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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Robin van Persie has already signed a contract with Juventus according to Fifa agent Fabio Parisi.

Full story: Metro

Barcelona have joined Chelsea and Real Madrid in the race to sign Brazilian star Neymar, 19.

Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea will have to bid at least £8m to land 22-year-old Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta who currently plays for French Ligue 1 side Marseille.

Full story: The Sun

Neymar of Brazil
Three clubs are looking at Brazilian star Neymar

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is believed to have made a fresh bid for Lille's 27-year-old full-back Mathieu Debuchy.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham Hotspur are making a bid for Roma's Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 29.

Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City's Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss, 22, is set to be loaned out to Pescara in Italy's Serie A.

Full story: talkSPORT

Birmingham City are fighting off Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Chelsea in order to keep 13-year-old midfielder Foday Nabay.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

Lazio are interested in signing Newcastle's 21-year-old defender Davide Santon.

Full story: talkSPORT

Wolves have hinted that 25-year-old striker Steven Fletcher will be sold, despite rejecting a £10m bid from Sunderland.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Fulham want to boost their forward options by moving for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes and Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal.

Full story: Metro

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes is also believed to be a target for West Ham and Blackburn

The Cottagers midfielder Moussa Dembele, 25, is also believed to be a £10m target for La Liga champions Real Madrid.

Full story: The Sun

Swansea's Joe Allen is close to agreeing a lucrative contract with Liverpool.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla, 27, could fly into London this week for a medical with Arsenal once a £17.3m fee is agreed.

Full story: Daily Mail

Southampton midfielder Richard Chaplow, 27, looks set to snub a move to Championship side Crystal Palace to fight for his future at St Mary's.

Full story: Daily Star

Everton manager David Moyes has been to Copenhagen to assess Danish left-back Bryan Oviedo, 23.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, released by Sunderland, is poised for a move to Serie A club Udinese.

Full story: Daily Record

Queens Park Rangers chief executive Tony Fernandes insists he is still in talks to sign Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.

Full story: Daily Record

United States midfielder Maurice Edu has told Rangers manager Ally McCoist he wants to quit the Ibrox club before the end of the month because he does not want to play in Division Three.

Full story: Daily Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Liverpool insist that Andy Carroll has been left out of the squad for Thursday's Europa League game against FC Gomel because of injury.

Full story: The Guardian

FA chairman David Bernstein has vowed to step up the fight against racism in football.

Full story: Daily Star

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton is staying calm despite the threat of the club being liquidated.

Full story: The Independent

Iffy Dieke will miss the rest of Scotland's Euro 2013 qualifying campaign after the defender ruptured her anterior cruciate knee ligament playing for Great Britain against Cameroon at the London Olympics.

Full story: The Herald

AND FINALLY

Michael Jamieson took silver in the 200m breastroke at the London Olympics but admits he was more stunned to hear that his race was shown at Celtic Park as his football favourites played HJK Helsinki in a Champions League qualifier.

Full story: The Sun

West Brom are set to unveil a statue to immortalise the Baggies iconic Three Degrees of Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and the late Laurie Cunningham. The monument will be erected in West Bromwich to celebrate the achievements of the players who pioneered the way for black footballers in this country in the late 1970s.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

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