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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Borussia Dortmund's £18m-rated Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, is on his way to Manchester United this summer.

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski helped Borussia Dortmund win the German title in 2010-11 and 2011-12

Chelsea have joined Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the chase for Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines, 28, who is valued at around £15m by his club.

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini aims to beat Chelsea to the signing of Barcelona's 31-year-old Spain international David Villa.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

But Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, 21, says he would welcome Villa with open arms if the prolific striker ends up moving to Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.

Full story: sportinglife.comexternal-link

Arsenal are also in the hunt for Villa, with Arsene Wenger prepared to bid £16m for him - though a loan deal would also be a possibility.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stun Real Madrid by refusing to sign a new contract, paving the way for the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain to make a move for the 27-year-old Portuguese.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's £48m-rated striker Radamel Falcao, 26, after he indicated he wants to remain in Spain until the end of the season.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Harry Redknapp will turn to Fulham's Norwegian centre-half and captain Brede Hangeland, 31, to shore up his Queens Park Rangers defence.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC monitoring)

Negotiations between David Beckham and Monaco have ended, with the French club unwilling to meet the 37-year-old former England captain's financial demands.

Full story: L'Equipe (in French)external-link

An unnamed Russian club tried to tempt Argentina international Lionel Messi out of his recent contract renewal with Barcelona by offering him a three-year deal on a £24.7m annual salary.

Full story: Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish)external-link

Juventus are looking to sign defender Federico Peluso, 28, on a loan deal from Atalanta.

Full story: Tuttosport (in Italian)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Former Aston Villa first-team coach Kevin MacDonald has emerged as the leading contender to succeed Henning Berg as Blackburn manager.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

MacDonald could be placed in charge at Rovers alongside Judan Ali - who has been involved in a Bollywood football movie and was assistant manager of a London Sunday league side three years ago.

Full story: The Independentexternal-link

Spaniard Gregorio Manzano, who left Atletico Madrid 12 months ago, is also interested in the Blackburn job.

Full story: Sky Sportsexternal-link

Phil Jagielka says influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, could struggle to win back his Everton place after the Toffees won two games without the suspended Belgian.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

Jemaine Pennant
Jermaine Pennant has featured in 13 league games since joining Wolves on loan from Stoke in October

Jermaine Pennant, 29, has been backed by Wolves boss Stale Solbakken to silence the jeers after fans vented their frustration at the former Liverpool winger for the club's poor form.

Full story: Express & Starexternal-link

Adam Johnson, 25, has urged his Sunderland team-mates to use the victory over Manchester City on Wednesday as a springboard for the rest of the season.

Full story: Sunderland Echoexternal-link

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is refusing to single out his defence for leaking 12 goals in the last two games - and insists his midfielders and strikers need to take a share of responsibility.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Yossi Benayoun has said his loan spell with West Ham will not be extended and the 32-year-old will return to Chelsea next week after four league appearances in this spell for the Hammers.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

AND FINALLY

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has revealed "a couple of glasses of wine" proved enough to calm down Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager claimed Robin van Persie, 29, could have been killed at the Liberty Stadium.

Full story: South Wales Evening Postexternal-link

Sunderland supporters who persistently stand during matches have been suspended from using their season tickets.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Gareth Bale is good enough to play for Brazil, according to the 23-year-old's Spurs team-mate Sandro.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

The verb "Zlataner" has officially entered the Swedish language, in reference to England tormentor Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain's Sweden international striker. The word, meaning "to dominate by force", is one of 40 new expressions to be included in the latest edition of the Swedish dictionary.

Full story: L'Equipeexternal-link

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