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A look at the football transfer gossip in Thursday's national newspapers, with QPR hoping to sign striker Samuel Eto'o.
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A look at the football transfer gossip in Thursday's national newspapers, with QPR hoping to sign striker Samuel Eto'o. DAILY MIRROR Harry Redknapp wants to strike a deal to bring former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o to Queens Park Rangers. Tottenham are ready to grab Aston Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar with a cash-plus-players bid that could take Lewis Holtby and Michael Dawson to the Midlands club. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he intends to keep rather than sell long-time first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech if he loses the job to highly-rated youngster Thibaut Courtois. West Ham are ready to offload Ravel Morrison - because the midfielder is not in Sam Allardyce's plans for the new season. The news emerged after the midfielder refused to have a necessary groin op because he was frightened about being cut. Southampton will move for Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie if they have to sell Morgan Schneiderlin - a target for Arsenal and Tottenham. Saints also plan to go back to Celtic with a fresh bid for keeper Fraser Forster. Arsenal are ready to scrap their interest in Sami Khedira and Lars Bender and give Jack Wilshere the chance to be their midfield anchorman next season. Liverpool, who are set to announce the signings of QPR striker Loic Remy and Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquillo today, are still after Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, haven't given up on signing Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno and have sounded out Juventus about midfielder Arturo Vidal. Everton boss Roberto Martinez will make Bosnia World Cup midfielder Muhamed Besic his next signing. The 21-year-old will be on Merseyside today to discuss a £4m move from Hungarian side Ferencvaros. Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell is on the brink of signing for Crystal Palace. THE SUN Crystal Palace are on the trail of Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, 29, who spent last season on loan at West Brom. Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, has moved a step closer to leaving the Stamford Bridge club by training with former club Anderlecht. Hull City boss Steve Bruce has slapped a 'not for sale' sign on skipper Curtis Davies. West Ham may move for Dundee United left back Andrew Robertson. QPR have told Gary O'Neil he will not be offered a new deal, as they chase Norwich's Leroy Fer. West Brom boss Alan Irvine is chasing Costa Rica pair Yeltsin Tejeda and Cristian Gamboa. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has been told to forget Feyenoord duo Jordy Clasie and Terence Kongolo. Joe Cole believes Roy Hodgson should think twice about giving the England captaincy to Wayne Rooney - and says Jordan Henderson is a genuine contender for the role. DAILY STAR Liverpool are battling to resurrect an £8m deal for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand. Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is confident he can push through his move for £14m-rated Kop striker Fabio Borini Spurs target, 27-year-old, defender Davide Astori, has signed a new three-year contract with Serie A side Cagliari. DAILY MAIL Newcastle have told Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan they can leave. Burnley have joined race to sign striker Troy Deeney, but Championship side Watford are demanding £10m for the 26-year-old. QPR have had a £5m bid for Leroy Fer rejected by Championship side Norwich City. Fleetwood are making a move for Crystal Palace striker Stephen Dobbie. Arsenal have taken two midfielders on trial - Barcelona's Georgios Spanoudakis, 15, and FK Javor Ivanjica's Mladen Micanovic, 17. Leicester are keen on Trabzonspor centre-back Sol Bamba. Hull City midfielder Robert Koren is poised to join up with Frank Lampard and David Villa at Melbourne City. DAILY EXPRESS Louis van Gaal is facing his first transfer setback as Manchester United manager with Borussia Dortmund warning him to forget about signing 25-year-old World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels. West Brom are chasing a second Costa Rica World Cup star in Deportivo Saprissa midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda. Turkish club Galatasaray have lodged a £10m bid for Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel. THE GUARDIAN Arsenal and Liverpool target James Milner, 28, has pledged his immediate future to Manchester City despite only playing 12 league games last season. DAILY TELEGRAPH Liverpool will not waste their £100m transfer kitty on buying star names who do not have the right profile for the club with boss Brendan Rodgers expecting to bring a minimum of eight new recruits to Anfield by next month. THE INDEPENDENT Manchester City have made enquiries about the availability of 22-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Isco, while wnother Real Madrid star who could be on the move is defender Raphael Varane, 21, with Chelsea tracking him. THE TIMES Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech that they will both be staying at the club. DAILY RECORD Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ready to launch a bid to lure Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk to the Stadium of Light. Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston is running the rule over former Scotland Under-21 keeper Alan Martin.
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