Gossip column: World Cup, Hart, Blind, Robben, Modric, Vermaelen

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WORLD CUP GOSSIP

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has criticised England boss Roy Hodgson for using a sports psychologist to prepare his team. Sunday Mirror

Roy Keane
Roy Keane believes England psychologist Steve Peters should keep a low profile in Brazil

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 20, is set to return to action against Uruguay after stepping up his recovery from a knee injury. Sunday Express

Fifa bosses were warned that the lives of fans and players would be put at risk if the World Cup were held in Qatar, in a secret terror briefing leaked to the Sunday Times (subscription required)

French coach Didier Deschamps believes a French training session may have been spied on by a drone that flew over their base in Ribeirao Preto earlier this week. Mail on Sunday

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he would drop Spain keeper Iker Casillas for his side's next World Cup game after his nightmare display against the Netherlands. Independent

Former Portugal ace Deco believes Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, will prove he is as good as Eusebio at the 2014 World Cup. Sun (subscription required)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will be given a new five-year deal by Manchester City when he returns from the World Cup. Sun (subscription required)

Daley Blind
Daley Blind put in the cross for Robin van Persie's opener in the Netherlands' win over Spain on Friday

Manchester United are eyeing a £12m bid for Ajax left-back Daley Blind after the 23-year-old impressed in the Netherlands' World Cup opening win against Spain. Sunday Mirror

Manchester United have set their sights on Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, 30, and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 29. Mail on Sunday

Chelsea are considering a double swoop for Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, 28, and French defender Raphael Varane, 21, with Brazilian midfielder Ramires, 27, going in the other direction. Daily Star Sunday

Everton are lining up Braga's Portuguese midfielder Rafa Silva, 21, as a replacement for Gerard Deulofeu after the 20-year-old Spaniard returned to Barcelona. Sun (subscription required)

Arsenal are considering a £5m move for Liverpool's Pepe Reina, 31 - the Spain goalkeeper Arsene Wenger tried to sign for £20m four years ago. Mail on Sunday

Manchester United have made a surprise bid for Arsenal's Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen, 28. Sunday Express

Chelsea are set to make a bid for CSKA Moscow defender Georgi Schennikov, 23, after giving up on trying to sign Southampton 18-year-old Luke Shaw. Metro

New Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is considering a bid for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, 21, who spent last season on loan at Everton. Sunday Mirror

Liverpool are set to make a £25m move for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, 20, with the Portuguese side eyeing Manchester United winger Nani as his replacement. Sunday People

Barcelona have placed a £20m price-tag on Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 26, who is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea. Sunday Express

OTHER GOSSIP

Ronald Koeman has told Southampton that if he becomes the club's new manager he wants his brother Erwin as his assistant. Sunday Mirror

Former Chelsea and Netherlands striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is on a short list of candidates for the vacant Hibernian manager's post. Sunday Express

AND FINALLY

Former England striker Kevin Davies, 37, has turned his back garden into a version of Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach to celebrate the World Cup. Metro

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