Wednesday's gossip column: Football transfers & rumours

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Real Madrid's long-running pursuit of forward Gareth Bale, 24, is close to a conclusion with Tottenham poised to accept an offer of £93m plus 25-year-old Portuguese wing-back Fabio Coentrao.

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Chelsea are set to make a £28m bid for Wayne Rooney after failing with two previous bids for the Manchester United striker, 27.

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Geoffrey Kondogbia made his France debut against Belgium on 14 August
Geoffrey Kondogia made his France debut against Belgium on 14 August

Manchester United will return with an improved £35m joint bid for Everton pair Marouane Fellaini, 25, and Leighton Baines, 28, after an initial offer of £28m for the midfielder and defender was dismissed as "derisory and insulting".

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Arsenal could face competition from Monaco and Juventus if they pursue an interest in 20-year-old Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

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Newcastle intend to spend the proceeds from the possible sale of 27-year-old midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Arsenal on Blackpool's Tom Ince, 21 - but could face competition from Tottenham for the attacker's signature.

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Everton are keen to sign Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry on loan but the 32-year-old's wages are proving a stumbling block.

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Manchester United have turned their attentions to Southampton's £10m-rated left-back Luke Shaw, 18, after being rebuffed in their pursuit of Everton's Leighton Baines.

Sebastian Coates
Coates started two league games last season.

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Southampton could sign Scott Sinclair on a permanent £5m deal with Manchester City keen to sell the 24-year-old winger rather than allow him to join West Brom on loan.

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes is attempting to sign Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe with the 30-year-old potentially moving to the Britannia Stadium on an initial loan deal.

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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, 22, could be out for six months after suffering a knee injury on international duty with Uruguay - prompting the Reds to step up their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon's 20-year-old centre-back Tiago Ilori.

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Liverpool are closing in on a £6m deal for Derby's 18-year-old midfielder Will Hughes after sending chief scout Dave Fellows to assess him in action for England Under-21s.

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David Vaughan
David Vaughan made 28 appearances for Sunderland last season, scoring one goal

West Ham will make a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo if they can get players off the wage bill to fund a bit for the Paraguayan, 30.

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Reading have made a £1m move for Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan after the 30-year-old was told he could leave the Stadium of Light.

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Arsenal will attempt to strengthen their goalkeeping options with an approach to Valencia for Vicente Guaita, 26.

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes his side need another striker and still have not adequately replaced Demba Ba after the 28-year-old's move to Chelsea in January.

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Bologna midfielder Saphir Taider, 21, has completed a £4.7m move to Inter Milan.

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OTHER GOSSIP

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 27, is set for up to a month on the sidelines with a groin injury sustained in the 4-0 win over Newcastle.

Vincent Kompany
Kompany joined City from Hamburg in 2008

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Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has called on the Football Association to find a role in the women's game for Hope Powell after she was sacked as England boss on Tuesday.

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Midfielder Scott Parker, 32, is sure he can win over the Fulham supporters after joining from Tottenham despite having played for bitter rivals Chelsea.

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AND FINALLY

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has posed as part of lederhosen-clad team photo for the European champions.

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Peterborough director of football Barry Fry helped deliver his granddaughter when his daughter Amber and her partner - Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith - were too late to reach hospital for the birth.

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