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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Juventus have joined the race to sign 28-year-old Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, 31, could land a big-money move to Barcelona in the summer.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Liverpool and Newcastle are weighing up summer moves for Barcelona's Seydou Keita, 32, with the Catalan giants ready to listen to offers for the Mali midfielder.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Seydou Keita
Keita has made 108 appearances for Barcelona

Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala will pay £9m up front for Blackburn defender Chris Samba, 27, with potentially another £2m in add-ons.

Full Story: Lancashire Telegraphexternal-link

West Brom may return for Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner in the summer after failing with a bid to take the 25-year-old ex-Birmingham player back to the Midlands on loan last month.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Defender Liam Ridgewell hopes West Brom sign loanee Ben Foster permanently this summer. The 28-year-old goalkeeper is currently on a season-long loan from Birmingham City.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Fulham target Dieumerci Mbokaniexternal-link is wanted by Genoa. The Cottagers tried to sign the 26-year-old Anderlecht striker in January but the Belgian club rejected their bid.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is eyeing a switch to Inter Milan where manager Claudio Ranieri is under pressure.

Full story: The Times external-link(subscription only)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger missed out on signing Gareth Bale, 22, from Southampton before the Welshman joined north London rivals Tottenham, opting to buy Theo Walcott instead.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Wenger also rejected the chance to sign Louis Saha, 33, last month before the former Everton striker signed for Tottenham.

Full story: The Mirrorexternal-link

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes 23-year-old midfielder Lee Cattermole should have been named in Stuart Pearce's England squad for next week's friendly against the Netherlands.

Full story: Sunderland Echoexternal-link

Norwich manager Paul Lambert has told goalkeeper John Ruddy, 25, he can make the England squad if he maintains his form.

Full story: Eastern Daily Pressexternal-link

CARLING CUP FINAL

Steven Gerrard is desperate for Wembley glory after saying he felt "suicidal" following Liverpool's last League Cup final - a 3-2 defeat by Chelsea in 2005.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

The Carling Cup

Gerrard will join Tommy Smith as the only Liverpool-born player to lead the Reds out in a major Wembley final.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp says winning trophies is an obsession for Reds manager Kenny Dalglish.

Full story: Daily Mail external-link

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay says a two-and-a-half-hour talk from Dalglish on a Uefa Pro-Licence course helped set him up as a boss.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

AND FINALLY

David Silva says winning the Premier League with Manchester City would bring him as much joy as Spain's 2010 World Cup win.

Full story: Manchester Evening News external-link