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Liverpool and Manchester United are set to miss out on Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, 21, as he nears a £10m move to Borussia Dortmund.

Full story: talkSPORT

Shay Given
Former Newcastle and Blackburn keeper Given made only nine appearances this season

Hull could move for 37-year-old Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, who is available for £1m.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Real Madrid are ready to make Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, the best-paid player in the world in order to keep him away from a return to Manchester United.

Full story: Metro

Crystal Palace and West Ham are vying to sign Barcelona defender Marc Bartra, 22, on loan.

Full story: talkSPORT

Real Madrid are confident they will win the battle for winger Gareth Bale, 23, and have set a 15 June deadline for the deal to be done with Tottenham.

Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal for Fiorentina's £25m-rated striker Stefan Jovetic, 23.

Full story: Daily Express

Carlos Tevez, 29, is waiting to discover if Manchester City will offer him a new deal, with his current contract expiring next summer.

Full story: The Guardian

Tottenham are looking at a new £30m strikeforce of Barcelona's David Villa, 31, and Internacional's Leandro Damiao, 23, to fire them into the top four.

Full story: The Sun

OTHER GOSSIP

Jose Mourinho will retain first-team coach Steve Holland and goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon when he makes his expected return to Chelsea next week.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho looks set to keep on some of Chelsea's coaching staff when he takes over

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Roberto Martinez is ready to take over as manager of Everton and wants to bring in some of the players that helped Wigan win the FA Cup with him.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Mark Hughes is likely to be appointed Stoke City's manager within 48 hours and will be assured of funds to spend, though his budget will be vastly reduced compared to former club QPR.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Owen Coyle and Stuart Pearce are among the contenders to replace Roberto Martinez at Wigan after the Spaniard declared his intention to leave the Latics.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton and Norwich counterpart Sebastien Bassong have both posted pictures of themselves on the internet posing with guns.

Full story: Daily Mail

Crystal Palace will have to spend several million pounds to refurbish their stadium and upgrade the media facilities following their return to the Premier League.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)

Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 22, has refused to be drawn on rumours that Manchester United are considering a summer move for his services.

Full story: Sky Sports

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Manchester City are interested in Galatasaray's Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo, 29, according to the player's agent.

Felipe Melo
Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo has been capped 22 times by Brazil

Full story: turkishfootball.com

Roma general manager Franco Baldini has travelled to London to meet club president James Pallotta amid rumours of his departure from the Italian club. Tottenham are said to be interested in appointing former England assistant Baldini as their new director of football.

Full story: tuttosport.com

AND FINALLY

Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini sent gloating text messages about opening champagne following the club's play-off defeat by Crystal Palace.

Full story: Watford Observer

Statues of former Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez have been made in the Italian city of Naples following his appointment as manager of Napoli.

Full story: Daily Mail

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