Premier League team chase £38m striker

Givaldinho Hulk in action for FC Porto.
Givaldinho Hulk in action for FC Porto.
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We take a look around the papers for latest from England, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Everton, Real Madrid, Porto, Liverpool, Swansea and Southampton.

Porto striker Hulk, 25, has told Paris St-Germain he would like to join Chelsea, for a fee reportedly in the region of £38m.

Porto could be set to lose another player after the agent of Manchester United target James Rodriguez, 20, claimed his client’s situation at the club was ‘complex’.


Liverpool are interested in signing striker Fabio Borini, 21, who scored 10 goals in 26 games for Italian side Roma to make Italy’s Euro 2012 squad. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers worked with him at Chelsea and signed him on loan from the Blues after becoming Swansea boss.

Everton manager David Moyes is backing the prospect of sharing a “money-spinning” new stadium with Liverpool.

Daily Mirror

Real Madrid are prepared to pay Tottenham £30m for Luka Modric, 26, after coach Jose Mourinho told the club to press ahead with an offer.

West Ham are interested in £4m-rated striker Yannick Sagbo from French side Evian. The Ivory Coast international, 24, was originally a January target for Sam Allardyce, who has also made an offer for Norwich’s Grant Holt and a loan move for Inter Milan’s Dutch forward Luc Castaignos, 19.

Roy Hodgson asked all of his players to sing the national anthem in one of his first initiatives as England manager.

Joey Barton’s future at Queens Park Rangers will become clearer in the next few days as the club conclude their internal investigation into his sending off at Manchester City on the last day of the season.

Daily Mail

New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to beat Norwich, Sunderland and Reading to Osasuna’s £8m-rated Senegal striker Ibrahima Balde, 23.

Turkish side Fenerbahce will offer Everton £1.5m for Joseph Yobo after the Nigerian defender, 31, spent the past two seasons on loan with the Istanbul club.

Southampton could make Steve Davis, 27, their highest-paid player if they can get the Rangers midfielder for a cut-price £2m. Sweden midfielder Anders Svensson, 35, who left St Mary’s in 2005, also wants to return to the club.

Sven-Goran Eriksson regrets never hiring a psychologist to sort out England’s penalty problem.

Manchester City will offer Nigel de Jong the chance to earn a new contract. The Dutchman, 27, has a year left on his deal at the Etihad Stadium but Mancini is not looking to sign any central midfielders this summer.

The Sun

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has promised to adopt Bruce Grobbelaar’s famous ‘spaghetti legs’ routine to put off Italy’s penalty takers if Sunday’s quarter-final goes to a shoot-out.

Michael Laudrup accepted the Swansea job before he had ever set foot in Wales. The new manager took advice from fellow Danes Peter Schmeichel and Jan Molby.


Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes Italy have to play Mario Balotelli if they are to have any chance of beating England on Sunday.

The Metro

England manager Roy Hodgson starred in a bizarre comedy sketch during his time working in Italy with Inter Milan.

The Guardian

Former Chelsea and Swansea striker Leon Knight could be set for a career in the commentary box when he hangs up his boots after honing his skills on YouTube.

The Metro

The Gazette has launched a FREE football app which is now available to download on iPhone and Android Android devices.