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Sunday's gossip column

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Michael Essien is to be offered to Spurs in the latest Chelsea bid for Luka Modric. Full story: Metro

But furious Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will tear up any written transfer request from creative midfielder Modric. (News of the World - subscription required).

Former Tottenham captain Gary Mabbutt insists the club must sell Modric and "move on". Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland have triggered a bidding war for Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham by offering £10m for the 18-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal. (News of the World - subscription required).

Barcelona are preparing to offer David Villa to Manchester City and Chelsea for £40m. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Liverpool are preparing a swoop for Celtic star Ki Sung-Yeung in the event of a deal for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam falling through. Full story: talkSPORT

Alex McLeish will have a £40m war chest to help him hit the ground running in his new job as Aston Villa manager. Full story: Sunday Mirror

But McLeish's first task as Villa boss will be signing off England international Ashley Young's £15m move to Manchester United. Full story: Mail on Sunday.

Samir Nasri is still refusing to commit his future to Arsenal and will not do so until he sees how much the Gunners are prepared to spend in the summer. (the Sunday Times - subscription required).

Eljero Elia will be the subject of a bid from Chelsea as Liverpool's transfer interest wanes. Full story: Metro

Barcelona have made formal contact with Arsenal about Cesc Fabregas. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Arsenal are demanding £45m for the Spain midfielder but Barca hope to arrange talks in London this week and insist they will not pay more than £35m. Full Story: Mail on Sunday

Chelsea have joined Manchester United, Manchester City and Barcelona in the race to sign in-demand Udinese and Chile striker Alexis Sanchis. (the Sunday Times - subscription required).

A host of Premier League clubs are weighing up a move for Le Havre attacker Ryan Mendes. Full story: talkSPORT

Manchester United defender Wes Brown is being lined up for a £3m move to Everton. Full story: Sunday Mirror

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has told the club that his desire to play Champions League football may force him to leave. (News of the World - subscription required).

Chelsea have launched a stunning £50m bid to sign Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero. Daily Star

Arsene Wenger is weighing up the most astonishing transfer swoop of the ­summer - for Joey Barton. The Arsenal manager has finally accepted the need to inject some bite and experience into his team of perennial underachievers. Full story: Sunday People

Liverpool and Arsenal are ready to battle it out for Birmingham City ­centre-half Scott Dann - but prices in the Blues' clear-out are proving too high. Full story: Sunday People

Adel Taarabt has sparked a £10m chase after the midfielder revealed he is ready to call time on QPR. Full story: Mail on Sunday

Manchester City and Spurs are battling Man United for the signature of Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. Full story: Daily Star

Fulham and West Ham are expected to challenge Swansea City for the signing of Leeds winger Max Gradel. (Sunday Telegraph).

Fulham have started talks with Aberdeen over a £1m switch to the London club for 18-year-old midfielder Fraser Fyvie that should be finalised this week. (Sunday Mail)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has made Maccabi Petah Tikva striker Omer Damari his top summer target after conceding defeat in his attempt to sign Reading's Shane Long - and the Israeli is keen on the £2.5m switch. (News of the World)

Maccabi Petah Tikva have raised the asking price for striker Omer Damari to three million euros as Celtic prepare a £1.7m bid. (Sunday Mail)

Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre, one year into a four-year contract, says he is undecided about whether he will remain with Celtic, with Paris St Germain and Bordeaux joining English, Spanish, German and Portuguese clubs expressing an interest. (Various)

Rangers and Celtic are set to go head-to-jed to land Neil Danns after Hull City cooled their interest in the Crystal Palace midfielder. (Sunday Mail)

Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra says he has snubbed a "mouthwatering" offer from Quatar champions Lekhwiya because he needs to be playing Champions League football and could now see out the remaining year of his Ibrox contract. (Sunday Mail)

OTHER GOSSIP

Stuart Pearce is ready to pledge his future to England for another two years and intends to mark his new contract by leading his Under-21 side back from the brink. Full story: Mail on Sunday

Patrick Vieira will be able to choose between Man City and Arsenal for a coaching role. Full story: Metro

Inter Milan are considering a move for Fabio Capello, should current coach Leonardo leave to go to Paris Saint Germain. Full story: skysports.com

West Ham's £4m signing Kevin Nolan is angry that manager Alan Pardew did not fight harder to keep him at Newcastle. (News of the World - subscription required).

Guus Hiddink is this week expected to enter full negotiations to return as Chelsea manager. Full story: Mail on Sunday.

Former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes blames himself for failing to make a bigger impact in international football. Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea are prepared to triple Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley's salary to lure him to Stamford Bridge. Full story: Sunday Telegraph

Birmingham City want former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton to replace Alex McLeish as manager at St Andrews. Full story: Sunday People

New Rangers owner Craig Whyte is disappointed that the old board "didn't go gracefully instead of going disgracefully" and are sniping at him in the background. (Scotland on Sunday)

Craig Whyte says there is no way back for Martin Bain, the chief executive he suspended on completion of his takeover of Rangers. (Scotland on Sunday)

Scotland coach Craig Levein thinks Scottish Premier League clubs are being short-changed as English outfits take their top players - like Charlie Adam, James McCarthy and Danny Wilson - in cut-price deals. (Various)

Scottish-born Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has hit back at Robbie Keane's claim that he did not have the appetite to play for Republic of Ireland by insisting it was injury that led him to withdraw from recent international games. (News of the World)



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