Transfer rumours: Arsenal set to land Milner, West Ham keen on Kolodziejczak, Liverpool eye Can

James Milner has asked to leave Man City. Photo: PA

Arsenal are winning the race to sign England international James Milner, who has asked Manchester City for a transfer, as he seeks more first team opportunities (Guardian)

West Ham are hoping to give English football commentators a pronunciation headache by welcoming £8m rated full back Timothee Kolodziejczak to the Premier League (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will begin their summer of squad bolstering by moving for 20 year-old midfielder Emre Can, the Germany Under-21 star thought to be available for £10m from Leverkusen (Daily Mail)

Ex-Brighton boss Oscar Garcia wants to become the next Southampton manager if Mauricio Pochettino decides to leave for a new challenge (Daily Star)

And finally, incoming Man United boss Louis van Gaal has hinted that Robin van Persie will be his captain at Old Trafford next season (The Times)