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All the football news and gossip in today’s national newspapers
Sam Allardyce held crunch talks with West Ham on Tuesday – and it looks increasingly likely that he will leave the club in the summer.
Tottenham watched Benfica’s Eduardo Salvio on Sunday and could swoop in the summer.
Jay Bothroyd is aiming to be big in Japan after signing a three-year deal with Jubilo Iwata.
Swindon have rejected an approach by Barnsley for manager Mark Cooper.
Free agent Jermaine Pennant did not turn up for training at Millwall as expected and has been offered a trial by rival Championship strugglers Wigan.
Norwich have beaten Bournemouth to sign West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans on loan and will make his move permanent in the summer for £3.5m.
Wayne Rooney has apologised for the “dive” which landed him in a cheat storm. Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann claimed Rooney said sorry after winning a controversial penalty in Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Cup win over Preston.
West Ham star Cheikhou Kouyate is ok after a broken arm scare. He fell awkwardly in training on Tuesday.
Demba Ba is aiming to give Steven Gerrard another day to forget – ten months after wrecking Liverpool’s title dream. Gerrard famously slipped and Ba raced in to score in Chelsea’s 2-0 win last season. Ba, now at Besiktas – faces Gerrard in the Europa League on Tuesday.
Leon Osman is close to returning to action for Everton after two months out injured.
Nathanial Clyne has been told to forget about moving to Manchester United by Southampton chairman Ralph Kreuger.
Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner jetted in on Tuesday to meet new boss Tim Sherwood for the first time.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet faces an anxious wait to see if Jermain Defoe will be fit for the crucial clash with West Brom.
Newcastle defender Paul Dummett is awaiting the results of a knee scan that could see him sidelined until April.
Former PSG forward Nene has had a medical at West Ham ahead of a free transfer.
Sheffield United’s Italy U20 striker Diego De Girolamo will leave in the summer after rejecting a contract offer.

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