Gossip column: Falcao, Begovic, Cresswell, Moreno

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Radamel Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes has made contact with Liverpool over a permanent deal this summer, after Manchester United told Monaco they will not be making a bid for the 29-year-old striker at the end of the season. (Daily Express)

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul, 27, and defender Daryl Janmaat, 25, are the subject of interest from Southampton boss Ronald Koeman. (Daily Mirror)

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Real Madrid and Manchester City target Asmir Begovic, 27, is a key player for Stoke City according to manager Mark Hughes, who is determined to keep the goalkeeper at the Britannia Stadium. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are ready to accept a bid of £20m from Chelsea for full-back Aaron Cresswell, 25, with the Englishman poised to replace Atletico Madrid-bound Filipe Luis, 29. (Daily Express)

Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 34, is wanted by Australian club Newcastle Jets. Crouch, out of contract in June 2017, has scored seven Premier League goals for the Potters this season. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have been cleared to sign Espanyol's Hector Moreno, 27, despite Tottenham's reported interest, with the defender ready to accept a move to the Emirates. (Metro)

Fulham have offered 22-year-old goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli a new deal to ward off interest from rivals Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Rule changes mean the team finishing seventh in the Premier League - currently occupied by Southampton - will qualify for the Europa League next season if Arsenal defeat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United president Massimo Cellino has denied telling six Leeds United players to go on strike before Saturday's 2-1 loss to Charlton Athletic. (Sun)

Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw, 19, feels he has finally started to settle into life at the club after confessing he had a "hard start". (Guardian)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, says he has been hurt by recent criticism of him in the media. (Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle United are in a "dangerous moment" according to midfielder Jack Colback, 25, after defeat against Tottenham left the Magpies seven points above the relegation zone. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Tim Sherwood is targeting a first ­trophy for Aston Villa since 1996 despite accepting that his team will be the underdogs in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.(Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City Under-18 boss Jason Wilcox, speaking in the build up to Monday's FA Youth Cup final first leg with Chelsea, says he is confident of "getting players into the first team" at the Etihad Stadium. (Sun)


Following his side's 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish tweeted: "We're the famous Aston Villa and we're going to Wembley!"

Team-mate and Villa keeper Shay Given celebrates his 39th birthday on Monday and described the win as the "best birthday present in the world".

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli went on Instagram to bemoan his disallowed goal, but congratulated Villa on reaching the final and added: "Head up, we are Liverpool and YNWA especially when we lose."

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb was thrilled with their win at Newcastle, tweeting: "Great performance by all the lads, let's keep going! Congrats to my boy Harry Kane for his 30th goal."

And striker Kane wrote: "Wow, buzzing to get to 30 goals for the season! Most importantly though was the three points. Great team performance!"


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho thought his week of planning to face Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini had gone to waste when a doorman wrongly told him the Belgian was not playing in a case of mistaken identity. (Daily Star)

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