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The football news and gossip making the back pages of Tuesday’s regional newspapers.
Chelsea are being linked with a £30million move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his defence before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
Vlad Chiriches is a target for Roma as the Italian club become increasingly resigned to losing their best centre-back Mehdi Benatia.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp remains insistent that Manchester United target Mats Hummels will not leave the club this summer.
Diego Costa will be introduced to Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge for the first time tonight and his immediate plan is to apologise to them for knocking the Blues out of last season’s Champions League.
Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera has urged Javier Hernandez to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Turkish club Trabzonspor are expecting to complete a deal for Liverpool defender Kolo Toure. 
Borussia Dortmund boss has ruled out a move for World Cup-winning centre-back Mats Hummels amid strong interest from United.
Miguel Herrera has urged his compatriot to leave Old Trafford in search of regular first-team football, and has picked out Juventus as the perfect destination.
Manchester United have banned fans from bringing iPads and other tablet devices into Old Trafford, according to a message to supporters.
Manchester City have made Eliaquim Mangala the most expensive defender in English football history…and he has vowed to give them their money’s worth.
Highly-rated Manchester City defender Jason Denayer has joined Celtic on loan for the season.
LIVERPOOL ECHO Free transfer Samuel Eto’o is the shock name on Liverpool’s summer wish list.
Everton have an “agreement in principle” to sign Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan, says Roberto Martinez.
Brazilian legend Cafu believes Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is in line for a “big season”.
Newcastle United transfer target Alexandre Lacazette has again reiterated he could stay at Lyon this season.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will want to see the futures of Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez resolved before sanctioning more money for a winger this summer.
Sunderland remain determined to tie Connor Wickham down to a new contract after rejecting West Ham’s £4m bid.
Newcastle United have withdrawn complimentary match-day tickets from all the club’s coaching staff in a move that has provoked anger inside St James’ Park. 
Sunderland remain determined to extend Connor Wickham’s stay at the Stadium of Light, with only a “silly money” offer likely to tempt the Black Cats into selling the striker.
BIRMINGHAM MAILAston Villa have hit a stumbling block regarding the signing of Colombia international midfielder Carlos Sanchez.
Negotiations still ongoing over deal for Leicester City striker Chris Wood but Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett prepared to face Rotherham on Saturday without any additions.
Boss Alan Irvine today admitted West Brom midfielder James Morrison faces a lengthy wait before returning to action.
Southampton are hoping to complete a deal to sign Florin Gardos from Steaua Bucharest in time to prepare him to face Liverpool on Sunday.
Saints manager Ronald Koeman believes new signing Fraser Forster will provide the club with an outstanding keeper for years to come – but he has challenged previous number one Artur Boruc to provide him with real competition.
Stephen Quinn will sit down with manager Steve Bruce to discuss his future as interest in the Hull City midfielder mounts ahead of the new Premier League season.
Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is aiming to bolster his defence in the loan market after being given the go-ahead by Venky’s to add to his squad.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he is prepared to be patient to land his transfer targets.
Nigel Pearson has admitted that Leicester City are interested in signing the Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso. But the City boss branded the source who leaked details of the talks as “a clown”.
Leicester City are close to agreeing a deal with Wolves for striker Chris Wood.
Swansea City have been reported to Fifa by Utrecht as the row over Michel Vorm’s sell-on clause rumbles on.
England manager Roy Hodgson doubts departed Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will continue to play international football.
Carlo Ancelotti has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that Sami Khedira will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer.
Olympiakos are ready to offer Kostas Mitroglou an escape route from Fulham.
Matt Smith’s future is set to become clearer with his agent and Leeds United due to hold contract talks this week.
Wounded from an opening-day defeat at Millwall, David Hockaday knows full well that Leeds United’s first XI needs strengthening.
Head coach David Hockaday is urging Sam Byram to stay with Leeds United for the good of his long-term career.
Danny Fox has proved he could have a future in the centre of defence at Nottingham Forest, according to Stuart Pearce.
Huddersfield’s Adam Clayton is due to take a medical on Tuesday and sign for Boro to end a week-long transfer saga.
Cardiff’s Javi Guerra suffered a hip injury during the 3-3 draw against Vfl Wolfsburg and will miss Wednesday night’s Cup clash against Coventry.
Jose Riga wants another 10 signings before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Brighton & Hove Albion winger Will Buckley has been targeted again by his old boss Gus Poyet at Sunderland.
Albion target Adam Clayton is finally scheduled to complete a move to Middlesbrough.
Stevie May hopes his move to Sheffield Wednesday will help him one day realise his international ambitions.
Striker Michael Higdon has urged Sheffield United’s supporters not to panic following Saturday’s opening-day defeat to Bristol City, insisting: ‘We will get it right’.
Adam Clayton’s move to Middlesbrough appears to be back on the boil today.
And should it go through, it could trigger a switch for midfielder Jacob Butterfield to join Huddersfield Town.
Ally McCoist has demanded an immediate improvement from his Rangers stars as they bid to get their Championship challenge back on track this week.
Kenny Miller insists Rangers will put their Hearts shock behind them as they look to get their Championship title challenge back on track.

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