What the papers say

Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Eden Hazard, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The LaLiga giants had reportedly made a £120million bid for the Belgian international – an offer that would have been a British transfer record – but they have had second thoughts, preferring to stick with Marco Asensio.

Theo Walcott could be heading to Southampton on loan, according to the Daily Mail. The 28-year-old has been on the fringes of the Arsenal first team this campaign and previously played for the Saints, with Mauricio Pellegrino eager to bolster his attack, the paper reports.

Leicester’s Islam Slimani is a man in demand – with both Newcastle and Watford keen on signing the £30m striker, according to the Mirror. Slimani, 29, has struggled to make it into the Foxes’ first XI with Marco Silva and Rafa Benitez looking to sign up the Algeria international.

Watford and Newcastle are set to battle it out for Leicester's Islam SlimaniWatford and Newcastle are set to battle it out for Leicester’s Islam Slimani (Mike Egerton/PA)

Manchester United want to bring in Joao Mario to Old Trafford, according to the Sun. Jose Mourinho wants to sign the 24-year-old with Henrikh Mkhitaryan looking set to travel the other way after losing his first team place, the paper says.

Arsenal are said to be leading the pack in the race to sign David Luiz, according to the Express. The Brazilian international has struggled for a start at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners are among those interested in taking him on.

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Marseille want to bring Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare to Ligue 1, according to the Mirror.

Steven N’Zonzi – who is wanted by Everton – will hold talks about his future at Sevilla, according to the Liverpool Echo.