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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Champions League finalists Chelsea are closing in on a £35m deal for Hulk, 25, after the Porto striker's agent admitted he is in talks with four Premier League clubs.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal have taken significant steps towards a summer move for Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez, 23, but face a £32m fight with Manchester Untied and Barcelona to land the versatile Spanish international.

Full story: Daily Mail

Julien Faubert, 28, is ready to return to France after revealing he has yet to receive a new offer from West Ham.

Chelsea target Hulk
Hulk made his senior debut for Brazil against England in 2009

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool have lodged a £16m bid for Bologna's 21-year-old midfielder Gaston Ramirez, according to reports in Italy.

Full story: Metro

Tottenham and Newcastle are weighing up a move for Javi Marquez, 25, after the Espanyol midfielder turned down a new deal at the club, paving the way for a summer exit.

Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham are also lining up a move for Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel, 25, as a long-term replacement for 40-year-old Brad Friedel.

Full story: Footylatest.com

Everton have yet to open talks with Tottenham about making Steven Pienaar's loan return to Goodison Park permanent, according to the South African midfielder's agent.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 22, who has been linked with Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool, has pledged his future to Swansea City.

Full story: Daily Mirror

David Moyes hopes it is a case of second time lucky after planning another move to lure Clint Dempsey, 29, to Everton this summer, although money could prove an obstacle again. Moyes had scouted Dempsey extensively when he was at New England Revolution but did not have the funds to match Fulham's £2m bid in January 2007.

Full story: Daily Mail

Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are set for a £1.5m tussle over 18-year-old Crewe midfielder Nick Powell, who has been described as having the potential to be the best ever graduate from the famed Alex academy.

Full story: Metro

United States defender Carlos Bocanegra is hopeful of remaining at Ibrox but realises that the final two years of his contract might not be honoured by Rangers now that the club are in administration.

Full story: the Sun

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has had clear-the-air talks with Kyle Lafferty, who has been banned for a fortnight by the club after a breach of discipline, and insists that the striker still has a future at Ibrox.

Full story: Daily Record

OTHER GOSSIP

Chelsea representatives are expected to meet Pep Guardiola in the next few days to discover whether he can finally be persuaded to join the club now that he has formally announced he is quitting Barcelona.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Centre-back Gary Cahill may miss Chelsea's FA Cup and Champions League finals after injuring his hamstring during Tuesday's semi-final against Barcelona.

Full story: Daily Express

Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham tried to sign Carlos Tevez in the January transfer window - but ended up with Louis Saha instead. "I said to the chairman 'can you get me Carlos Tevez?' That's what I said in January. 'Can we get Tevez?' It wasn't possible, but that was my dream," said Spurs boss Redknapp.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Norwich boss Paul Lambert says speculation linking him with the Aston Villa manager's job is 'unfair'.

Full story: Eastern Daily Press

Steven Pienaar
Pienaar has scored in his last two Everton appearances

Dutch keeper Dorus de Vries has no regrets about swapping Swansea for Wolves - despite suffering relegation. "I made my decision based on things at the time," said De Vries. "It was the right choice despite the outcome at the moment."

Full story: Express & Star

Andy Wilkinson has urged Robert Huth to put pen to paper on a new contract at Stoke. German defender Huth has just over 12 months remaining on his current deal.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Nani has given Manchester United another injury headache after suffering a fitness scare while training on the club's weekend break in Cardiff.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Rangers bidder Brian Kennedy has warned the administrator that it will kill the club if it backs rival Bill Miller's bid to take over at Ibrox, despite the American's £19m offer being £6m more than that from the Blue Knights consortium being backed by the Sale Sharks owner.

Full story: Daily Record

Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra thinks the club would in safe hands if his fellow American, Bill Miller, was to win the race to own the Ibrox outfit.

Full story: Daily Record

Raith Rovers have been forced to increase the police presence at their First Division game against Queen of the South because of threats made against director Eric Drysdale after he was part of the independent three-man panel that hit Rangers with a £160,000 fine and a 12-month signing ban.

Full story: Daily Mail

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez could prevent Scotland captain Gary Caldwell playing for Team GB at the London Olympics despite the defender being shortlisted for the squad.

Full story: Daily Record

AND FINALLY

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that if he could sign any Manchester United player it would be striker Wayne Rooney. The Italian also pointed out he would take Ryan Giggs, if he were a few years younger.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Yohan Cabaye has revealed people branded him "mad" for joining Newcastle last summer, but he is now hoping to help the Magpies cement a place in the Champions League. "When I left Lille to come and play for Newcastle, people in France and the local journalists said 'why have you left Lille to play for a team which finished 12th in the league?'" said Cabaye.

Full story: Newcastle Chronicle

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