Gossip column: Nani, Falcao, Reus, Manolas, Hoddle, Townsend

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Manchester United are prepared to offer £16m and winger Nani, 27, to Sporting Lisbon for Argentina World Cup defender Marcos Rojo, 24. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Rojo indicates a deal is imminent and says: 'It's a dream to play at Manchester United'. (Daily Star)external-link

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, 25, could yet join Manchester United next summer, according to Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer.(Bild)external-link

Liverpool remain keen on a deal for Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 28, but face competition from Italian side Juventus. (Daily Mail)external-link

Southampton are planning another bid for Tottenham's England international winger Andros Townsend, having had a £10m offer rejected. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, Saints are set to reject a new Tottenham offer of £17m for France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal are targeting a £6m deal to buy Greece defender Kostas Manolas, 23, from Olympiakos. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Barcelona are willing to let midfielder Alex Song leave on a season-long loan without receiving any fee. Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham could be interested in the 26-year-old. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Tottenham will allow Cameroon defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, 30, leave for nothing because he has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mail)external-link

Hull have struggled in their attempts to sign Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, 23, and Watford forward Troy Deeney, 26, so manager Steve Bruce has switched his attentions to Lorient's Vincent Aboubakar, 22, who could cost £9m. (Daily Mirror)external-link

QPR are close to beating Sunderland to the loan signing of 24-year-old Chile winger Eduardo Vargas from Italian side Napoli. (The Times - subscription required)external-link

Swansea are on the verge of completing the £8m capture of Napoli centre-back Federico Fernandez, 25. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

And former Swans player Jonathan de Guzman is being tipped to join Rafael Benitez at Napoli in a deal worth around £5m. Swansea were initially keen to bring the 26-year-old Villarreal midfielder back to Wales after his second season-long loan stint came to an end in May. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Daily Star
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Crystal Palace are understood to be on the brink of appointing Malky Mackay as their new manager, with the former Cardiff boss likely to be in charge against former club West Ham on Saturday. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle has emerged as a surprise contender to take charge at Crystal Palace. (Independent)external-link

And Martin Jol - sacked by Fulham last season - is also in the frame to become the new man in charge at Selhurst Park. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Tim Sherwood is also in line for the Palace job after holding talks to replace Tony Pulis, who left last week. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho backs Petr Cech to fight for the goalkeeper's jersey with current first choice Thibaut Courtois. (Sun- subscription required)external-link

Rival goalkeeper Courtois has also urged Cech to stay at Stamford Bridge. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Captain Chris Brunt, 29, says the atmosphere in the West Brom dressing room was "dead" last season under their former manager Pepe Mel. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 27, says he is ready to battle with new arrival Willy Caballero, 32, for the right to be first choice at Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says money has been available for transfers this summer. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Thomas Sorensen
Thomas Sorensen captures the scenery - and the odd grazer - out on the Brecon Beacons

Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, 38, showed off his photography skillsexternal-link during a family day out in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton, 31, posted an in-depth analysisexternal-link of his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Hull - with a little help from Opta. He concluded: "Would be interesting to see a stat for bad luck eh?"

Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah, 24, who is on loan at League Two side Cambridge United, is a little bemused by the new 'Ice Bucket Challenge' trend, tweeting:external-link "Everyone talking like this #IceBucketChallenge is a big deal. Been sitting in ice baths for who knows how many years!"

AND FINALLY

Corinthians midfielder Petros, 25, has been given a six-month ban for shoving a referee from behind during a match. (USA Today)external-link