Saturday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Tottenham are trying to persuade Croatian midfield playmaker Luka Modric to sign a new contract - and keep him out of the clutches of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.

Spurs midfielder Luka Modric
Modric will be offered a new deal at Spurs, according to reports

German side Hamburg have targeted Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt, 31, as a summer signing after it emerged the Dutch forward can leave for £1m at the end of the season.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given striker Robin van Persie a 72-hour deadline to resolve his future and sign a new deal with the Gunners.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Serie A league leaders Juventus have set their sights on capturing Van Persie to spearhead their attack next season. But the Bianconeri are also keeping tabs on Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Athletic Bilbao's Iker Muniain.

Full story: Goal.comexternal-link

Fulham boss Martin Jol fears he could lose 22-goal forward Clint Dempsey in the summer if the American rejects a new deal at Craven Cottage.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Arsenal are on the trail of one of the hottest prospects in Italian football who has been called the 'new Gareth Bale'. Moroccan full-back Acharaf Laazar, 20,external-link plays for Serie B side Verase and is apparently on Arsene Wenger's radar.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel, 25, is a summer target for Tottenham, who want a younger goalkeeper to provide competition for 40-year-old veteran Brad Friedel.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale will choose to stay at the club despite interest from Barcelona, says Spurs manager Harry Redknapp.

Full story: the Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the club have provisionally reached agreement on a new contract with midfielder Paul Pogba, but the Scot is unsure whether the 19-year-old will put pen to paper.

Full story: Inside Futbolexternal-link

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has put off talks over a new deal until after Euro 2012, alerting Arsenal to the Dutch striker's possible availability.

Full story: Caught offsideexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp
FA bill for Harry Redknapp 'could hit £10m'

The Football Association faces a complex legal and financial battle to extract Harry Redknapp from his Tottenham Hotspur contract if they want him to be the next England manager.

Full story: the Timesexternal-link(Subscription required)

Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has rejected talk of a player revolt at Ewood Park, following internet rumours he clashed with goalkeeper Paul Robinson and midfielder Steven Nzonzi at the training ground.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Manchester City Roberto Mancini has claimed the "rules are not the same for every team" after recent referring decisions for title rivals Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Former Arsenal boss George Graham has questioned the club's medical staff after the Gunners' England midfielder Jack Wilshere was ruled out of Euro 2012.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing admits he was too scared to speak to Reds skipper Steven Gerrard when he first joined he first-team squad.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson expects a lukewarm reception when he returns to Liverpool on Sunday for the first time since he was sacked by the Reds in January 2011.

Full story: Express and Starexternal-link

Blackburn defender Gael Givet, who manager Steve Kean claimed was not in the right frame of mind to play in the club's last match, is expected to return to the starting line-up against Norwich City following talks.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph external-link

AND FINALLY

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has revealed the reason behind the Premier League surprise package's tasty form on the pitch - the players have been hosting Come Dine With Me-style evenings for each other.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link