Joe Cole set to join Manchester City in the summer..... Pep Guardiola being lined up as next United boss..... Sunderland and Stoke eyeing Ben Foster..... Spurs move in on £11m defender Simon Kjaer
Spartak Moscow and Galatasaray have emerged as favourites to land Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Russian joined Spurs for £14m in 2008 but has falling behind Robbie Keane and Jermaine Defoe in the pecking order. Pavlyuchenko's agent Oleg Artemov said: "We continue to negotiate with any potential buyers."
Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Roma forward Julio Baptista, who is also a target for several Premier League sides.
Monaco striker Frederic Nimani has been linked with a move to Burnley. The youngster has played just eight games this season with Monaco. "I am not happy to be on the bench," said Nimani. "I have heard about Burnley and that would be a fantastic opportunity for a young player like me." (L'Equipe)
Wolfsburg's Ricardo Costa, who will join Valencia at the end of the season after agreeing in principle to a deal, is expected to sign for Lille for six months (L'Equipe).
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is ready to quit the club he joined as a nine-year-old two decades ago, according to the Mail on Sunday. The England midfielder is wrestling with the dilemma of whether to stay with his home-town club or cash in on the final years of his career with a £40m move this summer. Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan and Manchester City are believed to be interested in the 29-year-old. Benitez denies Gerrard 'problem'
MANCHESTER CITY: Joe Cole is set to join Manchester City as a free agent this summer. City will offer the England midfielder £150,000 a week in wages and a £5m signing on fee but Manchester United and Tottenham will also fight for the 28 year old's signature (Sunday Mirror).
MANCHESTER UNITED: In managerial news, Pep Guardiola is being sounded out about taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United within two years. The Barcelona boss has a contract at the Nou Camp until June but is content to let it run down as he awaits the outcome of the Spanish giants' presidential election (News of the World). Laporta sets Guardiola deadline