Jol to move for keeper and spark battle with Liverpool, City and Everton – report

Fulham are set to make the first move in the race to sign Birmingham and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, the Daily Mirror say.

Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City are also said to be interested in the 19-year-old.

But it is suggested that Whites boss Martin Jol is ready to firm up his apparent interest and spark a bidding war between the clubs.

The Mirror also say QPR manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne.

The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland centre-back, who has not played since Euro 2012 because of a hip problem, is reported to be a target for LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls.

Dunne’s contract expires at the end of the season.

Chelsea could miss out on Taison because his club’s new owner is reluctant to sell to Roman Abramovich, according to The Sun.

Shakhtar Donetsk are now reported to be close to signing the Brazilian midfielder despite Chelsea having had an offer accepted by Metalist Kharviv.

Blues supremo Abramovich’s good relationship with former Metalist owner Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is said to have been a factor in the clubs previously agreeing terms.

But last month Yaroslavsky sold to Serhiy Kurchenko, who, it is claimed, wants the full amount that would trigger a release clause in Taison’s contract, reportedly £12.4m.

The Sun also say interim boss Rafael Benitez accepts he has no chance of landing the Chelsea manager’s job at the end of the season following the cup defeat against Swansea.

The Daily Mail say Ashley Cole’s agent has flown to Spain with a view to speaking to Real Madrid about a possible move for the Chelsea star.

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