Chelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.
The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.
The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.
Meanwhile, Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.
QPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.
The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.
And a number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction.
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