Friday's gossip column - transfers and rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Luka Modric is being forced to train on his own at Tottenham's training ground, but Real Madrid could be cooling their interest in the 26-year-old Croatian midfielder.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill is set for more negotiations with Arsenal this weekend over the possible transfer of striker Robin van Persie, 29.

Full story: Daily Telegraph external-link

Nigel de Jong
Wesley Sneidjer wants to team up with Nigel De Jong on a permanent basis.

Chelsea are looking to sign Napoli centre-forward Edinson Cavani,external-link 25, after Zenit St Petersburg made a move for 26-year-old Porto striker Hulk.external-link

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Spurs hope to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar,external-link 32, on a free transfer.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

However, the Italian club have asked that Spurs right-back Kyle Walker, 22, be included in part-exchange for the Brazil international.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)external-link

Dutch international Wesley Sneijderexternal-link is urging Inter Milan to buy his team-mate, 27-year-old midfielder Nigel de Jong, from Manchester City.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Chelsea are looking at Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, 28, after their move for 22-year-old Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta of Marseille stalled.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Middlesbrough hope to finalise a loan move for Chelsea's 19-year-old midfielder Josh McEachran.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung,external-link 23, is now a target for Atletico Madrid as well as Arsenal.

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Caen striker M'Baye Niang,external-link 17, is set to disappoint Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham by joining AC Milan on loan.

Full story: Evening Standardexternal-link

Ki Sung-Yeung
Ki Sung-Yeung is thought to prefer a move to the Emirates Stadium.

John Guidetti'sexternal-link proposed loan move from Manchester City to Sunderland could be in jeopardy because the 20-year-old Swedish striker is struggling to shake off a virus.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Birmingham have decided not to sign defender Lee Naylor, 32, after an unsuccessful trial period.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

West Brom manager Steve Clarkeexternal-link hopes to add to his new club's defensive options during the remainder of the transfer window.

Full story: Express & Starexternal-link

OTHER GOSSIP

John Terry, 31, is set to be left out of the England squad for the friendly against Italy as Roy Hodgson opts to name an experimental line-up.

Full story: Guardianexternal-link

The Premier League is exploring whether to introduce its own system of Financial Fair Play in an attempt to control spending on wages and transfer fees.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Tottenham have confirmed midfielder Scott Parker, 31, is ruled out until mid-September after he underwent surgery on an Achilles injury.

Full story: Independentexternal-link

Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton, 22, is expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the season with a broken foot.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Everton fans fulfilled a long-standing promise to invade the pitch if stalwart Tony Hibbert, 31, ever scored a goal. The long serving defender, who has made 308 senior appearances for the Toffees, finally got onto the scoresheet in his testimonial match against AEK Athens.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

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