Saturday's gossip column
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Chelsea's hopes of signing Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, 31, have been given a massive boost with the Spanish side interested in signing Real Sociedad player Asier Illarramendi, 23, as a replacement.
Everton and Tottenham look set to battle it out as they attempt to sign Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu, 19, on loan.
Hull manager Steve Bruce wants to sign 28-year-old South Africa striker Katlego Mphela - nicknamed Killer because of his lethal finishing - from Mamelodi Sundowns.
West Ham have agreed a £6.7m fee to sign Colombian striker Duvan Zapata, 22, from Argentine club Estudiantes.
Napoli will move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 27, if they miss out on top target Stevan Jovetic, of Fiorentina.
Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy, 26, is in advanced talks over a move to Chelsea.
Queens Park Rangers are preparing a £4m offer for Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 25, who is also wanted by Norwich City.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is ready to join the chase for Blackburn Rovers forward Jordan Rhodes, 23, after making a firm inquiry about the Scottish international.
Manchester City are set for talks with Roma with a view to buying 27-year-old striker Pablo Osvaldo.
Swansea City have stepped up their efforts to sign striker Wilfried Bony, 24, from Vitesse Arnhem with an improved £13.7m package.
Loic Remy, 26, could play for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship next season as other clubs show little interest in the France striker.
Spanish club Levante want to sign Arsenal's 29-year-old striker Marouane Chamakh.
Manchester City's pre-season tour of South Africa could be thrown into chaos because of Nelson Mandela's continued ill health.
Chelsea defender John Terry, 32, has revealed how Roman Abramovich's arrival at Stamford Bridge left him fearing for his place in the side - but says the Russian's desire to win trophies has transformed the club.
Everton's new assistant manager Graeme Jones believes Roberto Martinez faces a challenge to change the Toffees' style of play.
The jacket of the ball boy "kicked" by Eden Hazard last season during Chelsea's League Cup semi-final clash with Swansea is being sold for charity.