Real Madrid have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Napoli forward Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan international has hit 16 goals in as many games for his Italian side season. [talkSPORT]

Tottenham and Everton are battling it out to sign highly-rated France under-21 star Massadio Haidara. The French full-back is expected to leave Nancy in the summer, and Spurs are reportedly monitoring his progress. [talkSPORT]

Branislav Ivanovic has apologised to his Chelsea teammates after his disastrous performance against Swansea in the Capital One Cup. The Serbian international was at fault for both goals as the Blues slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. [Daily Mail]

Sir Alex Ferguson has singled out Jonny Evans for praise, after a number of assured performances at the heart of the Manchester United backline. Evans has deputised for the injured Nemanja Vidic this season, and Sir Alex think the Northern Irishman has added extra authority to his game recently. []

Lionel Messi has refused to write off Real Madrid's chances in La Liga. Jose Mourinho's side sit in third place, 16 points behind league leaders Barcelona, but Messi believes you can't rule them out of the title race just yet. []

Abou Diaby is closing in on a first-team return after playing his first competitive match in nearly four months yesterday. The Gunners midfielder played 45 minutes for Arsenal under-21s during their 1-1 draw against a West Bromwich Albion second string. [Daily Mail]

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