Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 34, is close to agreeing a £6.7m-a-year deal to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenua.

Drogba and midfielder Frank Lampard, 33 will be allowed to leave in the summer as Chelsea attempt to reduce the average age of their squad.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa, 29, is being targeted by Inter Milan on a free transfer but his considerable wage demands are a potential stumbling block.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Aston Villa will demand £12m for 25-year-old England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, who is a target for Sunderland.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, 23, is Manchester United's number one summer transfer target.

Full story: Caught Offsideexternal-link

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil is being targeted by Manchester United

Arsenal are tracking versatile Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa,external-link who is the 22-year-old captain of Montpellier.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester United and Arsenal target Luis Muriel,external-link a 21-year-old Colombian forward, will not leave Udinese for another year at least according to his agent.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Wigan winger Victor Moses, 21, is set to spark a summer scramble between Liverpool and Tottenham after deciding not to renew his deal at the DW Stadium.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Ryan Giggs can play for Manchester United until he is 42 and further cement his place as the Premier League's greatest-ever player, according to former team-mate Gary Neville.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is "desperate" for Robert Huth, 27, to sign a new deal as the German defender approaches the last year of his contract.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

Wigan are in a fight to keep Mohamed Diame, 24, as he is stalling on talks while he waits to see if the club stays in the Premier League.

Full story: The Sunexternal-link

England are planning a 'home' friendly against Italy in Switzerland on 15 August - three days before the start of the Premier League season. The game cannot be held at Wembley because the date set by Fifa comes so soon after the the Olympic Games, which end on 12 August.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Newcastle United striker Pappis Demba Cisse made himself at home on the city's streets when he sparked a 200-strong crowd outside a barber's.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Celebrity Liverpool fan and United States basketball star LeBron James has launched a Liverpool-inspired range of trainers - only for them to be panned by fellow supporters.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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