Friday's gossip column

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Juventus are ready to listen for bids for 22-year-old striker Alvaro Morata, who is a reported target for Liverpool and Arsenal. (Metro) (external)

Friday's Daily Mail back page

Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger, 30, who has been without a club since leaving Ipswich in December, has signed for Orlando City of Major League Soccer. (MLS) (external)

The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, has said that the French midfielder could yet decide to stay at the Italian club despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea.(Daily Mail) (external)

Ray Wilkins believes Manchester United will reject the option to sign Radamel Falcao this summer - because he looks a shadow of the player he once was. (Talksport) (external)

Manchester United have made a £5.7m bid to sign Brazilian attacker Kenedy, 19 - dubbed the 'new Neymar' - in the summer. (Metro) (external)

Chelsea have agreed a £2.3m deal with Viitorul Constanta for Romanian teenage right-back Cristian Manea, 17. (Daily Mail) (external)


Roy Hodgson wants to stay as England manager beyond his current contract and lead the country to the 2018 World Cup finals. (The Mirror) (external)

Midfielder Nemanja Matic, 26, has been handed a new £4.8m-a-year contract by Chelsea, which runs until 2020 and is worth around £93,000 a week. (Daily Express) (external)

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Ajax boss Frank de Boer has said he would be open to managing Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur one day, having previously been courted by both clubs. (Four Four Two) (external)

West Yorkshire-based psychologist John Muranka has been working with Bradford's players ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final against Reading - and could be the secret behind their Cup success over recent seasons. (The Guardian) (external)

Joe Hart believes that Vincent Kompany, 28, will return a stronger player after being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini, just as the England goalkeeper did when he was excluded by the Manchester City manager last season. (The Times - subscription required) (external)

Fabrice Muamba, 26, who suffered a cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane in 2012, has revealed he thought 'oh no, not that place again' when Bafetimbi Gomis fainted at the same ground on Wednesday. (Daily Express) (external)

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has admitted there is no point pretending the club are not in relegation danger. (The Sun - subscription required) (external)


Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posted this pic on Instagram with the words: "My first football kit! My parents were clearly planning for it to last me a good few years..."

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois must have spent a good few hours answering this pile of letters. (external) "Finished answering some fan mail," he wrote on Instagram.

Wayne Rooney's clearly a fan of the Ronnie O'Sullivan and Co, who were in action at a televised tournament in Blackpool on Thursday. "Watching the Snooker Shootout it's brilliant," he tweeted. (external)

Ever seen four football players dressed as though they're extras in a Star Wars movie? Nathaniel Clyne tweeted this photo (external) on Twitter of himself and a few Southampton team-mates preparing to play ice-hockey on the club's three-day break in Switzerland.

Tottenham's Andros Townsend spent his night off in the stand at White Hart Lane watching the club's under-18s beat Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup Youth Cup semi-final first-leg and tweeted (external)his approval: "The future looks incredibly bright for us. Job only half complete though."


An Asian Champions League match between Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande of China was extended by a 17 minutes of stoppage time, the longest in Asian football history. (The Mirror) (external)

Mesut Ozil's reputation among some Arsenal fans as a lazy player has been disproved by the stats which show that since his return from injury, no Gunners player has run further. (Daily Telegraph) (external)

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has starred in a new advert for a footwear company which features him doing Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake-style dance moves. (Independent) (external)