Thursday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Luka Modric, 26, plans to submit a written transfer at Tottenham in the next seven days to trigger a £30m-plus tug-of-war between Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Full story: the Sun

Tottenham could ease the pain of losing Luka Modric by signing Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23, in part exchange.

Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea are closing in on Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 22, after being told they can have him for £25m.

Full story: Daily Star

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen
Al-Shabab insist they do not want Michael Owen

Napoli have told Manchester City and Chelsea to forget about signing Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 25.

Full story: the Sun

United Arab Emirates club Al-Shabab say they have no interest in signing 32-year-old striker Michael Owen following his release by Manchester United - claiming he is "on the downhill".

Full story: Daily Mirror

Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen's hopes of a £9.5m move to Tottenham are fading because of a clause in the 25-year-old's contract entitling him to 15% of the transfer fee.

Full story: the Sun

Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek, 27, is top of Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo's shopping list for a new right-back.

Full story: Metro

West Ham have upped their bid for 31-year-old striker Grant Holt to £6m and hope a £4m payment up front will convince Norwich to sell.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool are ready to make a move to sign Ivorian striker Lacina Traore, 22, from Russian club Kuban Krasnodar.

Kuban Krasnodar striker Lacina Traore
Lacina Traore is a reported target for Liverpool

Full story: footylatest.com

Manchester City have made the first move to tie key forward David Silva, 26, to an improved contract.

Full story: Daily Mail

Birmingham City have rejected a £6m offer for Jack Butland, 19, from Southampton.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Sunderland want to offload Ahmed Elmohamady and George McCartney to West Ham by the end of the month.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

EURO 2012

Cesc Fabregas hailed Spain's penalty shoot-out win over Portugal as a "miracle", while coach Vicente Del Bosque called for one last mighty effort as they look to claim their third consecutive major title.

Full story: Daily Mail

Football's law-makers will approve goal-line technology next week after officials failed to give a Ukraine goal against England.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Wayne Rooney flew to Los Angeles for a break to get away from the disappointment of England's Euro 2012 exit.

Full story: Daily Mail

Joachim Low has spelt out how England could copy Germ­any - and start playing ­attractive football.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Rangers will begin pre-season training with only three players, with a host of contract rebels advised not to accept their wages if they choose to leave.

Lokomotiv Moscow and Croatia defender Vedran Corluka
Vedran Corluka has joined Lokomotiv Moscow

Full story: Guardian

Leon Britton's agent has appealed for England boss Roy Hodgson to take a close look at the midfielder.

Full story: Daily Star

Roman Pavlyuchenko has told Lokomotiv Moscow they have captured Tottenham's best defender by signing Vedran Corluka.

Full story: Daily Mail

Olivier Giroud is just the man to end Arsenal's seven-year wait for a trophy, says the club's former midfielder Stewart Robson.

Full story: talkSPORT

AND FINALLY...

Birmingham City were left red-faced after news of Lee Clark's appointment as manager was leaked on the internet - by his children.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

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