Tuesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew travelled to the Netherlands over the weekend to watch in-demand Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.external-link The Belgium international, 24, has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is ­planning a swoop for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, who is set to move on if the Molineux club are relegated. The Scotland striker cost £7m from Burnley in 2010.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 25, has been targeted by QPR boss Mark Hughes in a £4m summer move - should the Hoops stay up and the Midlands club are relegated.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen is attracting Premier League interest

The agent of Manchester United defender Fabio da Silva has confirmed the Brazilian is set to move to Portuguese side Benfica on loan.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Swansea's on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says he would "love" to stay at the Liberty Stadium next season - but repeated his future is not in his own hands. The Iceland international has scored seven goals since arriving from German side Hoffenheim in January.

Full story: South Wales Evening Postexternal-link

Inter Milan want to sign Arsenal target Yann M'Vilaexternal-link as they prepare to lure Laurent Blanc into becoming their new manager this summer. The Rennes midfielder, 21, is expected to play a key role for Blanc's France side at Euro 2012, but Arsenal remain favourites to sign M'Vila, whom they tried to buy last summer.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Colombian striker Jackson Martinezexternal-link claims he is attracting interest from both Liverpool and Porto. The 25-year-old, who has scored 17 goals in 31 league appearances this season, plays for Mexican side Jaguares but has been tipped to make a move to Europe this summer.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller is expected to leave the club on a free transfer this summer after growing frustrated at his lack of first-team action. Wigan, plus Championship sides Cardiff and Ipswich, are all interested.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Reading are eyeing a £2m move for Sunderland's former England international Kieran Richardson.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link


Roberto di Matteo has been interviewed by Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo about the possibility of becoming the Blues' next permanent manager.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Brendan Rodgers
Spurs are keen to have talks with Brendan Rodgers

Chelsea have suffered a blow ahead of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona with confirmation that defender David Luiz will miss the match with a hamstring strain.

Full story: the Timesexternal-link

Barcelona defender Dani Alves says fear - not referee - stopped Chelsea earning a place in the 2009 Champions League final. The Blues felt Tom Henning Ovrebo denied them several penalties before Andres Iniesta's late goal sent Barca through.

Full story: the Independentexternal-link

Tottenham plan to move for Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers if the Football Association makes an approach to Harry Redknapp to become England manager.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Spurs midfielder Scott Parker says the club will have "failed" if they don't make fourth in the Premier League - after they were beaten in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Blackburn will hold talks with defender Gael Givet this week to determine if he can play for the club again. Givet was withdrawn from Saturday's game at Swansea after being named in the starting line-up, with sources close to the player insisting it was because of a row with manager Steve Kean at the team hotel.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Bolton legend Gudni Bergsson has told the current squad not to panic as they enter the closing weeks of the season hoping to avoid relegation.

Full story: Bolton Newsexternal-link


Liverpool striker Andy Carroll says he laughs off suggestions he is a hard-drinking wild man, insisting he has swapped night outs for sitting in watching movies with his girlfriend.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

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