Gossip column: Lukaku, Garay, Richards, M'Vila, Cruyff

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are interested in signing 27-year-old Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as they plan for the possible departure of Jan Vertonghen, 26.

Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay

Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has been linked with Manchester United

Full story: Daily Express 

Chelsea are prepared to let striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, leave in the summer and hope he can increase his value with his performances for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Newcastle and West Ham are vying for the signature of 25-year-old Manchester City right-back Micah Richards.

Full story: Manchester Evening News  

Liverpool were close to signing 23-year-old Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M'Vila in the January transfer window, according to the Russian club.

Full story: Daily Star  

Manchester United have suffered a setback in their bid to sign Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos, 24, after Real Madrid declared an interest in the midfielder.

Full story: Talksport 

However, Kroos has told Bayern and Germany team-mates that he is determined to join the Old Trafford club in a £40m deal.

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Manchester United's Portuguese winger Nani, 27, is likely to leave Old Trafford this summer according to his agent.

Nani

Nani returned to action for Manchester United against Newcastle on Saturday after injury

Full story: Daily Mirror 

Arsenal are considering a £17m summer move for Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 21, despite the fact the Italian has not scored in 50 appearances since signing for the French club in 2012.

Full story: Metro 

The Gunners are interested in Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun, 19, but face competition from AC Milan.

Full Story: Daily Star 

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng, 25, currently on loan at Sunderland, will be welcomed back to the Liberty Stadium if Garry Monk is still in charge next season.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post 

Newcastle will offload winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 27, as well as midfielders Sylvain Marveaux, 27, and 25-year-old Gabriel Obertan during the summer.

Full story: Sun (subscription required) 

OTHER GOSSIP

Netherlands and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff, 66, has criticised Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and believes he could lose the Blues dressing room in the same way the Portuguese did at Real Madrid.

Full story: Daily Express 

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood could take over from Pepe Mel as West Brom manager in the summer if Spurs decide to let him go.

Full story: Evening Standard 

Sherwood will be sacked by the club at the end of the season and replaced by outgoing Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.

Full story: Daily Mail 

But Spurs could turn to Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino in their search for a new manager.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 23, will return to Belgium for an operation on a ruptured Achilles that has ended his World Cup hopes.

Full story: Birmingham Mail 

Manchester United are to make the north-east quadrant of Old Trafford a permanent singing section after two successful trials this season.

Full story: Manchester Evening News 

Alan Pardew has been told his position as Newcastle manager is safe despite 10 defeats in 15 games and a seven-match suspension for headbutting Hull's David Meyler.

Full story: Daily Telegraph 

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrating after scoring one of his 23 goals this season

Everton defender Sylvain Distin does not share the view of some Toffees fans in not wanting the club to qualify for the Champions League as long as Merseyside rivals Liverpool do not win the league.

Full story: Daily Star 

Manchester United striker James Wilson, 18, who was on the bench for the first time for Saturday's 4-0 win at Newcastle, scored a stunning 25-yard goal for the Old Trafford club's under-21s against Aston Villa on Monday.

Full story: Daily Mail 

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says West Ham "tried everything" to unsettle his side before their win over the Hammers last Sunday. The Reds had to deal with a "hot dressing room, a dry pitch and the bus had to park a mile away" from the ground.

Full story: Liverpool Echo 

AND FINALLY

Liverpool's 23-goal striker Daniel Sturridge, 24, has visited a local primary school to teach the pupils the secrets of his goal celebration.

Full story: London Evening Standard