Monday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 24, has ruled out a summer transfer to Manchester United, who he claims have been trying to sign him for four years.

Full story: Metro

However, that may not deter neighbours Manchester City from making a move for the France international.

Full story: Sky Sports

Newcastle have made an offer for Ajax's versatile defensive midfielder Vurnon Anita, 23, as they bid to build on last season's top-five finish

Full story: the Sun

Arsenal are ready to offer 28-year-old striker Marouane Chamakh to Montpellier in part-exchange for forward Olivier Giroud, 25.

Full story: Inside Futbol

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could make a summer move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, 22.

Full story: Daily Star

Italian side Napoli are favourites to land Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou, 25, who has already attracted a bid of more than £8m, according to his agent.

Full story: Footy Latest

EURO 2012 GOSSIP

England manager Roy Hodgson has told John Terry to stand tall for his country in their Euro 2012 opener against France on Monday.

Full story: the Sun

Germany defender Mats Hummels believes he can help knock the Netherlands out of the competition on Wednesday night.

Full story: the Sun

The Russian Football Federation has appealed to its fans to behave afterbeing charged by Uefaover a series of unsavoury incidents during their 4-1 victory over Czech Republic.

Full story: Daily Mail

OTHER GOSSIP

France manager Laurent Blanc has emerged as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Mail

Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has left Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere out of a 35-man list he has sent to Fifa. The Football Association has not yet released the list, which details who is in contention to feature at the Olympics.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie has played down reports of a lobster-throwing brawl at his wedding

Full story: Metro

AND FINALLY

Former England captain Gerry Francis has sent a good-luck message to Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 hopefuls - by carrier pigeon.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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