Manchester City are interested in Everton and England star Ross Barkley.

Reports suggest City chiefs see Barkley, 20, as the perfect long-term replacement for Yaya Toure.

Starsport understands the 31-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder wants to leave the Premier League and is pining for a move to Paris St-Germain.

But City are rivalled in the market by all the Prem big boys.

Brendan Rodgers claims the lure of London shot down his chances of signing Alexis Sanchez.

The Kop boss said: "Geography dictated where he wanted to go - simple as that. It’s been the other way."

Rodgers has also revealed how he wants to replace Luis Suarez. The 31-goal Premier League striker left for Barcelona last week.

Loic Remy is one option and he wouid be available for £8.5m.

Arsenal have previously lined up the hitman, who is set to leave QPR in pursuit of Champions League football.

Boss Mark Hughes wants to bolster his wide options, with Matty Etherington, Michael Kightly and Jermaine Pennant no longer on the books.

Hughes said: "Ossie's someone we know and someone we know can have an impact."

Liverpool could raise more funds by selling Oussama Assaidi to Stoke.