Football rumours from today's newspapers
Manchester United have lined up a £15m deal for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman, who has been dubbed "the new Roy Keane".
Kevin Strootman has made 10 senior appearances for the Netherlands
Tottenham are in pole position to land Argentinian defender Julian Velazquez in a £4m summer transfer.
Liverpool are ready to make summer moves for Barcelona's young striker Cristian Tello, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Atletico Madrid defender Alvaro Dominguez.
Arsenal have clinched the signing of German striker Lukas Podolski for a fee of £10m, with the 26-year-old agreeing a five-year contract at around £80,000-a-week.
Manchester City are ready to sanction the sale of Mario Balotelli this summer after manager Roberto Mancini finally lost patience with the striker during the 3-3 draw with Sunderland.
(Sunday Times )
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp thinks his Swansea counterpart Brendan Rodgers should have a big role to play in the future of England's national team.
Sir Alex Ferguson plans to give Michael Owen, who has made six league starts in almost three years at Old Trafford, a pivotal role in Manchester United's title push.
(Mail on Sunday)
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Kenny Dalglish deserves more patience in his rebuilding efforts at Liverpool.
Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney can reach 40 goals before the end of the season. The Manchester United striker currently has 31 for club and country.
Former Manchester United defender Paul McGrath claims Manchester City could pay the price after getting 'cocky' when they were five points clear at the summit.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will stay at the club, and is booked in for talks over a lucrative new contract in the summer.
Preston manager Graham Westley has accused four of his players of leaking sensitive team and tactical information to Sheffield Wednesday on the eve of the League One game between the sides which North End lost 2-0.
Roberto Mancini says he contemplated replacing unpredictable striker Mario Balotelli after just five minutes against Sunderland.
David Beckham, who played on loan for Preston before making it big at Manchester United, will pay tribute by video to North End legend Sir Tom Finney at his 90th birthday celebrations next week.