Malaga homecoming for Martinez

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Roberto Martinez masterminded Wigan's victory over Manchester CityPA PhotosIs Roberto Martinez heading to Malaga?

Wigan's FA Cup-winning manager Roberto Martinez is being lined up as the number one candidate to replace Malaga's outgoing coach, Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini is expected to take the vacant Manchester City job at the end of the season after reportedly having his contract's buy-out clause waived by the Spanish club and, according to the Daily Mirror, Pellegrini's exit paves the way for Martinez's arrival.

Martinez's future with Wigan has come under increasing speculation in recent weeks, with the FA Cup adding a glint of silverware to the Spaniard's impressive record of performing successive survival acts with the Premier League club.

But with relegation confirmed this week, Martinez could soon be heading back to his homeland and Malaga.

However, the La Liga club will have a fight on their hands to capture the 39-year-old with Everton another possible destination.

While Martinez is likely to move on from Wigan, Martin Jol is looking safe to guide the club into a new season.

Despite the Fulham job being linked with a host of managers, including Brighton & Hove Albion's Gus Poyet, the Guardian is reporting that club officials are giving Jol their full backing.

Onto player movements and Tottenham are interested in signing young Croatian striker Ante Rebic.

The Daily Mail is suggesting Spurs are prepared to offer RNK Split £5 million for a 19-year-old they see as the leading light for the regeneration of their attacking stocks.

On top of Rebic, the London club are hoping to bring in another two strikers with Barcelona's David Villa, Aston Villa man Christian Benteke and Internacional's Leandro Damiao among their targets.

But it is expected that Tottenham will have to sell Emmanuel Adebayor to fund their quest.

Liverpool's defensive stocks are set to receive a boost with the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail confirming the club's interest in Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Llori.

Liverpool have been on the search for a new central defender since club stalwart Jamie Carragher announced his retirement and, in the 20-year-old Llori, Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers believes he has found the perfect replacement.

However, Llori won't come cheap, with the Portugal Under-20 international expected to cost in the region of £4 million. FC Twente's Brazilian defender Douglas also remains a viable option.

And finally, Swansea are closing to signing Chelsea marksman Romelu Lukaku on loan for next season. And according to the Daily Mail, Lukaku will be joined at the Swans by Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas.

Lukaku has impressed this season with West Brom, but with incoming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wanting a big-name striker, the 20-year-old could be forced into another loan stint. Meanwhile, Canas will join the Michael Laudrup revolution as a free agent.

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