All the news, views and gossip from Friday’s newspapers
Queens Park Rangers are keen to take Wilfreid Zaha on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce is keen to sign Michael Dawson from Tottenham who value their 30-year-old defender at £4m. Bruce says he can guarantee Dawson first team football this season.
Kasper Schmeichel, who returns to Premier League action with Leicester City this weekend, says leaving Manchester City five years ago was “the best decision I ever made.”
Teenager Raheem Sterling looks set to be offered a new deal at Liverpool which will take his £30k-a-week wages to above £100k per week.
Joe Hart and Edin Dzeko appear to be the next in line to sign long-term deals at Manchester City.
Burnley are on the verge of snapping up Wolves defender Stephen Ward who had been set to move to Brighton.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is said to be angry at the delay in signing 24-year-old defender Marcos Rojo. The deal has been put on hold while the player’s agent and his club Sporting Lisbon settle their differences.
Sunderland are keen to secure the services of Costa Rica’s World Cup defender Oscar Duarte.
Manchester City have appointed James Smith as their European scout. Little-known Smith has worked with David Moyes at both Everton and Manchester United but lost his job at Old Trafford in April along with his former boss.
Henning Berg, boss of Polish club Legia Warsaw who have been expelled from the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player for three minutes of their 6-1 aggregate win over Celtic, has described UEFA’s decision as “the equivalent of forgetting to pay your electricity bill and being sentenced to 20 years behind bars.”
Ferrari are denying reports that their two drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – both former world champions – are to quit the Italian F1 manufacturer at the end of the current season.
Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond is considering dropping down a division to join Championship side Reading.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is mystified by how Matthew Upson sustained the ankle injury that will keep him out of action for over a month. Pearson said: “It happened somewhere between last season and pre-season.”
Arsenal have been told that Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas will cost at least £8million.