Transfer rumours: Real Madrid monitoring the situation of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling

Spanish champions Real Madrid monitoring the situation of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, whose current deal expires in 2020 and is yet to begin formal talk over a new contract. (Daily Mirror)

Derby County vs Nottingham Forest - Matej Vydra of Derby County celebrates his goal - Pic By James Williamson

OPINION: Poor finishing costs Derby County

Derby can feel that should have had three points on Wednesday night against a poor Leeds United side, but a lack of clinical finishing and some uncharacteristic sloppy defending meant that we had to make do with just a single point.

Gary Rowett

PREVIEW: Reading v Derby County

Derby County go to Reading on Saturday in the next instalment of their Sky Bet Championship promotion battle.
Kevin de Bruyne

PREVIEW: Premier League and Carabao Cup final

Another big weekend lies ahead with a full Premier League fixture list as well as the Carabao Cup final.

Thibaut Courtois.

RUMOUR MILL: Real still waiting on Courtois; Pogba could be leaving Old Trafford

Real Madrid are patiently waiting to see if Thibaut Courtois will sign a new deal at Chelsea, and swoop if he doesn't.

Matlock Town joint manager Glenn Kirkwood

Kirkwood calls for ‘mental toughness’

After another home defeat and three goals conceded in front of their own fans for the fourth successive match, Matlock Town boss Glenn Kirkwood has called on his team to show “more mental toughness”.

German midfielder Toni Kroos, who is the top target for Manchester United, according to today's football rumour mill.

RUMOUR MILL: Kroos is Manchester United’s top target as Tottenham eye Zaha again

Real Madrid’s brilliant German midfielder Toni Kroos has emerged as Manchester United’s top transfer target, according to today’s football rumour mill.

Derby County vs Nottingham Forest - Scott Carson of Derby County - Pic By James Williamson

Carson predicts twists and turns as promotion race hots up

Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson is expecting a lot of twists and turns between now and the end of the Championship season, as the fight for promotion to the Premier League intensifies.

All the latest football transfer gossip and rumours

RUMOUR MILL: PSG line up £30m swoop for Manchester United’s Rojo, and Hazard could quit Chelsea

French giants Paris St Germain are considering a £30 million swoop for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, according to today’s football transfer grapevine.

Action from Matlock's 3-2 home defeat to Witton Albion in the Evostik Northern Premier League.PHOTO: Steven Greenhough

Controversy as two dismissed before Gladiators beaten in late drama

A last-gasp controversial goal sunk Matlock Town — but their 3-2 home defeat to Witton Albion will be remembered more for the performance of the match officials than anything else.

Matlock Town v Nantwich Town. Ricky German in first half action.

Chesterfield striker joins Matlock on loan

Ricky German has joined Matlock Town on loan from Chesterfield for the remainder of the season.

RUMOUR MILL: Real Madrid target Manchester United superstar

RUMOUR MILL: Real Madrid target Manchester United superstar

Here are the stories making today’s back pages.

FA Cup

PREVIEW: FA Cup fifth round

The FA Cup enters the fifth round stage this weekend with just three games between the sides taking part and a place in the final.

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TALKING POINT: Which club has the biggest social media following - Nottingham Forest or Derby County?

There is no football without rivalry.

Mauricio Pochettino

RUMOUR MILL: Spurs offer Pochettino lucrative deal; Fellaini's off to Besiktas

Maurcio Pochettino is becoming hot property but the Spurs boss looks set to be offered a lucrative deal to stay in North London.

Owls' Lucas Joao receives plenty of Derby County attention.....Pic Steve Ellis

DERBY COUNTY BLOG: ‘No room for slip ups now’

Derby County’s long unbeaten run in the Championship came to a halt on Tuesday night after a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Eden Hazard

RUMOUR MILL: Hazard to Real Madrid odds slashed; Alderweireld interests United

The future of Chelsea star Eden Hazard continues to get tongues wagging across the continent.

Matlock Town chairman Tom Wright

Matlock greats to attend 50th sportsmans dinner

Matlock Town’s 50th Sportsmans Dinner on Thursday 22nd March will give guests the opportunity to meet some of the Gladiators’ best ever players, as several members of the 1975 FA Trophy winning side will be in attendance.

Matlock Town joint managers, Craig Hopkins left, and Glenn Kirkwood.

Matlock Town bosses want to ‘up the tempo’ for Witton Albion visit

It’s been training rather than playing for Matlock Town’s squad as the wet weather put off their visit to Nantwich last Saturday and then Tuesday night’s home meeting with Rushall Olympic.

Lucas Joao holds off County skipper Richard Keogh.....Pic Steve Ellis

Rowett’s Rams missing a ‘bit of extra brilliance’

Derby County boss Gary Rowett thought his side were missing a touch of magic on Tuesday night, as the Rams saw their long unbeaten run come to an end at Sheffield Wednesday.

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