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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Inter Milan have admitted they want to sign a Manchester City player this summer - but it is not their former striker Mario Balotelli, it is 26-year-old left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale is reportedly a £30m target for Barcelona, on a summer shopping list that also includes Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez.

Full story: Metro

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic expects more top clubs to follow Chelsea in chasing Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, 26.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says Sir Alex Ferguson is assessing the character of 21-year-old Lille playmaker Eden Hazard before deciding whether to make a bid for him this summer.

Full story: Inside Futbol

Aleksandar Kolarov
Serbian international Aleksandar Kolarov joined Manchester City from Lazio in 2010

Swansea's strict wage policy is thought likely to prevent any move for Aston Villa defender James Collins, 28.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are monitoring Mexican winger Hector Herrera, nicknamed "The Little Fox", according to the 22-year-old's club, the Mexican Premier League side Pachuca.

Full story: The Sun

Meanwhile Reds striker Nathan Ecclestone, 21, is thought to be a target for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Full story: The Sun

West Bromwich Albion want to snap up Peterborough United striker Paul Taylor, 24, and have had scouts posted at 10 Posh games.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Martin O'Neill is planning a £12m summer move for Spartak Moscow's out-of-favour Scottish-born winger, Aiden McGeady, if he is handed a substantial summer budget by Sunderland.

Full story: Daily Record

Slovak goalkeeper Marian Kello is poised to go on trial with Aston Villa after quitting Hearts last week following his refusal to sign a new contract.

Full story: Daily Record

OTHER GOSSIP

Linesmen Dave Bryan and Ceri Richards, involved in separate controversial incidents last weekend, have been omitted from the remaining Premier League fixtures this season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are rumoured to have made Dutch legend Johan Cruyff their number one choice for the vacant director of football role, but they face disappointment as the 64-year-old is believed to be unwilling to uproot from his Barcelona home.

Full story: Daily Mail

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says Reds boss Kenny Dalglish should discard Andy Carroll if he does not produce an influential performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton this weekend.

Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol says his former club have the "psychological advantage" heading into the last-four tie due to their previous victories against Everton in the FA Cup.

Full story: Daily Express

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says he does not see the merit in the role of director of football.

Full story: talkSPORT

Johan Cruyff won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974
Johan Cruyff won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, currently at Birmingham in his eighth loan move away from White Hart Lane, says he would consider a permanent move to St Andrews.

Full story: The Sun

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has urged his players to be wary of making rash challenges on Manchester United's Ashley Young in the area, after the winger won a penalty against QPR last weekend.

Full story: Daily Mail

An Arab group and American consortium are at the centre of a tug of war to takeover Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

Full story: Daily Mirror

American tycoon Bill Miller has shot down reports that he is ready to team up with the Singapore consortium led by Bill Ng to buy Rangers and will plough on with his rival bid.

Full story: The Sun

Paul Murray says his Blue Knights' bid for Rangers is unaltered despite the club's administrator announcing a delay in the sale process because interested parties had requested changes in light of proposed new Scottish Premier League rules governing penalties for administration and liquidation.

Full story: Daily Mail

Blue Knights consortium leader Paul Murray has warned Rangers' administrator time is running out to save the club from liquidation after their two rival bidders for the club stalled the process by demanding talks with the Scottish Premier League.

Full story: Daily Record

Neil Lennon aims to win the Champions League with Celtic and believes it is possible. (Various)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon cannot see himself living anywhere else but Glasgow but hopes the sectarian intimidation he has suffered is now over. (Various)

AND FINALLY

It has finally been confirmed that Harry Redknapp will be taking his place in the England dug-out. His Spurs team have been given the home dressing room at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Sunday.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Crawley players have been seen on video reportedly performing a celebratory dance following the departure of manager Steve Evans to Rotherham.

Full story: Metro

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