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Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Barcelona are set to offer Liverpool £70m for star striker Fernando Torres but face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United are set to launch a £25m bid for Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as a potential replacement for centre-back Nemanja Vidic, who has been linked to Manchester City.
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea are on the verge of landing Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun in a £6.5m four-year deal.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea and Liverpool have yet to finalise a fee for Benayoun but he has agreed terms with the west Londoners and will undergo a medical at Chelsea's Cobham training ground this week.
Full story: the Guardian

The Blues will pay the 30-year-old Israeli £60,000 a week, with Manchester United, Tottenham and Juventus leading the chase for the man he will replace at Stamford Bridge, England midfielder Joe Cole.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The departure of Yossi Benayoun to Chelsea is expected to be followed by forward Ryan Babel, winger Albert Riera, defender Philipp Degen and keeper Diego Cavalieri leaving Liverpool this summer.
Full story: the Times

Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wants to quit Anfield and join ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's club in Spain.
Full story: Daily Mail

But new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is also keen on Gerrard and the Catalan club are lining up a £40m offer for the England captain.
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Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, who is rumoured to want to quit Anfield and join former manager Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan, has admitted he is learning Italian.
Full story: Daily Mail

Mascherano could be joined at Inter Milan by Liverpool team-mate, defender Glen Johnson, with current right-back Maicon set to leave the Italian club for Real Madrid.
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Manchester City are edging closer to the signing of Valencia's Spain winger Pablo Hernandez. However, a deal to sign Valencia midfielder David Silva is proving more difficult to clinch.
Full story: Daily Mirror

City, meanwhile, will return to Aston Villa with an improved offer for England midfielder James Milner, having had an initial bid of £18m turned down.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are also expected to complete the signing of Barcelona defender Yaya Toure within the next two weeks.
Full story: IMScouting

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has set his sights on Manchester City's 21-year-old defender Micah Richards.
Full story: Daily Mirror

West Ham are lining up goalkeeper Richard Wright, who was told in April he would not be offered a new deal by Ipswich, to succeed England's Robert Green, who they hope to sell this summer to help alleviate the club's debt.
Full story: Daily Mail

The Hammers also want to acquire Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, who is out of contract at Boca Juniors and is considering offers from the east Londoners and a raft of other European and South American sides.
Full story: Daily Mail

Fulham's Nigerian midfielder Dickson Etuhu and St Etienne's Argentine striker Gonzalo Bergessio are two other targets for new West Ham boss Avram Grant.
Full story: Daily Mail

Schalke's German international keeper Manuel Neuer is being lined up as the man to eventually replace Manchester United stopper Edwin Van der Sar.
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Manchester United's Serbian winger Zoran Tosic is set to join CSKA Moscow in an £8m deal after turning down a move to Cologne.
Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham are ready to make a new bid for Spartak Moscow keeper Stipe Pletikosa.
Full story: Daily Mail

Deportivo La Coruna have withdrawn their interest in Tottenham winger Giovani dos Santos and Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, who are on World Cup duty for Mexico.
Full story: the Times

Stoke City are still hopeful of sealing the signing of Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ledley, despite facing competition from Italian side Roma for the 23-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Stoke have also set their sights on a double swoop for Aston Villa's England striker Emile Heskey and West Ham forward Carlton Cole.
Full story: the Sun

Sunderland are interested in signing Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha and are close to sealing a £3.5m deal for the 23-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is set to improve his offer for Fulham defender Paul Konchesky to £2m, having had an initial offer of £1.5m turned down by the Cottagers.
Full story: the Sun

Birmingham are also closing in on the £5m signing of Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli, with fellow forward Kevin Phillips set to leave the club as a result.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton striker James Vaughan is wanted on a season-long loan by new Celtic boss Neil Lennon, with Leicester and Derby interested in signing the 21-year-old for £1m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Wigan are hopeful of signing Real Madrid reserve keeper Antonio Adan on loan as they look for cover for Chris Kirkland.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle United are considering a move for Celtic's Greece striker Georgios Samaras, who is expected to be released by new manager Neil Lennon this summer. (Daily Record)

Steven Mouyokolo has been offered a new four-year contract by Hull City to ward off interest in the central defender from Fulham.
Full story: the Times

Inter Milan are reportedly chasing Tottenham defender/winger Gareth Bale and are ready to offer midfielder Sulley Muntari in a part-exchange deal. Full story: IMScouting


Former Portsmouth and Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart is set to be named Hull's new boss after Cardiff City chief Dave Jones was priced out of the running.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Portsmouth hope to announce former Notts County boss Steve Cotterill as their new manager on Thursday, provided creditors agree to an offer of 20 pence in the pound on the same day.
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Leeds defender Lucas Radebe is set to return to the club as a coach.
Full story: the Sun

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta is set to commit his future to the club as payback for helping him through his injury problems. The 28-year-old was out for eight months in 2009 with a knee injury.
Full story: the Sun


England have been forced to rewash their match-day kit for Friday's World Cup game against Algeria after a sewage pipe at the squad's base in Royal Bafokeng leaked over it.
Full story: Daily Mail

Sports manufacturers adidas have claimed that altitude rather than design is affecting the much-criticised new Jabulani World Cup ball. (Daily Record)

Meanwhile, it has emerged that England manager Fabio Capello turned down the opportunity for his playing staff to learn about the new ball at a convention in February and also declined the use of it in training prior to the start of the World Cup.
Full story: the Independent

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see also
Tuesday's World Cup 2010 round-up
15 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Tuesday's Scottish gossip
15 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Monday's gossip column
14 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Monday's Scottish gossip
14 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Sunday's gossip column
13 Jun 10 |  Gossip
Sunday's Scottish gossip
13 Jun 10 |  Scottish Premier
Transfers - June 2010
21 Jun 10 |  Football

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