Tuesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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Arsenal will not take up their first refusal on re-signing former midfielder Cesc Fabregas and that will leave the way open for Manchester United to try to sign the 26-year-old Barcelona player.
Manchester United boss David Moyes is confident he can sign Fabregas from the Nou Camp club but he has lined up Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, as a back-up target.
Moyes actually wants to sign both Spain international Fabregas and Belgium international Fellaini to pair them up in a new look midfield at the Old Trafford club.
Manchester City are on the verge of sealing the £28m signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, 23, with a move for Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo, 27, looking increasingly unlikely.
Man City look will have to up their bid if they want to secure the services of Negredo.
Striker Christian Benteke, 22, wants Tottenham to step up their pursuit of him - because he does not want to go back to Aston Villa this week.
Liverpool are bracing themselves for Real Madrid to finally make a formal bid for striker Luis Suarez, 26, this week. If, as reported, it will be Gonzalo Higuain, 25, plus £10m, they will reject it and hold out for £40m cash.
Liverpool are ready to use Suarez in their pursuit of Bayern Munich's Swiss youngster Xherdan Shaqiri, 21.
Chelsea have been left frustrated after Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, 26, passed his medical ahead of his proposed switch to Paris St-Germain.
Villarreal have made an 11th-hour move to hijack Napoli's bid for QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 33.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has conceded that any deal to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 25, could be too expensive.
But Tigers boss Bruce is aiming to bring in QPR forward Adel Taarabt, 24 to add some creativity to his Premier League newcomers.
Hull have also made an approach for 27-year-old Sunderland striker Danny Graham, who only joined the Black Cats in January for £5m.
Roma boss Rudi Garcia has pleaded with the club's board to prevent Chelsea from signing midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 29.
West Ham are preparing a £3m bid for West Brom midfielder and Scotland international Graham Dorrans, 26.
Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda, 27, has spoken of his hopes of playing for AC Milan, who are reportedly interested in signing him from CSKA Moscow.
French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey, 33, is to end 15 years in Serie A when he moves from Genoa to Turkish side Bursaspor next season.
Former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke striker Michael Owen has concerns about the 'dearth of quality' when it comes to the England team.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is aiming to convince Luis Suarez, 26, that he can achieve his ambitions with the Anfield club.
Striker Nikica Jelavic, 27, will have talks about his Everton future with boss Roberto Martinez this week.
Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 30, will quit Liverpool rather than be back-up to Simon Mignolet, says Anfield legend Jan Molby.
David Beckham has recommended the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call their baby David if it is a boy.
Southampton fans are angry about a new video showing a couple of Portsmouth fans planting a Pompey shirt inside the walls of the Saints' new training ground.