Clubs line up for £20m Premier League striker

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli leaves the field after receiving a red card against Arsenal.

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli leaves the field after receiving a red card against Arsenal.

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We take a look around the Premier League for the rumours involving Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton, Newcastle, Tottenham, West Brom, Norwich and QPR.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is monitoring Fulham’s in-form United States striker Clint Dempsey, 29, who has a year left on his contract at Craven Cottage.

Daily Telegraph

French starlet Paul Pogba, 19, is no closer to signing a new contract with Manchester United with his agent Mino Raiola reportedly lining up a move to Juventus.

The Times

Inter Milan and AC Milan lead the chase to take Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli back to Italy with the pair ready to launch £20m bids.

Swansea are closing on a £6m move for Ivorian striker Lacina Traore, 21. The forward, who has been compared to Emmanuel Adebayor and was previously tracked by Arsenal, is desperate to leave Russian club Kuban Krasnodar.

Real Madrid want Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, 28, after the Serbian’s outstanding campaign.

Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, 23, will be fitted with a special heart device to aid his attempts to return to football.

Daily Mirror

Robin van Persie is planning to snub a £200,000 a week offer from Manchester City and stay with Arsenal.

The Times

AC Milan’s Italian striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 19, is wanted by Arsenal and could be allowed out on loan next season.

Metro

Celtic are interested in Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon. The 29-year-old Scotland international is out of contract in the summer.

The Sun

The Football Association is under fire after Mario Balotelli escaped a retrospective ban for his studs-up tackle on Alex Song in Manchester City’s defeat at Arsenal on Sunday. The FA upheld the red card decision on QPR’s Shaun Derry who appeared to be harshly sent off against Manchester United.

The Guardian

Frank Lampard reckons Chelsea lack the killer instinct after a 1-1 draw against Fulham hampered their hopes of a Champions League slot.

The Sun

Anthony Pilkington says Norwich are now gunning for Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool after the promoted East Anglians beat Champions League-chasing Tottenham on Monday.

Norwich Evening News

Faltering Tottenham have called a team meeting to try to save their season ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

Daily Express

Paul Scholes scored his third goal of the season against QPR Michael Carrick has hailed the contribution of Paul Scholes to Manchester United’s title charge after the veteran midfielder decided to come out of retirement.

Manchester Evening News

West Brom have slashed season ticket prices across the board by £50 for next season to try to entice new support to the Hawthorns.

Birmingham Evening Mail

Manager Roberto Mancini is refusing to give up on Manchester City’s title chances despite them trailing United by eight points.

Guardian

Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou believes the Blues can still finish above Arsenal.

The Sun

Wolves manager Terry Connor insists he dropped Roger Johnson for footballing reasons at Stoke despite the defender’s row with Wayne Hennessey during the 3-2 defeat by Bolton.

Express and Star

Jack Rodwell has only won two caps for England - in November’s wins over Spain and Sweden

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign has refused a donation of £1,000 from comedian Alan Davies. The Arsenal fan had criticised Liverpool’s refusal to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Daily Mail

Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell will miss Euro 2012 after suffering yet another hamstring problem.

Daily Mirror

Newcastle’s recipe for success in the Premier League is cooking a special Senegalese dish called Yassa for strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba.

Daily Telegraph

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was warned to stop swearing during Monday’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley following a complaint from a supporter.

Daily Mirror

Ipswich - nicknamed ‘The Tractor Boys’ - have launched their new kit on a farm.

Metro