Wednesday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal are considering a move for Celtic's South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung after the 23-year-old impressed the club's scouts.

Full story: Daily Mail

The Gunners have also opened informal talks with Anderlecht for versatile Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, 22.

Full story: the Times

Hulk
Hulk may be heading for Russia after a huge offer from Zenit

Chelsea's hopes of signing Brazilian striker Hulk from Porto are receding after Zenit St Petersburg made a £40m offer, plus Bruno Alves, for the 26-year-old.

Full story: Daily Mirror

The Russian side are also interested in signing Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, 31, who is thought to be on his way out of Old Trafford.

Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal's talks over signing Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid have stalled, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United said to be looking at the 23-year-old midfielder.

Full story: Metro

Chelsea are considering using Gael Kakuta as bait in their attempt to sign highly-rated defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, from Marseille.

Full story: Daily Mail

Real Madrid have increased their offer for midfielder Luka Modric to £30m, but Tottenham are holding out for a fee of £40m for the 26-year-old.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool target Juan Manuel Vargas, 28, says he is happy to stay at Fiorentina despite being linked with the Anfield club for most of the summer.

Full story: talkSPORT

Manager Brendan Rodgers is prepared to allow Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy to return to Cardiff City. The 33-year-old is believed to want to live closer to his family.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Manager Roberto Martinez has told Victor Moses that he will be staying at Wigan unless Chelsea increase their offer to £10m for the 21-year-old.

Full story: Daily Mail

Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, is considering offers from three Serie A clubs after turning down an offer to join Fulham following his departure from Bolton.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Championship clubs Leeds, Burnley and Millwall all want to sign Sheffield United captain Nick Montgomery. The 30-year-old is expected to be sold for £500,000.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Wayne Rooney risked a hostile reception at Goodison Park by asking Tony Hibbert if he could play for Everton in Hibbert's testimonial, only for a fixture clash to force his withdrawal.

Full story: the Guardian

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, will be part of the England squad for next week's friendly against Italy. Manager Roy Hodgson intends to rest several other senior players, such as captain Steven Gerrard, 32, and left-back Ashley Cole, 31.

Full story: the Sun

Luka Modric
Spurs are holding firm over their asking price for Luka Modric.

Officials from the Football Association have visited 60 clubs to remind managers and players of their responsibilities over Twitter, anti-doping and gambling.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says striker Sammy Ameobi could miss the start of the new Premier League season. The 20-year-old is suffering with a hamstring injury.

Full story: Evening Chronicle

AND FINALLY

Team GB hockey player James Tindall thinks that the atmosphere at the Olympic hockey stadium is better than at Stamford Bridge, where he is a season ticket holder.

Full story: the Sun

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