Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, will join Liverpool in a £7m deal but not before the 22-year-old has offered Swansea the courtesy of meeting their new manager.

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Montpellier forward Olivier Giroud, 25, according to his club coach Rene Girard.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson had looked set to join Swansea before manager Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool

Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy, 26, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle, says he will decide his future after Euro 2012.

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New West Brom boss Steve Clarke has identified NEC Nijmegen's £2m-rated defender Bram Nuytinck, 22, as his top target.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

The Baggies could be about to lose Jonas Olsson, 29, with Tottenham closing in on a cut-price deal for the Sweden centre-half.

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West Ham are leading the chase to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga. The 24-year-old Mali forward almost moved to Newcastle in January but the deal collapsed over concerns about a knee problem.

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The Hammers have also tabled a £4m bid for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Chris Hughton is concerned that his predecessor as Norwich boss, Paul Lambert, will win the race to sign Kyle Naughton from Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Southampton are poised to firm up their interest in Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland with an offer for the 19-year-old.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

EURO 2012 GOSSIP

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father faced a race against time to watch him start against France

The proud dad of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost missed his son's first major game for England. The Arsenal star's father, Mark - a former England international himself - had to make a late dash to an airport hotel to see him in action.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Wayne Rooney will be England's "ace in the hole" when he returns from suspension, according to Roy Hodgson, who wants an improvement "in the final third".

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Sweden are in turmoil ahead of Friday's Group D showdown with England after their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid into his team-mates following their 2-1 defeat by Ukraine.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Ukraine Football Federation chief Grygoriy Surkis has accused England of bottling the issue of racism, and pointed to Rio Ferdinand's controversial snub from the squad as an example.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is considering whether to sack Harry Redknapp after failing to secure Champions League football.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Chelsea will name Roberto Di Matteo as the new manager on a full-time basis after failing to talk former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola out of taking a sabbatical.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Swansea City hope to appoint a successor to Brendan Rodgers by the end of this week from a shortlist headed by Ian Holloway and Michael Laudrup.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

AND FINALLY

The new and supposedly secret Manchester City home kit has gone on sale in Australia - weeks before its official launch in the UK.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link