Newcastle face battle with Arsenal for striker and the Londoners could miss out on Schalke star

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NEWCASTLE United face a striker battle with Arsenal, while the Londoners could be about to lose a defender

Arsenal are ready to hijack Newcastle’s bid to keep Loic Remy, after reportedly making preliminary contact with the agent of the 27-year-old striker, who is on a season-long loan from Championship side QPR – Full story: Metro

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed suggestion of an Arsenal bid for Schalke’s highly rated 20-year-old Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler – Full story: Talksport

Ravel Morrison, 21, is expected to seal a loan move from West Ham to QPR and will delay a hernia operation in order to help Harry Redknapp’s side’s Championship promotion bid – Full story: Daily Mail

Charlton are planning to sign QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, 32, on loan to help their Championship survival hopes – Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28, has told boss Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave the Emirates this summer, according to the Belgian’s agent – Full story: Metro

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, 33, is in talks with Championship side Leeds over a loan move – Full story: London Evening Standard

Marseille’s 29-year-old attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, a target for Arsenal and Liverpool, has revealed his desire to leave the French club in the summer but insists he will not discuss his next destination until after the World Cup – Full story: Talksport


Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has emerged as a candidate to take over from Tim Sherwood as Tottenham boss in the summer. The 56 year-old Italian is expected to leave his post after the World Cup – Full story: Independent Manchester United’s record signing Juan Mata, 25, reckons the world’s biggest stars will still want to come to Old Trafford this summer despite the club currently lying in seventh place, 11 points away from a Champions League place – Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is on loan at Napoli this season, admits he has little chance of resurrecting his Anfield career despite having two years left on his contract. The 31-year-old believes Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is committed to a younger goalkeeper – Full story: Daily Express

Swansea midfielder Pablo Hernandez has tipped Napoli boss Rafael Benitez to be a future manager of Real Madrid or Barcelona. The 28-year-old Spanish winger played under Benitez at Valencia and will come up against his old boss in the Europa League on Thursday – Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Former England international Ray Wilkins, sacked as assistant manager by Fulham this week, has revealed he is suffering from the same debilitating illness as Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, and has been fighting the chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis since 1990 – Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists there is no rift between him and 24-year-old defender Matt Lowton, who has been left out of the team in recent weeks – Full story: Daily Mirror