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Alan 12:38 Fri Feb 14
Friday newspapers

Manchester United have been given approval to sign Lyon's French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, in a £60m deal. (Star)

Chelsea have also been encouraged in their pursuit of Dembele as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted they will "sell the players who want to leave". (Mail)

Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Norwich City's £50m-rated 22-year-old English defender Ben Godfrey. (Express)

Spurs are also interested in the Canaries' England Under-21 right-back Max Aarons. (Express)

Paris St-Germain are set to offer France striker Kylian Mbappe a £41m-a-year contract to avoid losing the 21-year-old to Real Madrid in 2021. (Mirror)

PSG are planning a summer approach for Manchester United's 22-year-old English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United. (Mail)

Manager Pep Guardiola has claimed Manchester City could sack him if they fail to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League. (Guardian)

Tottenham are losing patience with 26-year-old Eric Dier because the England midfielder is stalling on a new contract. (Mail)

Former England defender Joleon Lescott has warned Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, not to join Manchester United this summer as they are not guaranteed Champions League football. (Standard)

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce will push for a new contract for English striker Andy Carroll, despite the 31-year-old making only four Premier League starts since rejoining the Magpies last summer. (Northern Echo)

The quality of 32-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi papers over the cracks at Barcelona, says his former club-mate Malcom, the 22-year-old Brazilian striker now at Zenit St Petersburg. (Marca)

Real Madrid are willing to pay Inter Milan the 120m euros needed to release Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, from his contract. (TyC Sports)

Tottenham are planning to celebrate all-time record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves' 80th birthday before their Champions League match against RB Leipzig next week. (Standard)

Bournemouth's English defender Simon Francis, 34, hailed the attitude of "great guy" Andrew Surman. The Cherries' former England Under-21 midfielder, 33, made his Premier League return on Sunday - his first start in the competition in 11 months. (Bournemouth Echo)

Dutch full-back Jeremie Frimpong, 19, returned to Celtic training on Thursday as got closer to returning from a leg injury, which he suffered in the match against Kilmarnock on 22 January. (Daily Record)

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A proliferation of “WANTED” posters featuring the beaming visage of Norwich defender Ben Godfrey around north London suggest there may be more than a grain of truth to speculation that both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are interested in signing the 22-year-old this summer. Norwich rate him at £50m and may be forced into selling him should they fail to escape the drop. José Mourinho is also believed to be keen on Godfrey’s fellow Canary Max Aarons, which could lead to Spurs pulling off what in timeless transfer jargon is referred to as a “summer double-swoop”.

Tottenham and Arsenal are also scouting RB Leipzig central defender Dayot Upamecano, but will have to fend off interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich if they are to get him. In other news pertaining to Spurs, the club are reported to be growing impatient with the dithering of midfielder Eric Dier, who can’t decide whether or not to ink a new deal with the club.

The Northern Echo reckon Steve Bruce is keen on offering Andy Carroll a new deal, despite the injury prone battering ram making just four starts for the club this season.

The impressive form of on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson between the sticks for Sheffield United has got antennae twitching at PSG, although the French club would have to out-bid Chelsea, Tottenham and the Blades if they want to lure him away from Manchester United. Having failed to sign Moussa Dembélé from Lyon during the summer, choosing instead to bring in Odion Ighalo on loan until the end of the season, United may move for the French striker in the summer, but are believed to unsure if he is worth the £60m asking price.

Having been given permission to leave Lyon this summer, Dembélé’s sale to United to or anyone else – Chelsea are also believed to be interested – will result in his former club Celtic trousering a substantial sell-on fee.

And finally, PSG are ready to hose Kylian Mbappé down with an unlimited supply of high denomination bank-notes in a bid to stop him from encouraging advances from Real Madrid.

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ted fenton 7:18 Fri Feb 14
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Thanks Alan 2:37 Fri Feb 14

happygilmore 3:18 Fri Feb 14
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Bruce wants to give Andy Carroll a new contract despite only making 4 league appearances. You couldn't make it up.

Thanks Alan 2:37 Fri Feb 14
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147man, below

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:15 Fri Feb 14
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THanks Alan

147man 12:39 Fri Feb 14
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Thanks Alan

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