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Chelsea are ready to make a move for Fulham's £10m-rated striker Moussa Dembele with the 24-year-old set to join his Belgian team-mate Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge.

Full story: the Sun

The Blues are also planning contract talks with defender Ryan Bertrand, 22, who impressed in the Champions League, even though he only signed a four-year deal last summer.

Full story: Daily Mail

Newcastle striker Demba Ba's £7m release clause can be activated from Thursday for just two months with Chelsea and Tottenham keen to sign the 27-year-old.

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale
David Stockdale could be on the move from west to east London

Full story: Daily Mirror

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to renew his interest in Spurs star Luka Modric in the hope of tempting the 26-year-old to Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Star

West Ham have targeted Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale as a replacement for Robert Green. The 26-year-old, who is in England's Euro 2012 squad, has been unable to dislodge Cottagers number one Mark Schwarzer.

Full story: the Sun

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin after the 24-year-old revealed he is ready to leave France.

Full story: talkSPORT

Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart looks to be heading out of White Hart Lane after Schalke launched a £10m-plus move for the Netherlands international.

Full story: Daily Mail

QPR are ready to launch an ambitious bid to bring former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba, 28, back to the Premier League.

Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham and Newcastle have joined the race to sign Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

Full story: the Sun

French side Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a huge 150m euros bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Full story: Sport (in Spanish)

Chelsea are closing in on a £40m deal for Porto forward Hulk, 25, with talks set to continue later this week.

Full story: Metro

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are monitoring Ukrainian Yevhen Konoplyanka, 22, the Dnipro playmaker.

Full story: talkSPORT

Swansea City's potential loan move for Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos could scupper their bid to bring Spurs defender Steven Caulker back to the Liberty Stadium next season.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Newcastle are reported to have made a bid of between £500k and £1m for Coventry's Gael Bigirimana, 18.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is ready to snap up Wigan's Senegalese midfield star Mohamed Diame, 24.

Full story: Daily Mirror

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Watford and England manager Graham Taylor is stepping down as the club's non-executive chairman, but will stay on as life president.

Full story: The Sun

The FA has sold only 3,000 tickets for each of England's Euro 2012 group games.

Full story: The Independent

Swansea are poised to move for Brighton's Gus Poyet to replace Liverpool-bound Brendan Rodgers.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Manchester City are not looking to reinforce their attacking options this summer, according to manager Roberto Mancini.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

Fawaz al-Hasawi, chairman of Kuwaiti football club Qadisa, is closing in on the takeover of a Championship club, understood to be Nottingham Forest.

Full story: Sport 360

AND FINALLY

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed he prayed during his side's Premier League decider against QPR and earlier this year made a pilgrimage to a religious site in Bosnia-Herzegovina where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to believers.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has dropped Adem Ljajic after the striker failed to sing the national anthem before Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Spain.

Full story: Metro

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