Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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Christian Benteke
Benteke has not gone on Aston Villa's pre-season visit to Germany after submitting a transfer request

Napoli's 26-year-old striker Edinson Cavani, targeted by Chelsea, has almost completed a move to French champions Paris St-Germain.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

The Stamford Bridge club are also set to battle with Tottenham for the signature of striker Christian Benteke, 22, who has handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa.

Full story: London Evening Standardexternal-link

Benteke is said to favour a move to Spurs, but Villa feel they would get better value for the player if he was sold to Chelsea.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Sam Allardyce is set to renew West Ham's interest in Graham Dorrans of West Bromwich Albion, three years after previous Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola tried to buy the 26-year-old midfielder.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Manchester United winger Nani, 26, who reportedly fell out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson and has not received assurances over his future from new United boss David Moyes.

Joleon Lescott
Lescott joined Man City in August 2009 and has one year left on his current contract

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Tom Ince is mulling over an £8m move to Cardiff City after meeting manager Malky Mackay, several days after personal terms and the fee were agreed for the 21-year-old Blackpool winger.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told 30-year-old England defender Joleon Lescott that he is very much part of his plans at Etihad Stadium.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, could return to the Premier League despite being offered a new two-year deal at AC Milan.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Sunderland are doubling their efforts to sign Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini, 28, in a £8.6m deal.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Hull want to sign free agent forward Carlton Cole, 29, and Derby striker Connor Sammon, 26, after a move for Charlie Austin, 24, broke down.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

GLOBAL GOSSIP (from BBC Monitoring)

Inter Milan have completed the signing of Argentine midfielder Mauro Icardi, 20, from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.

Full story: Ansa news agency (in Italian)external-link

Mexican international midfielder Giovani dos Santos, 24, who used to play for Spurs, is to leave Mallorca for Villarreal on a four-year deal.

Full story: (in Spanish)external-link


Wayne Rooney needs to feel loved at Manchester United if the 27-year-old England international remains at Old Trafford, according to former team-mate Michael Owen.

Wayne Rooney
Rooney asked for a transfer towards the end of last season

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says he was approached about several other managerial positions during the summer but opted to remain at the Welsh club.

Full story: Wales Onlineexternal-link

Fulham owner Mohamed al Fayed wants to sell the club and is looking for a fee of between £150m and £200m, 16 years after buying the Craven Cottage outfit.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign Barcelona striker Gerard Deulofeu, 19, on loan.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

An American firm called Club 9 Sports are bidding to buy SPL outfit Hearts, who are currently in administration.

Full story: Daily Recordexternal-link


David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and Gary Neville, who all progressed through Manchester United's youth system to great success in the first team, were reunited for a night out in Manchester.

Full story: Manchester Evening Newsexternal-link