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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City are offering Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, a £250,000-a-week deal to lead their attack.

Full story: Metro

Everton are monitoring West Brom's soon-to-be out-of-contract defender Jonas Olsson. The 29-year-old is stalling on a new deal at the Midlands club.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal will make the first move in the race for Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, whose contract expires next summer.

Full story: the Sun

Liverpool are lining up a bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, 28, who is nearing a return to fitness.

Darren Bent
Bent underwent surgery on ruptured ankle ligaments

Full story: Caught Offside

Defender Carlos Cuellar, 30, looks to be on his way out of Aston Villa after bidding farewell to fans on Twitter, with his four-year contract expiring at the end of the season and no offer of a new deal.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to battle with Tottenham for Crewe's 18-year-old midfielder Nick Powell.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Reports in France are indicating that Paris St Germain are determined to beat Chelsea to Napoli's Argentinian hitman Ezequiel Lavezzi, 27.

Full story: FootyLatest

OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini finally admits his side are in pole position to win the Premier League after their 2-0 triumph at Newcastle.

Full story: talkSPORT

Sir Alex Ferguson believes the "unethical" manner of Mark Hughes' sacking by Manchester City could help United in the title race - with City due to play QPR next weekend.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Manchester United winger Ashley Young welcomes the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England manager after speaking to his international team-mates about him.

Full story: talkSPORT

Ashley Young
Young scored in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Swansea

Frank Lampard has told Chelsea that Didier Drogba is irreplaceable and has urged the club to agree terms with the striker over a new contract.

Full story: Independent

Aston Villa fans failed to get their protests against manager Alex McLeish off the ground.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

The Football Association will back calls for technology after another Wembley showpiece was overshadowed by a goal-line row. Liverpool striker Andy Carroll had his effort ruled out against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Full story: the Sun

Chelsea defender John Terry says owner Roman Abramovich will have to hand the manager's job to Roberto di Matteo full time if he guides them to victory in the Champions League final.

Full story: Daily Star

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says he will discuss his Anfield future with the club's owners at the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail

AND FINALLY

New Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski was forced to conduct his farewell lap for Cologne with a riot police escort as his final game for the club was overshadowed by ugly scenes.

Full story: Metro

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