Gossip column: Lampard, Ferdinand, Bale, Ince, Lavezzi

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is poised to move for midfielder Frank Lampard and defender Rio Ferdinand, also 35, as he prepares for a return to the Premier League. Ferdinand was released by Manchester United at the end of the season, while Lampard is out of contract at Chelsea.

Frank Lampard
England midfielder Lampard, 35, has been at Stamford Bridge for 13 years

Full story: Sun (subscription only)

Tottenham's 21-year-old midfielder Alex Pritchard is wanted on loan by Wigan manager Uwe Rosler. Latics also hope to tie up a deal for Partick Thistle left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, 23.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Blackpool have given up in the wrangle over Tom Ince's transfer fee, with the midfielder now poised to join Inter Milan. By moving abroad, the Seasiders will receive much less compensation for the 22-year-old.

Full story: Sun (subscription only)

Sunderland are leading the chase to bring Michael Mancienne back to England. The 26-year-old former Chelsea defender wants to head home after a three-year spell in Germany with Hamburg.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea have made an enquiry for Paris St-Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. It is understood the Argentine, 29, is keen to play in a more competitive league outside France.

Full story: Daily Mail

Championship-bound Cardiff City are set to sign free agent Federico Macheda, 22, this week after the striker was released by Manchester United.

Full story: Daily Mail

West Ham have agreed a three-year deal with Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, 27, who has had spells in Europe with Birmingham City in 2008 and more recently with Italian giants Lazio and Inter Milan.

Full story: Daily Star

Turkish side Besiktas are keen on Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 29, after cooling interest in unsettled Blues forward Samuel Eto'o.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool have been told they must increase their offer to £25m for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, if they want him to move to Anfield.

Full story: Metro

The Reds are set to make a £40m double move on Southampton with right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 23, joining midfielder Lallana as a major target.

Full story: Daily Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone led his side to the Spanish league title this season.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone led his side to La Liga title this season

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone faces a lengthy touchline ban after his bust-up with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane during the Champions League final.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Striker Danny Welbeck, 23, has spoken about his frustration at being played out of position at Manchester United and that will alert Tottenham, among others, to his potential availability.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 24, is in line for a personal promotional tour of Indonesia after scoring in his side's Champions League victory.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Real's highly rated assistant manager Paul Clement has given West Brom hope that he could be lured away from the European champions.

Full story: Sun (subscription required)

Paolo Di Canio wants to return to Celtic as manager. The 45-year-old Italian would jump at an approach from Celtic to make a comeback as Neil Lennon's successor 14 years after leaving the club as a player.

Full story: Daily Record

AND FINALLY

Midfielder Luka Modric celebrated Real Madrid's Champions League win by cutting off his long hair.

Full story: Daily Mail

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