Rumours: Spurs close on Musacchio, Allardyce wants Crouch, Liverpool bid for Alves

Musacchio featured in a 2011 friendly against Everton. Photo: PA

Spurs are threatening to kick-start their summer transfer activity by securing a £17m deal for Argentine centre-back Mateo Musacchio. The 23 year-old has featured more than 130 times for Villarreal since 2010 (Times)

Sam Allardyce is desperate to buy the tallest ex-England international footballer over the age of 30 (Express)

Marco Reus will disappoint some of Europe's biggest clubs this week by deciding to remain at Dortmund for another season (L'Equipe)

Liverpool are hoping that £5m will be enough to add some Brazilian flair to their back line in the shape of Barcelona's Dani Alves (Mundodeportivo)

And finally, Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea's squad is in better shape following the sale of David Luiz (O Record)