Gossip column: Sterling, Walcott, Ibe, Nathan, Ayew, Khedira

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TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Manchester City will attempt to sign Liverpool's England winger Raheem Sterling, 20, for over £30m as soon as the summer transfer window opens. The Premier League champions will also get rid of six players to fund new signings and want Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to replace Manuel Pellegrini. (Daily Mirror)external-link

City could pay as much as £50m to sign Sterling. (Daily Mail) external-link

But Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre says Sterling will not be leaving Anfield in the summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Manchester City's unsettled England midfielder James Milner, 29, is keen on a move to Arsenal. (Sun - subscription needed)external-link

The Sky Blues, meanwhile, have identified West Ham's Aaron Cresswell, 25, as a possible answer to their troubled left-back position. He would also help to fill their quota of home-grown players. (Times - subscription needed)external-link

Manchester United are ready to use striker Javier Hernandez, 26, on loan at Real Madrid, as bait to sign Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 24. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to sign England winger Theo Walcott, with Arsenal yet to agree a new contract with the 26-year-old. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are confident of signing Germany's World Cup winning midfielder Sami Khedira, 28, from Real Madrid. (Sun - subscription needed)external-link

Atletico Paranaense attacking midfielder Nathan, 19, is set to have a medical at Chelsea ahead of a £4.5m move to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Swansea have made an offer to sign Marseille's forward Andre Ayew, 25. (Le 10 Sport - in French) external-link

But the Ghana international has admitted he has always been a Liverpool fan. (London Standard)external-link

The South Wales club have also been linked with the Austrian national team skipper Christian Fuchs, 29. The left-back is set to become a free agent at Schalke. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Aston Villa want to make Tom Cleverley's loan from Manchester United permanent with a £40,000-a-week contract. Everton are also interested in the 25-year-old England midfielder who is a free agent in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants to sign 24-year-old Nigeria winger Victor Moses permanently after his loan spell from Chelsea. (Daily Express)external-link

Serie A side Sampdoria want to bring Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, back to Italy according to their president. (Gazzetta - in Italian)external-link

West Ham striker Carlton Cole, 31, says he will move abroad if he is not offered a new contract at Upton Park. (Metro)external-link

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 27, has hinted he is ready to sign a new contract with the Potters this summer but will not start talks until the end of the season. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

OTHER GOSSIP

Daily Star backpage

New pictures have emerged of Liverpool pair Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe holding shisha pipes. (Daily Mail)external-link

But Liverpool team-mate Joe Allen says Sterling does not get distracted by off-field controversy. (Daily Star)external-link

A third of the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs are owned by oversees proprietors, increasing the risk of tax avoidance. (Guardian)external-link

Sunderland have targeted Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, 43, a former Chelsea youth coach, as they look to appoint a permanent head coach. Current coach Dick Advocaat will also be considered for an extended role. (Northern Echo)external-link

Midfielder Daley Blind says Manchester United can still win the Premier League title. (Daily Star)external-link

BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given does not think much of team-mate Charles N'Zogbia's fashion choices. The Republic of Ireland keeper labelled the Frenchman's floral outfit the "worst ever" in a post on Twitterexternal-link with a picture of the offending fashion crime.

Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper duo David De Gea and Victor Valdes enjoyed a day out at a theme park. De Gea tweetedexternal-link a picture of their fun in the sun.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been enjoying the April sun in London. In a post on Instagram external-linkthe Spanish midfielder wrote "London or the Caribbean."

Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has also been making the most of the early summer, tweeting external-linka picture with his dogs.

Robin van Persie's son Shaqueel appears to have inherited his father's eye for goal. The Manchester United striker filmed the youngster scoring a stunning scorpion-kick in his back garden and posted it on Instagram.external-link

AND FINALLY

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he cannot remember all of the 32 hat-tricks he has scored. (FC Barcelona)external-link

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