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has made it clear that star forward Radamel Falcao, linked with Real Madrid, is not going anywhere...Tottenham plan to go back to Southampton with an increased bid for Morgan Schneiderlin and step up their pursuit of Swansea's Wilfried Bony...Burnley and Norwich are keen on Standard Liege defender Laurent Ciman, who is available for £1m...QPR manager Harry Redknapp is chasing Porto's Belgium international midfielder Steven Defour...Samuel Eto'o could join his former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard at New York City...Manchester City striker John Guidetti is a target for Dutch rivals Ajax and Feyenoord...Swansea's bid to sign Kyle Naughton is being held up by the Tottenham defender's wage demands...Connor Wickham could move to Newcaslte for £6m...

Crystal Palace could swoop for Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey...Cardiff will sell Chile World Cup midfielder Gary Medel to Inter Milan for £10million...Swansea defender Chico Flores is a transfer target for former Swans boss Michael Laudrup at Lekhwiya...Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is keen to go back to old club Stoke to sign Jon Walters...Norwich want Bolton winger Chung-yong Lee and could offer Anthony Pilkington in exchange...Manchester United are close to signing 16-year-old striker Ogo Obi from Watford...Brentford are interested in former Liverpool striker Milan Baros...Sunderland want to sign Chelsea's teenager defender Andreas Christensen on loan...Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran is ready to head out to Vitesse Arnhem on loan...Southampton are close to a swap deal that will see Algerian midfield player Saphir Taider arrive from Inter Milan and Dani Osvaldo go in the opposite direction...Wigan Athletic are interested in Aston Villa winger Aleksandar Tonev...West Ham are making a move for Stoke striker Peter Crouch.

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