Sunday's gossip column
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Manchester United are attempting to hijack Chelsea's £15m move for 20-year-old Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
Manchester City are ready to battle rivals United in the £25.5m chase for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24.
Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane has urged 23-year-old midfielder Gareth Bale to speed up his move to the Bernabeu by asking to leave Tottenham.
Corinthians have yet to receive a bid for their 24-year-old Brazil international Paulinho, despite the midfielder being strongly linked with Tottenham.
Tottenham lead the race to sign 22-year-old midfielder James McCarthy from Wigan, although the relegated Latics want £20m for the Republic of Ireland international.
Spurs midfielder Scott Parker, 32, has emerged as a transfer target for Sunderland.
Tottenham have made an enquiry about Saint-Etienne's 23-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The White Hart Lane club are also considering a bid for Roma's Argentina international forward Erik Lamela, 21.
Newcastle have rubbished suggestions 27-year-old midfielder Yohan Cabaye is in Monaco undergoing a medical ahead of a £23m move to the French club.
Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, 28, has said he wants to move to the Premier League this summer.
Welsh rivals Swansea and Cardiff are looking to sign £12m-rated 27-year-old striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon.
Striker Darren Bent, 29, could soon become a Newcastle United player - but only if he and Aston Villa lower their demands.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre scrapped a trip to Brazil this weekend, instead staying in Europe to try to complete the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-year-old forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £20m.
Hull are set to seal the £1.8m capture of 31-year-old Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Besiktas in the next 48 hours.
Former England defender and Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate, 42, has been lined up to replace Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach.
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere will bring relief to club and country by returning to fitness in time for pre-season training with the Gunners on 4 July after an ankle operation.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says his injury setbacks pushed him into a state of depression and convinced him to retire from international football.
Manager Jose Mourinho has described 29-year-old Chelsea striker Fernando Torres as "so-so".
Aston Villa's new signing, centre-back Jores Okore, 20, believes he was right to turn down Chelsea's advances in January.
Manchester City's academy director Brian Marwood has praised the attention to detail shown by the club's new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, 26, has taken legal advice and will speak to the club over their kit deal with loans company Wonga, which conflicts with his religious beliefs.
Manchester City fear their secret scouting database could have been hacked by an employee of a Premier League rival.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has vowed to fine any player who has put on as little as two kilograms in weight over the summer.