Transfer gossip: Man United eye Hernandez and Vardy, Liverpool to sell Sturridge for £30m, Mahrez favours Arsenal

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…

Liverpool are prepared to sell Daniel Sturridge to another Premier League club in the January transfer window provided the £30million price tag is met. The 28-year-old striker has barely featured under Jurgen Klopp this season and asked to leave Anfield before Christmas. His position remains unchanged and now the club are willing to consider a permanent exit. (Daily Mail)

Riyad Mahrez is in talks with Liverpool over replacing Philippe Coutinho – but he would prefer to sign for Arsenal instead. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are in official contact with RB Leipzig as they attempt to bring forward Naby Keïta’s arrival as Philippe Coutinho’s replacement. Jürgen Klopp, the manager, wants Keïta this month to bolster his side’s Champions League push, and Liverpool will pay another premium before the Guinea midfielder’s scheduled £57million move on July 1. (The Times)

Manchester United have made preliminary inquiries about a range of strikers including Alexis Sánchez, Jamie Vardy and their former player Javier Hernández as the club consider a move this window to give some back-up to Romelu Lukaku for the final months of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are willing to strongly challenge Liverpool if the Anfield club go in for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in the summer, as the American talent has emerged as a big target for the Old Trafford hierarchy. (Independent)

Manchester United and Chelsea are set to battle it out to sign Brazilian starlet Arthur Melo from Gremio. The 20-year-old is one of world football’s hottest prospects and is expected to make Brazil’s squad for this summer’s World Cup. (Daily Star)Everton are poised to make a £20 million bid for Theo Walcott, following the forward’s latest Arsenal snub. Walcott was left on the bench for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup goalless draw with Chelsea, even though Alex Iwobi broke club rules by partying ahead of the FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest. (Daily Telegraph)

Swansea insist Alfie Mawson won’t be joining West Ham for £25million this month. The Hammers want to sign the Swansea defender while Watford have also expressed an interest in the England Under-21 centre-half. But the Swans have issued a hands-off warning, Liberty Stadium boss Carlos Carvalhal insisting he’s had assurances Mawson won’t be sold. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is tracking Denmark under-21 defender Mads Pedersen. Left back Pedersen was one of the stars of last summer’s European under-21 Championships and playes for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Javier Hernandez could be on his way to Hollywood – to join Will Ferrell’s MLS team

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has urged fans to be patient with the club in their pursuit of Arsenal forward Theo Walcott

Arsenal could complete one the most intriguing signings of the January transfer window if they convince Malcom, the Bordeaux attacker, to move to the Emirates

Liverpool transfer news: RB Leipzig say Naby Keita will not move during January window

Leicester news: Claude Puel vows to keep faith in summer flop Kelechi Iheanacho

Quique Sanchez Flores refuses to disclose if he has received an offer to become Stoke City manager

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