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 Mirrorexternal-link

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 Expressexternal-link

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)external-link

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 Sundayexternal-link

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. Independentexternal-link

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

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)external-link

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 Mirrorexternal-link

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

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 Sundayexternal-link

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)external-link

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 Sundayexternal-link

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

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. Metroexternal-link

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

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 Peopleexternal-link

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

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 Mirrorexternal-link

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

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. Metroexternal-link

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