Global Sports : Morning Paper Talk

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A round-up of the football news and gossip in Tuesday’s national newspapers.
Liverpool will have to pay a club record £37m to sign Roma star Miralem Pjanic – the man they want to replace Steven Gerrard. They will also have to offer the Bosnia midfielder more than £160,000 a week.
Chelsea and Manchester United are on red alert after Raphael Varane put himself on collision course with Real Madrid.
Jermaine Pennant is heading back to English football with Millwall. He is a free agent after a spell in the Indian Super League.
John O’Shea insists there is no panic at Sunderland – despite Gus Poyet feeling the wrath of fans.
Cesc Fabregas is a major fitness worry for Chelsea’s Champions League match with PSG on Tuesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur may have to pay £5m damages to former player Radwan Hamed, who suffered brain damage when he had a cardiac arrest while representing the club’s youth team. Hamed won damages at the High Court on Monday.
West Brom have appointed Jonathan Gould – son of former manager Bobby – as their new goalkeeping coach.
Winston Reid is expected to return after a hamstring injury to play for West Ham against Spurs on Sunday, with the north London club keen on signing the centre-back in the summer.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is set to give a trial to Southport teenager Andrew Lewis, the 19-year-old who has scored 38 goals for the Conference club this season.
West Ham have opened talks over a move for Brazilian winger Nene. The 33-year-old is a free agent after cancelling his contract with Qatari club Al Gharafa.
Leon Osman is hoping to give Everton a boost by returning to action on Wednesday night after 11 weeks out through injury.
Jay Rodriguez is set for a return to action in March, despite Southampton boss Ronald Koeman suggesting he won’t play this season.
Swansea will lead the summer charge for Anderlecht star Aleksandar Mitrovic.
West Brom will sign Brazilian winger Nene, if they can agree terms.
Barnsley have approached Swindon for boss Mark Cooper.
Jonas Gutierrez has returned to Newcastle after a move to former club Velez Sarsfield stalled.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fears Diego Costa could be a flop against PSG on Tuesday night as he returns to action for the first time since 27 January.
Wilfried Bony is set to go straight into the Manchester City side for his debut against Newcastle on Saturday.
Swansea City could receive American investment as early as next month, according to director Huw Cooze.
Gus Poyet’s position at Sunderland is not under immediate threat.

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