Liverpool Set To Sell Andy Carroll, Manchester City's Mario Balotelli Under Fire And More (TRANSFER AND GOSSIP TALK)

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Andy Carroll has scored a paltry six goals this season | Getty Images

Happy Easter Sunday, but if you're Andy Carroll it's another bloody Sunday. That feeling of waking up after a scoreless Saturday has been a familiar one for the Liverpool striker, and the odd credible snippet on his inauspicious future at the club has only compounded his miserable season.

And again he is being linked with a departure from L4. The Sunday Mirror say the 23-year-old's failure to adapt to "the Liverpool way" has meant he is on borrowed time at the League Cup winners, but who will stump up the cash for the England striker? The Sunday Mail meanwhile cast further doubt on Kenny Dalglish's future at Anfield.

The Reds are however in talks to sign 28-year-old Peruvian midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas from Fiorentina, claim The Sun on Sunday.

Manchester City enforcer Nigel de Jong has said Mario Balotelli only survives at the club because the manager is Italian, the Sunday Mirror report.

It's pre-season for silly season, and those Cristiano Ronaldo-to-Chelsea rumours won't go away. The Sunday Express however say the Portuguese has pledged his future to Real Madrid even though he is a reputed target for Roman Abramovich, who can't be considering Roberto di Matteo as a serious managerial candidate to complement such marquee prospects. And won't someone think about Frank Lampard?

Clint Dempsey took his goalscoring haul to 21 on Saturday with a double against Bolton, and Fulham boss Martin Jol is desperate to hang on to the American forward, as talkSPORT state Arsenal are lining up a £10m move for him.

Ex-Celtic playmaker Aiden McGeady has lasted longer in Russia than most expected, but Spartak Moscow have agreed to sell the Republic of Ireland international now he has fallen out of favour with coach Valery Karpin. £12.5m gets you your man, inform the Sun on Sunday.

Emmanuel Adebayor's latest loan - at Tottenham - looks unlikely to be made permanent. The Togolese's wages and the competition the north London club are facing from several of Europe's top clubs for the 28-year-old are just a couple of stumbling blocks, report The Sun on Sunday again.

Upstanding gentleman Roy Hodgson says any new contract at West Brom could contain a special release clause that would allow him to take the England manager's job, report The Sunday Telegraph. Hodgson has some big admirers at the FA, as the Harry Redknapp bandwagon continues to lose steam.

Rio Ferdinand has been bafflingly omitted from a string of England squads this season, and his Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thinks the 33-year-old should be in the Three Lions' Euro 2012 finals squad this summer, say The Mail on Sunday.

Staying with the older Ferdinand, and the four-times Premier League champion did ballet lessons three times a week as a child, and only gave it up when his classes clashed with football trials, say the Observer.

And on the topic of options outside of football, Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could have been a rugby union star or a cricketer if he had not made it as a professional footballer. The 18-year-old had trials for Hampshire as a wicketkeeper batsman, while a London Irish scout attempted to persuade him to switch over to the oval-shaped sport, The Sunday Telegraph state.

Bizarrely sacked by Huddersfield in February, Lee Clark will be targeted by Wolves in the summer as the unambitious hierarchy plan for life in the Championship, muse The Sunday Express.

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