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-yeungexternal-link after the 23-year-old impressed the club's scouts.

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

Full story: the Timesexternal-link

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

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

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Arsenal's talks over signing Nuri Sahinexternal-link 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: Metroexternal-link

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

Full story: Daily Mail external-link

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

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

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

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

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

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

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

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Nigel Reo-Coker,external-link 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 Mirrorexternal-link

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

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

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

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

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

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

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 Telegraphexternal-link

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

Full story: Evening Chronicleexternal-link

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 Sunexternal-link