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Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

10 June 11 22:57 GMT

BREAKING GOSSIP

1230 BST: Swansea have opened talks with former Spain international Marcos Senna. The 34-year-old midfielder is out of contract from Villarreal and his representative, Ely Coimbra, says a deal could be struck with the Premier League newcomers. Full story: Western Mail

1155: Newcastle have turned down a £3m offer from West Ham for skipper Kevin Nolan, who has yet to agree a new deal with the Magpies.
Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

1120: Wolfsburg striker Grafite is set to become the third star frontman, after Ruud van Nistelrooy and Miroslav Klose, to leave the Bundesliga in recent weeks. The Brazilian is set to agree a three-year contract with Dubai side Al Ahli worth around €3m (£2.65m) per year.
Full story: Bild (in German)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City are set to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for the signature of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, 25, and are ready to start the bidding at £30m.
Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea have made discreet enquiries into the availability of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, who criticised life in the north west and says he would not return to Eastlands. The west London club believe the Argentine may prefer life in the capital, but would have to pay at least £50m for the striker.
Full story: Footybunker

Meanwhile, Chelsea and City could be fighting for the signature of Tevez's fellow countryman Javier Pastore, after the Palermo player admitted he is on the move.
Full story: Metro

Both Manchester City and Chelsea will have to wait until the end of July before they can make a move for Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.
Full story: talkSPORT

But Manchester City have moved quickly to offer Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez an alternative to Barcelona after putting together a bid worth €30m (£26m) for the Chile international. Full story: Goal.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could have won the race to sign Lille striker Gervinho in a deal reported to be worth about £10m.
Full story: talkSPORT

But he still might be gazumped by Manchester City, who have offered the 25-year-old a "huge" salary.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Gunners are also considering a bid for France Under-21 international striker Emmanuel Riviere, who plays for Saint Etienne.
Full story: Caughtoffside.com

Arsenal are competing with Manchester United and Manchester City for the signature of teenage centre-half Raphaël Varane, the Lens and France under-21 player.
Full story: The Times (requires subscription)

But Danish international Nicklas Bendtner could be leaving the Emirates Stadium - the 23-year-old striker is a £12m target for Turkish giants Besiktas.
Full story: Daily Mirror

A release clause in Phil Jones's Blackburn contract has temporarily halted the central defender's move to Manchester United. Although the deal is still expected to go through, the Premier League champions may have to pay more than £16m for the 19-year-old.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester United have off-loaded £7.4m winger Bebe to Turkish club Besiktas on a season-long loan with a view to a £2m permanent move.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are chasing Connor Wickham, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique, Gael Clichy, Scott Dann and Charles N'Zogbia, following the £20m signing of Jordan Henderson.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Anfield outfit are also interested in Catania's Matias Silvestre, according to the Serie A club. The 26-year-old defender has attracted attention from Spain and Italy too.
Full story: Goal.com

And Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda has alerted Liverpool - and Arsenal - after declaring he's "stuck in a rut" at current club CSKA Moscow.
Full story: Metro

Fresh from the £20m injection from the sale of Jordan Henderson, Sunderland are attempting to outbid Liverpool for Ipswich striker Connor Wickham with an £8m bid which could rise to £12m.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham Hotspur want Sunderland's Ghana international striker Asamoah Gyan as part of a deal that would take Peter Crouch to the Stadium of Light.
Full story: Guardian

Darron Gibson could also move to Sunderland after the Manchester United and Republic of Ireland international midfielder said he would welcome the chance to play under manager Steve Bruce.
Full story: Goal.com

Inter's Sulley Muntari is not ruling out a move to Premier League newcomers QPR after Sunderland decided not to take up the option of making his loan move to the Stadium of Light permanent.
Full story: Goal.com

QPR are ready to make a £3m move for Fulham's Andy Johnson. Boss Neil Warnock has turned to the 30-year-old striker as he looks to have missed out on Swansea-bound Watford star Danny Graham.
Full story: The Sun

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is also set to swoop for Eidur Gudjohnsen after the Iceland striker, 32, had a one-year contract offer withdrawn by Fulham following Martin Jol's appointment as manager. Full story: The Sun

Everton and Bolton are competing for Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata, the 20-year-old Belgium international.
Full story: Daily Star

Aston Villa have shifted their attentions to Everton manager David Moyes after they were rejected by Roberto Martinez, who opted to remain at the DW Stadium.
Full story: Daily Mirror

However, Mark Hughes and Owen Coyle are still in the frame to succeed Gerard Houiller at Villa Park.
Full story: Telegraph

Both Moyes and Coyle may have already snubbed approaches from Villa, whose list of candidates is believed to include former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. The club have not totally ruled out a return to Mark Hughes or Steve McClaren after previously snubbing them.
Full story: Daily Star

Coyle is poised to fly to Spain to clinch a £5m Bolton swoop for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 20. Full story: Daily Mirror

Bayern Munich have followed up their interest in Tranmere's Dale Jennings, 18, with an offer. Jennings is desperate to join the Germans but is being forced to wait as the clubs agree a fee.
Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has criticised the party lifestyle of some English players. The Dutchman said: "When I see some English footballers who are out until three in the morning, then I can only conclude that they are invariably finished at 33." Full story: The Sun

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona will return to Old Trafford in August when his New York Cosmos side face the Red Devils in a testimonial for Paul Scholes, who has just retired.
Full story: Daily Star

Kolo Toure's "psychological obsession with his belly" was the reason why he failed the drugs test that resulted in a six-month ban for the Manchester City defender.
Full story: Daily Mail

New signing Carl Jenkinson hopes to become Arsenal's new Tony Adams after completing a move from Charlton to the club he supported as a boy.
Full story: Telegraph

Brazil legend Pele has compared Chelsea target Neymar to Barcelona's Lionel Messi - but also insists the Santos starlet 'needs a bit more maturity'.
Full story: Goal.com

A leading fitness coach has quetioned the data used by Arsenal to show Jack Wilshere was suffering from fatigue and should not play at the European Under-21 Championsionship.
Full story: Goal.com

AND FINALLY

Retired Manchester United right-back and former Lancashire county under-15s cricketer Gary Neville's throwing skills are not what they used to be. He was asked to toss the first pitch during a baseball game in America, but his pitch at the Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics match came up short of the plate.
Full story: Metro

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