Gossip column: Villa, Lescott, Cabella, Fabregas

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, 32, has a medical in Manchester ahead of a move to Man City's US franchise New York City FC. Manchester Evening News

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready for a £100m spending spree now he has signed a new three-year contract with the Gunners.Daily Mail

Newly-promoted QPR are leading the chase for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, after he failed to agree terms with West Ham. Daily Mirror

Manchester City Joleon Lescott could be on his way to the capital
Joleon Lescott is a target for QPR

French Ligue 1 club Montpellier have told Newcastle United they must pay £12m if they want to sign 24-year-old attacking midfielder Remy Cabella.Guardian

Newcastle have joined the battle to sign Cagliari's £8.25m-rated striker Victor Ibarbo, who is also a target for Barcelona, Stuttgart, Juventus and Napoli.Daily Mirror

Tottenham's record signing Erik Lamela, 22, is a target for Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina and Perugia, despite the fact he failed to score a single Premier League goal this season.Talksport

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has warned would-be suitors, including Arsenal and Manchester United, that former Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 27, is not for sale.Metro

Spanish club Valencia will compete with Liverpool and Everton for the signature of Chelsea attacking midfielder Thorgan Hazard, 21, whose older brother Eden is a Stamford Bridge regular.Daily Express

Thorgan Hazard
Hazard scored 17 goals and provided 20 assists during a loan spell at Belgian club Zulte Waregem last season

Manchester United could beat Liverpool to the signing of Ukraine international midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka from FC Dnipro.Talksport

Liverpool's expected signing of 32-year-old striker Rickie Lambert for £4m from Southampton could lead to Fabio Borini, 23, leaving Anfield for Sunderland, where the Italian forward spent last season on loan.Times (subscription required)

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler says Lambert, who is due to complete a medical at the Merseyside club on Saturday, will be a "magnificent" capture. Sun (subscription required)

Hull City are set to make a £5m bid for Sunderland winger Adam Johnson, 26, who arrived at the Stadium of Light for £10m from Manchester City in 2012.Daily Mail

Rotherham United have renewed their interest in St Johnstone striker Stevie May, with the English League One club valuing the 22-year-old at £1m.The Herald

OTHER GOSSIP

England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 35, may consider calling it a day if he fails to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge after the World Cup. Red Magazine

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard faces some big decisions after his World Cup duty

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has vetoed a new one-year deal for Lampard as he wants manager Jose Mourinho to build a younger squad. Daily Star

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has been told the Celtic job is his and the former Manchester United midfielder could be announced as Neil Lennon's replacement as early as next week. Times (subscription required)

Keane has until Wednesday to tell Ireland manager Martin O'Neill whether or not he will take over at Celtic. Daily Record

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres says his decision to leave Liverpool for Stamford Bridge in 2012 "destroyed" Reds captain Steven Gerrard. Daily Telegraph

Stoke City forward Peter Crouch, 33, has advised Ashley Cole to join Liverpool when the 33-year-old left-back's contract with Chelsea expires this summer. Sun (subscription required)

Managerless West Bromwich Albion have cooled their interest in Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, who captained the Midlands club during his playing days. The Herald

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is in takeover talks at Doncaster Rovers, who suffered relegation to League One on the final day of the Championship season. Independent

AND FINALLY

Getting around Brazil during the World Cup finals might be easier with a few basic phrases in Portuguese to hand. England pair Gary Cahill and Adam Lallana have been trying to go native by learning the lingo. Metro

Over 700 pet owners in the Spanish region of Catalonia have named their dog or cat after 26-year-old Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, according to a recent survey. By contrast, only 10 pets were named after Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29. Independent

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