Thursday's gossip column: Football transfers and rumours

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Tottenham are worried that Real Madrid's attempts to sign forward Gareth Bale, 24, are unsettling him.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Thiago Alcantara
Thiago Alcantara captained Spain in the European Under-21 Championship

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 22, almost signed for Manchester United before he joined Bayern Munich from Barcelona, according to his father Mazinho.

Full story: Metro

Valencia will not let defender Adil Rami, 27, leave for anything less than £7.75m. The Frenchman is wanted by both Manchester City and Arsenal.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

Liverpool face competition to land top target Christian Atsu, 21, with Benfica and Sporting Lisbon also interested in the Porto winger.

Full story: talkSPORT

West Brom have asked Manchester City about taking forgotten winger Scott Sinclair, 24, on a season-long loan.

Full story: the Sun

Stoke are interested in signing Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 24, on loan but the Championship side would prefer a permanent deal.

Full story: Daily Mail

Middlesbrough are re-signing 28-year-old goalkeeper Ross Turnbull following his release by Chelsea.

Full story: the Sun

Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants his scouts to check on Guadalajara midfielder Marco Fabian, 24.

Full story: the Times

Fulham are trying to sign Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, 27, in an £8.6m deal.

Full story: Daily Star


Manchester United boss David Moyes has been labelled a "dinosaur" after striker Robin van Persie, 29, was injured in only his second pre-season appearance.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Karl Henry Joey Barton
Joey Barton called Karl Henry "a Sunday League player"

Midfielders Joey Barton and Karl Henry, both 30, have ended their long-standing feud after Henry joined Queens Park Rangers from Wolves.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Former England striker Michael Owen, 33, has set up a business representing young players and wants to "make them aware of what's around the corner".

Full story: Daily Mail

Swindon are being sued for £143,200 plus interest and costs by former defender Alberto Comazzi, 34, - who is now serving a four-year ban for match fixing in Italy - over the terms of a compromise payment following his release by the Robins in 2012.

Full story: Daily Star


Valencia will not let defender Adil Rami, 27, leave for anything less than £7.75m. The Frenchman is on the radar of several European clubs, including Manchester City and Arsenal.

Full Story: Marca

Former Argentine international striker Javier Saviola, 31, has joined Olympiakos from Malaga.

Full story: Eleftherotypia

Former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba Djemba, 32, is to leave Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv for the champions of Serbia, Partizan Belgrade, on a two-year deal.

Full story: Vecernje Novosti


Pep Guardiola guided new club Bayern Munich to a 2-0 win over former club Barcelona at the Allianz Arena.

Full story: Daily Star

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