Sport Eliaquim Mangala has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

The Frenchman has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

Transfer news: Monaco set to rival Galatasaray for Nemanja Vidic signature

Serbian defender rumored to be on his way out at Old Trafford

The FifPro Team of the Year: (Back L-R) Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Xavi. (Front L-R) Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer (missing Andres Iniesta).

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to vote for each other, while Steven Gerrard picks a Liverpool team-mate

Vincent Kompany takes the award for most bemusing choice after he leaves out both eventual winner Ronaldo and four-time holder Messi from his choice

Fabio Coentrao has started only four games since United tried to sign him last summer

Transfer news: Who could replace Patrice Evra at Manchester United - Leighton Baines, Fabio Coentrao, Luke Shaw?

Evra's contract expires in the summer and Moyes has already confirmed his intention to bring in a new left-back

Transfer news: Patrice Evra linked with Manchester United exit - with Monaco a possible destination

Evra's contract expires at the end of the season and he is one of a number of players who are yet to be offered an extension with the reigning Premier League champions

Nikica Jelavic has scored one league goal since December

Transfer news: Crystal Palace revive interest in Everton striker Nikica Jelavic and Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince - reports

New Eagles manager Tony Pulis is aware that improvements will be vital to the club staving off relegation

Kyle Walker for England

Transfer news: PSG and Monaco set to fight for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker

Spurs on red alert after interest in their England right-back intensifies

Sam Allardyce has 14 players available to him tomorrow

West Ham owners give public backing that Sam Allardyce can escape relegation following 5-0 FA Cup humiliation

The Hammers were beaten 5-0 by Championship side Nottingham Forest

Family affair: Tom Ince's father, Paul, also played abroad with Inter Milan

Transfer news: Monaco plot shock bid for £8m rated Blackpool winger Tom Ince - reports

French giants plan raid on Blackpool ace Tom Ince as his contract runs down

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has reportedly been told that he is free to leave Manchester City on loan for the remainder of the season

Transfer news: Joleon Lescott could move to either Tottenham or Newcastle on loan after Manchester City inform him he is no longer needed - reports

Lescott's contract expires at the end of the season and reports claim that Manuel Pellegrini has told the defender he is free to leave on a loan until the end of the season

Transfer news: Arsenal and Manchester United delay making moves for Angel Di Maria

No offers yet for Argentine winger according to Real Madrid president

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has signed a new contract until 2019

Transfer news: Monaco consider move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker

Super-wealthy French club are eyeing a move for England right back 

Robin van Persie pictured in the defeat to Newcastle
Steven Gerrard tangles with Germany’s Max Kruse

World Cup 2014: Your guide to Group G - Germany; Ghana; USA; Portugal

The lowdown on all of the teams in Group G

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has challenged his side to keep the pressure on Arsenal by winning at Stoke

Manchester United can win the Premier League title, insists Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

The current champions trail table toppers Arsenal by 12 points

Cristiano Ronaldo smiles during the match Portugal against Sweden at the Luz stadium in Lisbon

Portugal 1 Sweden 0 match report: Cristiano Ronaldo deals first blow in personal duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Cristiano Ronaldo struck the first blow in his personal duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his late flying header gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Sweden in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Friday.

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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