Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours
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GARETH BALE GOSSIP
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy values Real Madrid target Gareth Bale, 24, at a "staggering" £125m.
Bale's future is in turmoil after it emerged the Welshman is reluctant to risk his relationship with Tottenham fans by handing in a transfer request.
Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid's sporting director, has told Tottenham to let Bale hold talks with them.
Tottenham will reluctantly agree to sell Bale to Real as long as Luka Modric is included in what would be a world-record transfer deal.
Levy hopes that his demands of £100m in cash for the club's star player will be enough to ward off Real Madrid's advances - particularly as the Spanish club still owe money on last summer's purchase of Modric from Spurs.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush, who had a failed spell at Juventus, believes Bale would be wise to stay at Spurs until he is 28.
Tottenham could stun north London rivals Arsenal by entering the race for Liverpool's 26-year-old striker Luis Suarez, should Bale complete his move to Real Madrid.
Chelsea could take advantage of Real Madrid's pursuit of Bale with a £20m offer for 26-year-old Germany midfielder Sami Khedira.
Arsenal will have to pay £55m if they still want Suarez after the striker dropped his pursuit of arbitration as a means of leaving for less.
Suarez has not requested Premier League intervention in his contract dispute with Liverpool, one week on from Arsenal's club record bid of £40m plus £1 for the Uruguay international.
Tottenham target Roberto Soldado's prospective move to White Hart Lane may not be as close to completion as first thought, with the 28-year-old striker keeping quiet over his future.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton, 30, wants to play for his beloved Everton - and will take a 50% pay cut to make the move happen.
Liverpool face fierce competition from Borussia Dortmund for the signature of 23-year-old Rubin Kazan forward Salomon Rondon.
Everton are preparing a £15m offer for Wigan star James McCarthy even after being told the midfielder, 22, will not be allowed to leave for less than £20m.
Newcastle are intensifying their efforts to secure QPR striker Loic Remy, 26, on a season-long loan deal after being deterred from a move for Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis by the French club's demands for a fee in excess of £6.9m for the 27-year-old.
West Ham are still in the market to sign Udinese forward Matej Vydra, 21, as they look to solve their striking problems.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio plans to make Panathinaikos winger Charis Mavrias, 19, his 10th summer signing.
Cardiff are bidding £8m for Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, 21.
Striker Fernando Torres, 29, could be offered an exit from Chelsea after Valencia showed interest.
Former England manager Fabio Capello has warned that the Three Lions will never win the World Cup - because the players are always "running on empty" after a long season with no winter break.
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse wore the 'Wonga' strip for the first time as he started and scored in the pre-season friendly at St Mirren.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has denied any interest in Chelsea's David Luiz, 26. "He will not come to Munich. The speculation is not true," the Spaniard said.
Real Madrid have made contact with representatives of Sevilla's Geoffrey Kondogbia, 20, but are yet to make an offer for the Frenchman.
Argentina international Fernando Gago, 27, has completed a move from Valencia to Boca Juniors, the club where he started his professional career.
Standard Liege have signed Wigan defender Ronnie Stam, 29, and goalkeeper Yohann Thuram-Ulien, 24, from Belgian side Troyes.
Liverpool have given staff a list of unacceptable words and phrases such as 'don't be a woman' and 'play like a girl' in a bid to cut out discrimination at Anfield.
Former England midfielder David Beckham was offered a game of paper, scissors, stone by old pal Cristiano Ronaldo as he dropped in on Real Madrid training in Los Angeles.