Spurs fear Lloris exit, eye Forster: Tottenham are concerned that Hugo Lloris will reject the club's attempts to sign him to a long-term deal and are already targeting Fraser Forster as a replacement for the Frenchman. The Daily Mail reports that Spurs are keen to safeguard the value of the goalkeeper, whose current contract expires in 2016, by offering him a new deal but the player is undecided on his future and wants to weigh up his options after the World Cup. Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Lloris, who wants Champions League football next season. Forster is an option for Spurs should the Frenchman leave White Hart Lane, with Newcastle's Tim Krul also in the reckoning.
Paper Round's view: "I want to concentrate on the World Cup and deal with my future after," Lloris said earlier in the week, indicating that he may be open to a move elsewhere. It seems the France shotstopper, like many other players seeking pastures new next season, will use the World Cup as a shop window, although if PSG's interest is real, Lloris is unlikely to turn them down. A return to France, Champions League football and a fat pay cheque should see to that.
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Atletico target Negredo: Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has become a summer transfer target for Atletico Madrid, reports the Daily Mirror. The Spanish champions want Negredo to replace Chelsea-bound Diego Costa and believe they can lure him back to his homeland due to City's "wealth of strikers". Atleti have also been linked with Spurs striker Roberto Soldado and Chelsea's Fernando Torres.
Paper Round's view: Negredo impressed at City during the first half of last season but his impact petered out towards the end. Nevertheless, he should not be too disillusioned - City's "wealth" of striking options is actually limited to three others - Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. And with speculation mounting that Real Madrid are ready to bid a monster £60m for Aguero, Negredo could yet jump up the pecking order at the Etihad.
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Liverpool bid for Moreno: Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of left-back Alberto Moreno by offering £16.2m for the Sevilla defender, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper understands that the Reds have made a formal offer and are willing to include Suso as a makeweight in the deal. Napoli are also interested in the Spain international, who is open to leaving the Europa League winners, although it is believed he would prefer a move to Real Madrid.
Paper Round's view: Real are yet to offer anything to Moreno and Liverpool can only hope it stays like that - as soon as the Spanish club come in, any hope of the Reds securing their target will be gone. They're good at doing that, Real.
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Rooney warned over England form: Roy Hodgson has said he is prepared to drop Wayne Rooney at the World Cup if the Manchester United striker's form does not warrant inclusion, the Guardian and other papers report. Rooney's quality had been called into question by former team-mate Paul Scholes, who suggested he was past his best and wondered whether Hodgson "had the balls" to drop him if necessary. “I’d like to think that, as someone who has been a manager for a long time, I have the capacity to make the decisions that are necessary,” Hodgson said.
Paper Round's view: He may have retired from international duty years ago, but Paul Scholes could yet prove to be England's best weapon in Brazil. His acerbic, and honest, critiques of players may well inspire the likes of Rooney, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere to up their games when it matters most. Hodgson too could benefit; if he thought Rooney was undroppable before, he certainly doesn't now and knows that if the striker isn't performing, he has to go.
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Arsenal fail in Juanfran bid: Arsene Wenger has been knocked back in a new approach for Atletico Madrid right-back Juanfran, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal targeted the defender last summer and renewed that interest recently with Bacary Sagna set to join Manchester City on a free transfer. But the Spain international has no intention of leaving Atleti, leaving the Gunners to continue their search elsewhere. Schalke's Japan international Atsuto Uchida and Toulouse's Serge Aurier remain options.
Paper Round's view: Out of those three names, Juanfran is undoubtedly the best option for Arsenal. But if he is not willing to join the apparent mass exodus from the Liga champions - why is that? - then it looks like they may have to settle for second or even third best. Either that or Carl Jenkinson gets the gig on a permanent basis.
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