Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Porto striker Hulk, 25, has told Paris St-Germain he would like to join Chelsea, for a fee reportedly in the region of £38m.

Full story: talkSPORT

Liverpool are interested in signing striker Fabio Borini, 21, who scored 10 goals in 26 games for Italian side Roma to make Italy's Euro 2012 squad. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers worked with him at Chelsea and signed him on loan from the Blues after becoming Swansea boss.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Luka Modric
Luka Modric is a £30m target for Real Madrid

Real Madrid are prepared to pay Tottenham £30m for Luka Modric, 26, after coach Jose Mourinho told the club to press ahead with an offer.

Full story: Daily Mail

New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to beat Norwich, Sunderland and Reading to Osasuna's £8m-rated Senegal striker Ibrahima Balde, 23.

Full story: the Sun

Porto could be set to lose another player after the agent of Manchester United target James Rodriguez, 20, claimed his client's situation at the club was 'complex'.

Full story: talkSPORT

Turkish side Fenerbahce will offer Everton £1.5m for Joseph Yobo after the Nigerian defender, 31, spent the past two seasons on loan with the Istanbul club.

Full story: the Sun

West Ham are interested in £4m-rated striker Yannick Sagbo from French side Evian. The Ivory Coast international, 24, was originally a January target for Sam Allardyce, who has also made an offer for Norwich's Grant Holt and a loan move for Inter Milan's Dutch forward Luc Castaignos, 19.

Full story: Daily Mail

Rangrs midfielder Steve Davis
Davis joined Rangers in 2008

Southampton could make Steve Davis, 27, their highest-paid player if they can get the Rangers midfielder for a cut-price £2m. Sweden midfielder Anders Svensson, 35, who left St Mary's in 2005, also wants to return to the club.Full story: the Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has promised to adopt Bruce Grobbelaar's famous 'spaghetti legs' routine to put off Italy's penalty takers if Sunday's quarter-final goes to a shoot-out.

Full story: Mirror

Roy Hodgson asked all of his players to sing the national anthem in one of his first initiatives as England manager.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sven-Goran Eriksson regrets never hiring a psychologist to sort out England's penalty problem.

Full story: the Sun

Michael Laudrup accepted the Swansea job before he had ever set foot in Wales. The new manager took advice from fellow Danes Peter Schmeichel and Jan Molby.

Full story: Mirror

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes Italy have to play Mario Balotelli if they are to have any chance of beating England on Sunday.

Full story: The Metro

Everton manager David Moyes is backing the prospect of sharing a "money-spinning" new stadium with Liverpool.

Joey Barton
Joey Barton set to learn his fate

Full story: Daily Mirror

Joey Barton's future at Queens Park Rangers will become clearer in the next few days as the club conclude their internal investigation into his sending off at Manchester City on the last day of the season.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City will offer Nigel de Jong the chance to earn a new contract. The Dutchman, 27, has a year left on his deal at the Etihad Stadium but Mancini is not looking to sign any central midfielders this summer.

Full story: the Sun

AND FINALLY

England manager Roy Hodgson starred in a bizarre comedy sketch during his time working in Italy with Inter Milan.

Full story: the Guardian

Former Chelsea and Swansea striker Leon Knight could be set for a career in the commentary box when he hangs up his boots after honing his skills on YouTube.

Full story: The Metro

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