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Arsenal are keen to make the first move for Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, 29, who is also wanted by Liverpool.

Full story: the Sun

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is closing in on £17m-rated Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, 21.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are targeting Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda, 22, as a back-up target, with their pursuit of Lille's Eden Hazard, 21, proving more difficult than the club had first anticipated.

Full story: Independent

Tottenham target Loic Remy, the 25-year-old Marseille striker, says he wants to remain with the French club but admits that their financial situation may lead to him being sold.

Full story: Metro

Real Madrid scouts have been watching Newcastle striker Papiss Demba Cisse with a view to making a move for the Senegal international this summer.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Spurs could also be set to add to their defensive ranks with a move for Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, 24.

Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham and Manchester United are battling for Vertonghen's signature

Full story: Daily Mail

However Manchester United could scupper Tottenham's plans with their own move for the defender.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham are poised to complete a £10m double transfer swoop for Heerenveen wingers Luciano Narsingh and Oussama Assaidi, fighting off competition from Dutch sides PSV Eindhoven and Ajax, Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and Premier League rivals Everton and Newcastle.

Full story: the Sun

Porto's 25-year-old £25m-rated midfielder Joao Moutinho, who has been monitored by Chelsea, has admitted he would consider a move to the Premier League.

Full story: talkSPORT

If they secure their Premier League status next weekend, QPR are planning a £7m move for Wigan's 21-year-old winger Victor Moses.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea target Caballero, a 17-year-old striker with Paraguay side Libertad, is also wanted by Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Full story: talkSPORT

Highly rated 17-year-old Peruvian striker Andy Polo, thought to have been considered by Arsenal, has opted to join Italian side Genoa in a deal worth around £4m.

Full story: talkSPORT

Newcastle are considering a move for Marseilles and former France under-19 defender Christophe Lowinsky.

Full story: the Times (subscription)

Hercules, who are in the Spanish Second Division play-off position, are leading the race to sign Fancisco Sandaza, but the St Johnstone striker is also attracting interest from Bristol City and clubs in Greece and Cyprus.

Full story: the Sun

Motherwell forward Jamie Murphy is a summer transfer target for Crystal Palace's Scottish manager, Dougie Freedman.

Full story: Daily Record

Leeds United have offered Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass a bumper new contract in an attempt to fight off interest from Norwich City and newly promoted Southampton.

Full story: Daily Record

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has rejected a second approach from Chelsea, despite the offer of £12m-a-year and a huge transfer budget.

Full story: Daily Express

Manchester City's players have been promised £250,000 each if they land the Premier League title.

Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will be given one last chance to sign a new contract. The 34-year-old rejected a one-year deal, but the club are prepared to offer a compromise of an option of a further 12 months if he continues to deliver.

Didier Drogba
Drogba was the match-winner as Chelsea beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final

Full story: the Sun

Wolves have denied reports that Darren Ferguson will become the club's new manager, after some bookmakers stopped taking bets on the Peterborough boss taking over at Molineux.

Full story: Express and Star

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy will be part of Great Britain's 18-man Olympic football squad - leaving David Beckham sweating on one of just two more places allocated for over-age players.

(the People)

Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar has hinted on Twitter that he will be leaving the club.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez is considering cancelling his contract. The Argentine is desperate to get more game time and has grown increasingly frustrated by his role on the periphery of Kenny Dalglish's first team.

Full story: Daily Mail

The Brazilian government will hand out free tickets to the country's poor and indigenous people for the 2014 World Cup finals and expect to do the same for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Full story: Independent

Police are demanding Rangers' administrator hands over documents relating to Craig Whyte's takeover that could lead to a criminal prosecution of the club's owner.

(Daily Record)

St Johnstone forward Derek Riordan spent the May holiday in a police cell after being arrested over an alleged disturbance at the HMV Picture House nightclub in Edinburgh and will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

(Daily Record)

Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt, born in Reading but with a Scottish grandfather, is being considered for a call-up by Scotland coach Craig Levein and could play against Australia in August.

Full story: Daily Express

British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan has bitterly criticised Scottish football fans for snubbing the London Games, with 90% of tickets for matches at Hampden Park in Glasgow yet to be sold.

Full story: Daily Express

AND FINALLY

Arsenal have unveiled their new kit in a humorous video, which features star striker Robin van Persie, and shows goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny apparently kicking a ball onto the roof of Arsene Wenger's car.

Full story: Metro

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