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Andy Carroll – arguably the world’s greatest 24-year-old ponytailed Geordie footballer – looks like he’s going back to Liverpool, as the Sun reports that Wham are not going to take up their £17 million option to take Carroll permanently, in a move that’s surely going to disappoint BFF Kevin Nolan as he plans the pair’s summer tour of Club Tropicana (I’m sorry – I had to make the Wham reference work somehow).
Liverpool have identified Inter Milan’s Antonio Cassano as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez if here were to leave Anfield in the summer. (Daily Express)
Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker are beginning to look like Paul and Barry Chuckle in a very unfunny episode of Chucklevision in which the pair somehow get themselves jobs as centre-halves – and Arsene Wenger is looking to Swansea’s Ashley Williams to remedy Arsenal’s defensive nightmare caused by the slapstick duo. (The Guardian)
Blimey, Liverpool are busy – those loveable scamps are set to invite non-League sensation Daniel Carr for a week-long trial after he scored 23 goals in 23 games for Dulwich Hamlet. (Daily Mail)
I think we all have a gut feeling that Wayne Rooney will remain at Manchester United next season but, with two years remaining on his chunky £150,000-a-week contract, and Manchester United looking increasingly comfortable without him, Sir Alex may be looking to offload his prize cash-cow this summer. Real Madrid are thought to be long-time admirers of the 27-year-old, and are probably one of the few clubs that could afford his wage demands.
Rare footy news from those animals at the Independent, as they report ageing-but-still-okay Manchester United left back Patrice Evra has been offered a one-year extention at Old Trafford.
Aaron Lennon, who has been tearing full-backs to shreds for a number of years now, looks to be the subject of interest on the continent. The Metro – a paper with a growing reputation for juicy transfer goss – reports today that the Yorkshireman will be the subject of an £8 million bid from Inter Milan this summer.
Napoli have joined Liverpool among the growing pack of clubs chasing Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez. (talkSPORT)
Everton – my favourite club when it comes to leftfield transfer targets – have targeted Porto forward Christian Atsu ahead of the summer transfer window. (talkSPORT)
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