Stoke manager Pulis ‘launching bid to sign Lukaku on loan’

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has launched a bid to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Star.

Pulis expressed an interest in the Belgian striker last season and is said to be keen to capture him, with West Ham also linked.

The Star also say Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Porto forward Hulk.

Drogba is leaving Chelsea.

Meanwhile, The Sun say Didier Drogba has been made a lucrative offer by Juventus.

It is claimed the Italian giants have offered Drogba a two-year contract worth £80,000 a week.

The out-of-contract striker, who is leaving Chelsea, has been tipped to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

QPR plan to offer Birmingham City £6m for goalkeeper Jack Butland – possibly paving the way for Paddy Kenny to join Neil Warnock at Leeds United, the Daily Mail say.

Kenny has been strongly linked with a move to Elland Road since former R’s boss Warnock took over as Leeds manager.

It is claimed Rangers are to make a bid for England Under-21 international Butland, who has been watched by Manchester United.

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There is more speculation about Joey Barton’s future following the FA’s decision to ban him for 12 matches for his violent outburst against Manchester City.

The Daily Mirror say it would cost Rangers £10m to get rid of him. Other papers, including The Sun, suggest it would cost £11m.

The Star claim QPR have lined up Tottenham’s Jermaine Jenas as a £4m signing to replace Barton and are also looking to sign keeper Ben Foster from Birmingham.

West Ham and Celtic are among the clubs chasing Jordan Rhodes after Fulham had a bid ‘laughed off’ by Huddersfield Town, according to the Star.

It is claimed Fulham offered £3.5m for the striker, who has scored 40 goals for the Terriers this season.

Wigan, Stoke and Norwich have also been linked with a move for Rhodes.

Meanwhile, out-of-contract Whites forward Andy Johnson has again been linked with QPR.

The Mail suggest that R’s boss Mark Hughes, who managed the player at Fulham, is interested in taking him to Loftus Road.

And the Star say Fulham want Wolves defender Christophe Berra.


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