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Real Madrid to bid £20m for Lloris, Napoli may deny they want Balotelli but secretly they do, and new Gerrard deal...

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According to the Daily Express, Real Madrid are plotting a £20m bid for Hugo Lloris in January.

The France No.1 signed a new five-year deal in the summer, but it's thought he remains desperate to play in the Champions League, which clearly won't happen with Spurs any time soon.

'The Spanish giants have turned to Tottenham's France goalkeeper as a possible replacement for the long-serving Iker Cassillas, who has had an inconsistent campaign,' report the Express.

'Real will be prepared to wait until next summer if a deal cannot be done in January, while French giants Paris St Germain, who targeted Chelsea's Petr Cech in the summer, are also interested.'

Napoli may have denied holding an interest in Mario Balotelli this week, but The Metro maintain the Serie A side are keen on the striker as they prepare a 'major' offer.

'A £10million deal was being talked up this week, but now new reports say Napoli are prepared to offer Liverpool a huge fee to try and sign Balotelli in the new year,' claim The Metro.

'Benitez is keen to partner the former Manchester City man with Gonzalo Higuain and is confident of persuading Liverpool into selling.'

We're not convinced about this one.

Just a day after Steven Gerrard hinted he would be willing to play elsewhere if Liverpool don't offer him a new contract, there are reports that the Reds want to open talks.

The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season, prompting him to say on earlier this week: "I won't be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that's at Liverpool or somewhere else. That's Liverpool's decision."

However, according to the Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers still believes his captain can play a key role next year and wants an extension to be arranged ASAP.

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